Preview the Music—A TANGO WITH MOZART

A Tango with Mozart

Music Director Donato Cabrera leads the California Symphony.

The California Symphony presents A TANGO WITH MOZART at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8pm and Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4pm, featuring:

 

Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin

Piazzolla – Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Mozart – Symphony No. 39

 

 

Mozart Symphony No. 39

The Mozart symphony is the first of his three last symphonies that are influenced by Mozart’s fascination with the music of J. S. Bach and the dance forms that were popular during the Baroque era.” – Music Director Donato Cabrera

What could be better than Mozart in Vienna? Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in 1985, including some of his signature, just-stand-there-and-enjoy-the-music-while-raising-the-occasional-eyebrow conducting moves towards the end of the clip.

 

Piazzolla – Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

For Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, these pieces are a reflection of not only Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Piazzolla’s Seasons even follow the same structure of movements as Vivaldi – fast/slow/fast) but also are a reflection of the tango and its importance and relationship to the city of Buenos Aires.” – Music Director Donato Cabrera

Concertmaster Jennifer Cho takes center stage for A TANGO WITH MOZART at the Lesher Center but for now, here’s violinist Christian Svarfvar performing two movements, Winter and Spring, from the piece with the Northern Chamber Orchestra.

Bonus points: Can you spot the references to Vivaldi? We found a couple at 2:20, 4:18 and 6:10 in the video.

 

Ravel—Le Tombeau de Couperin

In the case of Le Tombeau de Couperin, each movement was written in remembrance of a friend that Ravel lost during World War I.” – Music Director Donato Cabrera

An homage to French Baroque era composer François Couperin, the piece is a shimmering celebration rather than the weighty memorial tribute you might have expected. Performed here by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.

 

The California Symphony presents A TANGO WITH MOZART at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8pm and Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4pm. Music Director Donato Cabrera leads a free, 30-minute pre-concert talk for ticketholders, starting an hour before each show. Main floor tickets start at $42 and $20 for students 25 and under with valid Student ID.

 
 

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