Oregon Mozart Players 2018-2019 Season

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Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 7:30pm to Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 7:30pm
Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Beall Concert Hall
Times Change
Kelly Kuo, conductor | Molly Barth, flute; Min Xiao-Fen, pipa
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  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 64 in A Major – “Tempora Mutantur” 
  • Zhou Tian: Viaje for Flute and Strings, Molly Barth, flute 
  • Kevin Lau: Artemis 
  • Daniel Schnyder: Concerto for Pipa, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa

Our season opens with a bold program of works reflecting the adage to which Haydn alludes in his spirited Symphony No. 64: “The times change, and we change with them.” Grammy award-winning flutist, Molly Barth, ushers in the changing times with Zhou Tian’s Viaje for Flute and Strings and genre-breaking performer Min Xiao-Fen forges new paths in Daniel Schnyder’s Concerto for Pipa, a stunning showcase for the Chinese lute. Kevin Lau’s Artemis, a musical portrait of the Greek goddess of the hunt, rounds out this audacious program.


Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Beall Concert Hall
Made in America
Kelly Kuo, conductor | Peter van de Graaff, narrator; Kathryn Leemhuis, mezzo-soprano; Paul Scholten, baritone
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  • Adam Schoenberg: Finding Rothko
  • Aaron Copland: Lincoln Portrait, Peter van de Graaff, narrator
  • Leonard Bernstein: Arias and Barcarolles, Kathryn Leemhuis, mezzo-soprano, Paul Scholten, baritone

In honor of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, we celebrate the legacy of one of the most influential modern-day musicians with home-grown works by the composer himself (Arias and Barcarolles), a composer whose music he championed (Aaron Copland), and a young composer, Adam Schoenberg, who has quickly risen to prominence in the American orchestra scene. Notable radio personality Peter van de Graaff narrates Lincoln Portrait with a message of brotherhood and unity that is as powerful and resonant today as when it was written in the dark days of World War II. Schoenberg’s Finding Rothko is a luminous tribute to one of America’s best-known painters of the twentieth century.


Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | First Christian Church
Candlelight Concert
Kelly Kuo, conductor 
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  • Reinhard Keiser: Overture to Der lächerliche Prinz Jodelet
  • Henry Purcell: Suite from Abdelazer, Z. 570
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade No. 6 in D Major, K. 239, “Serenata Notturna”
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ave verum corpus, K. 618, Misericordias Domini, K. 222, with University of Oregon School of Music and Dance Chamber Choir; Sharon Paul, director
  • George Frideric Handel: Dance Suite from Almira

This year our popular winter tradition of candlelit performances in First Christian Church includes a selection of pieces by our namesake, including the moving Ave verum corpus performed with the internationally-acclaimed University of Oregon Chamber Choir. OMP’s assistant conductor, Nicholas Sharma, debuts with a suite from Purcell’s “Abdelazer,” which includes the melody that served as the basis for Britten’s well-known Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. A lively dance suite from Handel’s opera Almira and the rousing overture to Reinhard Keiser’s comic opera The Ridiculous Prince Jodelet will send you into the holiday season with good spirits.


Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 7: 30 p.m. | Beall Concert Hall
Shall We Dance?
Kelly Kuo, conductor | Eric Lu, piano
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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: German Dances, K. 509
  • Igor Stravinsky: Danses concertantes
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58, Eric Lu, piano

A set of Mozart’s charming German Dances opens this dance-inspired program followed by Stravinsky’s witty and fanciful Danses concertantes. Pianist Eric Lu, the first-prize winner of the 2017 International German Piano Award in Frankfurt and former prizewinner in the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Competition, joins us after intermission for Beethoven’s beloved Piano Concerto No.4, one of the last pieces the composer himself performed in public.


Saturday, March 9, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. | Beall Concert Hall
London Bridges
Kelly Kuo, conductor
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  • Malcolm Arnold: Serenade for Small Orchestra
  • Jonathan Dove: Figures in the Garden
  • Benjamin Britten: Soirées musicales, Op. 9
  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 102 in B-flat Major

In a program of music with ties across the pond, OMP’s wind section takes the spotlight in Jonathan Dove’s Figures in the Garden, based on music from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Colorful chamber orchestra works of Malcolm Arnold and Benjamin Britten, performed for the first time in OMP history, will leave you smiling before Haydn’s Symphony No. 102, one of twelve written for the composer’s London trips, brings the house down.


Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. | Beall Concert Hall
Youthful Exuberance
Kelly Kuo, conductor
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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
  • Young Soloists: TBD
  • Georges Bizet: Symphony No. 1 in C Major

Young musicians shine in our season finale! First, musicians from the Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestra join us on stage for Mozart’s delightful Divertimento in D Major before the winners of our annual Young Soloist Competition dazzle in their winning concertos with OMP. Finally, our season closes with Bizet’s youthful masterpiece, his Symphony No.1 in C Major, written when he was just seventeen years of age.

 

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