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Sinfonietta turns to Mozart in tough times

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on March 31, 2009 at 6:00 am |
March 31, 2009 6:00 am

Times are tough–no surprise there. And so it’s maybe no surprise to people who know classical music to hear that the Northwest Sinfonietta is changing its program for this weekend (Friday in Seattle, Saturday in Tacoma) from cutting-edge contemporary to crowd-pleasing Mozart.

Don’t get me wrong: I love Mozart and always have. And I’m the first one to say, if playing Mozart keeps an orchestra in business, then I’m all for it. I’ll miss the clarinet concerto premiere that was to be, and Prokofiev’s Symphony no. 1 (another fave of mine) but if you have to pick all-Mozart, this is definitely a great concert, with excellent soloists.

Here’s what they’re doing this weekend:

Rebecca Young, violin. Photo courtesy Northwest Sinfonietta.

“La Finta Giardiniera” Overture, K. 196

The Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K. 219 with soloist Rebecca Young, the 18-year-old Key Bank Youth Concert winner

“Exsultate Jubilate” K. 165 with soprano Jessica Robins Milanese, who shone in Tacoma Opera’s recent “The Barber of Seville”, and

Symphony No. 29 in A, K. 201

Soprano Jessica Robins Milanese. Photo courtesy Northwest Sinfonietta.

Says music director Christophe Chagnard: "This all-Mozart celebration focuses on a defining period in Mozart’s life (1773-75) when the child prodigy became the towering man who marked his century as its greatest musical genius.”

And in case you needed any more encouragement, the Sinfonietta is selling tickets to both performances at $20 each with student prices at $10 (with a student ID).

Concerts are 7:30 p.m. on April 3 at Nordstrom Hall, Seattle, and 7:30 p.m. April 4 at the Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma.

Tickets: 253-591-5894, 800-291-7593, www.orchestraexperience.com

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