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Rock me, Amadeus

The music of one of classical music's greatest prodigies will be featured in Okanagan Symphony's third concert in the Chase Wines Masterworks series.

During his lifetime, Mozart produced more than 600 works that included symphonic, operatic, chamber and choral masterpieces. Featured in this program will be three of his most mature works: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, his final concerto for clarinet, and the well-known Jupiter Symphony.

"It's amazing to think that the mature period of Mozart's compositions happened in his mid-thirties. The creative genius of his final serenade, his final symphony and his final concerto (composed just two weeks before his death) astonishes me," says OSO music director Rosemary Thomson. "The depth of beauty in the slow movements and the wit and charm of the fast movements are nothing short of brilliant. I can't wait to live inside this joyful music, which will banish the January blahs with its warm sunshine."

OSO principal Erin Fung on clarinet says Mozart's clarinet concerto holds a special place in her heart.

"During Mozart's life, the clarinet was a relatively new and young instrument with only five keys! Because Mozart really fell in love with the instrument and its ability to imitate the human voice, he helped establish its place in classical music.... In playing it, you almost feel like you can trace the thread back to the beginning of the clarinet's existence, and experience a piece of music that's been in the heart of every clarinetist since its conception."

  • Kelowna Community Theatre – Friday, Jan. 25 7:30 p.m. Tickets 250-862-2867
  • Cleland Theatre (Penticton) – Saturday, Jan. 26 7:30 p.m. Tickets 888-974-9170
  • Vernon Performing Arts Centre – Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. TicketSeller 250-549-7469

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