On October 19th come see the Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra present Mozart Magic, a celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Join them at their new home on the picturesque Point Loma Nazarene University campus as Maestro Frank Almond returns home to San Diego to conduct and perform with the CCO on the Lipinski Stradivari violin, one of the most celebrated Strads in existence.
Mr. Almond grew up in San Diego and began studying the violin at a young age. At age
17, Frank was the youngest violinist to have been a prize winner at the 1981 Paganini Competition and five years later he was the Laureate at the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition. Since then he has gone on to hold positions as Concertmaster and continually perform as both a soloist and a chamber musician all around the world, record numerous CD’s, and hold academic positions at various institutions. He currently holds the Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and is on the faculty at Northwestern University.
The concert will also feature CCO’s principal clarinetist Robert Carter performing Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. Mr Carter's performing career began in Holland where he played with nearly every orchestra in the country, including The Amsterdam Philharmonic, The Rotterdam Philharmonic, The Radio Philharmonic and the North Holland Philharmonic. And, in 1976, was offered a permanent contract with Het Gewestelijk Orkest in Delft. He played often and with success in chamber and jazz ensembles during his ten years working in Delft. In 1989, Mr. Carter was offered a contract as principal clarinetist with the National Orchestra of South Africa, a 120-member symphony orchestra, dividing it's time between playing at the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corp.) and halls in Johannesburg and playing for performances at the State Theatre in Pretoria.
The concert will begin at 7:00 in Crill Hall on the PLNU campus. This beautiful 378 seat hall is the perfect place to capture the dynamics of San Diego’s only chamber orchestra. Its excellent acoustics and intimacy allow the audience to witness the full range of this 25 piece ensemble. From the soloing and separation of the individual instruments to the mighty roar of the entire orchestra coming together as one, Mozart’s original intents will surely be felt by all.
7:00 pm - Pre-concert recital by Frank Almond & Pamela Monroe
Violin Sonata No. 32 in B-flat major K. 454 – Originally written for a young violin virtuoso named Regina Strinasacchi, K. 454 is widely regarded as one of Mozart’s finest violin sonatas. Contrary to many of his early sonatas, both violin and piano contribute equally to the piece, with delightful interplay between the instruments. Additionally both parts have quite technical sections, perfect for showcasing Mr. Almond’s and Ms. Monroe’s musicianship.
7:15 pm - Pre-concert address by Mr. Almond
Mr. Almond will discuss the pieces to be played in the concert, as well as Mozart in general.
8:00 pm - Concert
Divertimento in D-major, K. 136 (125a) – The first of his “Salzburg” symphonies, this was composed in 1772 when he was just 16. These symphonies are differentiated from his other works as they are set for strings alone. The Divertimento (125a) consists of a lively opening Allegro, in simple sonata form; a charming central Andante; and a brilliant concluding Presto.
Clarinet Concerto in A – This piece was one of Mozart’s final completed works and was also featured on the soundtrack for the film, Out of Africa. Written by him at the ripe old age of 35, it is notable for its delicate back and forth between soloist and orchestra. Mr. Carter‘s talents will be showcased throughout this piece as he masterfully handles the solos.
Violin Concerto No. 1 – The first of his five violin concertos, this piece was composed when Mozart was somewhere between 17 and 19. Its 3 movements are in the usual fast-slow-fast structure and is full of brilliant passage work with running 16th notes. This composition will electrify the hall with a virtuoso like Mr. Almond soloing in it.
Symphony No. 25 in G-minor – The evening concludes with one of Mozart’s most widely heard works, thanks to its first movement featured as the opening music in the film Amadeus. This was Mozart’s first symphony written in a minor key, and he would only end up writing one other. Composed when he was 17, this piece is regarded as one of the first works that propelled Mozart from great to immortal.