Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent his most prolific years in Vienna, composing his best-known symphonies, operas, and concerti, while writing for a new ensemble – the harmonie or wind ensemble. Comprised of pairs of clarinets, oboes, bassoons and horns, this ensemble was created by the Emperor and Mozart wrote the Serenade in C minor in 1782 in the hopes of gaining favor with the Emperor for more commissions. Now considered a masterpiece in the chamber music repertoire, this concert will be paired with one of Mozart’s greatest admirers, Franz Schubert. Though Schubert was born shortly after Mozart’s death, he was very vocal about his love for Mozart’s music. “"O Mozart! immortal Mozart!” he wrote, “what countless impressions of a brighter, better life hast thou stamped upon our souls!”
Paired with Mozart’s C minor Serenade will the be the “Little Symphony for Winds” by Franz Schubert and the Caprice No 24 of virtuosic violinists Niccolo Paganini for dectet.