The Southside Philharmonic Orchestra will return to the sanctuary of Central United Church of Christ on May 17 at 7:00 pm for “The Kings of Classical” featuring works from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. These three masters defined what is known today as the Classical Era in music and we are delighted to bring you a selection of their works.
Joseph Haydn spent large portions of his career in remote areas, isolated from the trends of other musicians, which forced him to be original. For much of that career, he was the most celebrated composer in Europe, mentoring Mozart and tutoring Beethoven. In the late 1760s, Haydn began to create works that were more intensely expressive, more passionate, and more daring, such as his “Trauer” (Mourning) Symphony #44.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart exemplified the Viennese Classical ideals of elegance, balance, poise, and sophistication. He began composing at the age of five and performing before European royalty, He is among the most popular of classical composers. Joseph Haydn once wrote of Mozart, “posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years”. His Piano Concerto No. 17 has been praised for its elegance and extremely beautiful modulations. SPO is honored to feature Gary Sanders as soloist for this performance.
Ludwig van Beethoven grew up in the shadows of Mozart and Haydn, and became a student of the latter after moving to Vienna. Throughout his career, he experienced varying degrees of hearing loss. However, this did not stop him from becoming one of the most influential and most recognized of all composers. Written at the end of his middle period, Beethoven’s Symphony No, 8 is cheerful and light-hearted in places, substantial and elaborate in others. Of the final measures of this symphony, Tchaikovsky noted that it was “one of the greatest symphonic masterpieces of Beethoven”.
Please join the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra on May 17th at 7:00 pm in the Central UCC sanctuary as we pay homage to these “Kings of Classical”.
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