More Mozart with the Omaha Symphony
February 28th, 2013
The Magic Flute is over, but more Mozart is on the way this weekend.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/OS-Mozart-Web.mp3]
This Friday and Saturday the Omaha Symphony presents an all-Mozart concert conducted by Nicholas Cleobury. The program includes Mozartâ€™s Overture to â€œThe Clemency of Titusâ€ and the â€œSymphony No. 39 in E-flat.â€ It also features the Omaha Symphonyâ€™s new concertmaster, Susanna Perry Gilmore. Gilmore says she originally started off playing piano, but discovered violin when she observed her younger brotherâ€™s Suzuki violin class.
â€œI was completely mesmerized by the violin. I thought, â€˜this sounds alot like my voice. I understand this, I connect to this instrument more than the piano.â€™ I also knew all the songs that they were playing, and I wanted to go out there and play them because Iâ€™ve been doing them already on the piano. Third, I thought â€˜Hey, Iâ€™ve gotten a raw deal. Iâ€™ve just been sitting on a piano bench by myself all this time? I want to play with all these other kids, theyâ€™re having so much fun!â€™â€
Gilmore will perform Mozartâ€™s â€œViolin Concerto No. 5,â€ not only as a soloist, but also as member of the orchestra.
â€œI feel like thereâ€™s opportunities for the soloist to really be a part of the orchestra ensemble. Iâ€™ll be starting off sections with the orchestra and playing with them and then going off and doing my own solo work. Iâ€™m excited about moving in and out of the different roles.â€
Gilmore compared the â€œViolin Concertoâ€ to Mozartâ€™s stage works. For example, when solo violin first comes in, she says the role reminds her of a narrator.
â€œSuddenly, thereâ€™s silence, and the violin comes in with two notes that are slow, they kind of come from somewhere far away. In my imagination itâ€™s like the violinist is saying, â€˜Once upon a time…â€™â€
While the second movement could be a tender love scene, she says the third movement adds key action and drama to the concerto.
â€œIn the last movement, before the â€˜Turkishâ€™ music even happens, thereâ€™s a moment where I feel like the music completely goes through the rabbit hole of an opera scene. The orchestra interrupts the soloist in a minor key *sings* this music comes out of nowhere *sings,* the violinists shift our register over to the e string *sings* – to me, those are two different characters.
The Omaha Symphonyâ€™s all-Mozart concert is this Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2 at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Both performances begin at 8 pm.
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