Notes from Maestro Mickelthwate
Our opening gala starts the season off with a classically intimate program, ranging from Mozart’s horn concerto to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. The first two pieces on the program are by Biber and Gabrieli and spotlight antiphonal (played alternately between two groups) brass. Set in the theater, audience members will experience a renaissance surround sound experience featuring our own principal horn, Kate Pritchett as guest soloist.
Mozart loved the horn so much that he wrote three complete and one partial horn concerti. Beethoven’s first symphony was the first major work written after the French Revolution, incorporating a musical feel and understanding of a changed world.