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Mozart, “Amadeus”, and the Gran Partita

Sat, September 17, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Mozart, “Amadeus”, and the Gran Partita

Angel Gil-Ordóñez conducts PostClassical Ensemble in Mozart, Amadeus, and the Gran Partita, a one-of-a-kind program including an actor, a wind ensemble, a courtly minuet and new choreography by Igal Perry. Known as the Gran Partita, Mozart’s Wind Serenade in B-flat major is the most famous of all such serenades. The performance will feature dancers from the Washington Ballet Studio Company and pianist Philip Hosford as Salieri.

“It seemed to me that I had heard a voice of God,” says Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, remembering his first, bewildering encounter with the genius of Mozart. The music to which he was responding, “stumbling into the street, gasping for life,” was the hypnotically sublime slow movement of the Gran Partita – Mozart’s Wind Serenade in B-flat major. This most famous of all such serenades, for 13 instruments, is the centerpiece of Mozart, Amadeus, and the Gran Partita, a unique program including an actor, a wind ensemble, a courtly minuet, and new choreography by Igal Perry.

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