November 6 , 2006
Baroque orchestra celebrates Mozart at Schwartz
BY Nancy Condon
This year marks the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth. To commemorate the occasion, The English Concert, with Andrew Manze, violinist and conductor, will perform a mostly Mozart program of music in Emory’s Schwartz Center on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.
Founded by Trevor Pinnock in 1973, The English Concert, featuring an orchestra of 22 strings, is among the world’s most famous chamber orchestras and has been critically acclaimed in concert on four continents and in more than 120 recordings of Baroque and Classical instrumental and vocal music.
Performing at the Schwartz as part of the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series, The English Concert will perform a program with three of Mozart’s works, as well as Bach’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major.
The San Francisco Chronicle referred to this program as “zippy,” “gloriously urgent” and “miraculously expressive.” BBC Music Magazine called it a “wonderful contribution to the Mozart Year.”
Manze is principal conductor of Sweden’s Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and is one of today’s most passionate advocates of early music. He left the Academy of Ancient Music in 2003 to direct The English Concert.
Manze will present a pre-concert lecture, free to ticket holders, at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 404-727-5050, or visit www.arts.emory.edu.