CSO Concert of 2012 to Showcase Works of Mozart and Brahms


Guest conductor Matthias Bamert, guest violinist Yossif Ivanov, and the Columbus Symphony will explore the emerging maturity of Mozart's first minor-key symphony and the transformational appeal of a Brahms' string quartet transcribed as a work for full orchestra in the "Mozart & Brahms" program. The concert will include Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G Minor and Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major (featuring the young, Belgium-born guest violinist Yossif Ivanov), as well as Brahms-Schoenberg's Piano Quartet in G Minor.

WOSU's Christopher Purdy will hold a free, pre-concert lecture about the program for ticket holders at 7pm each night on the fourth floor of the Ohio Theatre's Galbreath Pavilion.

The Columbus Symphony presents the Mozart & Brahms program at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Friday and Saturday, January 6 and 7, at 8pm daily. Tickets are $24.75-$68 and can be purchased at the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 228-8600 or (800) 745-3000. The Ohio Theatre Ticket Office will also be open two hours prior to each performance. Students between the ages of 13-19 may purchase $5 High Five tickets while available. College students with a valid ID can purchase $13 tickets the week of the performance.

The 2011-12 Masterworks Series is made possible through the generous support of season sponsor Battelle.

About guest conductor Matthias Bamert
Matthias Bamert's distinguished career began with the Cleveland Orchestra where he was Resident Conductor with then Music Director Lorin Maazel. Since then, he has held positions with the Swiss Radio Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Associate Guest Conductor of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Music Director of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Bamert has worked frequently in the concert hall and studio with such orchestras as the Philharmonia, the London Philharmonic, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, has appeared regularly at the London Proms, and often appears with orchestras outside London such as the BBC Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

About guest violinist Yossif Ivanov
Acclaimed as "a player of impressive authority and presence" (The Strad) and "one of the top violinists of tomorrow" (Diapason), Yossif Ivanov has quickly established himself as one of the leading violinists of the young generation. He was awarded first prize at the Montreal International Competition at 16, and the Second Prize as well as the Public Prize at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels at the age of 18. In 2006, his first CD was awarded a Diapason d'Or de l'Année, the most important recording industry award in France. He is the youngest violin teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Ivanov plays the 1699 "Lady Tennant" Stradivarius, kindly lent by the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.

About composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. His Symphony No. 25 in G minor, was written in October 1773, shortly after the success of his opera seria Lucio Silla. It was supposedly completed October 5, a mere two days after the completion of his Symphony No. 24, although this remains unsubstantiated. It is widely known as the opening music in Miloš Forman's 1984 film Amadeus. The Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major was written in 1775, and premiered during the holiday season that year in Salzburg.

About composer Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms was one of the leading musicians of the Romantic period. Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria, where he was a leader in the musical scene. Today, many of his works have become staples of modern concert repertoire. A categorical perfectionist, Brahms destroyed many of his own works and left several unpublished. His Piano Quartet in G minor was composed between 1856 and 1861. Clara Schumann owned this masterpiece, as she was the pianist for the first performance in 1861 in Hamburg. It was also played in Vienna on November 16, 1862, with Brahms himself at the piano supported by members of the Hellmesberger Quartet.


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