Mozart Festival

San Antonio Symphoy Celebrates A Genius of Classical Music with Annual Mozart Festival

(San Antonio, TX) Celebrating the inventive genius and inspiring legacy of Mozart, the San Antonio Symphony presents its 2017 Mozart Festival, running January 6 thru March 2, 2017.  Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Music Director for the Symphony, continues his remarkable composer-focused festivals with the greatest genius of classical music—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In just 35 years, Mozart composed over 600 works. He wrote his first symphony when he was eight years old and composed some of the greatest operas, symphonies, and chamber music the world has ever known.

With 20 concerts in and around San Antonio, the Mozart Festival features Symphony performances at the San Fernando Cathedral and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.  In addition to these performances, Mozart fans will also be treated to concerts by the San Antonio Chamber Choir, San Antonio Chamber Music Society, YOSA (Youth Orchestra San Antonio), Soli Chamber Ensemble, UTSA Department of Music, Musical Offerings, Olmos Ensemble, San Antonio Choral Society, Musical Bridges Around the World, and more.  For a complete listing of all Mozart Festival concerts and events visit www.sasymphony.org/mozart-festival.

Tickets are on sale now for all performances.  Purchase on line at www.tobincenter.org and at www.sasymphony.org

Mozart Festival Concerts Featuring the San Antonio Symphony

MOZART’S 40TH SYMPHONY

January 6 & 7 @ 8:00 p.m.
H-E-B Performance Hall
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, John Silantien, director
Deanna Breiwick, soprano, Morgan Smith, baritone

This features Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 — called “a work of passion, violence, and grief.” His reverent Ave verum corpus joins the beautiful Fauré Requiem to complete this performance.

Mozart                   Ave verum corpus
Fauré                     Requiem, Op. 48
Mozart                   Symphony No. 40

MOZART AT THE CATHEDRAL

January 8 @ 7:00 p.m.
San Fernando Cathedral 

Mozart                   “Hunt” String Quartet in B-flat major, No. 17, K.458
Haydn                   String Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5
TBD                      Piece TBD

MOZART & MENDELSSOHN

January 13 & 14 @ 8:00 p.m.
H-E-B Performance Hall
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Kolja Blacher, conductor and violin

Kolja Blacher leads the orchestra in two Mozart works: the “Linz” and the “Prague” symphonies. Blacher performs the violin concerto by Mendelssohn between the two symphonies.

Mozart                   Symphony No. 36, “Linz”
Mendelssohn         Violin Concerto
Mozart                   Symphony No. 38, “Prague”

MOZART AT THE CATHEDRAL

January 22, @ 7:00 p.m.
San Fernando Cathedral

Mozart                   Divertimento in D major, K. 136
Haydn                    String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No.5
Mozart                   String Quartet in C major, K. 465

MOZART & TCHAIKOVSKY

January 27 & 28 @ 8:00 p.m.
H-E-B Performance Hall
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Julian Schwarz, cello

Mozart’s Posthorn Symphony shares the program with Hanson’s “Romantic” Symphony, along with Tchaikovsky’s beautiful and elegantly charming Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra.

Mozart                   Posthorn Symphony
Hanson                  Symphony No. 2, “Romantic”
Tchaikovsky          Variations on a Rococo Theme

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MOZART PIANO CONCERTI

February 3 & 4 @ 8:00 p.m.

H-E-B Performance Hall
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Eric Gratz, leader
Jeremy Denk, piano

Jeremy Denk, one of America’s foremost pianists, takes the stage, playing not one, but two Mozart piano concertos that are now considered some of Mozart’s greatest compositions.

Rossini                  Sonata No. 3 in C major
Mozart                   Piano Concerto No. 19
Mendelssohn         Sinfonia No. 2 in D major
Mozart                   Piano Concerto No. 23

MOZART AT THE CATHEDRAL

February 5 @ 7:00 p.m.
San Fernando Cathedral

Mozart arr. Lloyd Conley        Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Danzi                                           Wind Quintet in G minor, Op. 56, No. 2
Mozart                                         Serenade No. 12 for Winds in C minor, K. 388

MOZART NO. 39 & JUPITER

February 10 & 11 @ 8:00 p.m.
February 12 @ 2:00 p.m.

H-E-B Performance Hall
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor

The Symphony’s Mozart concerts come to a glorious close with Mozart’s final symphony, “Jupiter,” along with his 39th symphony, and his popular serenade, not published until decades after the composer’s death.

Mozart         Serenade No. 13, “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”
Mozart         Symphony No. 39
Mozart         Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”