Arriaga Overture to Los Esclavos Felices
Mozart Piano Concerto N. 17
Beethoven Symphony N. 5
About This Program
It takes away your breath, puts you atop the world, makes you fear for your life and dance for joy. The ultimate statement in music, the 5th Symphony is fate knocking at Beethoven’s door. This performance will be the COT’s first ever performance of Beethoven’s eternal masterwork.
It is not every day as a composer that an Emperor will tip his hat to you and say “Bravo.” Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.18 inspired Emperor Joseph II to do just that. Composed during the most prolific year of Mozart’s life, this concerto is the epitome of elegance and grace.
Considered the “Spanish Mozart” Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga was also a child prodigy, and like Mozart died at a very young age (19). One of his few surviving works, the Overture to Los Esclavos Felices (The Happy Slaves) is an invigorating burst of teenage energy.
1 hour and 30 minutes, with intermission
What You'll Hear