North Carolina Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn will lead the orchestra in concerts featuring three works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on January 7, 2010 at Kenan Auditorium on the UNC-Wilmington campus and on January 8 and 9, 2010 at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. All three concerts begin at 8pm.
Mozart’s final three symphonies make up this wonderful program: No. 39, No. 40 and No. 41, “Jupiter.” Says Llewellyn, “Mozart wrote all three of these works inside of six weeks for no apparent reason. There was no commission, no premiere, nothing like that. They are the culmination of everything Mozart had done up to this point and they work very well together. He was writing for the sheer joy of it, playing with themes, playing with the audience. No. 40 is his darkest and maybe his most beautiful work, with a warmth and depth you simply don’t find anywhere else.”
These ravishing works will provide an evening that is both entertaining and uplifting—an entire evening of Mozart is definitely food for the soul.