What’s happening at the TSO this weekend? A mixed bag of compositions from the 18th century to today: GO! for Orchestra by Canadian composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte; Concerto for Flute and Harp featuring Principals Kelly Zimba and Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton; and the Symphony No. 5 by Shostakovich. These concerts are conducted by Gemma New, the Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic, Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (as of the 2019-2020 season).
Mozart is on my mind a lot, having recently attended a screening of the film Amadeus with live orchestra recently. The Concerto for Flute and Harp (which was briefly featured in the film), was commissioned by a flutist, Adrien-Louis de Bonnieres duc de Guines, for himself and his harpist daughter to play. His daughter was also taking composition lessons from Mozart. It was the only piece Mozart wrote for harp , and given it doesn’t seem idiomatic for the instrument (the hand positions aren’t quite right, and there are no glissandi – long “strums” of notes, nor lush, full chords) it’s possible Mozart adapted a piece for keyboard for the harp part. It’s too bad – I wish there was more harp repertoire by Mozart. Heidi posts regularly about aspects of playing the harp – check out a previous post about Heidi here .
These concerts take place at Roy Thomson Hall, on Simcoe Street at King (University subway stop).
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm
For tickets, please visit here.
See you at the Symphony!