Merced Symphony ends 61st season with amazing works, star flute soloist

April 11, 2019

Merced’s world-class symphony will celebrate spring by pairing two brilliant symphonies from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a beautiful piece from trail-blazing female composer Cecil Chaminade, at the Merced Theatre on Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Come enjoy this entrancing conclusion to the Merced Symphony Association’s 61st Season.

The evening begins with Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A major. Completed in April 1774 towards the end of his time in Salzburg, Mozart’s final symphony in A major has been described as “stylish but restrained” for its even melodies and dotted rhythms that whisk listeners through four movements of pure attitude.

Next is Concertino written by Cecil Chaminade as an examination piece for the Paris Conservatoire in 1902. Defined by sharp instrumentals that evoke color and mood, Chaminade’s pieces were well-received in the United States and foreshadow the episodic storytelling style that Americans would embrace later in the 20th Century.

The concert program comes full circle with Symphony No. 41 in C major written by Mozart in 1788 towards the end of his life. Often considered a display of Mozart’s incredible command of music theory, “Jupiter” (as this piece became popularly known decades later) binds lyrical movements with dramatic flourishes of trumpets and drums as if witness to the dawn of the universe. Music historians continue to debate whether Mozart ever heard these movements performed in concert, but it is no mystery that this is among the greatest symphonic pieces ever composed.

Joining the Symphony on the Merced Theatre stage will be accomplished flute soloist Stephanie McNab.

Ms. McNab joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 2002. She has received multiple honors and awards for her beautiful lyrical style, including from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Leni Fe Bland Foundation, and Rotary International.

“Magnificent Mozart” is sponsored by Richard Graves, Arts UC Merced Presents, and by Dr. Roland Winston in memory of his beloved wife, Pat. Special thanks to The Greatest Valley apparel company for sponsoring dozens of student attendees from Merced’s public high schools and the area’s home school network.

The Merced Symphony Association credits Mr. Graves, Dr. Winston, Arts UC Merced, The Greatest Valley, and all patrons for their continued support of live symphonic music in Downtown Merced.

Tickets for “Magnificent Mozart” range from $25-45 for adults and $10 for students with ID, and can be purchased online at tickets.mercedtheatre.org or at the Merced Theatre Box Office, 301 W Main Street. Box Office hours are Tuesday-Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the evening of the concert. All seats are reserved, so please purchase early for best seating.

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