Fall Arts Celebration 2018 schedule will be live June 25, 2018. Please check back after that time for updated information. Feel free to browse our 2017 events or call (616) 331.2185 with questions.
The Timeless Genius of Mozart: The Grand Partita, KV 361
Monday, September 11, 7:30 PM
Louis Armstrong Theatre
Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts
Prelude carillon concert from 7:10–7:25 p.m. featuring
University Carillonneur Professor Julianne Vanden Wyngaard
Music performance followed by reception
Mozart's Serenade in B-Flat Major, KV 361, the Grand Partita, is one of the composer's most beloved compositions and the wind band genre's earliest masterpiece. In Mozart’s time, serenades were dinner music, performed at aristocratic parties and other social events — but the Grand Partita is more than just entertainment. Mozart’s wind masterpiece is a pioneering work of symphonic scope that brilliantly employs a full range of wind instrument colors throughout a score of unsurpassed genius.
The Grand Partita is composed for the standard wind section of the symphony orchestra with the unique addition of basset horns and double bass, giving Mozart new instrumental combinations to explore, while preserving the solo operatic personalities of each individual instrument. Lowell Graham, former conductor of the USAF Band, Washington, D.C., will be returning to West Michigan to lead a superb ensemble comprised of GVSU faculty and Grand Rapids Symphony musicians. Don't miss this opportunity to hear one of Mozart’s great masterpieces, performed in its entirety and original orchestration. In the words of a listener at the 1784 premier: “I heard music for wind instruments today by Herr Mozart — oh what an effect it made — glorious and grand, excellent and sublime.”
2017: The Timeless Genius of Mozart: The Grand Partita, KV 361
2016: Emerging Romanticism: the Ying Quartet Performs the Early Viennese Chamber Music of Beethoven
2014: Pioneers of American Musical Theatre: Music from the Lost Operettas of John Philip Sousa
2013: Music from La Belle Époque: Chamber Music for Winds from Turn-of-the-Century Paris
2012: Music for the "Era of Good Feelings": Beethoven in Federalist America
2011: A Night in Hapsburg Vienna: From the Marriage of Figaro to Fidellio as arranged for Wind Harmonie