Mozart & Brahms

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Mozart & Brahms

Johannes Brahms admired Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart so much so that in his final years, he reportedly declared Mozart as the ‘greatest composer that ever lived’,  even collecting first editions and autographs of Mozart’s works. The WSO’s Gwen Hoebig and Daniel Scholz are put in the spotlight with Mozart’s famous Sinfonia concertante, followed by Brahm’s sumptuously beautiful and relaxing Serenade No. 2 in A Major.

Due to the current travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, James Ehnes will no longer be able to join the WSO for this concert to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto as originally programmed. Based on current health and safety guidelines, the WSO is also reducing the number of musicians allowed on stage. Due to these added safety precautions, we regrettably are unable to perform Beethoven’s 5th due to the number of musicians required to perform this piece. We hope to reschedule Beethoven’s 5th at a later date. 


Daniel Raiskin


Gwen Hoebig


Daniel Scholz



Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Serenade No. 2 in A major

Johannes Brahms

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  • As one might expect from its name, the Sinfonia concertante in E-flat, K. 364 is both symphonic in character and has a violin and viola soloists, in the manner of a double concerto. However, concertante also meant to play “in concert” among a mixed group of instruments, and Mozart writes in this more conversational vein as well. Each of the winds has a distinctive voice in addition to the two soloists, sometimes playing along with them, and other times interjecting their own phrases.


  • Today we understand that Brahms’s two serenades, composed when he was 23, are pre-symphonic studies in orchestral craft. In fact, the Serenade No. 2 is Brahms’s first true orchestral work. While the Serenade No. 1 was originally conceived as a nonet for winds and strings—essentially a chamber work—the Serenade No. 2 was scored for orchestra from the outset.

May 8, 2021 | 7:30 pm
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Approximately 60 minutes with no intermission

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