A French-inspired work by Mozart written after he returned from Paris opens this concert with his Symphony No. 32, followed by a composer who was quite familiar to Mozart’s operatic audiences: Domenico Cimarosa.
His Concerto for 2 flutes was written at the height of his popularity and puts WSO principal flutist Jan Kocman and WSO flutist Alex Conway in the spotlight, giving the two soloists a chance to show off their variety of technique. From an Italian background, Canadian composer Violet Archer is up next with her beautiful Divertimento. Archer was widely recognized for her command of both traditional and contemporary music techniques, and for being a leader among women composers. The serenely cool, pastoral Sicilienne, featured in Fauré’s Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande, sets a solo flute against harp and pizzicato string accompaniment. And a work by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, who taught Archer, rounds the performance out.