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Mozart, Cimarosa & Archer

(B)eyond Classics

Mozart, Cimarosa & Archer

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.


Daniel Raiskin


Jan Kocman


Alex Conway



Symphony No. 32

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto for 2 Flutes & Orchestra

Domenico Cimarosa

Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande

Gabriel Fauré

Hungarian Peasant Songs

Béla Bartók

Get more acquainted

  • Maestro Raiskin has conducted Cimarosa’s Concerto for two flutes before, with the legendary James Galway and his wife Jeanne Galway as the soloists.


  • The oldest flute ever discovered might be a fragment of the femur of a juvenile cave bear, with two to four holes, found at Divje Babe in Slovenia and dated to about 43,000 years ago.


  • Violet Archer commuted to New York in the summer of 1942 for private study with the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, who introduced her to Hungarian folk tunes and to variation technique, and instilled in her an abiding interest in folk music. He also inspired her to explore different types of modes and rhythms.

Feb 26, 2021 | 12:30 pm
Feb 27, 2021 | 7:30 pm


Centennial Concert Hall, MB, Canada

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Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission

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