Beethoven and Mozart in
May 10, 2014
Major works by Beethoven and Mozart will fill the spring concert of the Maple City Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Sauder Hall at Goshen College. This free program will feature Luke Norell as soloist and Brian Mast as conductor.
Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1 in C Major” was first performed in Vienna in 1800. It illustrates Beethoven’s indebtedness to his teacher Joseph Haydn and to Mozart, but its use of more wind instruments anticipates the complex symphonies for larger ensembles that characterize Beethoven’s later work.
This is the first Beethoven symphony that the orchestra has included in its repertoire.
Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21 in C. Major” was first performed in 1785. Its second movement, “Andante,” has become well known due to its use as thematic music for the Swedish film “Elvira Madigan” in 1967.
Luke Norell, the soloist, is the lead faculty member for piano in the Goshen Community School of the Arts. A native of Minnesota, Luke is completing a doctorate at Indiana University. He has earned first place awards at three different piano competitions. He was harpsichord soloist with the Maple City Chamber Orchestra in its March concert, “Baroque Wind and Strings,” playing Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.”