MERIDIAN — special to The Star
JACKSON —The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present this season’s installment of its popular Mozart by Candlelight on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Belhaven University Center for the Arts.
For this magical event, the concert hall will be bathed in the warm glow of hundreds of candles in antique candelabras to create the ambiance of the original setting for Mozart’s music. The concert is made possible by generous sponsorship by Mr. & Mrs. Emerson B. Robinson Jr. and State Street Group, LLC
The first two selections of the evening, the Serenade for Winds in Bb and the Masonic Funeral Music call for the use of basset horns, a wind instrument common in Mozart’s time, but that became obsolete in the early 19th century. The basset horn is a member of the clarinet family and most closely resembles an Eb alto clarinet. For this performance the basset horns parts will be performed by Lowell Hollinger of Jackson State University and Randy Mapes of Hinds Community College on basset horns loaned to MSO by Louisiana State University.
Opening the concert will be the Serenade in Bb, subtitled the Gran Partita. The score calls for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 basset horns, 2 bassoons, 4 French horns and a string bass. Many will recognize this music from the scene in the film Amadeus when Mozart’s rival Antonio Salieri’s says of the music “I was hearing the voice of God”. Then the strings will join the winds for Masonic Funeral Music, composed to honor the lives of two Mozart’s fellow freemasons.
The concert will conclude with Mozart’s charming 29th Symphony. Composed when he was 18, it has long been a favorite among the symphonies of his youth.
The MSO Intimate Classics Chamber Series presents four concerts per year in more intimate spaces, creating a more “up close and personal” concert experience. Tickets for “Mozart by Candlelight” are $16 for adults, and $5 for children 18 and under, when accompanied by a paying adult. Advance tickets may be purchased on-line at www.msorchestra.com, by calling (601) 960-1565, or by visiting the MSO office at 201 East Pascagoula St. in downtown Jackson. On the day of the concert, the box office will open at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive in Jackson) at 6:30 p.m.
For more information on this concert and others in the MSO 2013-14 season, visit www.msorchestra.com.
• This project is supported in part by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.