Russian composer’s concerto to feature Mozart in fresh way

“Classical-music lovers are likely to be familiar with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra” and “Andante for Flute and Orchestra.”

After listening to Lera Auerbach’s “Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra,” however, fans will never hear the Mozart works in the same way again.

The concerto combines both pieces by Mozart with original material by Auerbach, an accomplished composer and pianist.

“My wish was to completely blend these two works,” she said. “Mozart material is recognized throughout, but it’s not the Mozart that they know.”

The ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, through its ongoing Composer/Performer Project, commissioned the piece and will premiere it this weekend in the Southern Theatre. (The concert also will include “Roses From the South” by Johann Strauss II and “Symphony No. 10” by Franz Schubert.)””

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