The Charlottesville Symphony continues its 2023-2024 season with Mozart and Shostakovich on Saturday, March 16th at 7:30pm in Old Cabell Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia and Sunday, March 17th at 3:30pm at Charlottesville High School’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center.
Benjamin Rous, conductor
MOZART — Overture to Don Giovanni (1787)
PROKOFIEV — Piano Concerto No. 3 (1921)
SHOSTAKOVICH — Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70 (1945)
Claiming that he wrote the overture to Don Giovanni – one of the greatest operas of all time – in just three hours on the night before the premiere, Mozart sets up the dramatic tension between comedy and tragedy swirling around a ghostly statue and an unrepentant ladies’ man.
Alexander Suh is the first-ever winner of the UVA Music Department’s inaugural Concerto Competition. He is a third-year student double majoring in music with a Concentration in Performance and computer science. He will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Charlottesville Symphony for both showings of the Mozart and Shostakovich concerts.
In the words of Leonard Bernstein, “This Ninth Symphony by Shostakovich is rather like a witty comedy in the theatre, where you are treated to one joke after another—puns, wisecracks, punchlines, surprises, twisteroos—but somehow all adding up to a work of art.” Behind the humor, however, was a subversive, neo-Classical jab intended to hold up a critical mirror to Stalin’s Russia.
For more information, please visit https://music.virginia.edu/mozart-and-shostakovich.
Free parking is available in the UVA Central Grounds Parking Garage, located on Emmet Street South on Saturday nights and at Charlottesville High School’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center on Sunday afternoons. The Charlottesville Free Trolley stops at McCormick Road near the UVA Amphitheater, in close proximity to Old Cabell Hall. Both venues are wheelchair accessible.
Single tickets are $10-$46 for adults and $10 for students. UVA students may request one complimentary ticket in advance. Single tickets may be purchased at the University of Virginia Arts Box Office, (434) 924-3376, 12:00-5:00pm, Tuesday through Friday in the lobby of the UVA Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road, or online at www.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door. Online ticket sales begin on 8/21/23.
All University of Virginia employees (faculty and staff of all UVA departments and professional schools) are entitled to a 20% discount on tickets to individual performances. This offer does not apply to subscriptions, the December Family Holiday concerts, Pops at the Paramount or previously purchased tickets.
All programs are subject to change.
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