All three pieces to be performed Friday by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at its “Concertos for Orchestra” have an intriguing theme in common: mortality.
The MSO will join guest conductor Asher Fisch as it plunges into the concept with Wagner’s Overture to “The Flying Dutchman,” Mozart’s Concerto in A Major for Clarinet, and its showcase performance, Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra....
Wagner’s overture will be followed by Mozart’s clarinet concerto, a piece that premiered just two months before the composer’s death in 1791. Todd Levy, principal clarinet for the MSO, will tackle the concerto as the performance’s soloist.
“It runs the gamut between a lot of happiness and a lot of strife and sadness in some of the slow movements,” Levy said. “That’s part of the reason why the piece is considered so great. It’s not a superficial work. There’s a lot of meaning through the whole work.”
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