Pittance Chamber Music, comprised of members of the LA Opera Orchestra, will host their next concert on February 3. Special guest James Conlon will be conducting Pittance Chamber Music in Mozart’s sublime Serenade in B-flat, K.361, known as the “Gran Partita.” As Pittance is a chamber music organization, its ensembles are small and normally don’t require a conductor. However, the size and scope of the “Gran Partita” makes it difficult to put together without one, and it is exciting that Maestro Conlon has agreed to move from the pit to the stage for this concert.
About “Gran Partita”
The “Gran Partita” is a monumental work taking almost an hour to perform, featuring a large ensemble with a total of 13 instruments: 12 woodwinds (among them two basset horns) and a lone string player on double bass. The basset horn is an unusual instrument that was popular in Vienna in the late 1700s. It is similar to the clarinet, but longer and with additional keys that provide more notes in the lower range. Mozart composed the “Gran Partita” between 1781 and 1782, the same time frame in which he composed The Abduction from the Seraglio, which premiered in 1782 and also uses basset horns, specifically in Konstanze’s Act II aria “Traurigkeit, ward mit zum lose.” Also on the program will be Mendelssohn’s popular Octet for Strings in E-flat major, Op. 20. This engaging, joyful work is astonishing because Mendelssohn wrote it when he was 16 years old. It is uniquely scored for double string quartet and will be performed without a conductor, led from the first violin chair by LAO Concertmaster Roberto Cani.
Who: Members of the LA Opera Orchestra and JAMES CONLON, conductor
What: Mozart’s Serenade in B-flat major, K. 361, the “Gran Partita”
Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings in E-flat major, Op. 20
When: Friday, February 3, 2017, 8pm
Where: Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School, 200 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets: $35, Seniors $20, Student Rush $10
About Pittance Chamber Music
Pittance Chamber Music was created in 2013 by LA Opera Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster Lisa Sutton, who wanted to showcase the gifted artists who perform below the stage, where they are heard but mostly unseen. Since then, Pittance has expanded its ranks to include members of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, as well as members of the Los Angeles Opera Chorus.
Tickets for this concert can be purchased on the Pittance Chamber Music website here.
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