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March 16 and 17, 2013

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, one after the other, took the road less traveled, and it truly did make all the difference.  The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, with Woomyung Choe conducting, presents two ground-breaking works by this pair of classical greats on both Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 pm in the Newburgh Free Academy High School Auditorium and Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 pm in the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center.  Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, a remarkable achievement prophetic of things to come, will be performed by the captivating young virtuosa Alina Kiryayeva. Following is a hero among symphonies--Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major, “Eroica.”   [Snow dates are Saturday, March 23, 7:30 pm, in Newburgh and Sunday, March 24, 3:00 pm, in Sugar Loaf.]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) broke new ground with his furthest exploration of the piano concerto in this ultimate venture, and it is still a delight to the ear.  The Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 has long been considered one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's greatest works, and he wrote it for himself, not for his wealthy Viennese patrons.  It was apparently studied by Beethoven, whose Third Concerto not only uses the same key but includes a theme that resembles Mozart's.  With outstanding command of her instrument, Ukraine native Alina Kiryayeva can be counted on to do justice to this Mozart masterpiece. Ms. Kiryayeva has claimed top prizes and honors internationally and has toured her native Ukraine, as well as Russia, Mexico, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Japan and the United
States.  Completing her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees as a scholarship recipient at the Juilliard School, she continues her education in the Doctoral Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), like Mozart, forever changed the course of music history.  In 1787, the teenaged Beethoven visited Vienna and met Mozart, for whom he played.  Mozart told the distinguished gathering, “Some day this young man will make a great noise in the world.”  Mozart's work continued to influence Beethoven, who is on record as having expressed his profound admiration.  Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major, Opus 55, “Eroica” was the longest, biggest, most advanced symphony written to date (1803-04). It remains, more than two centuries later, one of the most powerful utterances of symphonic thought ever created. Originally intended as a tribute to Napoleon Bonaparte, the disenchanted Beethoven retracted the dedication and renamed it when Bonaparte crowned himself emperor.  Nevertheless, the mighty Eroica was Beethoven’s favorite.

The Shacklett Preview at 6:30 p.m. in Newburgh is a pre-concert introduction to the evening’s music by Gordon Shacklett.  Ticket prices in both venues are $25 for reserved seating, $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, and children under 7 are admitted free of charge.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved.  (845) 913-7157 or www.newburghsymphony.org.


This project is made possible, in part, with Public Funds from the New York State
Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program administered by Arts in Orange.




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A Non-Profit Community-Supported Cultural Organization
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