A weekend of symphonies at Meyerson Symphony Center

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Linda Smith
Contributing Writer

Franz Peter Schubert’s “Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 (‘The Great’)” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622” will be performed Thursday through Sunday at Dallas’ Meyerson Symphony Center. Musical America Conductor of the Year Jaap van Zweden will orchestrate the performance, with featured soloist Gregory Raden starring on the Mozart piece.

-------Photo Courtesy of Dallas Symphony Orchestra------- Jaap van Zweden directs the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

“The Great” symphony was never actually heard by Schubert. Although he completed the work three years before his death, his attempts to perform it failed, because as he was told, it was too long and difficult for players. The length and magnitude of the piece is based wholly upon Beethoven’s symphonies and was even posthumously described by Robert Schumann as being of “heavenly length.” It is a grand and optimistic piece with special attention paid to trombones, which play in every movement.

Mozart’s clarinet concerto is a masterpiece for several reasons. He composed this concerto in a joyful key, greatly affecting the listener. The addition of an entire orchestra, with special focus on the string section, gives the piece a chamber-ensemble feel, something that University of Dallas students especially can appreciate. This piece was one of Mozart’s last works, completed mere weeks before his death.

As a clarinet player and chamber ensemble student, I cannot wait to listen to what is considered the first great clarinet concerto from one of my favorite composers.

Ticket prices start at $19 and are available on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s website. Thursday’s and Saturday’s performances will begin at 8 p.m., Friday’s will start at 7:30 p.m. (and will not include intermission), and Sunday’s matinee will commence at 2:30 p.m.

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