Program Archives

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
05/05/15

Mozart received a request to write a work for the oboe at a time when he was most preoccupied with composing his opera Idomeneo. But the request came from a principal musician in...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
05/04/15

Violinists are grateful for the five violin concerti Mozart wrote in his teens, though they much prefer to play only the last three. These are more mature works, more showpiece-like.  So that...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
04/21/15

Mozart certainly knew many virtuoso horn players of his day, but it was for his good friend Joseph Leutgeb that he wrote his brilliant horn concerti. These are full of intelligent humor and warmth...

Maria Theresia von Paradis
04/09/15

Today’s Midday Mozart is a work he wrote for a blind virtuoso named Maria Theresia von Paradis. She was a pianist, composer and a singer and the sublime concerto that Mozart wrote for her is...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
04/09/15

“I hope that even these idiots will find something in it to like.” That’s what Mozart said of his French audience regarding his Symphony No. 31. He’d written the work with French taste in mind by...

Carol Wincenc
04/08/15

Midday Mozart features flute soloist Carol Wincenc who will return to Sarasota in June for her 30th year as a faculty member of the Sarasota Music Festival. Today, will hear Carol...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
04/07/15

Travel has its way of opening and expanding our thinking. For a teenaged Mozart, Italy offered just that. The country had a major influence on Mozart’s music especially Italian opera. Italian...

Amadeus Mozart
03/18/15

Mozart’s Serenades were written for outdoor summer celebrations in his home town of  Salzburg. Usually the event was a wedding or a graduation party and the music was meant to be in the background...