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Vancouver Island Symphony’s Mozart and a Drum Roll – Duncan

January 19 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Mozart and a Drum Roll

Vancouver Island Symphony at the Cowichan Theatre for the Performing Arts, Duncan

January 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

“Mozart and a Drum Roll” will be performed by Vancouver Island Symphony in Duncan on Friday, January 19 at 7:30 pm in the Cowichan Theatre for the Performing Arts. This concert will warm up with “Fingal’s Cave”, a purely romantic work of Mendelssohn. Then, for the first time in Cowichan Symphony Society’s current season, we shall indulge ourselves with a set of masterpieces drawn from the true classical period — compositions by Mozart and two Haydn brothers — how magnificent will that be!

Christopher (Kyung Won) Lee, principal clarinet with the Vancouver Island Symphony, is the guest artist for this 2018 opening performance of the Cowichan Symphony Society Concert Series. He will play Mozart’s sublime clarinet concerto.

This is going to be a night of wonderful music and celebration — Christopher Lee just got married. He and his new wife, Jenny, met about a year ago when Christopher was conducting (for the Vancouver Korean Presbyterian Church Choir/Orchestra). Jenny came with one of the choir members. Then at one of the concerts, in which she was singing (Korean old-style pop music), he proposed to her in front of the audience. Music also played a big role at the wedding. Christopher’s mother played the piano; Jenny sang, both Christopher and his father played their clarinets.

Christopher is honoured to be performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major for the audience in Duncan. This piece is the most well-known classical clarinet piece, the very last instrumental work Mozart wrote before he died. This piece is filled with beauty, emotion, refinement and discovery.

The programme also brings the two Haydn “composing brothers” together – sibling symphonic joy! We will hear Symphony No. 103 by Joseph Haydn. This symphony is nicknamed The Drumroll after the long roll on the timpani with which it begins. We will also hear a piece written by Joseph’s younger brother, Michael Haydn — and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Symphony no.37. Mozart added an introduction to a symphony by Michael Haydn and scholars did not notice that the rest of the work was not by Mozart until 1907. Musical intrigue? Was it on purpose or a collaboration? As of interest, Mozart also rewrote his version of Handel’s Messiah which was heard by 700 people just before Christmas in a magnificent performance of Handel’s original version. Perhaps Pierre Simard, VI Symphony’s Artistic Director can give some insight on musial collusion at his pre-concert talk.

Keeping Music Live!

Tickets for this joyful event, which features one of Mozart’s most familiar and sublime creations, are available by calling: 250-754-8550.



January 19
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

2687 James St.




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