|From left, Holly Fagan on violin and Sienna S’Zell on viola will be featured in the Lake County Symphony’s “Mozart Masterpieces” concert on Sunday, November 24, 2013, in Lakeport, Calif. Courtesy photos.|
LAKEPORT, Calif. – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, still a Lake County favorite even well after his 200th birthday, will be back again on Sunday, Nov. 24, with the Lake County Symphony’s “Mozart Masterpieces” concert.
To open the program, music director and conductor John Parkinson has selected one of the famed composer’s best-known and best-loved pieces, the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola featuring the solo talents of Holly Fagan on violin and Sienna S’Zell on viola.
The piece is a meld of symphony and concerto, which Mozart was experimenting with, and is generally considered to be one of his most successful compositions in this genre, with the techniques he perfected often copied by others.
S’Zell started her music career in third grade, and has since graduated, along with a B.A. and Master’s work, to play with orchestras and chamber groups all over the United States.
She is well-known in the north counties for her work as a teacher in both public and private schools, most recently at the Ukiah School of Music.
She also is an experienced bluegrass music fiddler. On the Sinfonia Concertante she will play the viola with violinist Holly McElroy Fagan, a graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music.
Fagan has been an orchestra member in St. Louis, Detroit, Kansas City and Palo Alto and also has taught music for some 36 years. Both featured soloists are current members of the Lake County Symphony.
The second selection on the program will be Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D and will feature quick-change artist Sienna S’Zell again, only this time shifting from viola to violin.
The concerto was written in 1775 and its structure in D gives a special brilliance to the music. It is also presented in three movements.
Following intermission the orchestra will play one of Mozart’s most beloved symphonies, the ever-popular G Minor Symphony No. 40.
The Lake County Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Susan Condit, continues the Mozart theme with the composer’s Menuetto and Trio from his Symphony No. 35 – the well-known “Haffner” – and also “Amadeus” the music from the movie of the same name which was derived from Mozart’s Symphony No. 25.
The 11 a.m. open rehearsal concert costs $5 for adults and is free to those 18 and under.
The main concert takes place at the Soper-Reese Community Theatre in Lakeport beginning at 3 p.m. with general admission tickets at $25 and premium reserved seating at $30.
Symphony association members (formerly Clearlake Performing Arts – CLPA) are granted $5 discounts. Some season-ticket seats are also still available.
Tickets may be obtained on line at www.soperreesetheatre.com or by phone at 707-263-0577. They may also be bought at the Travel Center in Lakeport’s Shoreline Shopping Center, or at the theater box office on Fridays between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.