The Kennett Symphony presents Leopold’s Violin: A Magical Evening of Mozart on in the Exhibition Hall of the Longwood Gardens Conservatory under the direction of Maestra Mary Woodmansee Green.
Internationally known violinist Christopher Collins Lee, playing on his exquisitely unique 1680 Cremonese violin that once belonged to Leopold Mozart (Wolfgang’s father), joins the Kennett Symphony for a delightful concert of Mozart’s best-loved melodies. Concert attendees can enjoy a FREE pre-concert lecture from 6pm to 6:30pm led by Lee in the Exhibition Hall.
The concert opens with Mozart’s delightful Symphony No. 29 followed by Joseph Lanner’s Mozartisten, a charming waltz “quodlibet” that weaves together themes from two of the most popular of all Viennese operas – Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. These musical selections serve as a prelude to Mr. Lee’s introduction and performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, known for its intimate lyricism and elegance while also demonstrating the violin’s richness and vivacity. Historical research confirms that Wolfgang played this piece on his father’s violin.
Violinist Christopher Collins Lee became a protégé of Zino Francescatti at 16. He has received top prizes in the Carl Flesch International Competition, the Tibor Varga International Competition, the J.S. Bach International Violin Competition, The Lion D”Or of the French government, a Guggenheim Grant, the Belgian American Award, and The Fritz Kreisler Prize. As an Official Musical Ambassador of the U.S. Department of State, he has played thousands of concerts worldwide, including 40 solo concert tours of Asia. Lee studied violin and composition at Curtis and Juilliard, earned a doctorate degree, was a Fulbright Scholar, and has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees. Lee will give a pre-concert talk at 6pm about his violin and the piece he will play for ticket holders.
Enjoy this special concert in Longwood Garden’s beautiful conservatory – ticket price includes free parking, all-day admission to the gardens and the pre-concert talk. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
For tickets or information, call 610.444.6363 or visit www.kennettsymphony.org. Longwood Gardens Member, Student and Group discounts are also available by calling the Symphony office.
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