The Amarillo Symphony will warm up the January chill with “Mostly Mozart” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.
The symphony’s opening performance of 2018 will include Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” and “Symphony No. 40” as well as “Three Couperin Studies” by Ades and a Bach/Stokowski work, “Passacaglia and Fugue.”
Jacomo Barios will conduct the 7:30 p.m. evening concerts, and featured soloists will be violinist Michelle Skinner, the principal 2nd violinist for the Amarillo Symphony, and Vivek Kamath, who has played the viola with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
The symphony has performed both Mozart pieces and they have been audience favorites, according to Camille Nies, Amarillo College’s music department chairwoman who also plays viola in the symphony.
“I think people like the bubbliness of the Mozart selections,” Nies said. “They’re not only crowd pleasers but fun for the orchestra to play as well.”
One of the reasons the board chose this concert was to feature the musicians of the orchestra, especially Skinner and principal violist Yael Hyken, according to executive director Corey Cowart. But with Hyken expecting her first child, Kamath will substitute.
“Kamath and Jacomo were students together at Julliard, and Jacomo asked him and Kamath agreed to come out to Amarillo for his debut with the Amarillo Symphony,” Cowart said.
“Mostly Mozart” will also be discussed at the symphony guild’s first Lunch & Listening of the new year at noon Friday. The public invited to Lunch & Listening at the Embassy Suites, 550 S. Buchanan St., at a cost of $25 per person.
“The lunch and learn is mostly a lecture about the history of what was going on at the time the pieces were composed,” said Corey Cowart, symphony executive director.
Barios, Cowart, guest artists and symphony musicians will give presentations to the attendees to help them know the background of the compositions they will hear at the full concerts Friday and Saturday nights.
The plated lunch begins at noon with the lecture and sample music to follow.
Tickets for both the Lunch & Listening and “Mostly Mozart” — ranging from $15 to $54 — can be purchased by calling the symphony at 806-376-8782.