An Emotional, Intense Symphony for Tumultous Times

Pasadena Symphony and POPS presents Mozart Symphony No. 40 Saturday
By CYNTHIA YANG, Weekendr Staff Writer
Published on Mar 18, 2022

Brett Mitchell will guest conduct the Pasadena Symphony in two Saturday performances on a program that features Mozart Sympny No. 40 in g minor. [Photo courtesy of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS]

The Pasadena Symphony and POPS will present two performances of Mozart Symphony No. 40 on Saturday at the acoustically-impeccable Ambassador Auditorium.

The selection befits our times. The symphony is emotionally-charged and intense, with lyrical passages, but composed in the dark main key of G minor and hauntingly tragic in tone.

The program also features Adam Schoenberg’s “Finding Rothko,” along with “Grieg’s  Piano Concerto” performed by Cuban pianist Aldo López-Gavilán.

Brett Mitchell is the guest conductor for “Mozart – Symphony No. 40,” with Aldo López-Gavilán on piano.

Mozart’s tumultuous Symphony No. 40 headlines the program, while Aldo Lopez-Gavilan’s performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto has been called “genius” by the Seattle Times for his “dazzling technique and rhythmic fire.”

Composers Showcase artist Adam-Schoenberg’s “Finding Rothko,” has also been described by the Aspen Times as a “colorful orchestration, rich in textures and a sense of power similar to the painter’s work.”

The popular and staggeringly successful Emmy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated composer is currently ranked among the top 10 most performed living composers in the US.

Entry to all performances requires Covid-19 vaccination and booster if eligible.

Pasadena Symphony and POPS, Ambassador Auditorium, Saturday, March 19, 2022. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 131 S. St. John Avenue. Pasadena, CA. (626) 793-7172.

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