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.