What better way to chase away the remnants of a dreary Chicago winter than to dream about idyllic summer music at the Woodstock Mozart Festival. The 27th season will feature three programs with works by Bartok, Haydn, Mozart, Stravinsky, and more. Single tickets go on sale April 1. Check out the offerings below:
July 27 and 28: San Francisco Symphony Resident Conductor Donato Cabrera and award-winning young pianist Vassily Primakov, touted by BBC Music Magazine as “a Mozartian to the manner born, fit to stand as a role model to a new generation,” join for a program including Bartók’s Rumanian Dances; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453; Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-flat Dumbarton Oaks; and Haydn’s Symphony No. 85 La Reine.
August 3 and 4: The Festival’s principal cellist Nazar Dzhuryn and French saxophonist Daniel Gauthier, a two-time Echo Klassique Award (European Grammy) Winner, join conductor Igor Gruppman to perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 17, K. 129; Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1; Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana; Ibert’s Concertino da Camera; Bizet’s Adagietto from L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1; Schulhoff’s Hot-Sonate; and Itturalde’s Pequeña Czarda.
August 10 and 11: Violinist Igor Gruppman (who also conducts) and violist Vesna Gruppman return by popular demand after their 2012 Festival participation, performing Mozart’s Divertimento for Strings, K. 138 (125c); Haydn’s Symphony No. 45 Farewell; and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante K. 364 (320d) for violin and viola.
The 2013 Woodstock Mozart Festival takes place July 27–August 11, Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren Street, Woodstock. Pre-concert introductions take place one hour before each of the performances. Tickets are $30–52, $25 for students, per program. Single tickets go on sale April 1 through the Woodstock Opera House Box Office at 815-338-5300 or at woodstockoperahouse.com. For more information about the Festival, visit mozartfest.org.