I wrote nine previews of local theater and performance art for the Register-Guard’s fall 2014 arts preview guide, which promotes the next season of numerous arts organizations.
Oregon Mozart Players will kick off their 2014-15 season on Oct. 4 with a concert called “String Sensations.”
Under the direction of conductor Kelly Kuo, the chamber orchestra continues to offer a winning combination of renowned soloists, repertoire favorites and rarely performed gems.
“String Sensations” features violinist Cho-Liang Lin and bassist DaXun Zhang performing works by Ottorino Respighi and Giovanni Bottesini, along with Lin performing two W.A. Mozart pieces.
Lin began violin lessons at 5 years old and studied with Itzhak Perlman’s teacher, Dorothy DeLay of the Juilliard School. Lin plays the 1715 “Titian” Stradivarius.
Zhang has performed extensively with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.
The second concert, on Nov. 22, offers a French-themed program including the Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor by Frederic Chopin, performed by pianist Stephen Beus.
Oregon Mozart Players usher in the holiday season with “Candlelight Baroque” on Dec. 19-20.
The group’s signature performance is set amid glowing candles at Eugene’s First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St. Soloists will perform pieces by Antonio Vivaldi and C.P.E. Bach, as well as J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major and “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 2.
The fourth concert on Jan. 31, 2015, is the launch of the Young Soloist Showcase, open to musicians younger than 18. The first-place winners will be featured in OMP’s subscription concert. The young soloists will perform Mozart’s Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro,” among other selections.
Finally, the “Mostly Mozart” concert wraps up the season on May 9.
Featured will be Mozart’s Overture to “The Magic Flute,” “Symphony No. 35 in D Major,” and “Ch’io mi Scordi di Te,” featuring mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala, Kuo on piano and assistant conductor Zeke Fetrow wielding the baton.
Rounding out the performance will be Ernest Chausson’s “Poeme d’Amour et de la Mer,” again featuring Zabala.
Oregon Mozart Players
Where: Office at 1590 Willamette St.
Contact: 541-345-6648; www.oregonmozartplayers.org
Tickets: Call 541-346-4363, tickets.uoregon.edu or UO ticket office, 1222 E. 13th Ave. (temporarily at McArthur Court, 1601 University St.)