2015 – 2016 Season Information
Wolfgang to perform for
Thursday Musical concert
October 22, 2015
MacPhail Center for Music
2015 – 2016 Concert Dates
Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 4 pm
Olivet Congregational Church
1850 Iglehart Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
Chamber Music by Hoffmeister, Cherubini, and Two of the Bach Boys
The WolfGang, in parts and as a whole: With music featuring duos, trios, a quartet, and a quintet, all six of The WolfGang’s musicians explore the rich body of chamber music by two of the Bach boys (Johann Christian – the “London Bach”, and Carl Philipp Emanuel – the music master of Hamburg), Hoffmeister (a Viennese friend of Mozart), and Cherubini (an Italian in Paris). For what occasion and for whom this beautiful and virtuosic music was written is, for the most part, lost in the mists of time, but the music undoubtedly enriched the evenings of many elegant salons, palaces, and perhaps even concert halls at the end of the 18th century.
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Christ Church Lutheran
3244 34th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 3 pm
Hastings Arts Center
Blessings Academy of Arts and Music
216 4th Street East
Hastings, MN 55033
The WolfGang explores two masterpieces: Beethoven at the Beginning – Mozart in Miniature
With his Opus 1 trios Beethoven expands the piano trio from a polite musical form for genteel chambers to a dramatic and virtuosic tour de force of major proportions. This was a perfect way for Ludwig to launch his publishing career in 1795 at the age of 25. The WolfGang will play the genial, vivacious and virtuosic E flat Major Trio, Op.1, No.1, Beethoven’s first published work, paired with the premiere of a suite (overture, solo arias, and ensembles) from Mozart’s opera of 1785, Le Nozze di Figaro, transcribed for The WolfGang by Paul Jacobson. The overture from this beautiful opera is often heard as a “stand-alone” orchestral work, and now we can revel in the drama of the whole opera – in miniature.
The WolfGang performs instrumental chamber music from the time of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, playing on musical instruments of the type that were used during Mozart’s life. The fortepiano is a replica of a Stein fortepiano. The violin, viola and cello are either from the 18th century or are carefully modeled after 18th century instruments. The flute and oboe are modern replicas of instruments made by some of the great woodwind makers of the late 18th century. A Twin-Cities based ensemble, The WolfGang has been performing, recording, and touring for over 16 years in a style that “fits” the Mozart era. We hope you will join us for an musical adventure very soon.