American Classical Orchestra presents an all-Mozart program on December 14
The American Classical Orchestra, New York City’s largest period instrument orchestra, celebrates its return to indoor concerts in the superior acoustics of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.
The all-Mozart program on Tuesday, December 14 is conducted by the Orchestra’s founder and artistic director, Thomas Crawford, and includes the composer’s substantial masterpiece, the Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, featuring soloists Aisslinn Nosky, violin, and Maureen Murchie, viola. The show also features the Concerto for Flute and Harp with harpist Parker Ramsay and flutist Emi Ferguson, in addition to Mozart’s popular Symphony No.29.
The next concert will be on February 3 at Harlem Parish. It offers a lively program of baroque repertoire focused on the chaconne, a musical genre that has its origins in 16th-century bawdy dances in Spanish culture, and includes mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Peraza, violinists Karen Dekker and Chloe Fedor, the violist Maureen Murchie, gambist / cellist Arnie Tanimoto, theorbist / guitarist Charles Weaver and harpsichordist Thomas Crawford.
Tuesday, December 14 at 8 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Parker Ramsay, harp
Emi Ferguson, flute
Aisslinn Nosky, violin
Maureen Murchie, viola
Concerto for flute, harp and orchestra in C major, K. 299
Symphony No.29 in A major, K. 201
Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola in E flat major, K. 364 (320d)
The concert opens with the Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, featuring the “Relentlessly Beautiful” (WQXR) music of harpist Parker Ramsay and Handel and Haydn Society Principal Flutist Emi Ferguson. Next on the program is the playful Symphony No. 29. Written when Mozart was 18, it remains one of the composer’s most popular symphonies, true to the classical style. The evening will end with the Sinfonia Concertante, notable in that Mozart clarified that the solo viola must be tuned a semitone higher to produce a brighter sound. The work will feature violist Maureen Munchie, who has performed modern and Baroque violin and viola in the United States and abroad with ensembles ranging from the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and the Handel and Haydn Society to Tootsie’s Broadway Pit. It also stars violinist Aisslinn Nosky, hailed as “a formidably powerful musician” by the Toronto Star, founding member of the period instrument Eybler Quartet and principal violin of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston.
Tickets priced at $ 35 to $ 75 are available online at lincolncenter.org or by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500. Spectators will need to adhere to guidelines for visitors to Lincoln Center, including COVID protocols, which can be found here.