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Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Mozart & Gounod

Bridget Dolkas

March 11 — April 9, 7:00 p.m.Virtual Online Event

Hal & Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Virtual Classical Series


Carl St.Clair, conductor
Dennis Kim, vioin
Bridget Dolkas, violin
Meredith Crawford, viola
Michael Franz, bass
Pacific Symphony
MOZART:  Serenade No. 6 in D major (Serenata notturna)
GOUNOD:  Petite symphonie for Winds (finale only)


These two tuneful and light-hearted works, composed a century apart by an Austrian and a Frenchman, would make a light-hearted and sunny soundtrack for a summer evening’s outdoor entertainment. 

  • Mozart’s “Serenata Notturna,” written by the 20-year-old composer is an enchanting early work. It opens with a dignified march punctuated by timpani to add a distinctive martial air to the otherwise sedate string orchestra. A joyful minuet gracefully leads to the final rondo, a high-spirited country dance. 
  • Gounod wrote his “Little Symphony for Winds” for his friend Paul Taffanel, the flute professor at the Paris Conservatoire, and that instrument gets a starring role. Gounod actually modeled the work after Mozart’s serenades. If there were such a thing as champagne for the ears, this lively finale with its delicate and playful melodies, effervescently tossed between flute, oboe and clarinet would most certainly be it! 

This performance will be available for FREE streaming on our YouTube and Facebook channels from March 11 through April 9. Check back in on March 10 for the links.

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