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Performance Details

  • Date Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Time 2:00 pm
  • Venue Brandermill Church
  • Conductor Steven Smith
  • Reena Esmail Avartan
  • Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Opus 68 "Pastorale"

“How delighted I shall be to ramble for a while through bushes, woods, under trees, through grass and around rocks. No one can love the country as much as I do. For surely woods, trees, and rocks produce the echo which man desires to hear.” Beethoven spent his summers in the country and it was there he did his most productive work. Beethoven composed most of his Symphony No. 6, what he himself called his Pastoral symphony, in the “delicious wooded environs of Heiligenstadt.”

Mozart wrote the Overture to “Don Giovanni,” K. 527, the night the opera’s final dress rehearsal had been performed. As his wife told him stories to keep him awake and entertained, the composer dozed off, eventually falling into a deep sleep. Upon waking, Mozart wrote and completed the Overture within two hours. Mozart’s biographer Ernest Newman insists that the story is true. Composition for Mozart “meant developing the work in his head; he found the business of writing it out rather tiresome, and he would often postpone it as long as he could. . . . the Overture to Don Giovanni had been worked out in his head long before . . . all he had to do on that historic night was to put the notes on paper.”

The Symphony will also perform Avartan by Indian-American composer Reena Esmail.  Click here to learn more about Reena Esmail.

Learn more about Steven Smith, conductor.

Program Notes

This concert will be held at: The Brandermill Church, 4500 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112