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CSO and Lupanu Deliver Crisp, Nocturnal Hour of Mozart, Montgomery, Balada, & Mendelssohn

Feb 6, 2021

By Perry Tannenbaum, CVNC 

One of Mozart's most beloved compositions and the inspiration for the title of a Stephen Sondheim musical, Eine kleine Nachtmusik is perennially popular on streaming sites, CD players, and classical radio stations. WQXR's annual countdown of audience favorites listed Eine kleine Nachtmusik at Number 38 in its Top 100 for 2020 ahead of Mozart's own Clarinet Concerto, his Symphonies 40 and 41, and two of his most familiar operas, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. Yet if the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is an accurate barometer, this Mozart masterwork is rarely heard in public. Until last Saturday night, the piece hadn't been played in Charlotte on the CSO's classics series during the current millennium. (The performances led by Christof Perick in September 2004 were played out of town at the Matthews United Methodist Church, Winthrop University in Rock Hill, and Davidson College.)

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