Everett Philharmonic celebrates Mozart, Valentine’s Day

  • By Gale Fiege Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014 7:06pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Everett Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates Mozart and Valentine’s Day on Sunday with a matinee concert that includes a virtuosic horn concerto.

Pacific Lutheran University music professor Gina Gillie will perform Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat Major on a “natural” horn, which lacks the valves of the French horn, her regular instrument.

Changes in pitch are accomplished with lip tension and hand positions in the bell of the natural horn.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.

Tickets are $25 general, $20 for seniors and students.

Directed by Paul-Elliott Cobbs, the Philharmonic’s program includes Mozart’s iconic “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Symphony No. 40 in G minor.

Mozart’s little night serenade is a tune that people may recognize from its use in various movies. The piece is popular for a reason. The delightful melodies are easily remembered, hummed and whistled.

The symphony also is well known, but the minor key keeps it interesting, passionate and powerful.

Mozart’s music is easily loved and understood. However, because of its complexities, it requires great skill to do it justice.

Cobbs believes the genius of Mozart is unsurpassed.

“He is undoubtedly one of the greatest composers who ever lived,” Cobbs has said.

Seating is not assigned, so the audience is encouraged to come early. Doors open at 2:15 p.m. Ticket information is available by calling 206-270-9729 or online at www.everettphil.org.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

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