The next (second) PBO SESSIONS event of the 2015–16 season will take place at the beginning of February. It will be held in conjunction with the visit of pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout as guest artist in performance with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. The event itself will be an in-depth examination of the music that Bezuidenhout will be playing as part of the February concert by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra entitled All Mozart. That selection will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s K. 488 piano concerto in A major.
The title of the PBO SESSIONS event will be Mozart’s Piano. The focus will be on what Mozart intended listeners to hear when they experienced his piano concertos, most of which involved Mozart performing as both conductor and soloist. To this end Bezuidenhout will be playing a fortepiano explicitly designed as a replica of a piano that Mozart himself played. The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra will be on hand with Music Director Nicholas McGegan; and, as a result, those attending the PBO SESSIONS event will become familiar with not only the sonorities of the fortepiano itself but also the ways in which Mozart selected his instruments for the best possible blend with those sonorities. That instrumentation involves the usual string section (on the reduced scale of Mozart’s time), along with one flute, two clarinets, two bassoons, and two horns. (Note the absence of any double-reeds in the upper register. Mozart tended to prefer the clarinet when he wanted an instrument with different sonorous effects in the low, middle, and high registers, respectively.)
The host for this event will be KDFC announcer Hoyt Smith. He will lead a discussion with both McGegan and Bezuidenhout. Excerpts from K. 488 will be performed to prepare the audience for the experience of listening to the entire concerto at the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra concert. Most likely this will also involve a Q&A session with the audience. In addition following the event, the audience will be invited to remain for further conversation with Smith, Bezuidenhout, and McGegan, as will as members of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, while enjoying a glass of complementary wine provided by WineWise.
This latest installment of PBO SESSIONS will take place on Thursday, February 4, beginning at 8 p.m. Once again the venue will be the ODC Theater, located at 3153 17th Street in the Mission District.. All tickets are $25, but there is a limit of six tickets per order. PBO has set up its own Web page for online purchase, as well as an event page that provides further background information.