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French Connections: Music from the Parisian Stage

Thursday 13 February 2025

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Young Mozart understood that while all roads may not lead to Rome, the truly successful ones led to Paris.

Struggling to find work and establish himself as a serious composer, Mozart set his sights on the French capital in the 1700s to compose his largest orchestral work to date; his Symphony No.31, ‘Paris’. With a fierce ambition to woo the discerning aristocrats, Mozart pulled out all the stops to create a piece full of dramatic flair. The result? A masterpiece that not only conquered Paris but solidified his reputation as an international sensation.

France’s position as a cultural capital continued to thrive. When new music was made, Paris was the hot-spot premiere platform artists rushed to. The city buzzed with new, exciting works from popular French composers, all determined to have their name on the Parisian stage. The music in this concert recreates some of these highlights including Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, brought to life by the exhilarating Zee Zee, alongside works by Debussy, Lili Boulanger and Couperin.

Couperin (arr. Ades) Les Barricades Misterieux
Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major
Lili Boulanger (arr. Iain Farrington) D’un Matin de Printemps
Debussy Danses Sacrée et Profane
Mozart Symphony No. 31 in D Major, K.297 ‘Paris’

Zee Zee piano
Jonathan Bloxham conductor
London Mozart Players

Dates, Times & Book

Thu 13 Feb 7:30 PM £35/£32/£29/£18/£10 Book

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