Program Notes: Mozart’s Kegelstatt

by Jack Bryce board member andCarleton Collegeprofessor emeritus Listen to Susan Billmeyer, David Pharris, and Gareth Zehngut perform Kegelstatt live on MPR hosted by Alison Young: Listen on MPR Template not foundSusan Billmeyer and Alison Young, MPR. Photo: Luke Taylor The Trio in E-flat, K. 498 (1786), for clarinet, viola, and piano, is an extremely […]


Program Notes: Mozart’s Flute Sonata in Bb major

by Jack Bryce board member andCarleton Collegeprofessor emeritus Listen below to a recording in the original instrumentation for violin and harpsichord: Template not foundJane Garvin, Flute The Flute Sonata in Bb major, K. 10, originally published as Opus 3 #1 on June 13, 1765, was one of six keyboard sonatas written in London in 1764, […]


Wolfgang and the Mozarts

by Jack Bryce board member and Carleton College professor emeritus Template not foundListen to The Musical Offering Perform! Quintet for Piano and Winds, KV452 Click the play button to the left of the gray bar above to play in your browser. Note: some browsers may not display play graphic on button.  Mozart: how a nice […]


Mozartiade concert announcement

by Alex Legeros, 
Executive Director

February 8th, 3:00pm | Sundin Music Hall | $50 all-inclusive ticket

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Our biggest concert of the year - Mozartiade! - is less than a month away, and tickets are on sale now. This concert is modeled on last year's Schubertiade, where a record number of audience members enjoyed an evening of Schubert's chamber music and Viennese fare. This tradition combines elements of what made the first performances of these works so special: an intimate and welcoming atmosphere, conversations about the works facilitated by their performers, and a chance to enjoy the company of musicians and fellow concert goers.

After exploring Vienna and its cultural legacy, our favorite discovery are these Schubertiade-style concerts. First, most chamber music was written for and performed in exactly this setting, and recreating this tradition leads us to experience music in a deeper, more authentic way. More importantly though, I think good food and good company keep us engaged with the spirit of the music. As one musician we all know (but shall remain nameless) said to me, "I mostly listen with my eyes closed. As long as you don't snore loudly, people are okay with it." It's easy to passively enjoy a chamber concert, but it feels a lot less lonely when you can talk about the music with friends over a glass of wine right in the moment.

2Plus, you get to enjoy great music and great food! What could be better than that? The Viennese appetizers and desserts last year were wonderfully scrumptious, and I can't wait to see what's on this year's menu. These concerts have brought out the foodie in each of our musicians, too - apparently there is a strong correlation between loving food and performing chamber music. 

This tradition is certainly not one we will leave behind! Come join us on February 8th for an unforgettable concert!

Mozartiade includes a variety of music featuring our entire ensemble and guests from the Minnesota Orchestra.

Program Notes: Hummel Septet

by Jack Bryce Carleton College Professor Emeritus Board Member click below to listen to a 1981 recording by the Nash Ensemble: Template not foundJohann Nepomuk Hummel, 1778-1837 Johann Nepomuk Hummel (Pressburg, now Bratislava, 1778 – Weimar, 1837), Austrian pianist, composer, teacher, and conductor, was regarded in his lifetime as one of the greatest composers in […]