The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society
P.O. Box 5550, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745
31. August 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kamuela Philharmonic Announces Fall Concert 2011
The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will kick off its exciting eighth concert season on Sunday, October 16, 2011, with performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphonys No. 1 and No. 35, “Haffner,” as well as Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 314, featuring Basil Reeves, principal oboist of the Minnesota Orchestra. The concert will begin at 4:00 pm, at the Kahilu Theater in Waimea. Space is limited, so we advise audience members to arrive by 3:15 pm.
Because 2011 is the 220th anniversary of Mozart’s death, Artistic Director Dr. Madeline Schatz wanted to commemorate the event by presenting a program containing one of the great composer’s first major works, written when he was eight, and one of his finest later works, written when he was in his 20’s. When Basil Reeve, who was referred to the Kamuela Philharmonic by a friend on the Big Island, called Dr. Schatz to volunteer as a soloist, she seized the opportunity to add Mozart’s popular oboe concerto to the program.
The all-Mozart program also seemed fitting since the Kamuela Philharmonic’s October concert is part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days, an annual global concert series affirming the ideals of tolerance, friendship and shared humanity. The concert series is inspired by the life and work of journalist Daniel Pearl, who was murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. The anniversary of Pearl’s birth, October 10, is celebrated by visionary people around the world who use the power of music to lift those of different backgrounds and beliefs above the differences that set them apart. The beautiful melodies composed by Mozart help reaffirm the Kamuela Philharmonic’s conviction that through music, humanity will triumph and harmony will prevail.
Basil Reeve began his study of the oboe at age 12 with Carl Holub and Josef Marx, and worked further with Lois Wann at the Julliard School. He served as principal oboe of the Julliard Symphony under Jean Morel, went on to become principal oboe of the New York Opera, and during the five years he held that post also played with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, New York Baroque Ensemble, Carnegie Wind Quintet and New Amsterdam Ensemble. In 1971 he joined the Minnesota Orchestra, and has performed in nearly every Sommerfest and winter season chamber series during his tenure with the group. He has also served as co-artistic director of the Twin Cities Musical Offering chamber ensemble for the past 37 years. In addition, he teaches privately year-round at the University of Minnesota, and during the summer at the Round Top Institute in Texas.
During his years with the Minnesota Orchestra, Reeve has performed most of the major oboe repertoire. He has also premiered concertos by Christopher Rouse in 2009 and James Bolle in 1994, and recorded the Bolle Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, which was written for him, for Gasparo on a disc released in 1997. He has also performed solos for the Spoleto Music Festival, North Carolina Festival of the Arts, Festival of the City of Mexico, International Festival-Institute at Round Top and at conferences of the International Double Reed Society. Concertgoers will delight in the sound of his instrument, an oboe of cocobolo wood made by A. Laubin of New York City.
The Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 314, was originally composed by Mozart in 1777, then reworked as a flute concerto in D Major in an attempt to quickly fulfill a commission for four flute quartets and three flute concerti. The original version of the concerto was lost for many years, but was rediscovered in Salzburg in 1920. Widely studied by both flautists and oboists, it has become one of the more important oboe concerti in modern times.
Mozart’s Symphony No. 1 was written in the summer of 1764, when Mozart was eight years old, and premiered in February 1765. The young Mozart was already well known at the time as a performer, and wrote the piece during a stay in London during the Mozart family’s Grand Tour of Europe. The influences of several composers, including Joseph Haydn, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Johann Christian Bach, whom Mozart first met in London when he was working on the composition, are evident in the piece. The three-movement symphony (Molto Allegro, Andante and Presto) is scored for 2 oboes, 2 horns and strings. The second movement is notable for a four-note motif that also appears in several later Mozart compositions, including his Symphony No. 33, and the finale of his Jupiter Symphony.
Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385, also known as the Haffner Symphony, started as a serenade commissioned for family friends, the Haffners, in 1782. Mozart had composed a previous serenade for the family that was very successful, and at the urging of his father, made time to finish this new work despite heavy professional and personal demands on his time. He liked the finished product so well, he made several changes to the score, dropping some movements and adding more woodwinds to the first and last movements. The resulting four movement piece: Allegro con spirito, Andante, Menuetto and Presto, scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in A, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets in D, timpani and strings, was premiered in March 1783, and is said by some experts to be among his three best symphonic works.
The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society is a charitable organization described in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, so any donations placed in our calabash, done via our website or mailed to us at P.O. Box 5550, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745, may be tax deductible. During the month of September, you can also make a donation through the Foodland and Sack N Save “Give Aloha” program when you check out using your Maika’i Card and mention the Kamuela Philharmonic. They will match your donation up to $249.00 per person. For more information about the Kamuela Philharmonic and our programs, please visit our website at Kamuelaphil.com. We appreciate your helping us to continue providing live, high quality orchestral music to Big Island audiences, and we look forward to seeing you at our concerts.