The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra will perform a series of concerts under the name Jazz and Dance Meet Mozart in Limassol, Nicosia and Larnaca over the week.
Under the baton of Jens Georg Bachmann, the orchestra will start off with the boisterous Hoe Down from American composer Aaron Copland’s ballet Rodeo (1942). Up next the orchestra will enter the jazzy part of the concert with excerpts from Shostakovich’s Suite for Variety Orchestra (post-1956) and then bring even more energy into the performance with Darius Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le Toit, based on popular Brazilian tunes and premiered in Paris in 1920.
Things will return to a classical mode next with Mozart’s Haffner symphony, written in the summer of 1782, when the composer – already preoccupied with establishing his name in Vienna, finishing his Abduction from the Seraglio, mending relations with his fiance Constanze and relocating to another residence – received a letter from his father asking him to write a symphony for the Salzburg burgmaster. Mozart of course obliged, sent it to his father in Salzburg, and even he himself was amazed when, a year later, he conducted it for the first time at the Burgtheater in Vienna.
Jazz and Dance Meet Mozart
Performance by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. December 7. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €7/12. Tel: 22-463144
December 8. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia
December 9. Larnaca Municipal Theatre, Larnaca