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Mozart Festival - The Viennese Years

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  • Wed 17 Apr ’13, 7:30pm – 9:30pm


St Andrew's at Rangi Ruru Presbyterian Church, 16 Merivale Lane, Merivale, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $35.00
  • Child: $15.00



Tom Woods - conductor;
Dénes Várjon - piano.

Overture to Don Giovanni K.527;
Piano Concerto No.18, K456, in B flat major;
Symphony No. 38 “Prague” K.504.

Following a falling out with his employer in Salzburg, Mozart moved to Vienna in 1781. The resulting period of composition marked his maturity as a composer.

While his popularity with the Viennese public waxed and waned, Mozart and his music always attracted a warm and enthusiastic reception from the audiences of Prague. 1787 featured the premiere of two works he composed in honour of this city - his Symphony No. 38 Prague followed by his opera Don Giovanni.

Mozart’s Piano Concerto in B flat major was thought to have been written for the blind virtuosi pianist Maria Theresa von Paradis. Performing this joyous and sparkling concerto is pianist Denes Varjon, one of Hungary’s leading musicians.

Denes Varjon has been awarded the highest cultural distinction by the Hungarian Government - the Ference Lizst Prize and has an extensive discography of recordings on the Naxos, Teldec and Hyperion labels. He regularly performs with Europe’s leading orchestras and is regarded an outstanding interpreter of Mozart.

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