Canberra Sinfonia – Mozart Concerto Gala

Wesley Music Centre Forrest ACT
3pm Saturday 2 April 2022
Soloists Lucy Macourt (violin), Alison Mountain (flute) and Rowan Phemister (harp)

This performance showcases two of Mozart’s dazzling yet lesser-played concerti, the  Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 and the Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C major, K. 299 – Mozart’s only piece for the harp.

Lenny Weiss talks to Barbie about the Mozart Concerto Gala

Both pieces will be unconducted and led by their respective soloists, as was the fashion in chamber music concerts of 18th century Europe.

Violinist Lucy Macourt was the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-21 Kingsland Resident and holds a BMus from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she received the Matteson and Nancy Scholarship, the Kathleen and Allison Short Scholarship and a Sydney Scholars Award.

Flautist Alison Mountain is a Musician Army Reservist with the Band of the Royal Military College. She completed her Licentiate of Music from the Trinity College of London (LTCL) with Distinction in 2014 and was one of the founding members of the Canberra Sinfonia.

Harpist Rowan Phemister performs with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Seven Harp Ensemble and leading contemporary groups including Halcyon, Omega Ensemble and Ensemble Offspring. He holds a BMus (Hons) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

For the remainder of their concert season, the Canberra Sinfonia will present:

Apcar’s Holland on Sunday 19 June. A program of solely world- and Australian-premieres, capped off by what we believe is the world premiere of Dulcie Holland’s Concertino for Piano and Strings. Featuring visionary soloist and local Dulcie Holland expert Ronan Apcar, piano.

Vivaldi Recomposed on Saturday 24 September. Concertmaster and violinist Helena Popovic brings new life to Vivaldi’s timeless masterpiece in a new interpretation by Max Richter.

The Canberra Sinfonia will also join with National Opera in June to present performances of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

Picture of Alison Mountford by William Hall