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Mozart classics drive NM Philharmonic performance

Pianist Anna Dmytrenko will perform with the New Mexico Philharmonic.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Philharmonic will perform a duo of Mozart classics to the ticking of Haydn’s symphonic clock at the Simms Center on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The concert will feature Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 with Anna Dmytrenko, as well as the overture to “Don Giovanni.”

The Ukrainian-American pianist took second place at the first Olga Kern International Competition in 2016, as well as the Audience Award and the Best Contemporary Piece Prize.

“All the Mozart pieces are masterpieces,” music director Roberto Minczuk said. “It’s hard to say which one is more beautiful. This is an amazing piece, so beautiful and so lyrical.”

The program also will showcase Haydn’s Symphony No. 101, “The Clock.”

The Austrian composer penned the work in London in 1793-94.

“Haydn was an influence on everybody, because he was so prolific and so creative,” Minczuk said. “He is considered the father of the symphony. He was also Beethoven’s teacher.”

Haydn wrote 106 symphonies.

” ‘The Clock’ gets its title for the second movement, which is a repeated pattern of eighth notes as one of those old clocks,” Minczuk said. “He was the court composer, and he had to write pieces every week. He puts a joke into the music to entertain his friends.”

Premiered in Prague in 1787, Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” was based on the legends of Don Juan. The opera knits humor, melodrama and the supernatural into a mix of comedy and drama. The Overture opens in a thundering D minor cadence.

“It’s perhaps Mozart’s most famous opera,” Minczuk said. ” ‘Don Giovanni’ is somewhat autobiographical. He reflects a little bit on his relationship with his father, who was so present and so demanding in his life.”

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