Kamloops Symphony Orchestra Mozart Festival on now

By Adam Donnelly
May 3, 2016 - 5:15pm

KAMLOOPS — Mozart is one of the best known and most prolific composers of the Classical Era. He was responsible for over 600 works, before his death in 1791. This week, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra is holding a Mozart Festival, comprised of a number of events, ending on May 7th. The festival is meant to showcase just a sliver of the great composers catalogue, and share the music of Mozart with those in the city.

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KSO Music Directo, Bruce Dunn, says Mozart is one of the greatest composers of all-time, and the sheer amount of work he’s done proves that statement out. “He wrote 23 operas, 41 symphonies, innumerable masses. Requiem. Concertos, twenty-some odd piano concertos… 600 and some-odd works in 30 years,” Dunn told CFJC Today.

This afternoon, the KSO found space inside the Kamloops Art Gallery for “Bring Your Lunch”. The event featured an octet of wind instruments; oboes, bassoons, clarinets, and french horns. Charo Neville, Curator at the Art Gallery, says it was a natural fit for the KSO to play inside the main gallery, considering the current exhibitions connection to music.

“…[Hugh Hanson Davidson] gave his private collection to the Gallery. His whole career was devoted to music; he was a composer, and a music programmer… [Music] was his passion, and it just happens to coincide with the KSO’s Mozart Festival,” said Neville.

When asked about why the KSO decided to put on a Mozart Festival, Dunn replied “Creating awareness that this is going on.” He continued “Most people have heard of Mozart, and they might know Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, they might know the movie ‘Amadeus,’ but they don’t really know much about him. This is a way of getting a tutorial of all of the kinds of things you can learn about Mozart.”

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