Wednesday with Mozart

If you’re in no hurry to rush home after a long day at work, enjoy complimentary  hors d’oeuvres as much as I do and are always up for a musical experience, then the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Afterworks Series would be the perfect outing for you. Last night, I had the opportunity to attend and enjoy two delightful pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. With the TSO Mozart@259 Festival also in full swing, this was a fantastic performance to get audience goers in the mood to celebrate yet another year  of this annual tradition.

What makes this series also very special is the educational approach by host and CBC personality Tim Allen. He did a wonderful job introducing both the Piano Concert No. 23 in A Major, K.488 and Symphony No. 31 in D Major, K. 297/300a “Paris”. Yesterday’s performance featured guest conductor Matthew Halls and pianist Benedetto Lupo.  Halls also assisted in sharing quick previews of every movement for both pieces while also involving the audience on some interesting collaborations. Not your typical concert but that’s what makes it so unique.

matthew halls conductor

benedetto lupo piano

Lupo’s gentle interpretation of the piano concerto truly represented what he is known for worldwide; providing a “meticulou technique with romantic sensitivity” (Birmingham News).  His musical partnership with the dynamic and vibrant Halls set a wonderful mood for my Wednesday evening.