Get Cozy with the PSO with the “Call of the Horn” April 9: Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak chamber pieces blend lush French horn and sonorous strings. The performance starts at 3:00pm. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
“Call of the Horn” blends the lush sound of the French horn with the sonorities of the string quartet in the classic E flat major Mozart quintet and Beethoven sextet. Principal hornist of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra Susan Williams is joined by young virtuoso Morgan LaMonica and a string quartet of Portsmouth Symphony performers Steven Poirier, Brooke LaMonica, Jan Heirtzler, and Dorothy Braker. Dvorak’s A minor string quartet No. 7, a lush quartet with many Czech themes dedicated to conductor and “house music” aficionado Ludevit Prochazka, rounds out the program.
“The Mozart quintet was composed during the first few months of his marriage to Constanze Weber and was the inspiration for both the Beethoven sextet and other horn/string chamber music of the time,” notes Virginia Macdonald, Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra Executive Director. “Beethoven developed his sextet using the “hunting call” sound that horns are known for but dividing it between the horns and strings in a very pleasant and buoyant manner.”
The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.