Original performance February 4, 2020
Robin Hansen and Ani Bukujian, violins
Liz Prior, Viola
Eric Gaenslen, Cello
Paul Schrage, Piano
L. v. Beethoven: 7 Variations on ‘Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen’ from Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” WoO 46
L. v. Beethoven: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 32
A beloved Bay Area institution, the Midsummer Mozart Festival was founded in 1974 by Maestro George Cleve and is still the only music festival in North America dedicated exclusively to Mozart. The orchestra is currently conducted by Paul Schrage, music director. Paul was George Cleve’s last student and is proud to carry on the tradition with the Midsummer Mozart Festival. Robin Hansen is Executive Director and has been the festival’s concertmaster for twenty years.
The Festival presents a critically-acclaimed summer concert season featuring renowned international soloists as well as distinguished local artists, with a dedication to the fresh and intelligent interpretation of the work of this most enduring and universally loved composer. Our mission embraces both performances of the highest artistic excellence and the cultivation of new audiences, including young people, to assure the future appreciation of great music and the arts.