By JOHN CLARE
This weekend wraps up the third annual Mozart Festival Texas. A solo recital takes place Friday night with Rick Rowley. Saturday an orchestral concert rounds out the festival with two masterpieces: the ‘Jupiter’ Symphony and the Piano Concerto No. 20.Terry Frazor will conduct and feature piano soloist Ryo Yanagitani, a former Gold Medalist with the San Antonio International Piano Competition.
The d minor concerto is special in Mozart’s catalogue. It is the first of only two minor key concerti that Mozart wrote (out of 27!). Mozart’s dad, Leopold wrote to Mozart’s sister after hearing the work, “I heard an excellent new piano concerto by Wolfgang, on which the copyist was still at work when we got there, and your brother didn’t even have time to play through the rondo because he had to oversee the copying operation.” MORE