NSO performs Mozart symphony he penned at age eight

Northern Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart’s seldom heard “Symphony No. 1” as the group heads into its 11th season.

Northern Symphony Orchestra opens its 11th season featuring four of the greatest composers from the Classical and Romantic periods. File photo submitted

Northern Symphony Orchestra opens its 11th season featuring four of the greatest composers from the Classical and Romantic periods. File photo submitted

“Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5” (title of the concert) will be performed Sunday. Nov. 18 at Anoka High School.

The fall opener features a mix of four of the greatest Classic and Romantic Period composers, Beethoven, Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Mozart.

“The influence that each of these composers had on music history is far beyond what anyone can imagine,” said Michael Halstenson, NSO director.

The program is as follows: Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture,” Richard Strauss’ “Serenade for Winds,” Mozart’s “Symphony No. 1” and Tchaikovsky’s epic “Symphony No. 5.”

Lest people bristle at the length of two symphonies presented in one program, Halstenson quickly reminds readers Mozart’s “Symphony No. 1” was written when the child prodigy was eight years old. The piece clocks in at just under 10 minutes.

Similarly, Strauss wrote his serenade at the young age of 17.

“These are two very early pieces that showed the world the genius that was to come with both of these composers,” Halstenson said.

Tchaikovsky’s final piece of the concert demands great depth in musicianship.

“When we called some of our string player friends 11 years ago to think about starting an orchestra, we could only dream about having a group capable of performing music such as this,” Halstenson said.

Northern Symphony Orchestra presents “Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5,” Sunday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m., at the Anoka High School Auditorium. Tickets for adults are $10, seniors $5, students 18 and under free. The school is located at 3939 Seventh Ave. N., Anoka. For more information on NSO, visit www.northernsymphonyorchestra.org. Tickets available at the door.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


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