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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musical genius who composed some of the most beautiful music ever written. Audiences often grappled to appreciate his ideas, which seemed radical back in his day, but now his music is loved for the immense joy and emotional depth it carries into our hearts and minds.

He almost single-handedly developed and popularised the classical piano concerto. He brought to his work technical sophistication and emotional reach. Despite being composed only one year apart, the two concertos featured in this concert are deeply contrasting. K. 466 (written in 1785 ) is stormy and tension-filled. K. 488 is cheerfully optimistic – it was written in 1786 about the time of the premiere of his opera The Marriage of Figaro.

We are delighted to welcome the 35 strong Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, which will be led by our favourite classical pianist Michael Houstoun. A performance to be treasured.