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First Monday at Jordan Hall: Arriaga, Granados
Boston, Massachusetts
Monday, 6 November 2017 - 7:30 PM
First Mondays at Jordan Hall are brilliant, with music performed by some of the world’s best chamber musicians. First Mondays are fresh and full of imaginative pairings of well-loved classics and new work. They’re in Jordan Hall, one of the finest places on the planet to hear music of this caliber. Oh, and First Mondays are free.

This season, First Monday celebrates the life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Every concert includes great compositions by Mozart and/or works related to him. We’ve always liked celebrating composer anniversaries, with this season also featuring Enrique Granados and Leonard Bernstein. But Mozart? Well, we think every year is his anniversary - even if the dates don’t fit, he’s a man for all the ages!


Over many years we have from time to time focused on the works of a country or region. Because this is the 150th birth year anniversary of the Catalan composer Enrique Granados, we used that as a starting point for creating this month’s repertoire. So, how does Mozart fit into this? It happens that the Basque composer Juan Cristóstomo Arriaga, recognized at a very early age as a prodigy composing talent, was born on January 27, 1806 - 50 years to the day of Mozart’s birthday. He was sent to study at the Paris Conservatory in his mid-teens and, tragically, died at the age of 20 while there. Ever since, he has been known as the “Spanish Mozart”.
Five composers from the Iberian Peninsula - and plenty of great Spanish guitar included . . .
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