Santa Barbara Symphony Performances

2019-20 Season

reif conducts

Tchaikovsky & Mozart


Christian Reif, conductor

Thomas Mesa, cello 

Michael Gilbertson: Graffiti: Concerto for Chamber Orchestra, b TchaikovskyVariations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33, Mozart: Overture to La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621; Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543

Tchaikovsky & Mozart

Hailed as one of his generation’s most promising conducting talents, German-born Christian Reif has impressed critics with his phenomenal poise and interpretive prowess. He will lead a program that opens with a work by another musical wunderkind, Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer Michael Gilbertson. Continuing in a youthful vein, rising cellist Thomas Mesa will perform Tchaikovsky’s stunningly brilliant Variations on a Rococo Theme. Composed at the end of his life, La Clemenza di Tito reveals the full flower of Mozart’s mature genius. There is no mistaking the program’s concluding work – the Viennese master’s timeless and captivating Symphony No. 39.

Program Notes

Saturday, February 15, 2020; 8:00 pm

Sunday, February 16, 2020; 3:00 pm

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