Concert Program II

Wind Variations

During the eighteenth century, divertimentos and serenades lived up to their names as pleasant “diversions” and musical gestures of affection. Often performed outdoors, the clear timbres of wind instruments could be perfectly heard. Inspired by the examples of Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composers that followed evolved a colorful tradition of chamber music for winds. Ludwig van Beethoven’s ingratiating Serenade, written for a unique ensemble combination, is essential listening for fans of the flute, and Béla Bartók’s bracing Contrasts, composed for the legendary bandleader Benny Goodman, thrills classical and jazz aficionados alike.

This concert is preceded by a free afternoon Prelude Performance at 1 p.m. by the 2022 International Program artists.

View the full 2022 festival program book online, including events listings, program notes, and artist biographies.


Joseph Haydn(1732–1809)
Divertimento in D major, Hob. II:D18 (ca. 1760–1761)
Ludwig van Beethoven(1770–1827)
Serenade in D major for Flute, Violin, and Viola, op. 25 (1801)
Béla Bartók(1881–1945)
Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano (1938)
Camille Saint-Saëns(1835–1921)
Tarantelle in A minor for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano, op. 6 (1857)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart(1756–1791)
Serenade in E-flat major for Winds, K. 375 (1781)
Thursday 20Jul 2023
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  • *Prelude Performances and Koret Young Performers Concerts feature young artists from the Chamber Music Institute. Admission is free. read more