‘That Magnificent Mozart!’ featuring Symphony No 31, ‘Paris’

Feb 07, 2018
Courtesy of: Everett Philharmonic Principal Bassoonist Steven Morgan, who will be performing alongside the Everett Philharmonic in the upcoming show, “That Magnificent Mozart!”

The Everett Philharmonic and Conductor Dr. Paul-Elliott Cobbs will be performing “the intimacy of Mozart” for Valentine’s Day weekend in their third concert of the season, “That Magnificent Mozart!”

The concert is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, in Everett’s First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.

This concert features the sounds of the bassoon played by Principal Bassoonist, Steven Morgan.

Morgan got his start in music when his mother refused to sign him up for peewee football and instead convinced him to play recorder.

He took lessons over the phone from his grandmother and then began playing clarinet in middle school. During his sophomore year of high school, his parents and band director thought he should accept the challenge of learning bassoon, as there are many more performance opportunities for bassoonists since it’s a difficult instrument to play and that colleges are likely to give scholarships to bassoonists as not many people play it. Turns out they were right and bassoon turned out to be one of the best things to ever come into Morgan’s life.

Morgan went on to earn degrees from the University of Redlands and University of California, Los Angeles in music performance. He earned positions with the North Corner Chamber Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, Lake Washington Symphony (formerly the Bellevue Philharmonic) and Everett Philharmonic.

He performs with lots of professional ensembles in Washington, most notably the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

A bit of history…Baron Thaddeus von Durnitz was a skilled amateur musician, playing both keyboard and bassoon.

In 1774, he commissioned 18-year-old Mozart to write several pieces for bassoon solo. One of these is the Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191.

Cobbs emphasizes, “The genius of Mozart is unsurpassed. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest composers who ever lived.”

This program begins with the Overture to La Clemenza di Tito. The Overture is festive yet dignified; recognizing that the story features Roman Emperor Titus (“Tito” in Italian) and that there would be real royalty in the audience.

After the concert is finished, there will be a reception in the social hall.

General Admission is $25, $20 for seniors and active military, $10 for youth and students with ID, and the show is free for anyone under the age of 12.

The concert is festival seating, so it is recommended you come early.

Doors open at 2:15 p.m.

Tickets are available online at www.everettphil.org or by calling 206-270-9729.

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