2017 Viola Award Nominee for Excellence in the Performing Arts
Mozart and Mahler was a concert performed by the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra with guest artists on March 11, 2016. The concert was comprised of three scores: Mary Howe’s Stars, Mozart’s Concert for Two Pianos, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Guest pianists and identical twins Christina and Michelle Naughton captivated the audience with their musical unity in Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos.
Soprano Martha Guth brought a touch of heaven to the finale of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and student musicians from the NAU Chamber Orchestra will expand the FSO string sections for a grand performance. This concert was preceded by a Conversation with the Conductor at 6:30 p.m, giving the audience the opportunity to speak with Elizabeth Schulze and guest soloists about the evening’s program.
“At the heart of Friday’s program, the monumental Fourth Symphony by one of the 19th century’s musical giants, Gustave Mahler, was without reservation a landmark performance in the six-decade history of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra…In the final movement, in which Mahler adds the element of a human voice, guest soprano Martha Guth beautifully delineated the essence of the poetry describing a child’s images of death and the journey to a heavenly existence. The sense of quiet repose at the conclusion of this extraordinary work was reflected in the audience’s equally subdued response to a truly moving musical experience.”
“The program was extremely attractive. For the `Mozart Concerto, the twin sisters soloists are outstanding internationally acclaimed performers. The Mahler Symphony has been the best performance ever of a major orchestral work.”