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Kluxen – Mozart & Bartók

November 10 @ 2:30 pm

Two musical giants converge in a program that touches on music of the night. In modern parlance, Mozart’s Gran Partita could be subtitled “My Big Fat Viennese Wind Symphony.” Its rich sonority stems from a palette of woodwinds with double bass, likely written as an evening’s entertainment – music as big as all outdoors! Bartók paints a more complex canvas of mid-century Europe, with two string orchestras astride with a bevy of percussion. Here the mystic contrasts with nature, where genius and madness blur. Two colossal contrasts of orchestral colours!

Choose five (5) or more concerts and a 25% discount will apply to the entire order.

Sundays at the Farquhar Series underwritten by Julie & Harry Swain
Concert underwritten by Helen Stuart & Bob Hoogendoorn** Mozart Fund
Christian Kluxen underwritten by Sandra Lackenbauer

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Now in his eighth season as Music Director of the Victoria Symphony in Canada, Christian Kluxen is also in his second season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland, following a five-year tenure as Chief Conductor of the Arctic Philharmonic in Norway.

Kluxen has been described in the press as “a dynamic, charismatic figure” who “forms the music with an impressive vertical power of emotion and a focus on the grand form”, conducting “with exemplary clarity and a heavenly warmth”. He is recognized for his sincere and transparent leadership, innovative programming and his bold, imaginative and energetic interpretations, showcased both in his MD and guest work.

Alongside his many and varied commitments with the Victoria Symphony and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, recent and forthcoming guest engagements include Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Pacific Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Odense Symphony, and Norrköping Symphony. A fruitful and inspiring relationship with the Arctic Philharmonic, whom Kluxen led for five years as Chief Conductor, resulted in numerous exhilarating performances of a wide variety of repertoire, as well as several acclaimed recordings.



Program notes to come.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756—1791)
Serenade No. 10 in B-flat major “Gran Partita”
I. Largo – Allegro Molto
II. Menuetto
III. Adagio
IV. Menuetto: Allegretto
V. Romanze: Adagio – Allegretto – Adagio
VI. Thema mit Variationen
VII. Rondo: Allegro molto


Béla Bartók (1881—1945)
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
I. Andante tranquillo
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro molto

MOZART: Serenade No. 10, “Gran Partita”
Performed by MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble



November 10
starts at 2:30 pm


Victoria Symphony


Farquhar at UVic
University Farquhar Auditorium, Ring Road
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2 Canada
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Concert Credits

Concert Programme

  • Mozart
    Serenade No. 10, "Gran Partita"
  • Bartók
    Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta