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Kluxen – Mozart’s Prague Symphony

September 29 @ 2:30 pm

From the deceptively simple to disguised genius, these works from different eras connect in intriguing ways. Ligeti’s Austro-Hungarian roots link the Vienna of old with the micro-melodic modern day. Mozart’s “Prague Symphony” features the same playful wit and melodic genius of his operas The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. Korngold was viewed as modern day Mozart, evolving from child prodigy in Vienna to a pioneering composer for stage and screen. And Nielsen’s neo-classical concerto, featuring VS Principal Clarinet David Boutin-Bourque, encapsulates the Danish composer’s often inscrutable personality.

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 and David Boutin-Bourque’s performance 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.

György Ligeti (1923—2006)
Melodien (Melodies)

W. A. Mozart (1756—1791)
Symphony No.38 in D major, K504 “Prague”
I. Adagio – Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto


Carl Nielsen (1865—1931)
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 57

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897—1957)
Suite from “Much ado about Nothing”
1. Overture
2. Mädchen in Brautgemach (The Maiden in the Bridal Chamber)
3. Holzapfel und Schlehwein (Dogberry and Verges)
4. Intermezzo (Gartenszene) (Garden Scene)
5. Hornpipe (Masquerade)

MOZART: Symphony No. 38
Performed by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe



September 29
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 Programme

  • Ligeti
  • Mozart
    Symphony No. 38 in D major, "Prague"
  • Nielsen
    Clarinet Concerto
  • Korngold
    "Much Ado about Nothing" – Suite