Internationally celebrated pianist Orli Shaham has been building loyal audiences at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa with her artful curation of Pacific Symphony’s Café Ludwig chamber music series. Shaham continues with a Mozart and Don Quixote concert 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Here, this “first-rate Mozartean” (Chicago Tribune) takes center-stage in Mozart’s sunny Concerto No. 17, with the famous third movement theme inspired by the composer’s melodic pet starling.
Ravel’s “Morning Song of the Jester,” incorporating Spanish musical themes, opens the program.
Closing the evening is Strauss’ tone poem inspired by the Cervantes novel, with the solo cello—Pacific Symphony’s own Timothy Landauer—starring as the “ingenious gentleman,” Don Quixote de la Mancha.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Orli Shaham, piano
Timothy Landauer, cello
Ravel: Alborada del gracioso
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17
Strauss: Don Quixote
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.
Running time (approximate): 2 hours and 15 minutes
Tickets begin at $25.