Monday, February 11, 2013

Andréa Banke to solo with Wichita Symphony Orchestra

Wichita Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Oboist 
Andréa E. Banke 
will perform Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C Major, K.314. 

Saturday, March 9th at 8 pm
Sunday, March 10th at 3 pm
Century II Concert Hall 

Composed in 1777 for the oboist Giuseppe Ferlendis, the Concerto boasts some of the most operatic and beautiful writing in any oboe work.  The outer movements are buoyant and, although technically difficult, always serve to showcase the joyful virtuosity of the oboe’s “voice.”  In a letter to his father dated November 1777, Manheim, Mozart writes, “You know that I am no great lover of difficulties. (We) play difficult things, but hearers are not aware that they are difficult.  That is real playing.”

The slow movement, in particular, is a lush, mature “aria” for the oboe.  Each phrase is shaped melodically with color, but must fit into the logical structure of the strings’ harmony.  One hears these two planes—melodic and harmonic—at once.

The final Rondo has a spinning dance theme with trills, punctuated with episodes of more lyrical playing.  At times, Mozart even sounds like he is playing with a Turkish dance theme.  Humor is evident throughout.

I will perform three of my own cadenzas written for the occasion.