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Mozart Players pay homage to namesake.

Byline: The Register-Guard

The Oregon Mozart Players go back to their roots this weekend with "All Amadeus," an all-Mozart music program featuring violinist Bin Huang.

Conducted by OMP Artistic Director Glen Cortese, the concert will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Fifth Violin Concerto, the overture to "La Finta Giardiniera" ("The Counterfeit Gardener") and his 40th Symphony.

Huang, who has played violin since she was a 4-year-old girl in Hunan, China, studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

She won the Paganini International Violin Competition in 1994 and the Munich International Music Competition in 1999.

The Baltimore Sun wrote that she has "a talent that leaves a listener flabbergasted."

She will play the violin concerto, better known as the "Turkish."

Mozart wrote all five of his violin concertos when he was just turning 20; because he loathed the job he held then as violinist to the archbishop, he never returned to the form.

The "Turkish" is so-called because of its resemblance to Janissary music - the military band music of Turkey.

The overture to "La Finta Giardiniera" comes from Mozart's love of opera. Also composed when he was 19, the music was written for an Italian comic opera to be performed in the court theater in Munich. It was received well.

"Thank God! My opera ... went so well that I cannot possibly describe to Mama how great the noise was," Mozart wrote.

Finally, the 40th Symphony is one of Mozart's best known works.

He composed it - along with the 39th and 41st symphonies - in an extraordinary blizzard of work during a few weeks in 1788.
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Date:Nov 1, 2007
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