Although one could never tell it from the music, it has been inferred that Mozart didn't really like the flute as an instrument. This inference, like a lot of Mozart scholarship, comes from letters he wrote to family members and friends. "...you know I get completely paralyzed when I have to write for an instrument I can't stand," he once wrote to his father to explain his tardiness in completing a commission for flute.
While in Mannheim looking for a musical post, Mozart composed his Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major (K.313) ostensibly for an amateur flutist, Ferdinand De Jean. More likely, he was thinking of another friend, the Mannheim Orchestra's principal flute player, Johann Wendling, with whom Mozart spent quite a bit of time.
The KSO's principal flute, Ebonee Thomas, takes on the Mozart concerto this Sunday as the the orchestra's Chamber Classics Series at the Bijou offers up an All-Mozart concert. In addition to the Flute Concerto, the Chamber Orchestra will perform the Overture to Idomeneo, A Musical Joke, and the Symphony No. 31 in D Major, "Paris." Lucas Richman conducts.
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Chamber Classics Series
2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 26, Bijou Theatre
Tickets - $15 and up