Welltower Mozart in the Afternoon
January 19, 2019
Concert Time: 2:00 pm
Haydn - Symphony No. 85 in B-Flat Major "La Reine"
Schnittke - Moz-Art à la Haydn for Two Violins and Orchestra
Mozart - Symphony No. 36 in C Major "Linz"
Witty and inviting, Moz-Art à la Haydn connects two of the greatest composers of the Classical Era: Franz Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Based on surviving fragments of Mozart's lost "pantomime music," with a special nod to one of Haydn's most famous symphonies, this piece is sure to delight! We open with Haydn's Symphony No. 85 "La Reine" or "The Queen" and conclude with Mozart's dazzling Symphony No. 36, written in just four days on a trip to the Austrian city of Linz.
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The emerging German conductor Anja Bihlmaier is equally at home on the operatic and symphonic stage. She studied under Scott Sandmeier at the Freiburg Conservatory of Music and under Dennis Russell Davies and Jorge Rotter at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Since the 2015-16 season, Anja Bihlmaier holds the position of 1st Kapellmeisterin and Deputy Music Director at the Staatstheater Kassel. Previously she held the position of 2nd Kapellmeisterin at the Staatsoper Hannover (under Karen Kamensek) and at the Theater Chemnitz (under Frank Beermann).
In 2005, Anja Bihlmaier was admitted into the Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrates (Conducting Forum of the German Music Council). In 2006, she was awarded the 3rd Prize at the International Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition for Conductors in Athens.
In the 2018-19 season Anja Bihlmaier will give her debuts amongst others at Gothenburg Opera, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover and Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor she will return to Volksoper Vienna with productions of Mozart’s Magic Flute and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus as well as to Gävle Symphony Orchestra and Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2017-18 season Anja Bihlmaier gave her debut at Volksoper Vienna, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and at the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken/Kaiserslautern. Moreover, she gave her US-debut at Toledo Symphony Orchestra and conducted orchestras such as Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Jönköping Sinfonietta, Wermland Opera Orchestra, Nordic Chamber Orchestera and Sønderjylland Symphony Orchestra.
As Guest Conductor, she returned to Turku Symphony Orchestra and to the Gothenborg University Orchestra amongst others. At the Saarländisches Staatstheater Anja Bihlmaier conducted the revival of Puccini‘s La Bohème and also three symphony concerts at the Staatstheater Kassel. Moreover she premiered Nicolai‘s „The Merry Wives of Windsor“.
In her first season as First Kapellmeisterin at the Staatstheater Kassel she conducted new productions of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Bellini’s Norma, as well as revivals of Tchaikovksy’s Eugene Onegin, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Puccini’s La bohème. In Kassel she also conducted two symphonic programmes. In July 2015 she took over performances of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” from Patrick Ringborg and was celebrated equally by the press and the audience.
In the 2016-17 season Anja Bihlmaier conducted the premieres of Verdi’s Luisa Miller and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the Staatstheater Kassel, and the premiere of Verdi´s Rigoletto at the Oper im Steinbruch at St. Margarethen, Austria. Moreover, she returned to Staatsoper Hannover to conduct a revival of Bizet’s Carmen.
From season 2013-14 until 2014-15 Anja Bihlmaier was Second Kapellmeisterin at the Staatsoper Hannover, where she conducted the premieres of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Grétry’s Zémire et azor, and revivals of Eugene Onegin and Carmen. Amongst the highlights of her final season were Massenet’s Werther (named „Best New Production of the Season 2014-2015“) and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. As Guest Conductor at the Staatsoper Hannover, Ms. Bihlmaier conducted the opening premiere of the 2015-16 season, Dvořák’s Rusalka directed by Dietrich W. Hilsdorf, which was met with great critical acclaim.
Anja Bihlmaier lives in Kassel (Germany) and enjoys cycling and windsurfing during her spare time.
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