The Symphonies of Mozart - the evolution of genius

  • September 11, 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Aurora Cultural Centre

Rick Phillips

Rick Phillips is a busy broadcaster, podcaster, freelance writer and reviewer, panel moderator, lecturer, consultant, concert host and music tour guide. He presents a variety of Music History & Appreciation courses at such venues as the University of Toronto, York University, the Royal Conservatory of Music and George Brown College.  

Often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards, he is the author of “The Essential Classical Recordings – 101 CDs,” published by McClelland & Stewart. From 1994 to 2008, Rick was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings, heard across Canada on both CBC Radio One and Radio Two every weekend. Affiliated with the CBC for 30 years, working in Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto, his career spanned production to management to on-air.

He holds a B. Mus. from McGill University and a M. Mus. from the University of Toronto. 

The Symphonies of Mozart - the evolution of genius

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composing symphonies as a boy. Although simple and immature, these early works already showed an understanding and talent for form, structure, texture, emotion and expression. He continued to write symphonies throughout his life, culminating in three masterpieces composed in the summer of 1788 at the age of 32, just 3 years before he died.

A study of the Mozart symphonies illustrates the development of the man and the musician, but also reflects the social, political and cultural changes that were sweeping Europe in the second half of the 18th century.

This event is part of the Fall 2017 Speaker series.

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