The Mozart Classical Orchestra (MCO) is a chamber orchestra typically comprising 24 to 37 musicians, depending on the program. The orchestra performs not only Mozart’s music, but also rarely-heard works of other well-known composers as well as underperformed but brilliant works of sometimes little-known composers.
The concert season of four performances at the Irvine-Barclay Theatre, on the University of California, Irvine, campus are always on Sundays at 3pm.
Here are the next two concert dates and programs:
Sunday, March 10th
Mozart: Divertimento in Bb
Mozart: Adagio K 287
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Sunday, April 28th
Dvorak : Slavonic Dance No. 10
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4
Haydn: Symphony No. 59
MCO is offering a 20% discount to tickets purchased for a single concert and a 30% discount for those purchasing tickets to both concerts.
Founded as a professional ensemble in 1985 by Dr. Ami Porat, as the still current music director and conductor, the MCO presents a balanced sampling of works that reflect a theme or idea that serves as the basis for an educational as well as an enjoyable concert. All programs are intended to reach the widest audiences possible.
Since its inaugural season, the Mozart Classical Orchestra has earned the highest critical acclaim from the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register. It has garnered praise for its performance standards, for the quality of its guest soloists, and for the intelligence with which its programs are chosen.
Maestro Porat, the MCO’s Music Director and Conductor, is a multifaceted musician with a Diploma from the Rubin Academy, in Tel Aviv, in contrabass and piano, a Bachelor of Music degree from Juilliard and a Doctorate in conducting from the University of Southern California. Under the guidance of Isaac Stern, Dr. Porat continued his musical education at the Juilliard School of Music after winning the prestigious America-Israel Cultural Foundation’s Grand Prize in Israel. He studied contrabass with Gary Karr and conducting with Jean Morel, while conducting his own chamber group in New York City. In the years that followed, Ami Porat played in orchestras in Europe, the USA and in South America as bassist and principal bassist, learning seven languages in the process and performing under Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giullini and many other great conductors.
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