Classical music may not be the music one expects to hear at midnight on a night out, but Mozart’s music is timeless, in every sense of the word. The second edition of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra’s Mozart at Midnight – so far the only classical music concert organised with night owls in mind – focuses on the late works of the composer, who was only 35 when he died.
The concert will be held at the Teatru Manoel – one of a select few theatres which were around in Mozart’s time and which are still extant – and opens with a performance of the overture to Mozart’s last opera, The Magic Flute, which premiered just two months before his death.
It will be followed by Mozart’s only clarinet concerto, the composer’s last purely instrumental work, with the MPO’s principal clarinet player Giuseppe Recchia taking up a solo role.
The concert, appropriately directed by one of Mozart’s compatriots, the Viennese conductor Michael Lessky, will conclude with a performance of his 41st and final symphony, the Jupiter Symphony. It is Mozart’s longest symphony, part of a set of three he composed in quick succession. Despite being one of his most acclaimed symphonies, there is no evidence that it was ever publically performed in his lifetime: as surprising as it might sound to present-day readers, a planned concert may have been cancelled due to lack of interest.
This concert is supported by the Valletta 2018 Foundation.