G’froerer Plays Mozart

& Stephanie Childress conducts Mendelssohn

Wed, January 17, 2024
11:00 AM
Joanna G'froerer © Rémi Thériault
Stephanie Childress © Tom Porteous
Music Classical music Masterworks
Like everything Mozart touched, his Flute Concerto No. 1 is pure musical gold, particularly in Joanna G’froerer’s hands. 
  • Caroline Shaw Entr’acte
  • WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K. 313 (285c)
  • FELIX MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56, “Scottish”
  • In-person event
  • ≈ 1hour and 45 minutes · With intermission

In recognition and thanks for invaluable donor support, NAC English Theatre and NAC Indigenous Theatre reserve a limited number of complimentary seats for designated preview performances. Often, before the evening’s preview, a member of the production’s artistic team gives insights into the creative process and invites questions from donors.

As the world’s oldest instrument, the flute appeared in Greek mythology and ancient Hindu tradition long before finding its way into classical music, where it has remained a fixture. Tonight, Joanna G’froerer, NACO’s principal flute since 1992, demonstrates what all the fuss is about. 

The flutes of Mozart’s time were nothing like the fine instruments of today, and legend has it that Mozart didn’t really care for them. But like everything the great composer touched, his Flute Concerto No. 1, written as a commission for an amateur flutist, is pure musical gold, particularly in Joanna G’froerer’s hands.

Franco-British guest conductor Stephanie Childress makes her NAC Orchestra debut on this exciting program that includes Entr’acte for String Orchestra by Caroline Shaw. The youngest composer ever awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music, Shaw says of her own work, “I love the way some music suddenly takes you to the other side of Alice’s looking glass….” Entr’acte is filled with pops of joy mixed with lush sonic poetry that melds into a world of traditional Classical harmonies.

Felix Mendelssohn might have been German, but he loved the British Isles. He was inspired to compose his “Scottish” Symphony No. 3 by a visit to the ruins of the Palace of Holyrood and later wrote, “I believe I found today in the old chapel the beginning of my Scottish Symphony.”

Performance is approximately 1hour and 45 minutes including intermission


  • stephanie-childress
    Conductor Stephanie Childress
  • Flute Joanna G’froerer
  • Featuring NAC Orchestra