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A Delightful Diversion.

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PasseriJoseph Lorang ~ violin
Tsutomu William Copeland ~ viola 
Clara Abel ~ violoncello 

Mozart's Divertimento in Eb Major, K. 563 is the only full-length string trio he ever composed. And full-length it certainly is — six movements long and clocking in at around 45 minutes — making it the second longest chamber work Mozart ever wrote, and a giant among string trios composed to this day. “Divertimento” is a genre typically associated with lighthearted, rather informal compositions meant purely for entertainment, and K. 563 stretches that definition in both its scope and profundity. This piece was composed in 1787−1788, a period during which Mozart was facing financial struggles. After repeated, increasingly desperate appeals to his friend Michael Puchberg, a textile merchant, to help him out by sending him money, Puchberg responded by giving Mozart a sizable loan. It is believed that Mozart wrote this piece in dedication to Puchberg in return for this gesture. This work takes advantage of all three voices' capacity for soloistic playing, featuring each of the three instruments in virtuosic roles as well as supporting ones. The result is an intricate conversation among three true equals.

The Passeri Quartet was formed in 2020 through Juilliard’s Historical Performance program. Its members have participated in American Bach Soloists, Boston Early Music Festival, Midtown Concerts, Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, Kneisel Hall, La Risonanza Early Music Academy, Oregon Bach Festival, and Trigonale Early Music Course. The musicians share an interest in expanding the string quartet repertoire on period instruments to include music from the Renaissance to the 21st century.

1:15–2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

In person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan

Live stream details: You can watch it on your computer in any of two places by clicking on the name you wish: our website or YouTube.

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early music specialists from the metropolitan area.

Time: Thursdays, 1:15–2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

Concerts are in person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan, AND live streamed.