MSO Presents: Classical Origins


For the MSO, March definitely comes in like a lion – like three lions, in fact. On March 22nd, Maestro Denis Mastromonaco will be leading the orchestra in seminal works by three of the world’s greatest composers, Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart. 

Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, tells the story of Leonora, a courageous Spanish woman, who disguises herself as a man in order to penetrate the jail where her husband Florestan is a political prisoner. Risking death, she uses every ruse in her power to find and free him before the villain, Pizzaro, kills him.

Beethoven revised the opera several times and wrote four overtures for it. The orchestra will play the fourth one, called “Fidelio”, the name Leonora called herself in her male disguise, and the one which is played before productions of the opera today. You will hear the urgency of Leonora’s race against time in every run of notes. 

Audience favourite Peter Longworth returns to Hammerson Hall to play Brahms’s magnificent Piano Concerto No. 2. Written in four movements like a symphony, it has moments of sweeping grandeur and heartbreaking sweetness. From the first haunting call of the French horns, answered delicately by the piano and then the strings, to the majestic finale, you will be swept up by the power and depth that make Brahms one of the lions of the musical canon. 

Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C, nicknamed the “Jupiter”, was the last symphony he wrote and the third of three written in the space of a single summer! It is filled with delightful melodies and the playfulness one expects from Mozart. The fourth movement ends with a dazzling fugue in which five themes are combined and turned on their heads. 

Be sure to come early for Maestro Mastromonaco’s pre-concert chat in the foyer in front of the hall.

Tickets start at $30, and can be purchased by calling: 905-306-6000, or by visiting the MSO website at: As always, the MSO will perform within the world class acoustics of the Living Art Centre’s Hammerson Hall. 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga ON.