Mozart wrote his Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A Major, K. 622, not for the conventional clarinet of his day, but for an unusual basset clarinet constructed by the Viennese clarinet virtuoso Anton Paul Stadler. A restored version of the concerto will be performed this weekend by the UT Symphony Orchestra with clarinetist Gary Sperl performing on a rare basset clarinet.
You can read my preview of this concert in this week’s Metro Pulse (online here).
That concert will also include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 with Rachel Grubb conducting—and Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino.