Mozart loved a good joke, and he took pleasure in inserting jokes and sly asides into his music and musical scores.


When he composed his Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major for Joseph Leutgeb, a celebrated musician in late 18th century Vienna, Mozart inscribed on the dedication, “W.A. Mozart took pity on Leutgeb, ass, ox and simpleton in Vienna on 27 May 1783.”


Leutgeb apparently didn’t mind the teasing. Mozart wrote several pieces for him.


Hear one of Mozart’s treasured Horn Concertos with the Grand Rapids Symphony to open its Crowe Horwath Great Eras series on Oct. 21. Highlights of the evening concert will be performed in the morning for the Porter Hills Coffee Classics series.


French hornists soloists are Grand Rapids Symphony’s Richard Britsch, joined by Erich Peterson for Haydn’s Concerto for Two Horns, 3rd movement.


Cellist Daniel Hass, who won the 2016 Stulberg International String Competition for string players younger than age 20, will be soloist in a Concerto for Cello by Boccherini. In August, the Israeli-Canadian musician was awarded $25,000 Canada Council Michael Measures Prize, given to promising, young Canadians in classical music.


See attached for more information or go online here at the Grand Rapids Symphony’s website.