PORTLAND — Guest Conductor Ken-David Masur and master clarinetist Ricardo Morales will join the Portland Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Mozart’s last symphony, No. 41, titled “Jupiter,” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Merrill Auditorium.

The program will open with Bartok’s Divertimento for String Orchestra before Morales takes the stage to perform Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, a piece originally composed for Benny Goodman, clarinet virtuoso and “King of Swing.” The concert will conclude with Mozart’s last and longest symphony, a challenging piece that weaves together several melodies at once.

Masur is a Grammy-nominated producer whose recent engagements include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, and Memphis Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 Masur was one of three finalists in London Symphony Orchestra’s Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and he was later the recipient of the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood. Masur serves with his wife as artistic director of the Chelsea Music Festival and is the son of noted conductor Kurt Masur.

Morales has been the principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2003. Prior to that he was principal clarinet at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Morales is noted for his artistry as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician and has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, among many others. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Morales began studying music at the Escuela Libre de Musica with his five siblings, all of whom are accomplished musicians.

Tickets range from $25 to $62 and are available through PortTIX at 207-842-0800 or www.porttix.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.


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