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Towards Mozart
The Making of a Master

February 26, 2023 | 4 pm  University of Indianapolis

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No genius stands on their own, separate from their education and early spheres of influence. In Towards Mozart the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of Barthold Kuiken, demonstrates several strands of influence which impacted Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s compositional development. Franz Xaver Richter is a strong representative of the Mannheim School, which revolutionized orchestral writing and performing beginning in Germany in the latter-half of the 18th century. Vienna favored a lighter, more galant style as exemplified by the very popular and prolific Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, a close friend of Gluck, Haydn, and Mozart. In London, the Mozart family befriended and heard the music of Johann Sebastian Bach’s youngest son Johann Christian. Wolfgang (then only 8 years old!), having absorbed these influences and the revolution of orchestral composition, composed his very first symphony, Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major KV 16 in 1763. Somehow Mozart’s mastery of form, proportion, melody, content, and depth are already present. The program closes with one of Mozart’s mature works, composed 14 years after his first symphony, the Concerto in D Major KV 314 for flute and orchestra. 

After several postponements, we are pleased to perform Towards Mozart during the 2022-2023 season. This program will feature  Barthold Kuijken as flute soloist, as well as Baroque horn duo Christopher Caudill and Rachel Niketopoulos.


Symphony in C-Major Op. 4 No. 3 | Franz Xaver Richter

Concerto in e-minor | Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf

Symphony No. 1 in E-flat Major KV.16 | W.A. Mozart

Concerto in D-Major KV 314 | W.A. Mozart

About the Program

Barthold Kuijken, Artistic Director

Throughout the 2022-2023 season, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra will observe COVID-19 policies as outlined by venue partners, as well as state and local health organizations. We continue to encourage all patrons, artists, and staff to make decisions based on their individuals health concerns and needs, and expect that individual choices be respected by all parties.


The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra has been an ensemble in residence at the University of Indianapolis since 1999, and presents two concerts at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on the UIndy campus each season. UIndy students, faculty, and staff may attend these concerts free-of-charge. Throughout our partnership, we have presented concerts, masterclasses, workshops, and mentorship for UIndy students. If you are a UIndy student interested in attending IBO concerts throughout the year, sitting in on rehearsals, or learning more about historical instruments, please contact director[at]

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