19 July 2021
Park Record – Flutist adds whimsy to Mozart concerto during a Deer Valley Music Festival chamber concert
by Scott Iwasaki
Wednesday’s Deer Valley Music Festival chamber concert at St. Mary’s Catholic Church will give Utah Symphony Principal Flutist Mercedes Smith a chance to show her whimsical side.
Smith will perform Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2 and is looking forward to adding her flair on the piece’s cheery elements.
“So much of Mozart’s music is happy and joyful, although they can be very structured,” Smith said. “There are some charming elements in this particular work, and it features some playful musical jokes that are up to the performer to decide what liberties can be taken.”