The idea was a good one, namely to mark Mozart’s 250th birthday with a significant musical gesture, performing all of his piano concertos across a three-year period. The problem is that not all of these pieces lend themselves to being heard clumped together in an outdoor setting, especially with uneven soloists. But this concert is notable not only because of a soloist who can deliver the goods in Andreas Haefliger, but also because it presents two of Mozart’s most popular and best piano concertos, No. 24, K. 491 and No. 25, 503, with the additional bonus of legendary longtime Chicago Symphony principal French horn player Dale Clevenger performing the Mozart Second Horn Concerto as well. James Conlon conducts and note that this and all of the remaining Sunday afternoon Ravinia “Mozart at 250” concerts are selling pavilion seats for $20 apiece, rather than the previously announced $45. (Dennis Polkow)
July 23 at Ravinia Festival, Lake-Cook and Green Bay Rds., Highland Park, (847)266-5100. 5pm. $10-$20.