The WCO season begins Friday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Capitol Theater of the Overture Center for the Arts. That is when music director Andrew Sewell, now in his 20th season with the orchestra, will conduct the first of five programs in the Masterworks Series.

Sewell has often been cited by local critics for his imaginative programming, and his opening concert this season is no exception. The pairing of perhaps the most popular of Mozart’s “Piano Concertos No. 21” (often referred to as the “Elvira Madigan” concerto) with Mendelssohn’s popular “Symphony No. 4” (or the “Italian Symphony”) is a no-brainer. It is the addition of Donald Fraser’s 2018 “Sinfonietta” that draws one’s curiosity.

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