Mozart gave many of his most magical musical thoughts to wind instruments, whether in symphonies, operas, piano concertos, or concertos of their own. He also wrote some terrific works for wind octet, or as it was called in the 18th century, the "Harmonie" ensemble — pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and horns. The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester begins its 2017-18 season with a celebration of Mozart's music for Harmonie, a remarkably profound Serenade in C Minor, and arrangements of the overtures to "The Magic Flute," "Don Giovanni," and "The Abduction from the Seraglio." Mozart's works are complemented by an octet by his friend, the Czech composer Josef Mysliveek, and a rondino by Beethoven. All this classical-era wind music will be prefaced by one of Arvo P#rt's most haunting short pieces, 1977's "Fratres" — usually played by strings, but in this case arranged for winds. There's also a free pre-concert talk at 3:30 p.m. and a wine tasting at intermission.
"Mozart and P#rt in Harmonie" will be performed Sunday, September 17, at the Lyric Theatre, 440 East Avenue. 4 p.m. $35; free for students with school ID. 624-1301; chambermusicrochester.org.