Wednesday, January 27, 2010

‘Mozart at 254’

Mustn’t let the day end without wishing Bro. Mozart a happy 254th birthday. Also, might as well remind readers of The Magpie Mason in the New York area that Mostly Mozart is coming.

For 22 nights this summer, Lincoln Center’s annual Mostly Mozart music festival will fill the air with our timeless Brother’s immortal music.

Bro. Haydn and others will be included in the festival also.

The complete schedule has been taken down from the Lincoln Center website, but tickets will become available before too long. It had been announced that ticket holders will have the added benefit of taking in free recitals and lectures almost every night before the concerts, so make a full night of it by having dinner a little earlier. (Tragically, Café des Artistes closed last August, but of course plenty of excellent restaurants in the neighborhood remain.)

Of Mozart’s Masonic music, both the July 31 and August 1 concerts in Avery Fisher Hall will begin with the Overture to The Magic Flute, featuring Piotr Anderszewski on piano.

The August 16 performance (seating at 3 p.m.) of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will feature his very well known Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, K.482. The composer debuted this piece in December of 1785, reportedly at a musical academy sponsored by a Masonic lodge. Specifically it is the piece’s third movement that everyone is bound to recognize.

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