Mozart would be 250; calls for a party.
Byline: Bob Keefer The Register-Guard
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 250th birthday is coming up next week, and who better to help celebrate than the Oregon Mozart Players Oregon Mozart Players is a professional chamber orchestra based in Eugene, Oregon. The orchestra presents six concert sets in a typical season, in addition to numerous small ensemble performances and recitals by guest artists. ?
The Mozart Players have lined up a week's worth of events to mark the anniversary, culminating in an all-Mozart concert, featuring the Eugene Concert Choir Eugene Concert Choir is a non-profit choral organization based in Eugene, Oregon, United States. It consists of two mixed-voice choruses: the 100-member Eugene Concert Choir (ECC), and the semi-professional chamber group Eugene Vocal Arts Ensemble (EVAE). and the University of Oregon The University of Oregon is a public university located in Eugene, Oregon. The university was founded in 1876, graduating its first class two years later. The University of Oregon is one of 60 members of the Association of American Universities. Opera Ensemble, at the Hult Center on the birthday itself, Jan. 27.
The ``Happy Birthday to Wolfgang!'' show will feature actor and musician David Ogden Stiers David Ogden Stiers (born October 31, 1942) is an American character actor, voice actor and musician, most noted for his role in the television sitcom M*A*S*H, and the science fiction drama The Dead Zone. - remember Maj. Winchester in ``M.A.S.H.''? - as narrator NARRATOR. A pleader who draws narrs serviens narrator, a sergeant at law. Fleta, 1. 2, c. 37. Obsolete. and guest conductor, along with regular Mozart Players conductor Glen Cortese. On the program:
The overture to ``The Marriage of Figaro'' with soprano Lauren Flanigan and the Eugene Concert Choir;
The Clarinet Concerto A clarinet concerto is a concerto for clarinet and orchestra (or concert band). Albert Rice has identified a work by Giuseppe Antonio Paganelli as possibly the earliest known concerto for solo clarinet; its score appears to be titled "Concerto per Clareto" and may date from 1733. in A Major, K.622, with clarinetist David Krakauer David Krakauer is an American clarinetist. He is mostly known for his klezmer compositions. He started first as a classical musician and soon discovered klezmer music thanks to the band “Les Klezmatics, Klezmorim” with whom he played, as well as with the Kronos Quartet. as soloist;
Exsultate Jubilate, K.165;
Symphony No. 41 in C Major (``Jupiter''), K.551;
And the final scene from ``The Marriage of Figaro'' with the University of Oregon Opera Ensemble.
Soloist Flanigan has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera The New York City Opera (NYCO) is based in Philip Johnson's New York State Theater at Lincoln Center.
The company was founded in 1944 with the aim of an opera company that would be financially accessible to a wide audience, innovative in its choice of repertory, and a home , Glyndebourne and La Scala La Scala
Opera house in Milan, Italy. Built in 1776 by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria (which country then ruled Milan), it replaced an earlier theatre that had burned. , among other major opera houses Opera houses are listed by continent, then by country with the name of the opera house and city; the opera company is sometimes named for clarity. Note: there are many theatres whose name includes the words Opera House . In 2002, Carnegie Hall commissioned composer Philip Glass to write a symphony for her on a text by Allen Ginsburg.
Krakauer, who plays everything from classical clarinet to klezmer klezmer (klĕz`mər), form of instrumental folk music developed in the Eastern European Jewish community. The style had its beginnings in the Middle Ages; its name is a Yiddishized version of the Hebrew klei zemir , has performed with the Tokyo String Quartet The Tokyo String Quartet, (東京クヮルテット) is an internationally renowned string quartet.
They were established in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music. , the Kronos Quartet, the Lark Quartet, Eiko and Koma, the Orquesta Sinfonica del Barcelona and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra.
Stiers has a lengthy resume as an actor. Besides his role in ``M.A.S.H.,'' he has performed in five Woody Allen films. He got his start in the movies as the narrator in George Lucas' early film ``THX-1138.''
As a musician, Stiers has conducted more than 40 symphony orchestras around the world and spends time on the Oregon Coast as associate conductor of both the Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival in Newport.
Another highlight of the weeklong party will be the Northwest premier of ``In Search of Mozart,'' a new full-length documentary movie on Mozart's life that will be screened Saturday afternoon at the McDonald Theater.
Mozart has long been one of the towering figures in Western music, and the Mozart Players have been planning this week's program for more than a year.
``Why is this one single musical figure so important? What is it?'' asks Cortese, the Oregon Mozart Players' music director.
``I think we resonate with the man himself. The myth that his music flowed from God to his pen has long been dispelled. His gifts were God-given, without question, but they were gifts that he developed.''
Jeff Eaton, the Mozart Players' executive director, agrees: ``Even though Mozart's music is over 200 years old, it still speaks powerfully and directly to us. Like Shakespeare, Mozart tapped into universal and timeless truths of the human condition, and even now his melodies can bring us to tears or fill our hearts with joy.''
In conjunction with the celebration, the Mozart Players helped develop a grade-school curriculum for local students. As many as 500 middle and high school students will get free tickets to the Jan. 27 concert.
CELEBRATING MOZART: EVENTS
Here is a list of Mozart-related events scheduled for the coming week. Tickets are available through the Hult center box office, 682-5000, except as noted.
Lunchtime concert: Short selections from Mozart's Oboe Quartet and Clarinet Quartet, 12:15 p.m. today, Hult Center lobby, Seventh Avenue and Willamette Street. Free.
Friday through Feb. 11
The play ``Amadeus'': Very Little Theatre opens its production Friday at the theater, 2350 Hilyard St. It runs through Feb. 11. (See related story, below, for a schedule of performances and ticket information.)
The film ``In Search of Mozart'': A new full-length documentary on Mozart's life, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, McDonald Theatre, 1010 Willamette St. $8, $6 for students and seniors.
``Chamber Music and Chocolate'' concert: Musicians from the Oregon Mozart Players will deliver full performances of Mozart's Oboe Quartet and Clarinet Quintet, followed by a dessert reception, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, McDonald Theatre. $16, $14 for students and seniors; $22 ($18 for students and seniors) also buys admission to the earlier screening of the film ``In Search of Mozart.''
UO School of Music concert: Several Mozart pieces, including the `Kegelstatt' Trio, performed on period instruments: Margret Gries, classical viola and violin; Michael Anderson, classical clarinet; and Anne Dhu McLucas, fortepiano for·te·pi·an·o
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[Italian, variant of pianoforte; see pianoforte.] , 5:15 p.m. Jan. 26, Collier House, 1170 E. 13th Ave., on the UO campus. Free.
``Happy Birthday to Wolfgang'' concert: The Oregon Mozart Players perform an all-Mozart concert on the composer's 250th birthday, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Hult Center's Silva Concert Hall. $20 to $28.