Unless you've been snoozin', you surely know that this is the year of one of our periodic Mozart spasms--the kind that grip us every half-century or so. The anniversary is the 250th of the master's birth (on Jan. 27, 1756). And no, we don't think it's the slightest bit out of line to tout four all-Mozart concerts--and virtually nothing but Mozart--this time. (That said, please see our calendars for lots of music by other folks; we don't want to hear about any of you overdosing on classical gold!)
We get an outstanding cross-section of music in these concerts--concerti, chamber music, an opera, and one of the great masses--performed by some of our region's leading artists, at affordable prices. Aside from two of the sonatas, everything was written in Vienna. And, not to deflate your ego, of course, all this music (and lots more, too) was composed by our hero when he was between 22 and 30 years old. No wonder we're celebrating all year!
Thursday, April 6
Margaret Evans, piano, and the Ciompi Quartet: Mozart: Piano Concerti in A, K.414, and in E Flat, K.449; and String Quartet in A, K.464. Carswell Concert Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh. 8 p.m. $15, Meredith students free. 760-8536.
Thursday & Saturday, April 6 & 8
Jody Sheinbaum, Joshua Sekoski, Brian Johnson, Stephanie Northcutt, Alfred Anderson, Natalie Havemeyer, Clifford Billions, Susan Williams, Jean Koff, Jenny Woodruff, Wade Henderson, and the Duke Symphony Orchestra, Harry Davidson, conductor: Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K.492 (semi-staged concert version in Italian, with English supratitles). Baldwin Auditorium, East Campus, Duke University, Durham. 7:30 p.m. $10, seniors & students $5. 684-4444 or tickets.duke.edu.
Sunday, April 9
Duke Chapel Choir, Duke Chorale, and Orchestra Pro Cantores, Rodney Wynkoop, conductor: Mozart: Mass in C Minor, K.427 (completed by Levin). Duke Chapel, West Campus, Duke University, Durham. 4 p.m. $15, seniors & students $5, Duke students free. 684-4444 or tickets.duke.edu.
Monday, April 10
Carol Chung, violin, and Frank Pittman, piano: Mozart: Violin Sonatas Nos. 20 in A, K.305; 23 in D, K.306; 27 in F, K.377; and 24 in B flat, K.378. Carswell Concert Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh. 8 p.m. Free. 760-8536. (Note: The last concert in this series will be presented on April 19.)
Roger's Words--A Remembrance of Composer Roger Hannay, by J. Mark Scearce
You can hear music by Roger Hannay at 2 p.m. April 9 in UNC's Hill Hall when friends and colleagues of the composer pay tribute to his memory.
Egidius Kwartet--Singing to Put a Smile on Your Face, by Ken Hoover