On the tenth day of Mozart…

Springfield Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart Festival

By Janell R. Ward

Photo: The Springfield Symphony Orchesetra presents the Mozart Festival Jan. 16-24

A ten-day Mozart extravaganza is coming soon to an auditorium near you! This year, for the first time ever, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra will present a Mozart festival, which will run Jan. 16-24.

“These events are designed to excite and inspire listeners of all ages and backgrounds,” Ashley Cain, director of operations and education said. “Mozart’s music is among the most popular in the classical repertoire. Those seeking to become familiar with classical music or to revisit beloved favorites will enjoy the festival events.”

Mozart was born in the town of Salzburg, Austria and wasted no time becoming great; he began his creative genius at the early age of five and since then his works have been celebrated, having influenced not only his composing contemporaries, but generations thereafter.

Cain reflected on the anticipation for the show. “Dayton concert-goers will love this festival because it is great music performed by an amazing orchestra.” She continued, “This event was Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson’s idea, and he has worked hard to see it come to fruition. His music is among the most popular in the classical repertoire and those seeking to become familiar with classical music or to revisit beloved favorites will enjoy hearing any and all of the pieces performed at the festival events.”

Cedarville hosts Mozart days

The Mozart Festival kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16 at Cedarville University in the Dixon Ministry Center, 251 N. Main Street. Some of the pieces to be performed include Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat Major, with Carlos Elias on violin and Andrea Arese-Elias on piano; Abendempfindung an Laura, featuring Crystal Stabenow, mezzo soprano and Andrea Arese-Elias, piano; and selections from the opera, Così fan tutte.

Family fun

It’s never too soon to educate your children about the works of Mozart. Come to the Mozart Magnificent Voyage and let your kids learn about Mozart as one of the most important and influential composers in history. “Mozart strongly influenced his contemporaries as well as the composers who came after him, including Beethoven, Haydn, Hummel, Tchaikovsky, and many others,” Cain explained.

On Saturday, Jan. 17, beginning at 2 p.m., not only will your children (ages four and up) be able to sample the magnificent music of Mozart, but they will also have the opportunity to watch a reenactment of key historical moments in Mozart’s life. Do not miss this enlightening performance held at the Clark State Performing Arts Center’s Kuss Auditorium (300 S. Fountain Avenue, Springfield). This short concert is a brilliant way to introduce your children to the treasured orchestra extraordinaire that has captivated generations.

Listen in style

Fancy a glass of wine while listening to the symphonies? The Springfield Museum of Art, located on 107 Cliff Park Rd., will host the event taking place on Saturday, Jan. from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. During this elegant presentation you will hear two of Mozart’s most endeared chamber works including String Quartet No. 21 in D major, “The Violet” and Serenade No. 10 in B-flat major for 13 Winds, Gran Partita. Remember to arrive early and enjoy some refreshments before the concert, catered by Seasons Bistro and Grill.

Outstanding orchestra; cherished chorale.

Get cozy in Springfield’s Southgate Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 18, where you will get to listen to two enchanting sinfoniettas – symphonies that are smaller in scale than standard symphonic works. The pieces will include Exsultate Jubilate, featuring University of Dayton soprano singer Minnita Daniel-Cox, and Coronation Mass in C major. It will be an afternoon event, taking place at 3 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 18. This fabulous event will be under the leadership of Basil Fett. Come to the 1,000-seat sanctuary for this ethereal event.

Class is in session

Come hear Mozart for free at Wittenberg University on Wednesday, Jan. 21 in Krieg Hall, Room 300, located at Woodlawn Avenue in Springfield. You will not be disappointed as you get to hear pianist Christopher Durrenberger, oboist Lisa Grove and clarinetist Richard York perform Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major. Durrenburger and York will also perform Piano Trio in E-flat Major alongside Stephanie Price on Viola.

1788: The famous last three

The title of this event, “1788,” was the chosen because of the significant and memorable symphonies Mozart composed during that year. These three famous pieces also happen to be his three last. The “1788” concert will honor the work and life of Mozart on Saturday, Jan. 24. Clean out your ears for the celebrated Symphony No. 39 in E flat Major, Symphony No. 40 in G minor, and Symphony No. 41 in C Major, “Jupiter.”

“It was a monumental feat,” Cain said of Mozart’s prolific legacy, “and one you certainly do not want to miss hearing live!”

The Springfield Symphony Orchesetra presents the Mozart Festival, Friday, Jan. 16 through Saturday, Jan. 24. Locations, times, and dates vary. Ticket prices also vary according to show. For more information, please call 937.328.3874 or visit springfieldsym.org/mozartfest.html.

Reach DCP freelance writer Janell R. Ward at JanellRWard@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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