January 28, 2006 |
People toasted Mozart with Champagne on Friday and sang "Happy Birthday" outside the house where he was born 250 years ago in Salzburg, Austria. "You feel Mozart in every street here," Salzburg resident Christine Mandl said, as she stood with thousands of others to listen to church bells mark the hour when he was born, 8 p.m. on Jan. 27, 1756.
January 26, 2006 |
CECILIA BARTOLI is replacing Renee Fleming in Friday's internationally broadcast concert celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. Fleming was to have sung the aria "Ch'io mi scordi di te?" along with the motet "Exsultate jubilate" and the duet "La ci darem la mano" from "Don Giovanni" with baritone Thomas Hampson. The International Mozarteum Foundation, organizer of the concert, said in a statement that Fleming withdrew for "vocal reasons" related to the first aria.
January 25, 2006 |
KMZT-FM (105.1) calls itself K-Mozart, and now it is living up to its name. In addition to broadcasting Mozart programming from Austria today through Friday, the classical music station is planning to feature works by Mozart every weeknight at 7 for three months, beginning Monday with his first piano concerto. That will be followed on successive nights by the other 26 piano concertos, then his other concertos and symphonies.
January 12, 2006 |
A Mozart manuscript that was torn in half by his widow will be reconstituted this year as part of celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth, the British Library said Wednesday. Mozart's widow, Constanze, tore the work in two in 1835 to boost its value, giving or selling the upper portion to a court musician, Julius Leidke. She sent the lower portion to a local government official in Bavaria.
January 10, 2006 |
It's a Mozart mystery as haunting as his "Requiem" -- and apparently it won't be solved anytime soon. After months of sophisticated DNA sleuthing reminiscent of a "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" episode, forensics experts admitted on national television that they still can't say with certainty whether an aged skull is that of the composer, as some believe.
January 4, 2006 |
Have scientists found Mozart's skull? Researchers said Tuesday that they'll reveal the results of DNA tests in a documentary airing Sunday on Austrian television as part of a year of celebratory events marking the composer's 250th birthday. The tests were done last year by experts at the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Innsbruck, and the results will be made public in "Mozart: The Search for Evidence," to be screened by state broadcaster ORF.
January 1, 2006 |
A lot of people got a distorted view of Mozart from Peter Shaffer's play "Amadeus" and Milos Forman's popular screen adaptation. Now comes the truth, or at least as close to it as we can probably hope to get. Making its debut at the start of this year's 250th anniversary of the composer's birth is "In Search of Mozart," a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Phil Grabsky ("Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World") that will premiere Wednesday at the Barbican in London.
November 24, 2005 |
PALMER Theological Seminary, a Baptist ministry school near Philadelphia where compositions by Mozart and Beethoven have turned up in the last 15 years, is looking for its next big discovery. "We've given the order for everybody to search the drawers," said Wallace Smith, president of the seminary, housed since 1940 in a former country club in Wynnewood, Pa. "So far, we've not found anything."
November 3, 2005 |
Kenneth Branagh will direct a film version of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," the BBC reports. James Conlon, who becomes music director for the Los Angeles Opera in 2006-07, will conduct the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Filming will begin in January at London's Shepperton Studios. Stephen Fry, who collaborated with Branagh on the 1992 Branagh-directed film "Peter's Friends," wrote the libretto, transferring the setting to World War I.
March 20, 2005 |
Salzburg and Vienna may be dueling for which city will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth next year with more splendor, but the Austrian province of Styria plans to opt out. Styria has declared itself a "Mozart-free zone," Bernhard Rinner, head of the province's Cultural Service, told the APA News Service this month. "It can be excluded at the present stage of planning that Styria will take part in the Mozart Year 2006, propagated by Austrian advertising," Rinner said.