Stuart Seale

Stuart Seale sings the Catalogue Aria from Mozart's Don Giovanni.

IWU to Celebrate Mozart's 250th Birthday

January 23, 2006  

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –  Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Music will host a concert celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium (Presser Hall, 1210 North Park Street, Bloomington).

The concert is free and open to the public.

Mozart was born in at Salzburg in 1756.  At the age of 5 he learned his first piece of music and gave his first public performance as a singer in the Latin play Sigismundus Hungariae Rex.   By the age of 10 at least one of his original pieces had been performed publicly.  He died at the age of 35 and is still considered one of the most accomplished composers to date.

Pieces for Thursday's concert have been selected from several of Mozart’s operas, including Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Don Giovanni (Don Jaun), Cos van Tutte and Die Zauberflte (The Magic Flute).  Instrumental selections include Horn Concerto No. 2, Piano Sonata no. 6 in D Major, K. 284 and Flute Quartet Nr. 285.

Instrumentalists include Anna Carlson, Molly Doran, Matt Demas, Vera Stefanovich, Heather Straley, Nola Richardson, Stephanie Blogg, Bret Negro, Anastasia Tumanova, Kelly Brinker, Christine Knodle, Jenny Hjelmberg, Stephanie Manser, Molly Lieberman, Anastasia Tumanova, Emily Chicoine, Molly Price, Lindsay Perala-Dewey, Nola Richardson and Bridget Wall.

Pianists include Marcia Hishman, William West, Phyllis Fitch and Elizabeth Tuazon.

Vocalists include Amanda Compton, Stuart Seale, Beth Lanza, Marcelino Rivera, Jeremy Fisher, Ingrib Blomquist, Teresa Knapik and James Hornor.

The performance will feature String Chamber Ensemble Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

Concert sponsors are Vadim Mazo, associate professor of music and head of the String Department, and Linda J. Farquharson, professor of music, who works in Opera and Voice.

For additional information, contact the IWU School of Music office at (309) 556-3061.

Contact: Kay Mitchell, (309) 556-3181