Rock me, Amadeus: Events celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday

In celebration of the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Jan. 27, there will be several opportunities in the Rockford region to enjoy the fun, music and life of Mozart. I hope when judging the title of this article, you weren’t hoping the one-hit wonder band Falco would be part of the celebration; they will not perform. The terrific news is, several arts organizations will have activities throughout January and, in some cases, March, April and May. I will keep you updated as those dates approach.

Jan. 14, the Music Academy of Rockford College will present an Alumni Recital featuring Shelby Latin in the Maddox Theatre at 7 p.m. Jan. 22, don’t miss the Mozart Film Festival at the Riverfront Museum Park from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The Rockford Dance Company will present the Young Choreographer’s Concert, based on the music of Mozart, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center “…Goes Mad for Mozart” Jan. 28 from 1 to 5 p.m., with vocal and instrumental performances. WNIU will broadcast Cosi Fan Tutte at 12:30 p.m. That same evening, enjoy a Viennese dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by a pre-concert lecture with Maestro Steven Larsen in preparation for the Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart Tribute at the Coronado.

You’ve heard of the do-it-yourself Messiah, here is your chance to be part of Mozart’s Requiem at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at 3 p.m., Jan. 29. Copies will be available at the door for singers to borrow. RVC Music Consortium Concert will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 29.

Check out, or call 963-9765 for additional details. The Arts Council looks forward to future collaborative ventures with organizations and individual artists.

Anne E. O’Keefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council.

From the Jan. 11-17, 2006, issue

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