Annapolis concert opens Mozart festival


There were other Mozarts besides Wolfgang Amadeus. Trumpeter Jeff Silberschlag plays father Leopold Mozart's "Concerto for Trumpet in G Major" at 8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 28 in Annapolis in the first concert in a Mozart Festival planned by St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Silberschlag, director of the St. Mary's College Chamber Orchestra and the 20th Century Ensemble, will play with the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, Yuval Waldman conducting, in the free concert at St. Anne's Church in Annapolis.

Mozart the elder (1719-1787) wrote symphonies, concertos, oratorios and scores of other pieces but if he hadn't fathered the genius son he "would be no more significant than any one of the hundred other honest musicians of the 18th century," wrote Dyneley Hussey, in "The Mozart Handbook." His fame as a musician rested upon his treatise on violin-technique, Hussey added.

The works of Mozart the son, whose death 200 years ago is being marked everywhere this year, is the concert's focus. The orchestra also plays his "Sinfonia Concertante," "Concertante in C" and "Symphony in A." Baritone Larry Edward Vote sings C.P.E. Bach's "The Israelites in Egypt."

Other free Mozart events planned by St. Mary's include a repeat of the program at 8 p.m. March 2 at Somerset Hall, St. Mary's College, St. Mary's City and an 8 p.m. March 8 concert in Somerset Hall featuring pianist Brian Ganz, head of the piano faculty, in Mozart's Piano Concerto.

Prof. Donald Bloomgarden, college musicologist, will offer a series of free lectures starting with "Mozart: The Man and His Music" at 8 p.m. March 5 in the college's Montgomery Recital Hall.

The Tidewater Ensemble and St. Mary's College Orchestra, George Manahan conducting, will play during the festival.

St. Mary's is a public liberal arts college. For more information on these events, call (301) 862-0225 or (301) 862-0231.

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