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The School of Music at The Ohio State University invites you to a wedding – Mozart’s sublime Marriage of Figaro in Mershon Auditorium, Friday, March 1 and Sunday, March 3. 

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This Sunday's Musica Sacra features Mozart’s Solemn Vespers of the Confessor and Verdi’s Requiem. These two composers died 100 years apart, bound by music and a date: January 27. 

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We thought it would be fun to ask our WOSU coworkers to tell us about their favorite classical music works. It’s always exciting to see what door people find into the genre.

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I know, I know. Another seemingly sensationalistic claim tossed out into cyberspace like so much line at the fishing hole. Sure, winning the lottery can change your life — but a piece of music?

Of course. Even the most hardened Hannibal Lecters (remember the Goldberg Variations scene?) know that music does something deep inside us. Allow me to rhapsodize for a moment about some music that, I believe, does the human heart good.

Drama and More in Mozart's Prague Symphony

Aug 17, 2017
Prague, Czech Republic
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Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro wasn't quite the great success he hoped it would be when it premiered in Vienna in May 1786, but when it was performed in Prague in December of that year it was a big hit.

When he was invited to that city the following January, Mozart not only enjoyed experiencing the appreciation of audiences there, he also brought along a new symphony he thought they might enjoy.  It came to be called the Prague Symphony.  And enjoy it, they did. 

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra closes its season this weekend with what they hope becomes a long-running tradition—music director David Danzmayr and creative partner and principal guest artist Vadim Gluzman on stage together.

Piotr Anderszewski might be one of the most revered pianists of his generation, but he's also one of the most impulsive.

In 1990, at age 21, the young Pole entered the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition. He was nearly finished with his semi-final performance when he quit playing — just walked off the stage. He felt he wasn't good enough to continue. It was a gutsy move that actually helped launch his career.

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The Metropolitan Opera's next performance of Mozart's Idomeneo will be seen Live in HD in cinemas all over the world at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25.

Opera Abbreviated presents a 10-minute podcast, giving you my take on this great opera seria.

Recently I was reminded that Mozart wrote his final opera, Die Zauberflöte "The Magic Flute," as entertainment for a suburban theater outside Vienna. He expected the audience to be engaged, energetic and joyful. After all, those elements are clear in Mozart's music, and Emanuel Schikaneder's Theater auf der Wieden included a tavern and a casino. Between wine, billiards and Mozart, a good time was had by all.

No wine and no billiards, but Opera Columbus did a smashing job last week with an abridged Magic Flute adapted for kids.

Opera Columbus

Opera Columbus presents Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio in an updated staging, complete with James Bond, dry martinis, beautiful people and villains just waiting to be vanquished.

Showtimes for Mission: Seraglio include 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 (Mozart's 261st birthday) and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29th at the Southern Theatre.

The opera is sung in German, with English-language dialog.

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The Metropolitan Opera presents Mozart's Don Giovanni, live in HD in movie theaters worldwide on Saturday, October 22nd at 1:00 PM. 

Serenading Grapes in Tuscany With Mozart

Oct 13, 2016
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It's been reported again, this time by CBS News.  We already knew classical music was good for humans and animals and can soothe the savage beast, but Mozart's music can encourage the noble grape.  I had heard Mozart was supposed to make your kids smarter, but apparently his music can help grapes reach their full potential too.

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I remember the days of rushing out the door for school; the missing socks, the lukewarm oatmeal, and the flurry of homework scattered across the dining room table. We've all been there. 

With that scholarly scramble in mind, I've got a few stand-by musical selections to calm your nerves, cool your coffee, and even help improve your students' test scores. It's a Back to School playlist with Classical 101.

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It's that time again. This weekend, June 10-12, art lovers and sun worshippers will flock to the downtown Columbus Riverfront like the swallows at Capistrano to take in art by hundreds of visual artists, writers, dancers and musicians. And Classical 101 will be there, too.

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A previous episode of The Mozart Minute saw the 14-year-old Mozart composing his opera Mitridate, rè di Ponto on commission and for performance in Milan amid all manner of envy and intrigue. How Wolfgang the boy wonder secured a commission for such a large work at such a tender age is a story in its own right.

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