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Buffalo Master Chorale welcomes Mozart

The Buffalo Master Chorale and the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus, led by Doreen Rao, are giving two concerts this weekend featuring the music of Mozart that will be attended by, word has it, Mozart himself.

He will be wearing 18th century clothes and speaking in a German accent, so it is whispered. He will be interacting with the singers, with Rao and with the audience. And at the end of the concert he will be presiding over a buffet of Viennese desserts. Need you know more?

No, but let us tell you about the music anyway. There is a wonderful lot of Mozart on the program, some of it known, some of it lesser known. The evenings will include a variety of his glorious sacred music, including a lively and lovely “Sancta Maria,” a rarely heard Kyrie in D Minor, and a “Regina Coeli.” More famous are the soaring “Laudate Dominum” from the Solemn Vespers, K. 339; the joyous “Alleluia” from his early masterpiece “Exultate, Jubilate”; and “Ave, Verum Corpus,” written for personal reasons shortly before he died.

On the lighter side, the program also features several scenes from “The Magic Flute,” including the marvelous duet between Papageno and Papagena, and the suggestive song “An Chloe.” In tribute to Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg, there also will be selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.”

The concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church (4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park) and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (1080 Main St.). Tickets are $10 general, $5 students and $15 for preferred seating. They are available at the door (cash or check only) or in advance at

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