Share this article

print logo

The classical music world is big on composer milestones. Last year saw 100th anniversary celebrations for Debussy and Bernstein, and 2020 is already full of RSVPs for Beethoven’s 250th birthday. A 262nd anniversary? When you're Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, each and every birthday is a musical anniversary worth celebrating. Thus, the BPO’s annual tradition of a January co…

Gusto

When Mozart was a Wunderkind, he toured the great courts of Europe with his older sister, Nannerl. Nannerl -- the name is the German equivalent of Nancy -- was, by all accounts, an amazing pianist. She stopped performing in her late teens, when both children were growing too old to be child prodigies. Now Nannerl has a new status, as feminist icon. Writers and resear…

Gusto

Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Demarre McGill could be a rebellious teenager. But he was not your average rebellious teenager. “I used to have a saying, when I was 14 or 15 – I was obsessed with music and obsessed with the flute and with achieving and attaining all of my goals. I felt so connected to Mozart as a teenager that if I got into an argument with my pa…

Family

It feels kind of dirty starting off the 10 with an event you cannot actually attend. But Dreamland, the DIY arts collective on Franklin Street, is hosting a wildly popular, costume-mandatory Knockturn Alley Fest this Saturday. Maybe the words "Knockturn Alley" made your ears -- or wizarding hat -- perk up, and 125 people have already conjured (read: bought) the $5 tickets…

Gusto

Mozart was just 22 when he wrote his famous Concerto for Flute and Harp. It was commissioned by a duke he met in Paris. The duke played flute and the duke’s daughter played harp. The story goes that Mozart never got paid for the piece. But today it is a masterpiece everyone loves. It is the centerpiece of the concert this weekend that kicks off the Buffalo Philharmonic Or…

Gusto

The artists of Buffalo Opera Unlimited, who made a splash earlier this year with a pair of 1920s jazz operas, are turning now to a funny but beautiful little opera by Mozart, “The Impresario.” The story of a couple of dueling prima donnas, “The Impresario” is a wonderful window into 18th century opera intrigue and is lovely to hear. The final chorus, to name just one highl…

Gusto

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. An…

Gusto

A cross-country car trip is a great opportunity to contrast various radio stations. And driving to Chicago last week for the Chicago Blues Festival, I got to compare a bunch of classical music stations. Classical music stations are easy to find. They are always near the low end of the dial. Just about when one fades out, you move just a little up or down, and another stati…