MOZART'S MOVING and moving fast.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is beginning to emerge steadily on local concert programs as local musicians scramble to mark the 200th anniversary of his death Dec. 5, 1791, at age 35.
Three ambitious choral-instrumental programs coming soon are the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Chorus doing the Requiem Jan. 24 and 25, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's chamber chorus presentation of rare Mozart canons, motets and anthems Jan. 26 (also marking Mozart's 235th birthday) and the Concert Artists of Baltimore bicentennial program Feb. 9.
Before then, groups playing Mozart in the next few days include the Ridge String Quartet in the Shriver Hall Concert Series, pianist Louis Shub, the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and a Peabody chamber music quintet.
The youngest classical music quartet to perform at Carnegie Hall, The Ridge String Quartet, will play Mozart's Quartet in C Major, as well as quartets by Janacek and Dvorak, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Shriver Hall. Tickets are $16 and $6. For information, call 338-7164. Quartet members, who have won both Fischoff and Coleman chamber music competitions, are violinists Krista Bennion Feeney and Robert Rinehart; violist Maria Lambros Kannen and cellist Peter Wyrick. They first collaborated at the San Francisco Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music. They started touring in 1983-84 and are now up to more than 50 concerts a year.
In a program of "Masterpieces of Romantic Music," Louis Shub plays Mozart's Fantasy in C Minor as well as pieces by Schubert, Franck, Brahms and Chopin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Goucher College's Merrick Hall. Tickets are $7 and $4 and are available at the door.
Also at 3 p.m. Sunday at Kahler Hall, Harper's Choice Community Center, the Columbia Symphony Orchestra under Cathy Ferguson presents its young people's concert, featuring three violinists: 12th-grader David Lovinger playing the first movement from Mozart's Violin in A major; 11th-grader Jean Kim, playing the Mozart Rondo in C, and 9-year-old Ann Miller playing the first movement of Vivaldi's Concerto in G minor. The three won the solo recitals in a competition. Tickets at the door are $5 and $3 for children and seniors or call 461-9194.
Five Peabody faculty members play Mozart's Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, and pieces by Dohnanyi and Schubert in a chamber music recital at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Friedberg Concert Hall. The musicians are violinist Earl Carlyss, ZTC violist Paul Coletti, cellist Ronald Thomas, bass Timothy Cobb and pianist Marian Hahn. Tickets are $8 and $4. Call 659-8124.
The BSO and chorus under Trevor Pinnock put on an All-Mozart menu at 8:15 p.m. Jan. 24 and 25 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with Symphony No. 40, Ave Verum Corpus and the Requiem. Soprano Hei-Kyung Hong, mezzo Catherine Robbin, tenor Michael Schade and bass Alastair Miles sing. Tickets are $11-$37. Call 783-8000.
The Choral Arts concert, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, departs from the usual concert format with two dancers from Dance Process interpreting Mozart canons under choreographer Peter Madden and Elam Ray Sprenkle, local composer, reading excerpts from Mozart's letters. Tickets are $20, $17 and $7. Call 523-7070.
The letters will show the humorous and serious sides of Mozart, promising "a fun evening," director Tom Hall Said. "We will present some of his musical minutiae in a format that lends insight into the playful side of his character and the circumstances of his life and work." In another all-Mozart concert by instrumentalists and vocalists, Concert Artists under Edward Polochick will feature pianist Paul Maillet playing the Piano Concerto No. 21 at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Friedberg Concert Hall. The chamber orchestra will also play the Jupiter Symphony, No 41. Also on the program are Ave Verum Corpus and the Coronation Mass in C major. Tickets are $15, $10, $5 for Peabody students and free for those 18 and under. For ticket information, call 628-0047.
Another Mozart symphony, No. 32, gets an airing at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, when the Peabody Symphony Orchestra under guest conductor Pierre Hetu presents a concert. The featured soloist will be German pianist Eckart Heiligers, a Peabody student of Leon Fleisher, playing Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1. Chausson's Symphony in B flat major will also be played. Tickets are $8 and $4. Call 659-8124.