Getting playful with Mozart

Critic's Choice: Classical Music

January 28, 2001|By Tim Smith

This week, why not take a chance on Mozart? Literally. During its "Many Moods of Mozart" program on Saturday, the Concert Artists of Baltimore will take time out for a perfectly legal crap game. It's all part of "Musikalisches Wurfelspiel" -- "A Musical Dice Game" -- devised by Mozart in 1787 as an arbitrary way of coming up with a minuet. The roll of the dice determines which pre-composed musical phrases are put together to form a complete composition.

Other playful sides of Mozart will be explored as well, through excerpts from "The Marriage of Figaro," "The Magic Flute," the "Turkish" Violin Concerto and "Paris" Symphony. Add in some more serious notes, with music from his C minor Mass and Requiem, and the audience should end up with what conductor Edward Polochick calls "a pastiche of Mozart's life through moods he was in, or moods he created through his music."

Soprano Esther Heideman and the ensemble's concertmaster, Jose Miguel Cueto, will be the soloists; Jonathan Palevsky, from WBJC-FM, will narrate.

"Many Moods of Mozart" is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at LeClerc Hall, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. Tickets are $20-$23 ($14-17 seniors, $5 students, free ages 8-18). Call 410-625-3525.

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