Southeast Public Radio, NPR’s ‘Performance Today’ Celebrate Mozart’s Birthday

Photo of Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in the city of Salzburg on Jan. 27, 1756. During his prolific career he established himself as a masterful composer of classical music.

Photo Credit: ©ANTO/Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 19, 2006 — On Jan. 27, the world will mark the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth. The celebration has already begun on Southeast Public Radio and NPR’s “Performance Today” with a weekly series of commentaries, stories and musical tributes to the classical composer.

“Performance Today” is heard every Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.

The city of Salzburg is flooded with world-class musicians gathered for Mozart’s 250th birthday. “Performance Today” is bringing a few of them to their temporary home in the beautiful Schloss Leopoldskron palace, home of the Salzburg Seminar. The week of Jan. 23, you’ll hear intimate Mozart performances and insights from pianist Lars Vogt; the Juilliard Quartet; 13 members of one of the best Austrian orchestras, Camerata Salzburg; and the outstanding young German violinist Arabella Steinbacher. There also will be interviews with some leading musicians about Mozart, including pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Emanuel Ax, and conductor Roger Norrington.

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