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 Jan. 27 Concert at SRU to Celebrate Mozart's 250th Birthday 



Jan. 18, 2006

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine 724-738-4854;


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University music faculty and 70 students will perform “The Mozart’s Birthday Bash,” offering an evening of Mozart music on his birth date at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in Swope Recital Hall to mark the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Tickets are $3 for adults; free for students and children. Proceeds will benefit music scholarships at SRU.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), who was born on Jan. 27, wrote more than 600 compositions, including symphonies, operas and sonatas. Well-known pieces include “The Magic Flute,” “Don Giovanni” and “The Marriage of Figaro.”

The program

SRU’s Dr. Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music, will offer 12 variations for piano on "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" -- written by Mozart under the title "Ah, Vous Dirai-je, Mamans."

The SRU Chamber Flutes will play the overture to “The Magic Flute,” and the Slippery Rock Trio, including Dr. Solomon, Warren Davidson and Paula Tuttle, both instructors of music, will contribute a piano trio from late in Mozart's career.

Senior bass-baritone Stephen Ball of Butler will sing a comic aria from “Don Giovanni” and senior French horn student Jeff Frankenstein of Moon Township will perform the “Horn Concerto #4” with the SRU Symphony Orchestra.

The SRU Concert Choir will join forces with the SRU Orchestra for “Regina Coeli.”


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