In keeping with a recent tradition of November festivals, WQXR will present "Month of Mozart,” a celebration of the composer who has racked up more recordings than any other (nearly 10,000), created masterpieces in every genre he attempted, and who today is sampled by rock stars and rap artists and on movie soundtracks and video games.
Beginning Friday, Nov.1, Month of Mozart will provide many pathways into the music, mystique and majesty of Mozart through themed programming, live events, web exclusives and expert commentary.
Highlights include an all-Mozart day (November 1) to kick off the festival; daily themes such as "Mozart and his world," "Mozart in his own words," and "Mozart’s chamber music"; a screening of the Oscar-winning film "Amadeus" with an appearance by F. Murray Abraham at Symphony Space (November 9); a child-friendly version of The Magic Flute performed by the Amore Opera at The Greene Space at WQXR (November 23); and "Life with Wolfie," a Tumblr page written by Mozart’s stage dad, Leopold chronicling the Mozart Family Tour around Europe and what it’s like to parent a genius.
We'll present the finest recordings of Mozart’s oeuvre, from chamber music to piano sonatas to magisterial orchestral works. The festival will culminate in a live broadcast of the New York Philharmonic performing Mozart’s three final symphonies (November 30). Operavore, WQXR’s 24/7 stream and site dedicated to opera, will feature full-length recordings of Mozart’s operas every weekday, from The Marriage of Figaro to Così fan tutte.
Also online, watch for a “Conducting Business” podcast on the now-debunked but still popular “Mozart Effect” study, a backstage tour of The Metropolitan Opera with a “Mozart makeover" of WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon, and Cafe Concerts by soprano Susanna Phillips and the Pacifica String Quartet.
"Our composer festivals – concentrated doses of classical’s best-known composers, brought to life for contemporary audiences – are a playful way for us to remind New Yorkers that everyone knows a little something about classical music, and everyone is welcome at WQXR," said Graham Parker, General Manager, WQXR.
"Through brand-disruptive imagery inspired by skater culture, clever and engaging social media efforts, and of course, great music, we invite both the seasoned fan and the new listener to experience a single composer in an accessible, yet well-informed way. We’re delighted to put the spotlight on Mozart – whose sense of humor rivaled his musicianship – and hope that even more listeners will be enticed to join us on this immersive journey."