Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was 8 years old when he wrote his first symphony. He initiated his extensive church music canon at age 10. His first opera emerged when he was 11, when he also brought forth his first piano concerto. By the time of his death, at age 35 in 1791, Mozart had composed over 600 works in every genre, from ballet music to sonatas, including pieces for mechanical organ, unaccompanied voices and the then newly developed clarinet. Every other instrument was equally showcased in solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets. W.A. Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, Jan. 27, 1756, the son of Leopold Mozart, who was a musician in the service of the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg. Wolfgang was playing the klavier at 3, composing at 5 and playing the violin at age 6, all without any formal training. From the outset, his talent was an innate sense of form and symmetry powered by a dramatic feeling that distinguishes his compositions from composers before and since. Indianapolis is celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth January-March. If you missed last week’s pre-birthday concerts, take heart, there’s much more: • Jan. 27, 8 p.m., FM 90.1 is broadcasting the official Mozart birthday concert by the Vienna Philharmonic, from the Festspielhaus in Salzburg. • Jan 27-28, 8 p.m., Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Mario Venzago conducts five of Mozart’s last works. Guests include mezzo soprano Susanne Reinhard, soprano Cyndia Sieden, tenor Colin Balzer and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir under artistic director Eric Stark. The Indianapolis Opera Young Artists Ensemble performs excerpts from The Marriage of Figaro in the lobby prior to the concert. “Words on Music” in the Wood Room begins at 7:15 p.m. Tickets: $10-$60. Call 317-639-4300, www.IndianapolisSymphony.org. • Jan. 29, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Hilbert Circle Theatre. “From Mozart to Modern: A Day Long Celebration of Music from the 18th to the 21st Centuries” traces connections, influences and personalities. Pianist At 11 a.m., Panayis Lyras plays Mozart, Hummel, Beethoven and Liszt. The audience will be seated on the stage. Complementary coffee and pastries served prior to the performance. At 2 p.m., “Chamber Music Mixer” features tenor Steven Stolen accompanied by pianist Sylvia Scott with Schumann songs, and ISO players and guest artists in a Brahms string sextet and Dvorak’s piano quintet. At 7 p.m., “If Mozart Wrote Jazz” features the Buselli-Wallarab Swing Band in favorites from Duke Ellington to Frank Glover. Tickets: $15 for each (or get three or more for $10 each). • Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., University of Indianapolis, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. “Mozart at 250: Scenes & Arias” features the U of I voice faculty accompanied by pianist Amy Eggleston. Free admission. Information at 317-788-2135 or www.cdfac.uindy.edu. • Feb. 2 at 11 a.m., Feb. 3 at 8 p.m., Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m., Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Mozart Festival also includes Strauss and Tchaikovsky conducted by Mario Venzago. Feb. 3-4 concerts feature guest violinists Soovin Kim and Frank Huang and 19th century dance demonstrations in the lobby prior to the concert. “Words on Music” in the Wood Room at 7:15 p.m. Tickets: $10-$60. • Feb. 5 at 11 a.m., Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Celebrating the Prodigy Concert showcases Indianapolis Violin Competition Laureates Soovin Kim and Frank Huang with ISO musicians and the Young Violin Virtuosi of Indiana University. Seating is on stage. Complimentary coffee and pastries prior to the performance. Tickets: $15 (or get three or more for $10 each) 317-639-4300 or www.IndianapolisSymphony.org • Feb. 26 at 3 p.m., Butler University’s Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave. Jordan College of Fine arts presents “The Mozart Project” as part of Butler’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. The collaborative event features Butler Ballet in world premieres of three ballets set to Mozart’s music; Butler Theatre, joined by various music ensembles, will perform the North American premiere of Requiem, a combination of Pushkin’s play, Mozart and Salieri, with Mozart’s music. Tickets: $15 at Clowes box office. Information at www.ClowesHall.org or call 317-940-6444. • March 10 at 8 p.m., March 12 at 2 p.m. Indianapolis Opera at Clowes Memorial Hall. The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart features the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. Overture, a pre-performance discussion, begins 45 minutes before curtain in the Krannert Room. Tickets: $28.50-$103 at Clowes box office.

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