Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Asheville Amadeus Continues through the Weekend

March 10 - 19, 2017 - Asheville Amadeus Festival 2017.    This annual celebration hosted by The Asheville Symphony Orchestra is performed at a variety of Asheville venues over ten days. Featured events include:

March 15 - 16, 8 PM at Diana Wortham Theatre:    The Other Mozart. You’ve heard of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but what about Nannerl Mozart? This is your chance to hear the true and untold story of Maria Anna Mozart, nicknamed Nannerl, the sister of Amadeus. She was a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer in her own right. Sylvia Milo, the production’s creator and performer, brings Nannerl to life in a fascinating and irresistably intelligent performance featuring a stunning 18-foot gown.
March 15 - April 2 at NC Stage CompanySouvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins. Florence Foster Jenkins, an eccentric socialite, lives under the delusion that she is an enchanting coloratura soprano when she is actually incapable of holding pitch. After teaming up with a pianist, she begins to hold recitals that spark a unlikely following of cultish fans around New York in the 1930s and 40s. Based on a true story, this beautiful comedy pierces the heart of the hopeful artist that lives in all of us.

March 2 and March 16 at Santé Wine Bar and Tap Room:  Austrian Wine Flight Night. Santé Wine Bar & Tap Room will host consultant Chris Curtis of The Country Vintner to showcase his Austrian wines in its March Flight Night, with a theme of “Mozart Soard in Wine and Song.” Enjoy wine tasting from different regions of Austria, homeland of the great composer. Bring your friends for a fun evening of wine and conversation.

March 17, 8 PM at Diana Wortham Theatre:   Jerusalem Quartet. Founded more than two decades ago, the award-winning Jerusalem Quartet is sure to delight with a program of works by three composers, including Mozart, who were instrumental in the development of the string quartet. BBC Magazine has said of the Jerusalem Quartet, “their playing has everything you could possibly wish for.”

March 17, 7:30 PM at  Central United Methodist Church:  Mozart March Madness. This concert is a dual celebration of the Asheville Choral Society’s 40th season and the Asheville Amadeus festival. With more than 100 voices, the chorus presents Vivaldi’s exuberant Lauda Jerusalem, selections from Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, exciting gospel and American folk favorites, and a newly commissioned work from composer Matt Wetmore. Come share with the powerful voices of the Asheville Choral Society as we celebrate 40 years of incredible music!

March 18, 2 PM at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium:  Midori and the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra. Verdi Overture to Nabucco;  Bach Concerto for Two Violins, BWV1043* (*Will feature ASYO musicians playing alongside Midori as soloists);  Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition Bruch;  Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26.   The concert will also include the music of Mozart and many other surprises, and don’t miss the MILK and COOKIES reception following the concert.

March 19, 3 PM at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium: Asheville Amadeus Finale Concert. Daniel Meyer, conductor Midori, violin Asheville Symphony Chamber Chorus.  Stravinsky Concerto in E-flat;   “Dumbarton Oaks” Mozart Symphony No. 35, K. 385;   “Haffner” Fauré Pavane Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Op. 64