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Fans of the movie “Amadeus” will have the chance to relive its magic, mystery and great music as Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings presents “Geniuses and Wannabes,” a concert featuring works by Mozart and Salieri.
The concert will be held at 3 p.m. March 16 at Birmingham Unitarian Church. A concert preview will begin at 2:15 p.m., featuring musicologist Steven Whiting in a presentation entitled “Operatic Encounters.”
Antonio Salieri, a well-respected composer in his own right, suffered from an intense jealously of compositional-master Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The end of his life found Salieri in an insane asylum, where some say he went so far as to confess to Mozart’s murder. While we may never know the whole truth about Mozart and Salieri’s personal relationship, we can listen to and observe the relationship between their compositional styles and musical inclinations. Join the DCWS musicians for favorite Mozart selections such as Divertimento No. 3, K. 166 and La Ci Darem from the renowned opera Don Giovanni.
Also featured in the concert is Salieri’s Armonia per un Tempio della Notte (“Temple of the Night”), a wafting and ethereal piece for wind octet. Listeners can decide for themselves – was Salieri a genius like Mozart? Or just a talented wannabe? Mr. Beethoven sides with Mozart for the evening, as concertgoers enjoy his Variations on La Ci Darem, inspired by the aforementioned Mozart piece of the same name.
Tickets purchased in advance are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 60 and over, and $10 for students. They may be purchased online at http://www.detroitchamberwinds.org, or by calling 248-559-2095. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 more than the advance prices.