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Music fills Benton Museum on Mozart’s 250th birthday

by Sherry Fisher - December 11, 2006

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would have been proud, as music students and faculty at UConn presented a concert to celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth.

"Mozartiade" took place at the William Benton Museum of Art Dec. 3.

The event featured vocal and instrumental selections in a variety of genres that illuminated the composer's mastery of many different forms.

The emphasis was on chamber music, which often used to be performed in private rooms of European nobility, or at special musicians' gatherings.

The audience enjoyed songs, arias and ensembles from operas, movements from piano sonatas, string quartets, chamber music for flute and strings, and a serenade for winds and double bass.

The Collegium Musicum sang a short motet for chorus. Pieces included "La cí darem la mano" duet from the opera Don Giovanni K.; Piano Sonata in B Flat K. 570; Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola, and Cello in D, K. 285; Serenade No. 10 in B Flat, K. 361 (370a), "Gran Partita;" and the Kegelstatt Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, K. 498.

Glenn Stanley, a professor of music history, hosted the evening and gave a short introduction to each piece, commenting on the music and placing it in historical context.

Rebecca Grimes, a graduate student in voice, and music professor Glenn Stanley, organized an event Dec. 3 to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday.
Photo by Janis Franklin

Stanley and Rebecca Grimes, a graduate student in voice, organized the event.

"We wanted to do something that brought in many students," says Stanley, "and also had a pedagogical aspect that would drive home what is so special about Mozart's achievements."

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