Nachtmusique performs Jan. 23

Nachtmusique performs Jan. 23 Nachtmusique ("Night Music"), a leading European musical ensemble based in Amsterdam, will present "An Evening in Vienna," featuring music by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, and friends, played on original instruments of the period, in the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall at the National Music Museum on the campus of The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, Thursday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. Viennese desserts will be served.

First established by Emperor Joseph II of Vienna in 1782, such ensembles, designed to provide diversion much like radios and CD players today, made it possible to enjoy one's favorite music at almost any time. Exactly what Mozart meant, when he used the word, Nachtmusique, in a letter to his father in 1781, is not known, but it unquestionably conjures up an atmosphere of serenity: a candlelit evening, relaxed, with time to listen to the myriad colors and subtle nuances that such an ensemble can create.

The musicians � touring the United States for the first time � are solo players with the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Les Arts Florissants, Freiburger Baroque Orchestra, Anima Eterna, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra des Champs-Elys�es, and others.

A limited number of tickets, sold on a first-come, first serve basis, are $20. Call 605-677-5306 (Visa/MC).

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