Museum will celebrate Mozart’s birthday Jan. 27

Museum will celebrate Mozart's birthday Jan. 27
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the world's great composers, was born in

Salzburg, Austria, on Jan. 27, 1756. Exactly 250 years later � Jan. 27, 2006 � the National Music Museum (NMM) on the campus of The University of South Dakota will present a special brown bag lunch program, "Happy Birthday, Mozart," to celebrate the event.

Susanne Skyrm, fortepiano, and John Thomson, violin, faculty members at the USD Department of Music, will mark the occasion with a performance on musical instruments of the period from the NMM's broadbased collections of 11,000 instruments, dating from the 15th century to the present.

They will play Mozart's Sonata in D for violin and fortepiano (K.7), a short sonata that he wrote when he was 8 years old, and a masterpiece from his maturity (age 28), the Sonata in B-flat for violin and fortepiano

(K.454), written in Vienna for the visiting violinist, Regina Strinasacchi � a performer of striking ability and beauty � that she and Mozart then performed together for the Emperor.

A child prodigy and a prolific composer who died at the age of 35, Mozart is best known for his great operas, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Magic Flute, a Requiem Mass, 41 symphonies, string quartets, and piano concertos, all of which are still regularly performed today.

The NMM brown bag lunch programs are held in the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall during the noon hour. The programs are free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The NMM is located on the south edge of

the USD campus at the corner of Clark & Yale Streets. Free street parking is available nearby.

For additional information and last-minute additions or changes, visit the NMM Web site at and click on Calendar of Events.

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