Up & Coming Weekly

January 08, 2019

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JANUARY 9-15, 2019 UCW 13 SWEENEY TODD JAN 17-20, 24-27, JAN 31-FEB 3, 2019 Come join the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra for a magical evening of "Magical Mo- zart" at St. John's Episco- pal Church in downtown Fayetteville. e concert, set for ursday, Jan. 17, is the first concert for FSO in the new year. St. John's Episcopal Church pro- vides an intimate venue for listening to a sampling of works by the famed composer Wolfgang Ama- deus Mozart. Mozart, a child prodigy who began composing music at the tender age of 5, authored more than 600 symphonies, concertos, operas and chamber music pieces designed for smaller venues, such as a palace chamber, before his death at age 35. Each selection at St. John's will be discussed prior to the musicians playing it, so guests will know what makes each piece special. Many people are not aware of the reach of Mozart's influence but have most likely observed his effects on modern culture. At some point, almost everyone has watched the Looney Tunes cartoon-opera "e Barber of Seville" where "e Marriage of Figaro" is the hilarious ending to the cat-and-mouse game frequently played by Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. Even the band Queen gave an open nod to Mozart in their classic mock opera "Bohemian Rhapsody." And, of course, the 1984 movie "Amadeus" featured a fictional portrayal of Mozart's life. e song "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco is a historical pop song dedicated to the composer. Mozart's works are also used in commercials, mov- ies and TV shows today. According to FSO President Chris Kastner, the beauty of "Magical Mozart" is that it is set in a his- torical church with excellent sound quality in the heart of Fayetteville. "ere is nothing better on a cold winter's night than being enveloped with the sound of the music," she said. St. John's seats about 300 people, and the acous- tics are perfect for chamber music concerts. FSO prepared a program to highlight Mozart's three most popular operas, "The Magic Flute," "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Don Giovanni," as well as "Serenade No. 12 in C Minor," to be played by eight wind instruments in this instrumental-only performance. "This program is great for high school students or others that may want to perform," stated Kast- ner, "and small chamber concerts allow for novices to hear individual instru- ments where they typi- cally cannot in a large orchestra setting." Kastner also noted, "e intimacy of the setting allows attendees to appreciate how hard the musi- cians work during a performance." Whether you are a seasoned classical music aficionado or a nov- ice looking to expand your horizons, the FSO con- cert at St. John's is a fantastic setting for listening to music by one of the world's greatest composers. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door the evening of the performance on Jan. 17. Find out more at https://squareup.com/store/fayetteville- symphony-orchestra/item/magical-mozart-tickets. St. John's is located at 302 Green St. e show starts at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a magical, musical evening with Mozart by MINDY LOVE EVENT MINDY LOVE, Contributing Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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