Mozart Festival

salzburg

The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation was formed in the late 1800s to further the study of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life and work. In 1956, the Foundation began presenting concerts in a yearly festival that begins on December 5 (the anniversary of Mozart’s death) with the Requiem. During our week-long broadcast of The Mozart Festival you’ll hear highlights from the year’s festival, artist interviews and behind-the-scenes features that take you for a close-up look at original manuscripts and letters by Mozart, for a visit to a café frequented by the Mozart family, and a revealing look at original portraits of Mozart. Join The Mozart Festival this week at 8pm.

Summer Concerts in the Region

chamber music lex

You don’t have to wait until the fall for great live performances. Summer festivals abound in this region, which we’re calling Kentucky, Indiana (Bloomington) and Ohio (Cincinnati), and we’ve compiled a short list of events within 2 hours driving. If you decide to head to a festival, let us know! Add your comments below with your impressions, recommendations and insights.

Cincinnati Opera: This company is a summer company, presenting a handful of operas in a tightly-scheduled two months. You still have time to catch Aida, which opens tonight and runs through July 28th. Tickets and information here and (513) 241-2742.

Indiana University: Summer Music 2013 starts today with the highlight symphony concert tonight at 8pm, featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Augusta Read Thomas’ Of Paradise and Light. The festival ends next Tuesday with Mozart’s “Great” Mass and Barber’s Adagio for Strings/Agnus Dei. Tickets and information here and (812) 855-7433.

Chamber Music Festival of Lexington: The 2013 festival expands to two weeks with Texas-based wind quintet WindSync, presenting planned and pop-up concerts around town. The second week of concerts at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion (normally the home for Thoroughbred auctions) present tenor Nicholas Phan, pianist Alessio Bax, composer Raymond Lustig, among others. The festival runs August 12-25, and tickets and information are here and info@chambermusiclex.com

Artsbreak with Erin Keane

Join Erin and Daniel with some weekend arts events —  two plays, “Appropriate” and “Cry Old Kingdom”  have the spotlight this weekend at Actors Theatre, part of the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays; MOMIX: Botanica at the Kentucky Center and the InKY Reading Series at the Bard’s Town.

Audio MP3