On Sunday, Jan. 26, various locations in Carytown will be filled with the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for the first ever Mozart Festival. Brought to you by AlterNatives, Classical Revolutions RVA and My Glasses Rule, the purpose of the festival is to provide an introduction to the composer’s work for anyone, regardless of age, background, or bank account. With the exception of tickets to “Amadeus” at the Byrd Theatre, the entire music festival is free of charge.
Highlights of the Mozart Festival:
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – A special quartet performance at Alternatives Boutique Carytown to kick off the festival.
12-1pm – String Chamber Music including the clarinet quintet, a flute quartet, and the beloved viola quintet in G minor – Carytown Bistro
12-2 p.m. – Eine Kleine Brunch Musik: Chamber music, art songs, and solo sonatas on a baby grand piano – Can Can Brasserie
2-3 p.m. – Operatic Incarnations: Vocal duos, trios, and other ensembles from Mozart’s operas – Plan 9 Music
2-3:30 p.m. – Story Time: “The Magic Flute” – a telling of the fantastical opera at Cartwheels & Coffee. This event will begin with an instrument petting zoo, Magic Flute-related crafts and a caricature artist who will draw kids as though they lived during Mozart’s time. Then, the story of The Magic Flute will be read by NPR contributor Mark Mobley and accentuated with arias by each of the key characters in the opera, sung by members of Capitol Opera Richmond.
3-4 p.m. – Wolfgang 101: VCU orchestra conductor Daniel Myssyk talks Mozart – Chop Suey Books
4-5:30 p.m. – Paris, Prague, and Jupiter: Mozart’s symphonies – Babes of Carytown. Musicians of Classical Revolution RVA form an orchestra to read selections from some of Mozart’s greatest symphonies and overtures, led by VCU’s orchestra conductor, Daniel Myssyk and the Richmond Symphony’s Assistant Conductor, Erin Freeman.
6-7 p.m. – Capitol Opera Richmond presents: Mozart’s Greatest Hits – arias with orchestral accompaniment – Can Can Brasserie
7:30 p.m – “Amadeus” at the Byrd Theatre ($5 at the Byrd on the day of or $4 in advance at AlterNatives). Plus a few special words on Mozart by Erin Freeman and filmmaker Todd Raviotta.
After the movie, celebrate the birthday boy’s big day with an after party at Portrait House.