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Mozart Celebrated by MSU Music

For the 14th consecutive year, the artists from Michigan State University’s College of Music will honor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the greatest composers in history. The annual “Happy Birthday, Mozart!” concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at the Fairchild Theatre.

Mozart’s extensive musical legacy serves as the inspiration for this unique annual concert, which is a highlight of the college’s Joanne and Bill Church West Circle Series. This year, MSU artists have collaborated with members of a top choir to showcase Mozart’s renowned vocal and choral works.

The upcoming concert promises a distinctive blend of Mozart’s celebrated instrumental chamber music along with carefully selected choral pieces. The program features the “Piano Quartet in E-flat Major,” as well as vocal and choral works such as “God is our Refuge,” movements one and two from Mozart’s” Requiem,” the “Papageno & Papagena” duet from “The Magic Flute,” and the famous chorus “Placido è il mar” from “Idomeneo.”

Sponsored by Ann, John and Abby Lindley, the concert includes performances by members of MSU’s Chamber Choir, conducted by Sandra Snow, and showcases talents like Suren Bagratuni (cello), Yvonne Lam (violin), Eric Nowlin (viola) and Deborah Moriarty (piano).

Following the performance, attendees can indulge in birthday cookies with the artists and anticipate the final concert of the 2023-2024 West Circle Series, “Con Amore: Puccini and More,” scheduled for April 8 in Fairchild Theatre.

Reserved seating for this and other concerts in the West Circle Series is available at $17 for adults, $15 for seniors 60 and older, and $7 for students and those under 18 with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased online at music.msu.edu, by calling (517) 353-5340 or at the door. For more details on this event and others in the 2023-24 MSU music season, visit music.msu.edu/event-listing.

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