As part of the 2017 Asheville Amadeus Festival, the Blue Ridge Orchestra under the direction of Milton Crotts presents “A Wedding with Wolfgang,” an old/new/borrowed/blue musical tribute to Mozart.
The show will be held at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 in Lipinsky Auditorium, 300 Library Lane at UNC Asheville. Tickets cost $15, $10 for Friends of the BRO, and $5 for students.
The concerts open with The Marriage of Figaro’s rollicking Overture, followed by Something Old (Mozart’s Symphony No. 1, Andante), Something New (Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, Finale), Something Borrowed (Tchaikovsky’s Mozartiana, Theme and Variations), and Something Blue (Marriage of Figaro, Dove Sono).
The program contrasts the buoyant, simple Andante from Mozart’s first symphony, composed when he was only 8, with the majesty and maturity of the last symphonic movement he ever wrote. Tchaikovsky’s Mozartiana is doubly-borrowed, exploring variations on a theme Mozart himself borrowed from Gluck; and Something Blue is both metaphorical and literal, with blue-gowned UNC Asheville music professor Christine Boone expressing Countess Almaviva’s laments at lost youthful love in the stirring aria Dove Sono. Throughout this family-friendly concert, Music Director Milton Crotts will offer insights and demonstrations that will enrich the experience for guests of all ages.
Audience members are invited to get into the matrimonial spirit by coming dressed in wedding finery, signing the orchestra’s guestbook, and posing for photos with Young Wolfie himself (or a skilled impersonator), who will be strolling the lobby before and after the concerts.
For tickets, call 828-782-3354 or visit www.blueridgeorchestra.org.