Friday, January 27, 2006

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- 250th!

Today, we have a number of "live" events celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

A few of these are being given multi-station coverage and may prove special:

Starting right now, at GMT 1700/EST 12:00NOON, KBYU, WCLV and WFMT will be carrying the Vienna Philharmonic Gala with Riccardo Muti at the podium and featuring, among others, Cecilia Bartoli and Thomas Hampson. During intermission, the bells of 100 churches in Salzburg will be heard ringing in Mozart's birthday marking the very minute he was born.

At GMT 1800/EST 1:00PM, DR KLASSISK, FRANCE MUSIQUES, LATVIA RADIO KLASIKA, RADIO OESTERREICH INTERNATIONAL, RADIO TRE (RAI) and SVERIGES RADIO P2 carry Idomeneo, with Neil Shicoff (Idomeneo), Angelika Kirchschlager (Idamante), Genia K├╝hmeier (Ilia), Barbara Frittoli (Elettra) -- Peter Schneider conducting.

More to come very shortly -- stay tuned!

Happy listening

Geoffrey Riggs

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