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June 10, 2013

Mozart’s Violin, Viola Coming to America

Aston Magna’s Stepner and Black performing ‘Duos for Violin and Viola’ on Mozart’s personal instruments for WCRB, Classical New England audience
BOSTON, Mass. (June 10, 2013)Severe seasickness prevented Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from traveling to the United States. This week – for the first time – personal pieces of his lasting legacy, including his personal violin and viola, will come to Boston, the birthplace of America.
This evening at 8:00 pm, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) will host a live performance from Jordan Hall featuring Mozart’s priceless instruments. On Wednesday, in conjunction with BEMF and the Mozarteum Foundation of Salzburg, 99.5 WCRB, Classical New England will host Mozart Comes to America, an intimate studio concert featuring Aston Magna Festival artistic director and violinist Dan Stepner, and violist Anne Black performing Mozart’s music on Mozart’s own instruments. Stepner and Black will be joined by cellist Guy Fishman for an intimate evening of Mozart’s music held in WGBH’s state-of-the-art Fraser Performance Today. The concert will be broadcast on WCRB, Classical New England (99.5 in Boston and 88.7 in Providence) on Sunday, June 16 at 3pm. Classical New England will also distribute the concert nationally through NPR Music.
“Mozart never performed during his lifetime for an American audience on American soil. More than 220 years after his death, Mozart is coming to America. For the first time, an American audience will hear Mozart’s timeless music played on his priceless personal violin and viola,” said WCRB, Classical New England managing director Benjamin K. Roe. “No American city would be a better host than Boston. Classical music is a part of our culture and economy the same way it was in Mozart’s Salzburg and Vienna. WCRB, Classical New England is proud to partner with the Boston Early Music Festival to celebrate Mozart’s immortal legacy and welcome one of the most influential artists of all time to the United States.”
The Mozart Comes to America celebration also will include presentations by Matthias Schulz, CEO and artistic director of the Mozarteum Foundation of Salzburg and personal chaperone of the Mozart’s priceless instruments.
The Mozart Comes to America concert in WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio begins at 7pm on Wednesday, June 12. Media interested in attending the performance should contact Regina Daley (regina_daley@wgbh.org) by 3pm on Tuesday, June 11, 2012. Local television stations will have the opportunity to shoot B-roll of the famed instruments.
BEMF is a biennial celebration of early music that includes a week of performances, master classes, symposia and lectures that unite thousands of early music professional and enthusiasts. 99.5 WCRB, Classical New England is a service of WGBH.
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