Mozart and More at Kingston Festival of the Arts
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart …. probably one of the best known and beloved composers around the planet. But not too much is known or attributed to his older sister Maria Anna (1751-1829). We do know that Maria Anna went by the nickname “Nannerl.” And, by way of relating the tale of her younger brother’s prodigy, we know it was through Nannerl’s clavier lessons from their father Leopold, that three-year-old “Wolfie” began his keyboard work by playing around with chords and eventually mastering Nannerl’s clavier music to then tackle the violin. Somewhere through Wolfie’s fame as well as time, the story of Maria Anna—a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer in her own right—has been neglected and faded.
Imagine an eleven-year-old girl, performing the most difficult sonatas and concertos of the greatest composers, on the harpsichord or fortepiano, with precision, with incredible lightness, with impeccable taste. It was a source of wonder to many.” – Augsburger Intelligenz (May 19, 1763)
However, The Other Mozart —the play which The New York Times called “strikingly beautiful,” is out to change that and being presented this week as part of the Kingston Festival of the Arts with several performances over the weekend.
Created and written by Sylvia Milo, The Other Mozart is the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart. The play is set in and on a sweeping 18-foot dress (designed by Magdalena Dabrowska from the National Theater of Poland) and directed by Isaac Byrne. It is based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family’s humorous and heartbreaking letters. Along with music composed by her famous brother and Marianna Martines (an Austrian singer, pianist and composer of the classical period who inspired Nannerl), original music was written for the play by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen (of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and the International Contemporary Ensemble) using clavichords, music boxes, bells, teacups, and fans.
Indeed, it does seem that with the opulence and intriguingly captivating dress and hair design, the performance will transport us into a world of outsized beauty and delight, as well as one of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice. Sounds fascinating … And at last the other Mozart tells her story.
For the Kingston Festival of the Arts production of The Other Mozart, Sara Florence Fellini performs the role of Nannerl.
And given our love of chamber music, we cannot let it go by that the Kingston Festival of the Arts also has a tantalizing program that also celebrates women in performance with an international trio of American flutist Eugenia Zukerman, English violinist Helena Baillie, and German pianist Babette Hierholzer.
At Kingston’s Old Dutch Church on Saturday night, you’ll hear musical styles from Baroque to the Bossa Nova played by this stylish trio of prize-winning performers with music from France, Hungary, Argentina, America and Germany.
The program is to include:
- C.P.E. Bach — Trio Sonata in B flat
- Aaron Copland — Night Thoughts (Homage to Ives)
- Claude Debussy — Jardin sous la pluie from ‘Estampes’
- Joseph Haydn — Sonata in G Major Hob. XV:32
- Béla Bartók — Roumanian Folk Dances
- J.S. Bach — Trio Sonata No. 1 in C Major
- Francis Poulenc — Sonata for flute and piano
- Astor Piazzolla — L’Histoire du Tango
These three women have come together for their Kingston Festival of the Arts performance through various connections to Kerry Henderson who is the Festival’s Founder and Executive Director. How fortunate … Hope you get to go!
Wednesday, September 3rd 2014 at 1:30 pm
Wednesday, September 3rd 2014 at 4:30 pm
Wednesday, September 3rd 2014 at 7:30 pm
Friday, September 5th 2014 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 6th 2014 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 6th 2014 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 7th 2014 at 3:00 pm
Sunday, September 7th 2014 at 3:00 pm
Wednesday, September 10th 2014 at 12:55 pm
Friday, September 12th 2014 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 14th 2014 at 3:00 pm
Friday, September 19th 2014 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 20th 2014 at 3:00 pm
Saturday, September 20th 2014 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 20th 2014 at 8:00 pm