Mozart and More at Kingston Festival of the Arts

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The Other Mozart
Friday, August 29th 2014 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 30th 2014 at 3:00 pm
Sunday, August 31st 2014 at 6:00 pm
The Old Dutch Church, Kingston, NY

A Kingston Trio
Saturday, August 30th 2014 at 8:00 pm
The Old Dutch Church, Kingston, NY

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 CoplandNight Thoughts (Homage to Ives)
    • Claude DebussyJardin 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 PiazzollaL’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!

Upcoming Events

  • Kingston Festival of the Arts: The Other Mozart
  • The Old Dutch Church, Kingston, NY
    Friday, August 29th 2014 at 8:00 pm

  • Kingston Festival of the Arts: Tiny Tots in the Orchestra!
  • The Old Dutch Church, Kingston, NY
    Saturday, August 30th 2014 at 11:00 am

  • Kingston Festival of the Arts: Tiny Tots in the Orchestra!
  • The Old Dutch Church, Kingston, NY
    Saturday, August 30th 2014 at 1:00 pm

  • Kingston Festival of the Arts: The Other Mozart
  • The Old Dutch Church, Kingston, NY
    Saturday, August 30th 2014 at 3:00 pm

  • The Sembrich: “Stephanie Blythe Sings Kate Smith”
  • Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, Bolton Landing, NY
    Saturday, August 30th 2014 at 6:30 pm

  • Kingston Festival of the Arts: A Classical Kingston Trio with Zukerman, Baillie and Hierholzer
  • The Old Dutch Church, Kingston, NY
    Saturday, August 30th 2014 at 8:00 pm

  • Maverick Concerts: Pacifica Quartet
  • The Maverick, Woodstock, NY
    Sunday, August 31st 2014 at 4:00 pm

  • Kingston Festival of the Arts: The Other Mozart
  • The Old Dutch Church, Kingston, NY
    Sunday, August 31st 2014 at 6:00 pm

  • Albany Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Bell: Needham, Elgar and Bruch
  • Palace Theater, Albany, NY
    Saturday, September 6th 2014 at 7:00 pm

  • Ji, piano: Bach, Debussy, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, and Prokoviev
  • Tannery Pond, Mount Lebanon, NY
    Saturday, September 6th 2014 at 8:00 pm

  • Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church, Albany, NY
    Friday, September 19th 2014 at 7:30 pm

  • Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church, Albany, NY
    Sunday, September 21st 2014 at 4:00 pm

  • Paul Huang, violin and Louis Schwizgebel, piano: Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Kreisler, and Corigliano
  • Tannery Pond, Mount Lebanon, NY
    Saturday, September 27th 2014 at 6:00 pm

  • Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra
  • Doctorow Center for the Arts, Catskill Mountain Foundation, Hunter, NY
    Saturday, November 29th 2014 at 8:00 pm