The 4th annual Mozart Festival will take place on Sunday April 23rd in the arts and culture district in the Jackson Ward neighborhood. For this year’s festival Classical Revolution RVA will provide a chance for Richmond, VA’s classical community to take over the shops, bars, restaurants, and venues for a day-long festival which is free to the public. This year’s festival will feature a variety of ways to celebrate the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart while also enjoying the foods, drinks, and settings of this iconic arts district.
Over 100 musicians will descend upon the Mozart Festival to provide audience goers with unique options for soaking in the legendary music of Mozart. The day’s programing will involve music for Sunday brunch, an arts and crafts event for families and children, a Mozart parade for the younger Mozart fans, excerpts from classic Mozart operas, an informative talk on the composer’s works, a performance by a cello orchestra, a full orchestral performance, an evening arias performance, and more!
This year’s Mozart Festival will also allow Richmond audiences to experience some of the region’s most established classical musicians. Dr. Erin Freeman, VCU Choral Director, will be on hand to give an informative presentation on the life and work of Mozart with live musical examples at Big Secret. Chia-Hsuan Lin, the Richmond Symphony’s associate conductor, will lead a full orchestra performing Mozart symphonies at Candella Gallery. Adrian Pintea and HyoJoo Uh, also of the Richmond Symphony, will be featured in Sinfonia Concertante, Mozart’s concerto for violin and viola.
Classical Revolution RVA is a 501c3 non profit performing arts organization devoted to bringing classical music to the masses in Richmond, VA. This festival furthers Classical Revolution RVA’s mission to make more music and to integrate classical music with Richmond’s vibrant music scene by taking it into local bars, restaurants, cafes, and galleries–places people are already going to hear live music. On Sunday April 23rd Classical Revolution RVA will be providing Richmond with an opportunity to explore Mozart’s classics in a casual environment from 11am to 9pm.
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Mozart Festival day long events:
11am to 1pm – Eine Kleine Brunch Musik
Drop by Saadia’s Juicebox or Max’s on Broad to hear a rotating cast of string quartets and other chamber music between 11am and 1pm. A real upright piano, provided by Rhapsody Piano, will be featured at Max’s.*
*Reservations recommended at Max’s on Broad.
1pm – Wolfgang 101 at Big Secret
Come hear Dr. Erin Freeman give an informative talk about the life and work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, complete with live musical examples. Sponsored by VCU Music.
2pm – Richmond Cello Orchestra at 1708 Gallery
A group of about 15 cellists play arrangements of Mozart’s music, under the direction of Michael Knowles. Sponsored by Four Strings.
12-3 Family Event at Gallery5
12 – Crafts and Activities. The fun begins at noon. Come make Mozart finger puppets and carrot flutes, explore the instrument petting zoo, and take a Wolfie Selfie!
1 – Musical Storytime! Did you know that Mozart started composing at the age of 5? Or that he had a sister named Nannerl? Come find out what little Wolfie was doing when he was your age!
2 – Student Recital and Twinkle Play-in. Young musicians will perform works by Mozart, including his Symphony No. 25, which is featured in the film “Amadeus”. Violin students from all over the city, including a group of second-graders from St. Andrew’s School, will perform Mozart’s Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Then, follow a group of middle school band students from Gloucester Middle School as they lead you down the sidewalk to Charm School in a Mozart Parade!
3pm – Opera Scenes at Charm School Social Club
Enjoy an ice cream cone while the University of Richmond’s vocal studio presents a selection of opera scenes from The Marriage of Figaro, and other beloved operas! Sponsored by University of Richmond Music Department.
4pm – Bastien and Bastienna at Coalition Theater
Capitol Opera will perform a complete comic opera, Bastien and Bastienna, at Coalition Theater! The opera, which Mozart composed when he was only 12 years old, will be performed in English.
5pm – Symphonies and the Requiem at Candela Books + Gallery
Chia-Hsuan Lin, the Richmond Symphony’s associate conductor, will lead a full orchestra in reading Mozart symphonies. Adrian Pintea and HyoJoo Uh, also of the RSO, will be featured in Sinfonia Concertante, Mozart’s concerto for violin and viola. Then, a chorus will join the orchestra for selections from the Requiem. Sponsored by Joe and Caroline Murillo.
7pm – Mozart’s Greatest Hits! Arias with full orchestral accompaniment atAtlas Gallery
Singers, dressed to the nines, will perform operatic arias with full orchestral accompaniment under the direction of Anthony Smith.
Additional Festival Information:
Mozart Gift Shop will be open at Big Secret from 11am to 8pm and will offer Mo’s Joe, a special coffee blend from Black Hand Coffee, vinyl from Steady Sounds, vintage Mozart Festival posters, and more Mozart goodies!