Portland Symphony Orchestra celebrates Mozart’s 256th birthday

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PORTLAND – The Portland Symphony Orchestra celebrates Mozart’s 256th birthday with a special one-time concert: Happy Birthday Mozart! at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27 at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium.

The Mozart birthday celebration, led by conductor Robert Moody, will feature Serge Prokofiev’s lighthearted homage to the Classical era and PSO concertmaster and violinist Charles Dimmick in the soloist spotlight. The Happy Birthday Mozart! concert highlights the consummate craftsmanship of one of Mozart’s final symphonies. Featured selections include Prokofiev Symphony No. 1, “Classical,” Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3, and Mozart Symphony No. 39. For tickets, $26-$64, call PortTIX at 842-0800, log on to www.porttix.com or visit the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Guests are invited to join artists for the Concert Conversation an hour and 15 minutes before the concert and a post-concert question-and-answer chat directly following the performance.

In anticipation of the show, PSO is hosting a Music Lovers’ Luncheon at noon on Friday, Jan. 25. PSO Concertmaster Charles Dimmick and Flautist Rachel Braude will discuss the upcoming “Happy Birthday Mozart!” concert and talk about their lives as PSO musicians. Lunch is $20 for Cumberland Club members and $25 for non-members. Reservations are required in advance. For more information, call 207-773 6128 ext. 318 or email lstanley@portlandsymphony.org.

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