Asheville Amadeus: Mozart for All Your Senses

Asheville Amadeus: Mozart for All Your Senses
Week-long symphony festival celebrates composer

This month, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra will team up with more than a dozen local arts and culture groups to host Asheville Amadeus.

The festival, which runs March 17-22, 2015, will celebrate the life and music of  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through chamber music concerts, recitals, opera, educational programs, yoga and more.

In true Beer City style, the Highland Brewing Company will kick off the event on Saturday, March 14 with a free beer release party. The Wolfgang 1756, a classic Vienna-style lager, was brewed especially for the occasion.

The opening night concert and a recital with renowned pianist Emanuel Ax have already sold out, but there are more than 15 additional events that will bring Mozart to life for fans of all ages.

Here are a few highlights:

Deconstructing Mozart | March 18 at 11:30 a.m.: Join Symphony Executive Director David Whitehill, composer Nathan Shirley and a string quintet for an Austrian-inspired lunch at Isa's Bistro, and go "behind the music" of Mozart's Serenade No. 13.

The Impresario | March 18 at 7 p.m.: The Asheville Lyric Opera proudly debuts its production of Mozart's satirical show biz opera.

Mozart Family Concert | March 21 at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.: Introduce the whole family to the genius of Mozart at this educational performance by the Blue Ridge Orchestra.

Amadeus | March 11-22 on Wed.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2:30 p.m.: A collaboration between Asheville Community Theatre and NC Stage Company will bring to the stage the Tony-winning play that went on to become 1984's Best Picture Oscar winner. A fictionalized version of Mozart's life is told through the eyes of his greatest rival, Anotonio Salieri.

Asheville Amadeus Finale Concert | March 22 at 3 p.m.: Join the Asheville Symphony Orchestra for a closing performance that will feature world-famous pianist Emanuel Ax. A stage installation at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium will bring new meaning to "surround sound," with a 30-foot extension and more than 100 on-stage seats.

And that's not all ! Additional Asheville Amadeus events include sing-alongs for both children and adults, and a Mozart-inspired yoga class in the galleries at the Asheville Art Museum.

Visit the festival's website for more information and to purchase tickets.

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