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Woodstock Mozart fest kicks off Saturday
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Published: 8/1/2008 12:05 AM

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The Woodstock Mozart Festival's 22nd season opens Saturday, Aug. 2 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 17 at the Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock. Each weekend will feature an 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday orchestral concerts preceded by artist and conductor introductions. A 2 p.m. Chamber Music Sampler concert on Saturday Aug. 16 replaces the pre-concert discussions during the third and final weekend of the Festival. • Aug. 2-3: Conductor Istvan Jaray will be joined by pianist, Olga Vinokur in a program which will begin with Mozart's Overture to the Abduction from the Seraglio, K. 384. Vinokur will then be featured in Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto in B-flat Major, Op.19; and the final work will be Mozart's Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543.

Conductor is Istvan Jaray. Russian-born pianist Olga Vinokur is a recipient of numerous awards including first prize in the Prokofiev Piano Competition in her native country.

• Aug. 9-10: Conductor Drostan Hall will open the weekend's concerts together with Festival Orchestra wind players in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 297b which will be followed by the Incidental Music from Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". A short narrative from the original Shakespeare verse between the movements of this work will be delivered from the podium by Hall. • Aug. 16-17: Three concerts are scheduled including a Chamber Music Sampler Concert matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, and orchestral performances at 8 p.m. Saturday Aug. 16 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. The Festival's Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Artist Mark Peskanov will first be joined by Festival orchestra members in the Saturday afternoon chamber music matinee along with the Festival's General Director, Anita Whalen as pianist. This concert titled, "The Final Years," includes a narration and projected visuals of the last years of Mozart's life. The musical selections to be presented alternately with segments of the discussion will be the movements from Mozart's String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590 and the Larghetto movement of Mozart's Trio in B-flat Major for Piano, Violin and Cello. The evening concert on Saturday, Aug. 15 and the Sunday afternoon concert on Aug. 17 will again feature Peskanov, this time as violinist and conductor in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro Overture, K. 492; Mozart's 40th Symphony in G Minor, K. 550; and Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 16. Mozart Festival tickets are available at the Woodstock Opera House Box Office for $50, $40 and $20. Tickets for the 2 p.m. Saturday Aug.16 Chamber Music Sampler concert are $15. Discounts are available for group reservations for Sunday afternoons and for the Saturday, Aug. 15 Chamber Music Sampler concert matinee. For tickets using Visa, Mastercard and Discover, call (815) 338-5300, or order online at www.woodstockoperahouse.com.

More Festival information, visit www.mozartfest.org.