Friday, January 31, 2014
Happy Birthday, Amadeus
January 27th was Mozart's birthday, and we celebrated earlier in the month with a Casual Concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
I've never been to a concert where the conductor also played piano - but I imagine this is exactly what Mozart would have done centuries ago.
The conductor/pianist was Ignat Solzhenitsyn, and the Concerto was Number 18, written when Mozart was only sixteen in 1772.
Whenever I visualize Mozart, I think of Tom Hulce in Amadeus and hear that crazy-pitched laugh. What a memorable film. F. Murray Abraham's performance was exceptional. That's one film I'd love to see again.