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Jan. 19, 2006

Iowa Public Radio To Celebrate Mozart's 250th Birthday

Iowa Public Radio and KSUI, 91.7 FM, will celebrate Mozart with a week of special broadcasts starting Friday, Jan. 27 -- Mozart's 250th birthday.

Among the highlights are:

--The first Iowa orchestral concert to be broadcast statewide by Iowa Public Radio (IPR). At 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 KSUI will join two other IPR stations -- WOI in Ames and KHKE in Cedar Falls -- in carrying an all-Mozart concert featuring the Des Moines Symphony. The conductor is Robert Levin, who is famed for his completions of unfinished works by Mozart. This broadcast is the first in a series by IPR; future broadcasts will feature the Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony.

--The Iowa Mozart Favorites Poll, to be broadcast on Jan. 27, with the countdown reaching No. 1 at 4 p.m. KSUI producer Barney Sherman is taking listener's three favorite works of Mozart until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24; send an email with your choices to mozart@uiowa.edu or call KSUI at 319-335-6238. Says KSUI producer Barney Sherman, "It would have been fun for me to pick the pieces to play on Mozart's big '2-5-0,' but I thought it would be even more interesting if everyone got involved," Sherman said.

--A week of special Mozart programming starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 when KSUI will carry the Vienna Philharmonic's Mozart birthday concert from Salzburg, Austria, Mozart's birthplace; the concert will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. The concert features the conductor Riccardo Muti, soprano Renée Fleming and other notable musicians. On Monday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m., KSUI will broadcast the Berlin Philharmonic's Carnegie Hall Mozart concert, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting and Alfred Brendel at the piano. On Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m., the station will air "Mozart around the World," with such musicians as Daniel Barenboim and Lang Lang performing in such cities as Prague, Beijing and Ramallah. KSUI will cap the week by rebroadcasting the Des Moines Symphony Mozart concert at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.

For more details on the Mozart week broadcasts, go to KSUI's website ksui.uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Barney Sherman, 319-335-6238; bernard-sherman@uiowa.edu