Kwantlen hosts dramatized concert—the Great Mozart Hunt

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January 19, 2010

Kwantlen hosts dramatized concert—the Great Mozart Hunt

(METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) Music-lovers will enjoy a chance to test their musical ingenuity when the Great Mozart Hunt makes an appearance at the Kwantlen Langley Campus Auditorium, 7:30pm, January 29.

Under the direction of legendary Canadian bassoon virtuoso George Zukerman, and with the assistance of veteran actor Ron Halder and the Canada West Chamber Orchestra, this dramatized concert combines music and theatre with an entertaining script. In two acts, it traces a history of musical skulduggery and intrigue by publishers, composers, and copyists.

"The idea of the Great Mozart Hunt sprang from a discovery in 1967 in a library in the city of Schwerin, in what was then East Germany, of a concerto in F Major which had once been published as Mozart," said Zukerman in an interview about the project which has captivated his interest for the past 25 years.

This performance takes on a home town quality, as Zukerman and Halder are longtime White Rock residents while the orchestra, conducted by Calvin Dyck, includes many key musicians that are active freelance players in Vancouver.

Music to be heard on the Great Mozart Hunt includes some genuine Mozart (the Overture to the Impresario, the Divertimento K. 270, the Musical Joke,) some spurious Mozart (works published under his name but never proven to be by Mozart) and some truly anonymous works which may - or may not be from the pen of W.A. Mozart (an F Major concerto, published under Mozart’s name in 1812,) the show concludes with a performance of the one known bassoon concerto that Mozart wrote in 1774 at the age of 17 (K 191).

The Great Mozart Hunt has appeared extensively across North America since the Mozart bi-centenary in 1991. Across Canada, the Great Mozart Hunt has appeared with the Victoria Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Niagara Symphony, the KW Symphony, the Prince George Symphony, the Newfoundland Sinfonia and with players from the Vancouver CBC and Opera Orchestras, Symphony New Brunswick, the Kingston Symphony and the Hamilton Philharmonic. Admissions start at $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information, contact Wayne Jeffrey at 604.809.1837 or visit:

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For more information about this concert, contact:
Wayne Jeffrey
Instructor, Music Department
Tel: 604.809.1837


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