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2 Mozart fiddles make music again

A violin and a viola played by Mozart will make music once again next Tuesday - under tight security - when the famous Camerata Salzburg chamber orchestra performs at the Shanghai Grand Theater.

Mozart's instruments are on rare loan from the museum of the Mozart Foundation of Salzburg, Austria, where Mozart was born. A foundation representative will be on hand to protect the instruments and ensure their safe return.

They will be played by first violinist Lukas Hagen and violist Iris Juda Hagen.

The program will feature Mozart's Divertimento in D Major 135, Galimathias Musicum 32, Sinfonia Concertante in E Major 364 and Dvor°§k's Serenade for Strings in E Major, Opus 32. The works represent different stages in Mozart's career.

Mozart's violin and viola are only played on special occasions and are always accompanied by security, said Lutz Hochstraate, the president of the orchestra.

"Mozart set the benchmark for classical European music and measuring up to Mozart is the biggest challenge that the orchestra always seeks," Hochstraate said.

The orchestra was founded in 1952 by Bernhard Paumgartner who invited fellow teachers and students from the Mozart Music Academy of Salzburg.

From 1978 to 1997 the music director was famous violinist and music teacher Sandor Vegh.

The two gifted interpreters of Mozart helped shape the orchestra's artistic identity and what is known as the Camarata sound in which musicians retain their individuality within the ensemble.

The orchestra has performed worldwide and cooperated with numerous famed musicians. It performs around 80 concerts a year, mostly privately financed.

The orchestra includes musicians of more than 20 nationalities.

"The internationality of the Camerata Salzburg can be seen as proof of the unlimited power of music," said Hochstraate. "There are many different nationalities, one goal: playing the best music for the audience and always in search of excellence."

Distinguished conductors and musicians associate with the orchestra include Sir Roger Norrington, Giovanni Antonini, Heinz Holliger and Alexander Lonquich.

Date: October 19, 7:15pm

Address: 300 People's Ave

Tickets: 120-580 yuan

Tel: 6217-2426, 6217-3055


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