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“Mozart the Prankster” is second of four piano concerts

The special artistic quality and sparkling skill of Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra artist-in-residence guest pianist Janina Fialkowska have won her rave reviews from audiences and critics worldwide. On Saturday, April 29 at 8 pm at the Schuster Center, she will perform in Mozart the Prankster, her second NCR Miracle of Mozart Festival Piano Concerto concert with the DPO and Music Director Neal Gittleman.

For Mozart, practical jokes and pranks were a way of life; he was a multi-faceted individual, and two of those facets were humor and rebelliousness. For example, in the same year he wrote the first work featured in the DPO April 29 program, his Serenade No. 11, K. 375, 25-year-old Mozart told his boss – Archbishop Colloredo – that the holy man could take Mozart’s job as Konzertmeister and shove it. And Mozart got the boot – literally; he was physically kicked out of the room!

Mozart’s first love was his cousin, Maria Anna Thekla, of whom he wrote, “…our little cousin is beautiful, intelligent, charming, clever, and…like myself, she is a bit of a scamp. We both laugh at everyone and have great fun.” However, it seems Mozart was also somewhat fickle, for he wrote his Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453 in 1784 with a different lady in mind: Barbara von Ployer, a pupil of talent who often shared the concert stage with him.

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 (Prague) hails from a happy period in Mozart’s life, the successful trip to Prague. Premiered there in 1787, it is interesting to note that this was one of the first symphonies conceived as a centerpiece of a concert program – now a common practice in symphony halls everywhere.

Also, April 29 is the night of Mozart’s Birthday Bash starting at 6:30 pm sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association and presented in partnership with Copeland Corporation. In addition to concert tickets, concertgoers can also purchase one of two different party options. For $40 per person, party option number 1 includes a wine reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres and music by the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. For $200 per person, party option number 2 takes V.I.P. guests backstage before the concert to mingle with Maestro Neal Gittleman and Philharmonic musicians. Party option number 2 includes tickets for the piano concerto and exclusive, first-time-ever seating onstage during the performance at 8pm of Mozart the Prankster.

After the concert, there will be a wine reception with 1) Mozart himself – in person – cutting and serving his own birthday cake, 2) desserts and coffee and 3) a chance for option 1 and 2 buyers to meet Music Director Neal Gittleman, guest pianist Janina Fialkowska, and the DPO musicians. And there will be a raffle, with spectacular prizes fit for the likes of Mozart himself, including a week-long trip to Salzburg, a jewelry selection from Elizabeth Diamond Company, and a 2006-2007 Season Dayton Philharmonic Classical Series package. Tickets for the raffle ($10 for one and $50 for six) are available at any Dayton Philharmonic event up through the April 29 concert.

Single Concert Tickets ($6 to $29) available at (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonphilharmonic.com.