Celebration of Mozart performance to be held Jan. 18

READING, Pa. — To celebrate the month of Mozart’s birth, a chamber ensemble from the Reading Symphony Orchestra will perform some of the composer’s best-loved works at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. David Allen McConnell, instructor in music at Penn State Berks, will provide the historical context for the performance selections. The event is free and open to the public.

The performance will highlight Mozart’s influence on many prestigious composers of all genres throughout history, including Ludwig van Beethoven. Mozart received the highest praise from fellow composers Frédéric Chopin, Franz Schubert, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, Robert Schumann, and many others. Mozart has remained an influence in popular contemporary music in varying genres from jazz to modern rock to heavy metal.

The Reading Symphony Orchestra, one of the longest continuously operating symphonies in the United States, is celebrating its 104th season.

Penn State Berks reserves the right to limit the photography and/or recording of any program. The permitted or prohibited activities during a particular program will be announced at the beginning of the event and/or included in the printed program. All media requesting interviews and/or access to photograph and/or tape any program must contact the Office of Strategic Communications at 610-396-6053.

This event is sponsored by the Penn State Berks Arts and Lecture series. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life at 610-396-6076.