'Wolfgang Drops in For a Visit' via the magic of music and time travel
Arguably the greatest musician that ever lived, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is “traveling” through a space-time continuum to play on the Shanghai stage. As unlikely as it may sound, it is true in the children’s show “Wolfgang Drops in For a Visit” which will debut at Huangpu Theater in early February.
The original version, performed by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by maestro Roni Porat, has had a massive influence on the Israeli people for over 20 years. And the show is hoping to have the same impact on China.
The new Chinese version, produced by 57 Music and directed by Ma Liang, features Mozart’s one-hour visit to a modern theater to see how his music has evolved. Through dialogue and music, the performance vividly unfolds the real life story of Mozart.
Combining symphony and drama, the concert will present several of Mozart’s masterpieces, including the overture to the “Marriage of Figaro,” “Serenade No. 13 for Strings in G major, K. 525” and “Piano Concerto No. 9, K. 271.” Shanghai Rainbow Chamber Orchestra will perform the symphony.
“Symphony, a high art in the conventional sense, seems to be far away from children’s daily life,” said Wu Qi, producer of the show. “We want to make children feel that music is beautiful and concert is interesting.”
The performance will also attempt to promote music knowledge in China and classical music among children between the ages of 4 and 10 years old. To achieve this, the young audience will get an opportunity to participate in the concert, to “talk” to Mozart or become a little composer.
Date: February 7, 3pm, 7pm
Venue: Huangpu Theater
Address: 780 Beijing Rd E.