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WINSTON-SALEM – Faculty-artists of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will present the annual Mozart Birthday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Watson Chamber Music Hall on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem.

Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For tickets, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945, or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, in January 1756. A beloved musician, Mozart is known for his mischievous image as a child prodigy and his brilliant works, from operas to symphonies and from concertos to chamber music. He died young, at 35, and left his Requiem unfinished. 

The concert program features works from the pivotal year 1781, when Mozart left Salzburg to settle in Vienna.

Joseph Robinson, who was principal oboe of the New York Philharmonic for 27 years, will perform Mozart’s remarkable Oboe Quartet. He will be joined by Kevin Lawrence, violin; Sheila Browne, viola; and Brooks Whitehouse, cello. Robinson was instructor of oboe at UNCSA from 1974-78, and is back teaching in the School of Music during the winter and spring terms.

The Mozart Birthday Concert program will also include a piano sonata performed by Robert Rocco, and a violin and piano sonata performed by Joseph Genualdi and Eric Larsen.

Following the concert, The Associates of UNCSA – the school’s volunteer organization – is throwing a birthday party for Mozart (and concert-goers) in the Watson Hall lobby.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts.  Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.