Woodstock Gets in the Swing of Mozart's Anniversary at Festival

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Byline: Bill Gowen

This is the "Mozart Year," as the world continues to honor the 250th anniversary of the birth of arguably the greatest composer who ever lived.

So, the Woodstock Mozart Festival is appropriately joining in the celebration, not only for the birth (on Jan. 27, 1756) of its namesake composer, but its own 20th anniversary season.

This year's festival at the historic Woodstock Opera House (on the town square) will be July 29-Aug. 13, each of the three weekends featuring main stage performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, plus the popular Saturday afternoon chamber-music "sampler concert" on the final weekend.

So, here's what's in store:

July 29-30: Conductor Christoph Campestrini and the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra will be joined by violinist Colin Jacobsen and his brother, cellist Eric Jacobsen, for a program featuring Mozart's "Don Giovanni" overture, K. 527; Brahms' Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor; and Beethoven's First Symphony.

Campestrini, a native of Vienna, will be making his second appearance at the Woodstock Mozart Festival. He is also scheduled to conduct this summer at the Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park; at the Houston Symphony Orchestra; and at the Omaha Symphony, along with many other orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Colin and Eric Jacobsen have both worked with Yo-Yo Ma in his Silk Road Project and are active as chamber music players and soloists.

Colin performed Brahms' Double Concerto this spring with Ma and the New York Philharmonic and appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at New York's Bargemusic Festival and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Eric Jacobsen appeared at the 2003 opening of Carnegie Hall's new performance space, the 650-seat Zankel Hall, with soprano Renee Fleming. He is also the organizer of the chamber ensemble The Knights, which also has performed at Bargemusic.

Aug. 5-6: Pianist Jeffrey Swann will play and conduct an all- Mozart concerto program from the keyboard: No. 14 in E-flat Major, K. 449; No. 23 in A Major, K. 488; and No. 22 in E-flat Major, K. 482.

A winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Belgium, Swann has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the world and is an active recitalist.

Aug. 12-13: Three concerts are scheduled for the festival's final weekend, including the "Chamber Music Sampler" at 2 p. …