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Mozart’s 250th Birthday Celebration
at K-W’s Alpine Club

by Herwig Wandschneider

Herwig Wandschneider

Mozart’s 250th Birthday was joyfully celebrated around the world, including at the Alpine Club in Kitchener. The event was presented under the auspices of the Consulate General of Austria, represented by Dr. Karl Schmidt, Consul and Trade Commissioner, to a full house on this Sunday afternoon, November 5, 2006 .

The proceedings were MC’d by Mr. Hans Kroisenbrunner, who eloquently directed the programme from start to finish, beginning with a welcome from Dr. Karl Schmidt to this Mozart / Viennese Concert.

Sonja Kroisenbrunner-Biselli presented the dynamic life of Mozart on hand of a lively slide presentation developed by the Canadian-Austrian Society. The presentation touched all aspects of Mozart’s life from his amazing early beginnings and prolific compositions through his illustrious as well as difficult relationships, his uncontrolled spending habits, lust of life, to his eventual illness during which he nearly completed the Requiem, and his premature death at the early age of just under 36. Ms. Kroisenbrunner-Biselli presented his life with such fascinating and lively storytelling, which kept the audience glued to Mozart’s varied life.

The slide presentation was just one of the highlights of the afternoon. The club had prepared a full programme, which included Mozart’s Music played by a Wilfrid Laurier University’s String Quartet, and a WLU Sextet, consisting of Horns, Flutes and Oboes, a dance presentation by Mr. and Mrs. Horst and Kim Kessler, of Kessler Dance Studio, (a waltz and a tango) and a thunderous and joyful presentation of Mozart’s and Viennese Music by no other than the Concordia Mixed and Men’s Choirs under the direction of Dr. Alfred Kunz.

Dr. Alfred Kunz conducts the Concordia Choir   [photo: Herwig Wandschneider]

While the music sung by the choirs was not just Mozart, the dynamics of the music, ranging from Mozart’s "Vom Naschen" to Strauß’s "Leichtes Blut", "An Der Schönen Blauen Donau", Radetzky March, Tritsch Tratsch Polka (Polka is the Dance of the Devil as Dr Kunz explained) etc, reflected the spirit of Mozart’s attitude for lighthearted joyful music and was most appropriate for this celebration of Mozart’s life. The relaxed introductions by Dr. Alfred Kunz reflected the music and made you think that singing and conducting was an easy task. The amazing precision of the full range of voices, though, was evidence of hard work and the precision required by Maestro Kunz. The celebrations concluded with the choir singing "Canada, this is my home".

The Alpine Club is to be congratulated for putting together such a wonderful dynamic Sunday afternoon programme, worthy of Mozart’s 250th Birthday.


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