EAST LANSING (WWJ) — In celebration of the 259th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth, Michigan State University’s College of Music is hosting a “Happy Birthday Mozart” tribute concert on Monday night.
Mozart was born in 1756 as a “child prodigy” and would become one of the most beloved composers in the world. Dr. Marcy Ray, MSU’s musicologist and the concert guide, says Mozart used to tour with his father and sister.READ MORE: Legislature Again OKs Tax Cuts; Whitmer Floats $500 Rebate
“We have a number of accounts that felt his talents were supernatural, that they couldn’t be real,” Ray said. “They would test him — people would throw out melodies and he would have to provide different types of accompaniment and they would say, ‘create an aria in the style of Handel’ and he would have to compose something on the spot.”READ MORE: 'Ride For Equity’ Detroit To Mackinaw City Raises Equitable Funding For Black Business Awareness
Ray said that in addition to Mozart’s music being played by faculty, there will be cupcakes that feature his face. Ray will be the concert guide offering a closer look at Mozart and the history that surrounds him and his music.MORE NEWS: Wayne County Man Wins $1M On Scratch Off Lottery Ticket
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for students and are available from the College of Music box office, by calling (517) 353-5340, online at music.msu.edu, or at the door.