Thirty-nine-year-old tradition brings joyful noise

The melodious sounds of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his contemporaries will once again reverberate in various venues throughout “The International City.” The Long Beach Mozart Festival, a classical music competition, will host several free events this month.
Gifted young instrumental and vocal musicians from all over Southern California will compete for scholarships in three different categories: concerto, piano, and vocal.
Four local churches and other sponsors support the festival, which takes place in various venues around the city of Long Beach. The concert performances are free except for A Night in Vienna, which is a fundraising event featuring the winners of the vocal competition.
 This year’s grand finale concert will feature Gina Luciani, a flutist and concerto competition winner. A student of the Coburn School, Luciani will perform Mozart Flute Concerto 1 in G Major, and a professional orchestra, which will be conducted by Johannes Müller-Stosch, will accompany her.
The program will also include a choral selection performed by the Pennsylvania-based Forty-Niner Chorus, which is under the direction of Dr. Leland Vail. The free concert will take place January 29, 2011 at 4pm in Cal State University Long Beach’s Daniel Recital Hall, which is behind the Carpenter Center near the Pyramid on Atherton Street. Parking is $5.

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