The bicentennial of Mozart’s death has inspired stunts of all kinds. But for the most comprehensive tributes in town, Chamber Music Chicago wins hands down. Earlier in the season it brought in Murray Perahia to play an extensive assortment of the composer’s piano concerti and sonatas. Now, on two consecutive evenings, Gidon Kremer and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie will perform all five of Mozart’s violin concerti. Kremer, a Latvian-born, Soviet-trained violinist and a frequent visitor here, is a first-rate technician noted for his brilliant intellectualism; the well-regarded Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, a Frankfurt-based conductorless chamber ensemble, is making its local debut. This tribute also gets the prize for most morbid: after the second concert members of the audience are invited (for a price) to a Mozart look-alike contest at the Chicago Athletic Association. Tuesday (second, third, and fourth concerti) and Wednesday (first and fifth concerti), 8 PM, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan; 242-6237 or 663-1628.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Reinhart Wolf.