* What: Arlington Symphony presents Mozart masterpieces
* When: 8 p.m. Saturday
* Where: Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, Alexandria
To paraphrase an old commercial jingle, everybody doesn't like some kind of classical music, but nobody doesn't like Mozart. Even better than Sara Lee cakes (that's the original ad), Mozart is a nonfattening, no-guilt pleasure.
So is the Arlington Symphony Orchestra, which this weekend continues its 58th concert season, and second season at Schlesinger Concert Hall, with an all-Mozart program.
The evening's guest soloist is Jon Manasse, principal clarinetist of the New York Chamber Symphony and the American Ballet Theater Orchestra. A highly sought-after wind player nationwide, he won the 36th International Clarinet Competition in Munich and made his London debut this summer with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
Manasse will take center stage to perform Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major, which many classical fans count as among the most beautiful works written for the instrument.
Other Mozart pieces in the program are Symphony No. 32 (also known as "Overture in the Italian Style"), the "Overture to 'The Marriage of Figaro,' " and Symphony No. 41, also known as "Jupiter."
Adding educational content, James Bartel of Classical 103.5 WGMS-FM, will lead a discussion of the works before the performance. The chat is at 7 p.m.
Each Arlington Symphony performance in the cozy and acoustically rich Schlesinger Center has an extra touch of memorial significance. The hall is named for the late Rachel Schlesinger, a supporter and board member of the organization and a violinist in the orchestra for several years. If there's an extra touch of tender sentiment in the string section, one cannot help but wonder whether she is still making her love of music known.
-- Marianne Meyer
The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall is at North Beauregard Street and West Braddock Road on the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Parking is available for $3 in the garage. Reserved tickets range from $28 to $50. Full-time students ages 25 and younger may purchase student seats for $10 with valid student ID, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, including directions, special arrangements (the center is accessible to the disabled), season tickets and the "FlexPax" discount program (vouchers for concerts of your choice), contact the symphony office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 703-528-1817 or visit www.arlingtonsymphony.org.
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