Comparing Notes

Mozart at MSO, Sondheim at Windfall

Tom Strini and Matthew Reddin take the thread tying Mozart and Sondheim together this weekend and play with it, in this latest installment.

By - May 2nd, 2013 09:06 am

The MSO will play a Mozart violin concerto and sections of his opera Ideomeneo this weekend; Sondheim lifted the name of an entirely different Mozart work for “A Little Night Music,” opening at Windfall.

Tom Strini writes about music. Matthew Reddin writes about theater. So when you have musical theater or pieces from an opera coming to town, it’s worth putting the two of them in a room together.

So that’s what we’ve done with the latest installment of Comparing Notes, the TCD podcast where we put two of our writers in a room and give them the opportunity to share what they know and talk about upcoming events which interest each other. This edition hinges on three little words: Eine kleine Nachtmusik. That’s the name of a serenade written by Mozart, one of two artists (along with Richard Strauss) at the center of the MSO’s next concert, Friday morning and Saturday night, with guest violinist Augustin Hadelich. It’s also the literal German translation of A Little Night Music, Stephen Sondheim’s waltz-driven chamber piece, being performed at Windfall Theatre beginning Friday evening. Tom and Matthew have more than a little to say about both.

Listen now:

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Comparing Notes is engineered by Hannah McCarthy, and hosted by Sahan Jayasuriya. The series joins two different writers and two upcoming events by a common thread, to offer a unique look at each. For more TCD podcasts, visit our podcast archive

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss at 11:15 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range from $25 to $102 and can be purchased at (414) 291-7605 or the MSO box office.

Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, directed by Carol Zippel, will run May 3 to 18, with all shows at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at (414) 332-3963.

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