Supported by Arts Council England, The Mozart Project Live! is a unique 90-minute stage show exploring Mozart’s Chamber Music, building on the chamber music chapter DeNOTE’s founder, John Irving authored for the groundbreaking digital book for iPad, The Mozart Project (2014) – winner of two major prizes at the 2015 World iBook Author Conference for “Best Musical Work” and “iBook of the Year”.
Released to international critical acclaim in 2014, The Mozart Project (for which DeNOTE recorded several video performances) capitalizes on innovative tablet technology, enabling learning to happen through the tactile medium of the iPad in a form familiar to users of Facebook and similar social media. Since then, The Mozart Project has created new audiences for Mozart’s music on the iPad platform (subsequently also iPhone). The Mozart Project Live! is a new adaptation of the chamber music chapter exploring some of Mozart’s key works for chamber ensemble as a stage show combining live performances with the hypertext resources embedded within the digital book. We are thrilled that ACE is supporting this project. It enables us to communicate our enthusiasm for new modes of interactive learning about Mozart’s music and its contexts. Ultimately the aim is to develop and inspire new audiences – especially younger listeners – and to encourage attendance at more classical concerts, appreciating this music’s power to express meaning and offer deep artistic fulfillment.
The Mozart Project Live! will run initially at Peterborough Key Theatre on 19 & 20 April 2016, in collaboration with project partners The Mozart Project, and Peterborough Music Education Hub. The performances – also including live demonstrations of historical dance- will explore a range of issues around chamber music performance and will be recorded. The principal project outcome will be a short film documenting the project, to be distributed to Music Hubs and Music Festivals nationwide as a possible future educational resource.
We initially developed a working relationships with the Peterborough Music Education Hub (Peterborough Music Partnership) in April 2015 with our immensely successful 2-day residency. We are delighted to be building that project now.
Many thanks to all the team at Arts Council England who helped and supported us during the last few months as we have developed our planning!