WASHINGTON — Nationally and internationally, the band plays on in bicentennial celebrations for W.A. Mozart from Salzburg to San Francisco. In Salzburg, where he was born in a yellow townhouse, nearly 600 performances and events will pay tribute to him; five major Mozart operas: ``The Magic Flute,'' ``Cos`i fan tutte,'' ``Don Giovanni,'' ``Idomeneo,'' and ``The Abduction from the Seraglio'' will be performed this summer at the Salzburg Festival.
In Vienna, the city Mozart loved as much as his music, the Vienna State Opera will also do the major Mozart operas. The city will host a Mozart festival this spring, as well as spring and fall concerts. Also in Europe, nine countries are involved in a ``Mozart's European Journey'' festival this year, focusing on places where he made music in England, Germany, Italy, France, and Czechoslovakia (Prague). Tokyo is also holding a Mozart festival (no details available) and Canada is running ``The Glory of Mo zart Festival'' from May 24 to June 29, including the seldom performed ``Thamos, King of Egypt'' and a new ``The Madcap Adventures of Fraulein Mozart'' (his sister).
The Houston Grand Opera will devote May to performing Mozart's five major operas as well as his rarely performed ``La Clemenza di Tito.'' And at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, a two-week Mozart Festival will run from March 21 to April 2, ending with the great Mass in C minor performed by the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Bach Consort.
Next spring, Christopher Hogwood will lead the National Symphony Orchestra in a tribute to Mozart that includes Lanner's ``Die Mozartisten and John Becher's ``Homage to Mozart.''