Living in Salzburg, there is no way to get away from the classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Every store carries Mozart balls (a candy made of chocolate and marzipan), if not also Mozart perfume or Mozart rubber duckies.
On Mozart’s actual birthday, January 27, both Mozart museums offer free admission and there are various celebrations held around the city. I headed out into the city that evening to get some free birthday cake and then join a tour of Mozart’s Geburtshaus, the museum located at the house where he was born. Though small, the museum provided a good overview of the composer’s family life. It was especially nice to hear specific information about what was in each room from a specific guide.
In addition, every year, the International Mozarteum Foundation organizes a series of concerts each January around Mozart’s birthday. Salzburg College took all of us to a concert on January 31 at the Großer Saal Mozarteum. Lasting around an hour, it unfortunately reminded me why I prefer Romantic composers. It was still an enjoyable concert, if only because I got to see a very different orchestra setup and a few unusual instruments, such as a travers-flute.