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Everett Philharmonic celebrates Valentine’s Day with a little love from Mozart

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By Theresa Goffredo
Herald Writer
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  • Mezzo soprano Melissa Plagemann will perform with the Everett Philharmonic Orchestra.

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    Mezzo soprano Melissa Plagemann will perform with the Everett Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mozart's genius combined with the exuberance and lightheartedness of his music make for a concert of passion and romance -- just in time for Valentine's Day.
The Everett Philharmonic, led by conductor and music director Paul-Elliott Cobbs, performs "That Magnificent Mozart" on Sunday.
This is the Everett Philharmonic's third concert of the season and showcases mezzo soprano Melissa Plagemann performing a solo during Mozart's virtuosic "Exsultate, jubilate."
A religious solo motet requiring great facility and skill, this performance of "Exsultate" will infuse the afternoon with excitement, wit and elation, Cobbs said.
"The genius of Mozart is unsurpassed. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest composers who ever lived," Cobbs said. "In fact, this concert culminates the month-long celebration of his 256th birthday."
Also on the program is Mozart's lighthearted "Cosi fan Tutte," which offers humor and brilliance, Cobbs said.
To finish off the program, the orchestra presents an elegant Symphony No. 25, a Mozart symphony that employs skillful instrumentation and contrasting emotions.
Principal cellist Cami Davis said, Symphony No. 25 is a favorite of hers. Written by a teenage Mozart, Davis said you can hear the "attitude" in this piece.
"You can hear his unrest and desire to be top dog -- a sort of 'I can do anything better than you.' And he could," Davis said
"I love it and particularly love playing it."
Symphony No. 25 was selected for the opening of Milos Forman's Academy-Award winning film, "Amadeus," and the glorious harmonies and haunting melodies will leave audiences humming for days, Cobbs said.
"That Magnificent Mozart" will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.
Tickets are $25 and $20. Festival seating so come early; doors open at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 206-270-9729 or online at www.everettphil.org.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.
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