Mozart start to 2011 at Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 will start the new year with 12 days of nothing but Mozart for a season featuring documentaries and live performances of his works.

It follows similar programming about composers Beethoven and Bach in previous years, with the station's controller Roger Wright saying this year they're celebrating the work of a "prolific genius".

The Genius of Mozart season from 1 January 2011 will include Sir Peter Hall's 1983 production of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus starring Simon Callow, and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa presenting a show on her favourite Mozart arias.

Other highlights will include drivetime programme A History Of Mozart In A Dozen Objects and a special 700th edition of Private Passions, with former guests discussing their favourite Mozart pieces.

BBC orchestras and the BBC Singers will also be performing Mozart at venues across the country.

Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3 said: "After the groundbreaking success of The Beethoven Experience and A Bach Christmas we're thrilled to announce our all-encompassing Mozart season, building on Radio 3's unchallenged track record in using its whole schedule to celebrate the music of a composer. Mozart was a prolific genius, so we hope that new audiences will join Radio 3 and BBC Four on air and online for what promises to be a really entertaining and informative 12 days."

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