A milestone anniversary like the Mozart bicentennial ought to be an occasion for discoveries and revelations; appropriately, the well-regarded Mozartean Players are proffering a program of delectable pieces from Mozart's early and middle periods this weekend. Though the chamber ensemble performs on period instruments, founder Steven Lubin has shown a healthy skepticism toward the authenticity movement. "What is actually vital is the playing, not the instrument," he has said. Lubin is a formidable fortepianist and musicologist and an engaging and intelligent communicator, and the scaled-down versions he and his colleagues will deliver of piano concerti 12 and 14 should be a treat. The all-Mozart concert is one of this weekend's six "early music" events sponsored by the American Musicological Society as part of its 57th annual conclave. Saturday, 8 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 Sheridan, Evanston; 708-491-1808.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jack Mitchell.