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Musical jokesters to be celebrated in Kilmarnock

The Northern Neck Orchestra will present a chamber concert, “Matching Wits with Mozart,” featuring the musical humor of Beethoven, Haydn, Gilbert and Sullivan, Mozart, Richard Strauss and P.D.Q. Bach at 2 p.m. Saturday at Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Goodluck Road, Kilmarnock.

Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at the door or online at Students are admitted at no charge.

“While few people associate classical music and its composers with humor, this concert will vividly demonstrate that is not true—revealing hidden jokes, subtle pokes and an occasional hoax,” said the orchestra’s Eric Jacobson.

Jacobson said that the whimsical program, to be performed by an ensemble of musicians from the Northern Neck Orchestra, provides answers to questions no one is asking like, Did Beethoven always scowl?

He noted that the concert will show that Beethoven wrote a piece spoofing his own music and another in the rhythm of a Brazilian samba. “I’m not saying that ...

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