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Celebrating Mozart


MINTZER: Making Mozart saxy.
  • MINTZER: Making Mozart saxy.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would be 250 years old this year, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will jazz up a two-day celebration of the great composer.

The ASO and the New Century Saxophone Quarte will present “Mozart’s 250th Birthday!” in two shows at Robinson Center Music Hall on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15.

Saturday’s showtime is 8 p.m.; Sunday’s concert begins at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $16 to $46 and are available at the ASO’s box office, 666-1761.

The program includes Mozart’s “Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro,” jazz saxophonist Bob Mintzer’s “Rhythm of the Americas,” Franck’s “Le Chausseur Maudit” and Mozart’s “Symphony No. 25 in G minor,” written when Mozart was 17 years old and characterized by an interplay of light and dark passages. It’s considered Mozart’s first “mature” symphony.

Mintzer’s “Rhythm of the Americas,” inspired by the cultural diversity of the Americas, draws on the French, Afro-Caribbean and jazz music he experienced in his native New York.

Basketball fun
The Harlem Globetrotters always promise family fun when they make their annual visit to Central Arkansas. The tradition-rich basketball team will bring along their foils, the New York Nationals, for both the fun and competition at Alltel Arena on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Game time is 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $16.75 and are available at the arena box office (975-9000) or through Ticketmaster (975-7575, www.ticketmaster.com, all Harvest Foods stores).

Get out the Penguin suits
Black-and-white formal attire is the order of the night for the third annual Arkansas Young Professionals Network’s Black and White Ball, which will benefit the Little Rock Zoo’s African Penguin Project.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the downtown Woman’s City Club. Tickets are $50 for non-AYPN members and $40 for AYPN members. All proceeds go to the Penguin Project fund-raising campaign for a planned African penguin habitat.

Special guests are Jackie the African penguin and her keeper, Kristen Silvers, both from the Fort Worth Zoo.

For more information or tickets, call 666-2406, ext. 108, or visit www.aypn.org on the Internet.

Creed goes Loony
Ben Creed, who has appeared on Showtime, MTV, Comedy Central and “Evening at the Improv,” appears for shows through Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Loony Bin Comedy Club in Breckenridge Village. Creed is noted for his sharp, sarcastic, sometimes crass style as he shows the audience the funny side of current events and everyday situations.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $6 Wednesday and Thursday and $9 on Friday and Saturday. For reservations, call 228-5555.

RimRockers to rock
The Arkansas RimRockers will be rocking the basketball hoop and rocking the rest of the arena afterward when they take on the Tulsa 66ers in an NBA Developmental League game at Alltel Arena on Friday, Jan. 13.

Game time is 6:30 p.m. Following the game, rock group The Click Five will perform in concert.

Tickets range from $10 for end-zone seats to $25 for mid-court seats to $50 for courtside. Group discounts are available.

Call the team at 975-4667 or go through Ticketmaster for tickets.

Extreme motocross
It’s like a video game has come alive when professional freestyle motocross riders perform, and Barton Coliseum will feature two nights of the O’Reilly Motocross and Extreme Freestyle Championships on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14.

Action on both nights begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under through the Fairgrounds box office (372-8341) or any Ticketmaster location (975-7575, www.ticketmaster.com).

Dinner at the Zoo
The Little Rock Zoo invites families to sample its “Creatures of the Night” dinner on Saturday, Jan. 14. You’ll see zoo animals and play lots of games, and the zoo staff has prepared a menu for the family as well. Only 40 spots are available for the dinner, so make reservations by calling 666-2406. The cost is $60 for a family of four, and each additional person is $12. For more information, see www.littlerockzoo.com.


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