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The Life And Music Of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Renee Bright

You could say that Mozart is the gateway drug to a love of classical music. But who was the person behind the music? Author-composer Jan Swafford joins us to help us better understand the most famous name in classical music.

We know Mozart was a prodigy — he could play the keyboard before he turned five, and he’d written a symphony before his tenth birthday. And then there was his early death at the age of 35. But Swafford, author of the new biography Mozart: The Reign of Love, doesn’t see the composer’s life as a tragedy — quite the contrary actually. Swafford says contrary to popular imagination, Mozart was a happy man. Join us Friday at noon for a conversation about the young genius who composed The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute and the (unfinished) Requiem.

Jan Swafford’s book is Mozart: The Reign of Love  [Bookshop|Audible|Indiebound|Amazon]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.