Written By Imani Warren
Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the Mozart Immersive Exhibit here in downtown Chicago. The venue chosen reflected Mozart’s work as it was classic and antique. Walking into the exhibit is like stepping into another universe filled with child-like play and a view of the world.
From a young age, Mozart was expected to be a high-achieving musician by his father. This curbed his childhood, robbing him of the experience of his peers and fledging him into a world full of music. The exhibit played a movie-like interactive aspect on the walls of the venue. The libretto listed the chapters of Mozart’s story. The first section includes, “Amadeus as a Child” with some scenes taken from the movie, “Amadeus” by Milos Forman. Towards the center of the film, we see multiple sections about Mozart’s time in Italy with his family, which heavily influenced his interdependence with music. Finally, the film closes with more implications about the childhood he lost and fostered in his adulthood.
Mozart is for everyone! Kids, adults, families, and couples all attended the exhibit. As I sat and watched the film, I began to notice the beautification of chandeliers and European art as a theme throughout. The music entranced the audience as a bath of sound surrounded us all. The only source of light in the room was the digital candles in the scenes, creating an ambiance and a further connection with the scenes. There was a continuous rise and fall of the tempo which added to the relationship between the viewers and the subject. Mozart had experience of an 85-year life in only 35 years. Mozart is inspiring! Mozart is for everyone!