'The Other Mozart' to kick off Women's History Month

Portrait of Nannerl
Nannerl Mozart

The Other Mozart,” a one-woman play about Wolfgang Amadeus's equally talented sister, will kick off Women's History Month.


The show will be presented by The Little Matchstick Factory at 7:30 p.m. March 2 in the Studio Theater in Blaisdell Hall. The show is free and open to the public. A panel discussion will follow.


The New York Times called this true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer who toured throughout Europe with her brother, “strikingly beautiful.”


Creator and writer Sylvia Milo places Nannerl, acted by Samantha Hoefer, at the center of an enormous white dress that is part costume, part scenery. From the dress, she retrieves family letters, music boxes and other props.


Milo is herself a violinist and pianist. She researched the play by reading family letters sent by Wolfgang and his father, Leopold, as they toured Europe.


After the 75-minute performance, a discussion will take place in conjunction with Women's History Month. Panelists will be Hoefer, Stephanie Eckstrom, coordinator of the social work program at Pitt-Bradford; Dr. Joshua Groffman, assistant professor of music; Dr. Helene Lawson, coordinator of gender studies minor and professor of sociology; and Dr. Marvin Thomas, professor of history.


Other events planned for the month include the Empty Bowls and Baskets dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. March 17 in the Mukaiyama University Room. A $10 donation includes a simple meal of homemade soup, bread, beverage and dessert as well as a keepsake bowl, basket or napkin set to remember the ongoing fight against hunger.


Social entrepreneur Emily Hine will speak about compassion as a social responsibility at 11 a.m. March 24 in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons.


Finally, New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson will visit campus at 7 p.m. March 31 in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel.