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Love notes for Wolfie 

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Forget Amadeus.The play and film, run amok through the 1980s, portrayed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a ridiculous wild man, drunk and throwing sexual caution to the wind. It made ol' Wolfie out to be more rock & roll than he actually was; even the play's author, Peter Shaffer, acknowledges it never was intended to be biographical.

Though plenty of tawdry tales still exist including a rumor that Mozart couldn't create masterpieces without an erection the composer probably wasn't truly such a notorious player, especially compared to that scamp, Beethoven.

In fact, Mozart's life was marked by a love for the women in his family: his mother, his sister and his wife, Constanze Weber, for whom he wrote the "Great C Minor Mass."

So the real Mozart may not be as romantically fascinating as the icon, but he nevertheless had a keen sense for sexual tension and ear for sensual music, as exhibited in pieces such as the comedic opera Cos fan tutte.

Now the Colorado Springs Philharmonic is spreading the love, scandalous or pure, with its first "Mozart & Friends" performance of A Birthday Valentine.

Tied to Mozart's 250th birthday, the program features three Philharmonic couples: Michael and Catherine Hanson; Kelly and David Zuercher; and Vladimir Petrov and Lydia Svyatlovskaya. Led by conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith, they will be performing works by Mozart, Shostakovich, Sarasate and Haydn.

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Mozart & Friends: A Birthday Valentine

Sunrise Methodist Church, 2655 Briargate Blvd.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 12, 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20 general, $17 military, $12 student; available at the door, at 520-SHOW (7469) or ticketswest.com.

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