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Mozart Mit Mutti: DANK Haus Celebrates Mother’s Day With Mozart

By Marielle Shaw in Arts & Entertainment on May 10, 2014 7:00PM

Photo provided via Nicholle Dombrowski at DANK Haus

If you’re looking for something to do post-brunch this Mother’s Day, treat mom to a classy cultural affair in Lincoln Square. DANK Haus is dedicated to preserving and promoting German culture, and features on site language learning classes, an art gallery and a museum.

For Mother's Day, they’ve created an all-German piano program to be performed by Northwestern alum Mark Valenti. Valenti holds a Master of Music from the school, has been featured on WFMT, and has travelled much of Europe performing, even holding the title of Professor of Music for the Loire Valley Music Institute in France.

Those attending the event can expect to hear some of the most loved pieces for piano played by expert hands. Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Wolpe and Beethoven are all at the ready for the big day. Mothers will be receiving flowers as they walk in to the beautiful grand Marunde ballroom, and after the concert can enjoy traditional German kaffe and kuchen.

Tickets can be purchased online for a discounted price but will also be available at the door for $20. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for the 2:00 p.m. affair, and parking has been donated by MB Financial at Western and Gunnison.

Personally, we think an airy ballroom, a Schubert sonata and some tasty German pastries (we’re crossing our fingers for some bienenstich) sound like a great afternoon treat, for moms or any other fans of classical piano. It’s also a great time to dip your toes into all things Deutsche.

Consider this a nice decrescendo or a serene alternative to the loud, crowded restaurant scene.