Pair of open houses honor Mozart, show off renovations

The 18th annual Mozart Festival and open house hosted by Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe owners Anand and Doris Saha will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the cafe, 2885 N. High St.

The celebration honors the 257th birthday of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The following day, which is actually Mozart's date of birth, the future home of both the Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe and the nearby Vienna Ice Cafe will be open from 3 to 6 p.m.

The two eateries soon will be combined into a single location in the former Cord Camera building at 4784 N. High St.

The gathering Sunday, Jan. 27, Anand Saha said in an announcement, is intended to "give local residents a glimpse of the old Beechwold Tavern and the renovation efforts that are under way."

"This will also give neighborhood residents an opportunity to sign a ballot initiative that would allow the future Mozart's to serve alcoholic beverages," Saha wrote.

The open house Jan. 26 is meant to "pay tribute to (the) muse of music and luscious desserts" for the cafe that bears the composer's name.

"Guests will be treated to live classical music throughout the day in addition to complimentary tastes of decadent pastries, canapes and other specialties created by Mozart's award-winning team," the announcement stated. "A highlight of the celebration will feature guests of honor, Columbus City Council President Andrew J. Ginther, and 'Little Mozart' cutting into the piano-shaped birthday cake at 5:30 p.m."

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra's music director-designate David Danzmayr will make a special appearance at the event from 2 to 3 p.m.

Those who will provide entertainment include several Columbus Symphony musicians in addition to pianist Mark Werling, Jayne Allison, the Synchronicity Trio and 'B.J.' Yurkovich.

The Mozart Festival has grown from 200 guests in the early years to more than 2,000, Saha said.