For years, Phil Kelly and his friends would get together in December to observe the anniversary of the death of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Fans of Mozart's music, they would gather at Schmankerl Stube restaurant in downtown Hagerstown and turn the evening into a social event.
"This year," said Kelly, "I decided to make a change. Instead of observing his death, I thought it would be more appropriate to celebrate his birthday."
So Monday evening at Schmankerl Stube, about 50 people joined together to mark the Austrian composer's 249th birthday.
Each person attending the event paid $20 for tickets, with proceeds going to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.
"I'm a big supporter of the MSO," Kelly said. "It just makes sense that the Symphony should benefit from an evening like this."