Mostly Mozart Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival New York, New York USA
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Phone: (01) 212-721-6500

Festival Description

Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival—America’s first indoor summer music festival—was launched as an experiment in 1966. Called Midsummer Serenades: A Mozart Festival, its first two seasons were devoted exclusively to the music of Mozart. Renamed the Mostly Mozart Festival in 1970, it has become a New York institution and, now in its 45th year, continues to broaden its focus to include works by Mozart’s predecessors, contemporaries, and related successors. In addition to concerts by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Mostly Mozart now includes concerts by visiting period-instrument ensembles, chamber orchestras and ensembles, and acclaimed soloists, as well as staged music presentations, opera productions, dance, film, and visual art.

The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the Mostly Mozart Festival. Over the years, the Orchestra has toured to such notable festivals and venues as Ravinia, Great Woods, Tanglewood, Bunkamura in Tokyo, and the Kennedy Center. Conductors who made their New York debuts leading the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra include Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, and Edo de Waart. Soloists including Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Alicia de Larrocha, Richard Stoltzman, Emanuel Ax, and Garrick Ohlsson have had long associations with the Festival. Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, flutist James Galway, soprano Elly Ameling, and pianist Mitsuko Uchida all made their US debuts at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

Festival Dates July 27 - August 24, 2013
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Festival Events:

Programming highlights 2013:
  • Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée seads nine concerts including a FREE Preview on July 27
  • Major thematic exploration of musical lineage between Mozart and Beethoven presented throughout festival programs
  • Budapest Festival Orchestra Returns to the Festival with ttaged concert of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, the Festival’s first staging of the entire work, conducted and directed by Iván Fischer and Featuring a cast Filled with festival debuts.
  • ICE Celebrates 3rd Season as Artists-in-Residence and 10th Anniversary as an Ensemble with ten concerts featuring ten premieres by ten emerging and established New York composers, including Pauline Oliveros, Matthias Pintscher and George Lewis, In Addition to New York premiere of David Lang’s The Whisper Opera.
  • Additional Mostly Mozart Festival debuts include conductors Gianandrea Noseda, David Afkham and Steven Schick; soprano Maria Agresta; mezzo-Soprano Daniela Barcellona; tenor Gregory Kunde; and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen; pianist Francesco Piemontesi; and the Calder Quartet.
  • Notable artists returning to the Festival include conductors Andrew Manze and Jérémie Rhorer; pianists Emanuel Ax, Paul Lewis, and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet; violinists Joshua Bell, Isabelle Faust, and Vadim Repin; Cellist Truls Mørk; Leipzig String Quartet; and the First New York City appearance by the Emerson String Quartet with new cellist Paul Watkins.


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Slideshow photo credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Conductor Susanna Mälkki returns to conduct the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Photo by © 2009 Richard Termine
    • Conductor Louis Langrée performs with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Photo by © 2011 Richard Termine
    • New York’s ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) returns for the second of its three-year Mostly Mozart residency. Photo by © 2011 Richard Termine


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