Mostly Mozart Festival: Louis Langrée leads classical stars at the Lincoln Center

Under the artistic direction of Louis Langrée, the annual Mostly Mozart Festival brings top-notch classical musicians to the Lincoln Center campus

Photograph: Richard Termine
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Composers of the original Viennese School—Beethoven, Haydn and, yes, Mozart—will naturally be the focus of this late-summer institution and its festival orchestra, conducted once again by Louis Langrée. Though some delightful-sounding curveballs are on the menu this year, including the Mark Morris Dance Group's staged performance of a rare Handel opera, as well as three concerts given by the modernist-minded virtuosos of theInternational Contemporary Ensemble. Special guest soloists—such as Richard Goode andSteven Schick—are scheduled to play concerts in some of Lincoln Center's more intimate spaces as well.

Mostly Mozart Festival 2014 events

Music

Sila: The Breath of the World

If a new-classical composition "composed to be played out of doors" sounds like a gimmick, then take heart from the fact that John Luther Adams can make such conceits take wing and really fly. (His prior outdoor piece, Inuksuit, is also available as a home recording, if you'd like to get a sense of the way he conjures an open environment through his spatial sound aesthetic.) For this world premiere—a copresentation of Mosly Mozart Festival and Lincoln Center Out of Doors—members of starry contemporary groups such as the JACK Quartet, eighth blackbird, and TILT Brass convene under the musical direction of Doug Perkins.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra: Preview night

Louis Langrée returns to lead the summer's sprightly celebration of First Viennese School heavyweights. A free concert kicks things off on July 26, with the overture to Don Giovanni, a clip from Gluck's Don Juan, and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. July 29 and 30 are devoted to the titular focus of the festival—with the Giovanni curtain-raiser again, plus the Jupiter symphony and Piano Concerto No. 23 (in which Richard Goode is the soloist). Mozart's Emporer concerto gets the nod on Aug 1 and 2, alongside Haydn's Symphony No. 104. Mozart's Prague symphony comes in a program Aug 5 and 6. Concerts on Aug 8 and 9 bring in some guest stars: conductor Osmo Vänskä, and violin star Yuja Wang (who will tackle the solo part on Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 for piano and trumpet). Beethoven's Ninth Symphony takes control on Aug 12 and 13. The Berlioz Symphonie fantastique returns—with other pieces by Gluck and Mozart—on Aug 15 and 16. Soloist Joshua Bell joins the festival orchestra on Aug 19 and 20, in Mozart's Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola. And to close out the festival, the orchestra will present Mozart's Requiem on Aug 22 and 23. In between the house band's apperances, other groups appear in the festival lineup (some boasting rather experimental fare). See mostlymozart.org for complete details, and information on ticket-package deals.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra: Opening night with Richard Goode

Louis Langrée returns to lead the summer's sprightly celebration of First Viennese School heavyweights. A free concert kicks things off on July 26, with the overture to Don Giovanni, a clip from Gluck's Don Juan, and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. July 29 and 30 are devoted to the titular focus of the festival—with the Giovanni curtain-raiser again, plus the Jupiter symphony and Piano Concerto No. 23 (in which Richard Goode is the soloist). Mozart's Emporer concerto gets the nod on Aug 1 and 2, alongside Haydn's Symphony No. 104. Mozart's Prague symphony comes in a program Aug 5 and 6. Concerts on Aug 8 and 9 bring in some guest stars: conductor Osmo Vänskä, and violin star Yuja Wang (who will tackle the solo part on Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 for piano and trumpet). Beethoven's Ninth Symphony takes control on Aug 12 and 13. The Berlioz Symphonie fantastique returns—with other pieces by Gluck and Mozart—on Aug 15 and 16. Soloist Joshua Bell joins the festival orchestra on Aug 19 and 20, in Mozart's Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola. And to close out the festival, the orchestra will present Mozart's Requiem on Aug 22 and 23. In between the house band's apperances, other groups appear in the festival lineup (some boasting rather experimental fare). See mostlymozart.org for complete details, and information on ticket-package deals.

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Richard Goode at Mostly Mozart

After finishing up a two-day stint with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the pianist heads to the Kaplan Penthouse for a late-night recital of Schubert's Sonata in B-flat major, and selections from Bach's Well-tempered Clavier, Book II.

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Steven Osborne at Mostly Mozart

The pianist says "let's play two" on this evening. After he finishes up his star part in Mozart's Emperor concerto (in a performance with the festival orchestra), he'll cross the street and take the elevator up to the Kaplan penthouse for an intimate recital of Schubert items: the immortally gorgeous first set of Impromptus, as well as the composer's 13 Variations on a Theme by Anselm Hüttenbrenner.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra: ‘Emperor’ Concerto

Louis Langrée returns to lead the summer's sprightly celebration of First Viennese School heavyweights. A free concert kicks things off on July 26, with the overture to Don Giovanni, a clip from Gluck's Don Juan, and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. July 29 and 30 are devoted to the titular focus of the festival—with the Giovanni curtain-raiser again, plus the Jupiter symphony and Piano Concerto No. 23 (in which Richard Goode is the soloist). Beethoven's Emperor concerto gets the nod on Aug 1 and 2, alongside Haydn's Symphony No. 104. Mozart's Prague symphony comes in a program Aug 5 and 6. Concerts on Aug 8 and 9 bring in some guest stars: conductor Osmo Vänskä, and violin star Yuja Wang (who will tackle the solo part on Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 for piano and trumpet). Beethoven's Ninth Symphony takes control on Aug 12 and 13. The Berlioz Symphonie fantastique returns—with other pieces by Gluck and Mozart—on Aug 15 and 16. Soloist Joshua Bell joins the Festival Orchestra on Aug 19 and 20, in Mozart's Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola. And to close out the Festival, the orchestra will present Mozart's Requiem on Aug 22 and 23. In between the house band's appearances, other groups appear in the festival lineup (some boasting rather experimental fare). See mostlymozart.org for complete details, and information on ticket-package deals.

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Antoine Tamestit at Mostly Mozart

For this concert in the intimate Kaplan Penthouse, the violist conscripts a couple of the Bach Cello Suites for his chosen instrument, in addition to performing Hindemith's fine Sonata for solo viola.

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Emerson String Quartet at Mostly Mozart

The storied Emersonians make their only Festival appearance with a program that includes Haydn's Quartet in G minor, Op. 20, plus two works from Mozart: the Quartet in E-flat major, K.428, and the Clarinet Quintet—which boasts Martin Fröst as a guest clarinetist. (At 6:30pm, the quartet will also offer a preconcert recital of Haydn's G major Quartet, Op. 33, No. 5.)

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra: ‘Prague’ Symphony

Louis Langrée returns to lead the summer's sprightly celebration of First Viennese School heavyweights. A free concert kicks things off on July 26, with the overture to Don Giovanni, a clip from Gluck's Don Juan, and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. July 29 and 30 are devoted to the titular focus of the festival—with the Giovanni curtain-raiser again, plus the Jupiter symphony and Piano Concerto No. 23 (in which Richard Goode is the soloist). Mozart's Emporer concerto gets the nod on Aug 1 and 2, alongside Haydn's Symphony No. 104. Mozart's Prague symphony comes in a program Aug 5 and 6. Concerts on Aug 8 and 9 bring in some guest stars: conductor Osmo Vänskä, and violin star Yuja Wang (who will tackle the solo part on Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 for piano and trumpet). Beethoven's Ninth Symphony takes control on Aug 12 and 13. The Berlioz Symphonie fantastique returns—with other pieces by Gluck and Mozart—on Aug 15 and 16. Soloist Joshua Bell joins the festival orchestra on Aug 19 and 20, in Mozart's Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola. And to close out the festival, the orchestra will present Mozart's Requiem on Aug 22 and 23. In between the house band's apperances, other groups appear in the festival lineup (some boasting rather experimental fare). See mostlymozart.org for complete details, and information on ticket-package deals.

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Dance

Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris Dance Group returns to the Mostly Mozart Festival with Acis and Galatea, a production of Mozart's arrangement of Handel's operatic work depicting a tragic love triangle among Acis, an Arcadian shepherd; Galatea, a sea nymph; and the giant Polyphemus. Costumes are by Isaac Mizrahi, and scenic design is by Adrianne Lobel. San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, led by Nicholas McGegan, performs, and Morris—of course—choreographs and directs. Acis and Galatea marks his 12th opera.

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Mostly Mozart Festival 2012 events

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

The Mostly Mozart Festival kicks off with a free preview concert at Avery Fisher Hall. Under the musical direction of the beloved Louis Langrée, the orchestra performs Mozart's Symphony No. 38 ("Prague") and Schubert's Symphony No. 4 ("Tragic"), providing an introduction to what's certain to be a thrilling festival season.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

The opening night of this year's Mostly Mozart Festival features an all-Mozart program with Louis Langrée on the podium, and acclaimed tenor Lawrence Brownlee and Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire as soloists. Join the orchestra as they lead the audience through a lively program that consists of the Overture to La clemenza di Tito, Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor (K.466), Misero! o sogno, "Un’aura amorosa" from Così fan tutte and the "Prague" Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin returns to the Mostly Mozart Festival to lead one of the world's premier chamber orchestras in an all-Beethoven program that includes his seminal "Eroica" symphony. Lauded Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili promises to charm as the soloist on the composer's one and only Violin Concerto.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin is back on the podium, leading the festival's resident orchestra in Beethoven's playful Second Symphony, followed by Haydn's tumultuous Nelson Mass, which features the Mostly Mozart debuts of soprano Christiane Karg and mezzo Julie Boulianne. Tenor Toby Spence, baritone Andrew Foster-Williams and the Concert Chorale of New York are also on board for the evening's program.

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