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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Photograph: Courtesy Kevin Yatarola

Best acts to see at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival

Here are the top concerts to see at Mostly Mozart 2017, Lincoln Center’s summer classical-music festival

By Kurt Gottschalk
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Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival maintains its tradition of eclectic programming of works from Wolfgang’s time to our own, with performances ranging from accordion to opera—and a free Schubertian throwdown for extra measure. Like its accompanying fests—Lincoln Center Festial and Lincoln Center Out of Doors—the festival gets going at the end of July but really heats up in August (along with a lot of the other best concerts of August). Here's the shows you won’t want to miss.

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Best shows to see at Mostly Mozart 2017

Ksenija Sidorova
Photograph: Courtesy John Kentish

1. Ksenija Sidorova

Music Classical and opera

Latvian accordion sensation Sidorova makes her Mostly Mozart debut in a set including Rachmaninoff, tango king Astor Piazzolla and a little Mozart for good measure.

International Contemporary Ensemble
Photograph: Courtesy Carrie Schneider

2. Schubertiade Remix

Music Classical and opera

The ever-reliable International Contemporary Ensemble hosts a soiree à la Franz Schubert, replete with games, prizes and reworkings of the Romantic master’s music.

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Danish String Quartet
Photograph: Courtesy Nikolaj Lund

3. Danish String Quartet

Music Classical and opera

The critically acclaimed foursome returns to Mostly Mozart with a program of Beethoven. Once it’s over, they’ll dash up to Lincoln Center’s 10th floor nightclub to play original arrangements of Nordic folk songs.

THE DARK MIRROR: ZENDER’S WINTERREISE
Photograph: Courtesy National Taichung Theater

4. The Dark Mirror: Zender’s Winterreise

Music Classical and opera

Tenor Ian Bostridge wrote the book on Schubert’s classic song cycle Winterreise. Here, Bostridge's dramatic performance of the song cycle (orchestrated by Hans Zender and performed by ICE) promises to be a Mostly Mozart festival highlight.

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Víkingur Ólafsson
Photograph: Courtesy Enno Kapitza

5. Víkingur Ólafsson

Music Classical and opera

J.S. Bach and Philip Glass may be separated by five centuries but the precise architectures of their music make for a perfect pairing. Ólafsson, an acclaimed Icelandic pianist, explores those connections in a late-night recital.

International Contemporary Ensemble
Photograph: Armen Elliot

6. How Forests Think

Music Classical and opera

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) has built a strong presence at Mostly Mozart in recent years, and this edition is no exception. Tonight they present an intriguing program of works by the late and beloved Pauline Oliveros, along with the always-intriguing Australian composer Liza Lim and rising Icelandic star Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

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Budapest Festival Orchestra with Iván Fischer, conductor
Photograph: Courtesy Zsuzsanna Peto/Budapest, Palace of Arts

7. Don Giovanni

Music Classical and opera

What better way to spend a steamy August evening that with Mozart’s iconic opera? Soprano Laura Aikin reprises her role as Donna Anna from the 2011 Mostly Mozart production and baritone Christopher Maltman takes the on the lecherous lead in the legendary composer’s take on the Don Juan tale to close the festival.

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