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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Photograph: Kevin Yatarola

The best concerts to see at Mostly Mozart Festival in 2015

The annual Mostly Mozart Festival brings top-notch classical musicians to the Lincoln Center campus

By Taya Kenny and Time Out New York contributors

Summer music festivals in NYC are about more than sun-soaked island extravaganzas like Governors Ball and Panorama Festival. We are also home to some of the best classical musicians in the world, and one of the best things to do outside during the summer is to re-live some of Mozart's most famous works. Now in its 51st year, this NYC tradition is back to enliven Lincoln Center with (mostly) Mozart, but also works from Mendelssohn, Bach, Schumann and contemporary classical works. 

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Mostly Mozart's 10 best concerts in 2015

Emanuel Ax
Photograph by: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Emanuel Ax + Erin Morley + Louis Langrée

Music Classical and opera

This event goes all-Mozart with symphonic works performed by the resident festival orchestra led by Louis Langrée, joined by soprano Erin Morley and the lauded pianist Emanuel Ax.

Emerson String Quartet
Photograph by: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Emerson String Quartet + Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Music Classical and opera

The famed Emerson String Quartet plays Mozart's Quartet in G minor and works by Haydn, Beethoven and Fauré with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. A preconcert recital begins at 6:30pm.

Danish String Quartet
Photograph by: Caroline Bittencourt

Danish String Quartet: A Little Night Music

Music Classical and opera

The Danish String Quartet takes on Mozart's arrangements of the second and fourth fugues from the second book of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Thomas Adè's Arcadiana, Op. 12 and Beethoven's heart-stopping Grosse Fuge in B-flat major, Op. 133 in this late-evening recital.

Academy of Ancient Music
Photograph by: Patrick Harrison

Academy of Ancient Music: Mendelssohn in Scotland

Music Classical and opera

Age-old authenticity debates aside, it's always illuminating to hear music played on period instruments. In its festival debut, the Academy of Ancient Music presents a matinee program of works Mendelssohn composed after his 1829 tour of Scotland.

Dai Fujikura
Photograph by: Milena Mihaylova

Music of Dai Fujikura

Music Classical and opera

The excellent International Contemporary Ensemble plays a program of the equally exciting contemporary composer Dai Fujikura in its turn at the festival's late-night candlelight series.

WRITTEN ON SKIN (Katie MITCHELL) Repetition 2012
Photograph: Pascal Victor

Written on Skin

Music Classical and opera

If you only make it to one Mostly Mozart engagement, make it to one of the three performances of George Benjamin's Written on Skin in its U.S. premiere. The 2012 tale of betrayal stars the magnificent Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan.

Joshua Bell
Photograph:Eric Kabik

Joshua Bell + Andrew Manze

Music Classical and opera

Famed violinist Joshua Bell joins the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra under Andrew Manze for works by Mozart and Schumann, and then Bell takes over the baton for two pieces by Bach.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 2013
Photograph: Jennifer Taylor

Haydn's "The Creation"

Music Classical and opera

Haydn's masterful "The Creation" closes the festival, with the festival orchestra, conducted by Louis Langrée; soprano Sarah Tynan; tenor Andrew Staples; bass Brindley Sherratt; and the Concert Chorale of New York. A preconcert lecture takes place at the Stanley H. Kaplan Playhouse on Fri 21 at 6:30pm.


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