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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Violinist Alina Ibragimova (making her festival debut) and pianist Steven Osbourne are the featured soloists in this all-Prokofiev program.
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.
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.
The International Contemporary Ensemble returns in a promising program that includes Messiaen, Ligeti and Mostly Mozart composer-in-residence George Benjamin.
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.