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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

Photograph: Kevin Yatarola

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

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Danish String Quartet: A Little Night Music

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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.

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Until Fri Aug 7

Academy of Ancient Music: Mendelssohn in Scotland

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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.

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Until Sun Aug 9

Music of Dai Fujikura

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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.

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Until Thu Aug 13
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Written on Skin

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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.

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Until Sat Aug 15

Joshua Bell + Andrew Manze

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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.

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Until Wed Aug 19
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Haydn's "The Creation"

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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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Until Sat Aug 22

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