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The Mostly Mozart Festival guide

Celebrate the classical music and contemporary sounds at Lincoln Center's wide-ranging Mostly Mozart Festival

Written by
Taya Kenny
Time Out New York Music

Among the classiest things to do in NYC every summer, the Mostly Mozart Festival began in 1966 as Midsummer Serenades: A Mozart Festival, but soon changed its name and broadened its scope. In recent years, the Lincoln Center–presented festival (which, we should note, is different from the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival) has been leaning increasingly toward the contemporary. This year's fest has expanded even further to include international theater and dance productions and performances in Central Park and Brooklyn. Read on for our guide to some of NYC's best classical summer concerts.

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What is the Mostly Mozart Festival?

Mostly Mozart Festival is a series of music, theater and dance events presented by Lincoln Center and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

Where is the Mostly Mozart Festival?

The festival occurs at multiple venues within the Lincoln Center campus. The 2018 fest also features performances in Central Park and at the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center in Brooklyn.

When is the Mostly Mozart Festival

This year's festival runs July 12th to August 12th.

Is it really all Mozart?

Nope! In addition to Mozart's pieces, the fest features works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Bernstein and others, as well as dance and theatrical productions from around the world.

Okay, but what is the actual Mozart I can go see?

Works by the 18th century prodigy are sprinkled throughout the fest, but if you're looking for an all-Mozart program, check out the Prague Symphony (August 3 and 4) and Mozart Requiem (August 10 and 11).

Are there any premieres this year?

You betcha. Catalan theater collective La Fura dels Baus is performing its maximalist production of Haydn's The Creation for the first time in North America; Mark Morris is presenting a new dance set to Schubert; John Luther's 800-voice piece In the Name of the Earth is having its world premiere in Central Park; and Ashley Fure and Adam Fure’s installation opera The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects is making its NYC debut.

How can I get tickets to Mostly Mozart?

Tickets can be purchased from Lincoln Center or through Time Out.

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