Among the classiest things to do in NYC this 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 than the Lincoln Center Festival) has been leaning increasingly toward the contemporary. Here's our guide to the best classical concerts at this year's season.
Mostly Mozart's 10 best concerts in 2015
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.