Earlier today, WQXR’s Instrument Drive kicked off at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium, featuring performances by Flutronix, as well as young musicians from the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School. In addition, maestros Alan Gilbert (of the New York Philharmonic) and Louis Langrée (of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra) made donations themselves. Learn more about this great campaign here, ongoing through April 7: http://bit.ly/1myDxXx

This weekend at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival:

Tonight and Saturday, 8pm
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Louis Langree, conductor
Isabelle Faust, violin
Works by Mozart and Beethoven

Saturday, 7:30pm, and Sunday, 5pm
International Contemporary Ensemble presents the New York premiere of David Lang’s the whisper opera

Saturday, 10pm
Isabelle Faust plays Bach at Kaplan Penthouse’s “A Little Night Music” series

Sunday, 5pm
The Budapest Festival Orchestra presents a unique staged concert of Mozart’s famous tragicomic opera Le nozze di Figaro, with Ivan Fischer as conductor and director.

 

New York Times on Keeping Mostly Mozart Festival Fresh

imageThis weekend’s New York Times features an article on the innovations of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, including concerts in small spaces, late night chamber music events, and infusion of fresh and contemporary programming with new artists. Writes Anthony Tommasini: “I can imagine Mozart happily sipping wine at the Kaplan Penthouse while hearing a Bach partita for solo violin or being shaken and fascinated by a Thomas Adès string quartet.”

Read the full article here. The Festival kicks off Tuesday and runs through August 24.

(Photo: Richard Termine)

Don’t forget….Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival offers a free preview concert tomorrow night at 7:30pm, featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 performed by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Music Director Louis Langrée. Free tickets can be redeemed starting at 10am at the Avery Fisher Hall box office, so line up early!
 

Don’t forget….Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival offers a free preview concert tomorrow night at 7:30pm, featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 performed by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Music Director Louis Langrée. Free tickets can be redeemed starting at 10am at the Avery Fisher Hall box office, so line up early!

 

Tickets are now on sale for this summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival featuring the Music Director Louis Langrée, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Emerson String Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, and more.Visit mostlymozart.org for more information.

Tickets are now on sale for this summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival featuring the Music Director Louis Langrée, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Emerson String Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, and more.


Visit mostlymozart.org for more information.

The 2013 Mostly Mozart Festival is unveiled! This summer’s Festival, running July 27 - August 24 in New York features more than 50 events spanning concerts, opera productions, pre-concert lectures and recitals, late-night performances, a film screening and premieres of new work. The Festival kicks off with a free performance led by Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra on July 27 at Avery Fisher Hall.

A major highlight of the 2013 Festival is the thematic focus on the rich musical lineage between Mozart and Beethoven, with several concerts throughout the Festival pairing music by both composers. In addition, the Budapest Festival Orchestra returns with a staged concert of Le nozze di Figaro, the first time Mozart’s great opera is presented in full at the Festival. International Contemporary Ensemble also returns with 10 concerts featuring 10 world premieres by 10 established and emerging composers, ranging from David Land Pauline Oliveros to Tyshawn Sorey and Phyllis Chen. Debuts this season include conductors Gianandrea Noseda, David Afkham and Steven Schick, among others. Chamber music features prominently, with performances by the Emerson, Calder and Leipzig quartets.

Single tickets go on sale April 29.

Click here to read the full press release about the Festival

Click here to visit the new Mostly Mozart website

 

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Don’t forget to catch Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée’s Berlin Philharmonic debut, leading Mozart’s Overture to La clemenza di Tito K. 62, Symphony No. 40, and Davide penitente, Cantata for two sopranos, tenor, choir and orchestra K. 46. Click here to watch the the Maestro’s debut via the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall, today at 2pm (Eastern

 

Langrée’s Berlin debut (with Mozart)

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Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée makes his conducting debut at the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic this week, leading an all-Mozart program (what else?!). You can see it live via the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall! Click here to see an exclusive dress rehearsal and video and tune in again to watch the performance on Friday at 2pm (Eastern)

 

(Photo of Louis Langrée by © 2012 Richard Termine, and photo of Joshua Bell by Eric Kabik)

Two fabulous Mostly Mozart Festival stories appeared in both The New York Times and Wall Street Journal today:

"As always, Mr. Bell’s tone was rich, warm and finely focused, and he moved easily between the score’s punchy passages and its lyrical flights," wrote The New York Times' Allan Kozinn about last Saturday's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra performance in Avery Fisher Hall with conductor Louis Langrée and violinist Joshua Bell.

And, after a recent interview with Langrée, The Wall Street Journal's Pia Catton said in her piece: “Indeed, Mr. Langrée’s success at this festival has been an integral rung in a career ladder that continues to stretch higher and higher.”

Tomorrow, the festival features the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with conductor Andrew Manze and pianist Stephen Hough. Mostly Mozart concludes this Saturday.

 

(Photo of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra by Marco Borggreve, photo of Pablo Heras-Casado by Miguel Peñalver and photo of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet by Paul Mitchell)

It was a jam-packed weekend for Mozart lovers at Lincoln Center!

Read what The New York Times' Anthony Tommasini had to say about the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra with fortepiano solosit Kristian Bezuidenhout and conductor Pablo Heras-Casado last Thursday night, as well as the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and conductor Louis Langrée the following night (AND pianist Shai Wosner at A Little Night Music!) - all part of this year’s Mostly Mozart Festival.

Mostly Mozart runs through next Saturday.