The New York Times on the opening Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra concert

Lincoln Center’s 2014 Mostly Mozart Festival has begun, and with some excellent accolades from the critics. The Financial Times awarded the opening concert with Louis Langree and pianist Richard Goode five stars. And The New York Times noted: “Langrée drew vigorous, crisp playing from the ensemble in his emphatic account of the opening Allegro of the “Jupiter,” the Symphony No. 41 in C, Mozart’s last…There was charm mixed with cagey playfulness in the Menuetto. And the orchestra was at its best when it mattered most, during the heroic, complex, magnificent finale.”

(Richard Goode in performance with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Photo: Hiroko Masuike/New York Times)

Via NPR, check out some video footage of John Luther Adams’s Sila: The Breath of The World, which premiered last weekend at Lincoln Center as part of Mostly Mozart Festival and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Absent a stage, the traditional walls between musicians and listeners dissipated absolutely. That intimacy created a marvelous cocoon of shared experience and silky, ethereal layers of sound,” says Anastasia Tsioulcas of NPR.

More Louis Langrée at Mostly Mozart (through 2017)

As the 2014 Mostly Mozart Festival gets underway tonight with the first Festival Orchestra concert, Lincoln Center has announced a contract extension for Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée. Maestro Langrée will continue in his role through 2017, marking his 15th season at Mostly Mozart.

“I am so happy to be extending my work with the Mostly Mozart Festival and Orchestra,” said Louis Langrée. “This mutually inspiring relationship with the terrific Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra is deeply rewarding and a special joy. I feel we are now ready to soar ever higher musically. I feel so honored to have such a creative and nourishing musical home in New York City and feel the sky is the limit as to what we can achieve in the summers ahead.”

Read more here: http://bit.ly/LangreeExtension

(Photo: Richard Termine)

No, you’re not seeing double. Welcome back Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra Music Director Louis Langrée!

No, you’re not seeing double. Welcome back Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra Music Director Louis Langrée!

This morning, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra Music Director Louis Langrée and other orchestra members greeted fans on Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson as they waited for tickets for tonight’s free preview concert to kick off this summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival.

Aerial photo of premiere performance of Sila: The Breath of the World by John Luther Adams, repeated tonight at 6pm(Photo: Kevin Yatarola)

Aerial photo of premiere performance of Sila: The Breath of the World by John Luther Adams, repeated tonight at 6pm

(Photo: Kevin Yatarola)

Every summer, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall is transformed into a specific space for the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the centerpiece of the Mostly Mozart Festival, which begins tonight. In 2011, we made a time-lapse video of the incredible work that goes on to change over the hall. Enjoy!

"Music is not what I do, it is how I understand the world," says composer John Luther Adams. The Wall Street Journal profiles the composer ahead of this weekend’s world premiere of his new work Sila: The Breath of the World, presented for free by Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Mostly Mozart. Find out more about the new work here: http://bit.ly/SilaPremiere(Illustration: Ken Fallin/Wall Street Journal)

"Music is not what I do, it is how I understand the world," says composer John Luther Adams. The Wall Street Journal profiles the composer ahead of this weekend’s world premiere of his new work Sila: The Breath of the World, presented for free by Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Mostly Mozart. Find out more about the new work here: http://bit.ly/SilaPremiere

(Illustration: Ken Fallin/Wall Street Journal)

Signage up and ready for this weekend’s opening events for Mostly Mozart, including the free preview concert Saturday.

Signage up and ready for this weekend’s opening events for Mostly Mozart, including the free preview concert Saturday.

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra cellist Ann Kim reveals how in Mozart’s music, “the real is action is in the silent moments.”

Meet other members of the Festival Orchestra: http://bit.ly/MeetTheMMFO