It’s a week of conducting debuts at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Gianandrea Noseda leads the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Tuesday and Wednesday, in his Festival debut, featuring a program of Beethoven and a rare-Rossini choral work. David Afkham makes his Festival and New York debut in an all-Brahms program, Friday and Saturday.


The New York Times on Ivan Fischer’s “Figaro”

imageThis weekend’s New York Times Arts & Leisure section profiles Ivan Fischer, the music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which presents three performances of Le nozze di Figaro at the Mostly Mozart Festival, starting tonight. The always inventive Ivan Fischer will tackle the unique role of conductor and director for these innovative performances, and by doing so, will direct both the Orchestra and the cast from the front of the stage. Read on to learn how he conceived of combining these forces on stage.


Mostly Mozart: Ivan Fischer on conducting and directing “Le nozze di Figaro”

Iván Fischer, founder and music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, discusses the unique advantages of serving as director and conductor of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro which plays Aug. 11, 13, and 15 at the Mostly Mozart Festival, in this new video on the new Lincoln Center video portal.

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This week at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival

Tuesday, August 2 and Wednesday, August 3, 8pm
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Avery Fisher Hall
Jérémie Rhorer, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano
Mozart: Overture to Le nozze di Figaro, K.492
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K.503
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Wednesday, August 3, 10pm
A Little Night Music
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Leipzig String Quartet
Mozart: String Quartet in D major, K.499
Beethoven: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 (“Serioso“)

Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10, 8pm
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Avery Fisher Hall
Louis Langrée, conductor
Isabelle Faust, violin

Beethoven: Overture to Die Ruinen von Athen, Op. 113
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K.219 (“Turkish”)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Saturday, August 10, 10pm
A Little Night Music
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Isabelle Faust, violin
Bach: Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005
Bach: Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004


Nina Stemme’s soaring and dramatic soprano joins the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Dausgaard, for an exceptional program of vocal selections and instrumental works by Beethoven, Wagner, Berloiz, Brahms, Ravel, Schubert, and other greats, which will be undoubtedly be expertly and exquisitely performed.

Join us at Alice Tully Hall tonight at 7:30pm for the final Great Performers show of this astonishing season

(Photo credit: Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard - Ulla-Carin Ekblom, Tanja Niemann)


New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert first heard Mozart’s Ein Kleine Nachtmusik on Sesame Street as a child and now it’s come full circle as he conducts students from The Juilliard School playing the piece on this second segment of “People in your Neighborhood”- the Lincoln Center edition!

Oh, and keep an eye out, Ovejita makes a special appearance as a very adorable soloist…



The London Philharmonic Orchestra has long been lauded as one of the most respected and beloved orchestras internationally, but did you know these fun facts about them and the artists with them this week?

1. The LPO has recorded quite the gamut of music: classical music, rock covers, video games, and even 205 anthems for this last summer’s Olympics.

2. Illustrious pianist Helene Grimaud experiences synesthesia, which allows her to see music as color.

3. Vadim Repin, violin virtuoso, plays the 1743 ‘Bonjour’ violin by Guarneri del Gesu.

4. Conductor Vladimir Jurowski is a much-heralded and sought-after conductor, now leading concerts the world over, including London, Paris, Edinburgh, and even here in New York at the Met Opera.

5. They join the Great Performers series this Sunday and Monday at Avery Fisher Hall for what promises to be brilliant performances of Beethoven, Mahler, and Shostakovich. Click here for more information

(Photo of Vadim Repin: Haraold Hoffmann, Photo of Helene Grimaud: Mat Hennek, Photo of Vladimir Jurowski: Julien Mignot)


Conductor Louis Langrée dropped by’s studio to discuss his top five favorite Mozart compositions.