Lincoln Center Announces Final Week of Programming for 2014 Mostly Mozart Festival , 8/18-23
The 2014 Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center's acclaimed annual summer celebration of classical music, concludes with eight events in the final week spanning the musical timeline from Baroque to contemporary. Performances on August 19 and 20 kick off the concluding week with renowned violinist Joshua Bell, violist Lawrence Power (Mostly Mozart debut), and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in Mozart's Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola at Avery Fisher Hall. David Zinman conducts the program, which also includes Boyce's Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven's iconic Symphony No. 3, "Eroica." Both performances offer pre-concert recitals by pianist Igor Kamenz.
The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra also presents the Festival finale at Avery Fisher Hall on August 22 and 23 with two nights of sacred music masterpieces from various periods. Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée conducts the Festival Orchestra and the Concert Chorale of New York (James Bagwell, Director) in select chorales from Bach's St. John Passion, performed interspersed with Frank Martin's violin concerto Polyptyque: Six Images of the Passion of the Christ, featuring Patricia Kopatchinskaja. The final program concludes with Mozart's Requiem; soloists include soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor, tenor Dimitri Pittas (Mostly Mozart debut), and bass Morris Robinson. The Requiem also features the Concert Chorale of New York. Musicologist Andrew Shenton hosts a lecture at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse before the performance on the 22nd.
The final late-night recital for this summer features the final concert's soloist, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, on August 21 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. This performance marks her Festival debut, and takes place one night prior to her Festival Orchestra soloist appearance. Kopatchinskaja will perform a rich, varied program, including Enescu's Ménétrier from Impressions d'enfance, Bach's Chaconne from Partita No. 2, and Bartók's Sonata.
Rounding out the Festival's closing week are several contemporary music events from some of the world's leading musicians. International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), returning to Mostly Mozart for their fourth summer as Artists-in-Resident, offer two concerts: a portrait concert of Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir on August 19 with two New York premieres, and a mixed program on August 21 featuring three New York premieres among works by Dai Fujikara, John Zorn, Alvin Lucier, and Cliff Colnot's new arrangement of Messiaen's Chants de terre et de ciel. Both ICE events are co-presented by Park Avenue Armory and take place in the Armory's newly-revitalized Board of Officers Room. Between these events, on August 20, master percussionist Steven Schick performs John Luther Adams's solo percussion work The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies, at the Clark Studio Theater.
All programs and artists are subject to change.
Tickets for Mostly Mozart Festival 2014 can be purchased online at MostlyMozart.org, by phone via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, or by visiting the Avery Fisher Hall or Alice Tully Hall box offices at Broadway and 65th St.
Since Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée was appointed to lead the Mostly Mozart Festival in 2002, his tenure has been marked by wide critical acclaim. In addition to his work with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Mr. Langrée is also Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a role he began in 2013, and Chief Conductor of the Camerata Salzburg. Highlights of Maestro Langrée's 2013-14 season included his debut with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (Don Giovanni) and the Wiener Symphoniker at the Konzerthaus in Vienna. He will also continue his regular appearances with the Wiener Staatsoper (La Traviata), and Opéra Comique in Paris (Pelléas et Mélisande). During the 2012-13 season, he made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and NHK Symphony in Tokyo, in addition to return engagements with the Orchestre de Paris, Budapest Festival and Netherlands Philharmonic orchestras. He also returned to the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Dialogues des Carmélites), with which he has a long-term relationship. Recent conducting engagements include the Wiener Philharmoniker in concert in both Vienna and Salzburg. He has worked with many other orchestras in North America, Europe and further afield, including the London Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Santa Cecilia in Rome, La Scala, the Detroit, St. Louis and Baltimore symphony orchestras in the United States, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo Philharmonic. He also regularly conducts chamber orchestras including the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and period instrument ensembles: the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enligtenment and Le Concert d'Astrée. Festival appearances have included Wiener Festwochen, Salzburg Mozartwoche, BBC Proms, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. He has held positions as Music Director of the Orchestre de Picardie (1993-98) and Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (2001-06).
Louis Langrée was Music Director of Opéra National de Lyon (1998-2000) and Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1998-2003). He has also conducted at La Scala, the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, Opéra-Bastille and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dresden Staatsoper, Grand Théâtre in Geneva and the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. Louis Langrée's discography includes recordings for Virgin Classics, Universal and Naïve. Many of these have won awards including Diapason d'Or, Gramophone and Midem Classical. His most recent release is a DVD of La Traviata recorded at the Aix-en-Provence Festival with the London Symphony Orchestra for Virgin Classics, which has been awarded a Diapason D'Or. He has twice been recognized by the French government: in 2006 he was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, and in 2014 he was appointed Chevalier in the National Order of the French Legion of Honor.
About the Mostly Mozart Festival
Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival-America's first indoor summer music festival-was launched as an experiment in 1966. Called Midsummer Serenades: A Mozart Festival, its first two seasons were devoted exclusively to the music of Mozart. Renamed the Mostly Mozart Festival in 1970, it has become a New York institution and, now in its 48th year, continues to broaden its focus to include works by Mozart's predecessors, contemporaries, and related successors. It is currently the only group in the United States dedicated to the Classical period. In addition to concerts by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Mostly Mozart now includes concerts by visiting period-instrument ensembles, chamber orchestras and ensembles, and acclaimed soloists, as well as staged music presentations, opera productions, dance, film, and visual art.
The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the Mostly Mozart Festival. Over the years, the Orchestra has toured to such notable festivals and venues as Ravinia, Great Woods, Tanglewood, Bunkamura in Tokyo, and the Kennedy Center. Conductors who made their New York debuts leading the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra include Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, and Edo de Waart. Soloists including Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Alicia de Larrocha, Richard Stoltzman, Emanuel Ax, and Garrick Ohlsson have had long associations with the Festival. Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, flutist James Galway, soprano Elly Ameling, and pianist Mitsuko Uchida all made their U.S. debuts at the Mostly Mozart Festival.