Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival 2014 Week Three Features Beethoven, Gluck, Handel, Mozart and More
The third week of this summer's Mostly Mozart Festival, New York's acclaimed annual summer celebration of classical music, kicks off with a pair of all-Beethoven concerts by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra leading one of the great works in the classical repertoire, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, today and tomorrow, August 12 and 13, at Avery Fisher Hall. Conducting this large-scale choral work is Gianandrea Noseda, featured at Mostly Mozart for a second consecutive summer following his debut last summer leading Rossini's Stabat mater. Singers for the performance include soprano Erika Grimaldi (U.S. debut), mezzo-sopranoAnna Maria Chiuri (Mostly Mozart debut), tenor Gregory Kunde, and bass Ildar Abdrazakov (Mostly Mozart debut). TheConcert Chorale of New York, directed by James Bagwell, will accompany the Festival Orchestra and soloists. The Festival Orchestra will also perform Beethoven's Overture to The Consecration of the House, Op. 124, to open the concerts. Additionally, the Amphion String Quartet will perform Barber's String Quartet, No. 11 in a pre-concert recital.
Later in the week, Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée leads two concerts with the Festival Orchestra, August 15 and 16, featuring two artists debuts and a Festival Orchestra first. Leading off the program will be Gluck's Dance of the Furies, from Orphée et Eurydice, followed by Mozart's Concerto in C major for flute and harp, K.299, with two young artists making their Festival debuts: Magali Mosnier, flute (also her U.S. debut), and Xavier de Maistre, harp (also his New York debut along with his late-night recital the previous evening). The second half of the program is devoted to one of the great symphonic works of the Romantic period, Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. These will be the first performances of Berlioz's epic symphonic opus by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Each concert will have its own-pre concert event: Peter Bloom will lead a pre-concert lecture on August 15, and the duo of concerto soloists will perform works by Gluck, Smetana, and Fauré in their pre-concert recital on August 16.
In addition to its performances supporting Mark Morris Dance Group's presentation of Acis and Galatea, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra will be featured above the pit orchestra level for a one-night only concert performance of Handel's rarely performed Greek mythology opera Teseo, August 17 at Alice Tully Hall. Leading the Festival's early-music event is the orchestra's Music Director Nicholas McGegan ("a long-standing master of this repertoire," San Francisco Chronicle), along with a skilled cast featuring soprano Amanda Forsythe (Teseo, Mostly Mozart debut), soprano Amy Freston (Agilea, Mostly Mozart debut), soprano Dominique Labelle (Medea), soprano Céline Ricci (Clizia, Mostly Mozart debut), countertenor Robin Blaze (Arcane, Mostly Mozart debut), countertenor Drew Minter (Egeo), and baritone Jeffrey Fields (Priest of Minerva, Mostly Mozart debut). This production will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. The San Francisco Chronicle said of the group's 2013 performances of the work: "beautiful and psychologically probing music...a sumptuous performance." Prior to the start of the concert, Ellen Rosand will give a pre-concert lecture.
The pioneering new music group International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) returns to the Festival for a fourth consecutive summer as Artists-in-Residence, performing a variety of contemporary programs which showcase its mission to draw attention to the composers of today. All of ICE's performances this summer are co-presented by Park Avenue Armory and will take place in the Armory's newly-revitalized Board of Officers Room. ICE, which was named Musical America's 2014 Ensemble of the Year, will perform three concerts featuring music by a wide range of composers. The first of their concerts takes place during the Festival's third week, on August 17, with a portrait concert devoted to the works of Sofia Gubaidulina, including her String Trio for violin, viola, and cello, and her Meditation on the Bach Chorale "Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit."
The popular series A Little Night Music, Mostly Mozart Festival's late-night recital series featuring candles, complimentary wine and other refreshments in the intimate setting of the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, offers an opportunity to see the harp close up. In addition to his performances with the Festival Orchestra, and his pre-concert recital duet, Xavier de Maistre, former principal harp for the Vienna Philharmonic, makes his New York debut with a late-night recital on August 14 performing works by Pescetti, Mozart, Lizst and more, including some of his own arrangements.
Off the concert stages, Mostly Mozart will present a special panel discussion, titled "Mozart and the Promise of Opera," moderated by Bruce Allan Brown, on August 16 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. This event is presented in association with the Mozart Society of America.
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.
LOUIS LANGRÉE - 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).