Mark Morris Dance Group Presents MOZART DANCES, 8/24-27
Mark Morris Dance Group presents: Mozart Dances, August 24-27, 2016.
Ten years ago, on the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, Lincoln Center commissioned Mark Morris's Mozart Dances. Hailed as a masterpiece and "one of Mr. Morris's grandest achievements" (New York Times), Mozart Dances offers a visually stimulating, elegant, and often tender display of movement and technique. In this revival of the transcendent dance trilogy, pianists Garrick Ohlsson and Inon Barnatan, with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, accompany the lyricism and astounding precision of the Mark Morris Dance Group.
Each summer for 50 years, Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival has radiated an air of celebration, combining the exhilaration of summer with Mozart's inventive genius and inspiring legacy. In this milestone year, I am thrilled to share with you an extraordinary festival featuring renowned artists, treasured repertoire, world premieres, festival debuts, and a full calendar of anniversary events.
As always, the festival is centered around the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and cherished Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée. At the top of the festival, visionary director Netia Jones crafts a special evening of Mozart's opera music, and our closing is a not-to-be-missed revival of Mark Morris's acclaimedMozart Dances. In between, we feature esteemed guest conductors, concert stagings of Così fan tutte and Idomeneo, and beloved guests, including violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Richard Goode, and clarinetist Martin Fröst. The Emerson String Quartet and pianist Emanuel Ax come together for a pair of performances, and our Little Night Music series returns with pianists Paul Lewis and Inon Barnatan and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani in his festival debut.
The festival's artists-in-residence, the International Contemporary Ensemble, mark this anniversary with the ambitious 50 for 50 project, which will present 50 premieres across the campus. We also invite all to the world premiere and free performance of David Lang's the public domain, an epic work for 1,000 voices that professional and amateur singers can join. Pre-concert recitals, film, and talks round out the festival, including a number of special events presented in collaboration with the New York Public Library.