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January 17, 2017

Live From Lincoln Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Mostly Mozart Festival, Highlighting Its Exceptional Legacy

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Contact: Amanda Angel








50 Years of Mostly Mozart airs FEB. 3, 2017, on PBS


NEW YORK, NY (January 17, 2017) — Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the golden anniversary of its Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world’s major music festivals and a beloved New York tradition, with Live From Lincoln Center: 50 Years of Mostly Mozart on PBS, February 3, 2017 (check local listings). The special honors the milestone season with a concert spanning Mozart’s symphonic output, along with highlights from the more than 50 exceptional events presented over five weeks this past summer.


The program showcases the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra conducted by Louis Langrée in signature performances of the eponymous composer’s first and last symphonies—Symphonies No. 1 and No. 41 (“Jupiter”). In between, esteemed Mozartean Richard Goode joins the orchestra as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major.


Over the past half century, the Mostly Mozart Festival has grown in scope to feature works by additional composers, new commissions, and premieres. The broadcast includes excerpts from many of these programs, such as choreographer Mark Morris’s beloved Mozart Dances, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and David Lang’s the public domain, a work for 1,000 voices which was called “the most inspiring feel-good performance of 2016” by The New York Times.


‘‘Isn’t it remarkable that the work of Mozart, born 260 years ago, still inspires us today,” said Langrée, the Festival’s Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director. “His music speaks to our sensibility and elevates us. We are delighted to share Mozart’s masterpieces with television audiences on Live From Lincoln Center.


“Since 1966, the Mostly Mozart Festival has been a fixture of Lincoln Center and New York City’s summer season,” said Andrew C. Wilk, Executive Producer of Live From Lincoln Center. “We took the occasion of its 50th anniversary to look at its history, revisit previous footage of Beverly Sills and Itzhak Perlman at the festival, and follow the its growth to include contemporary music and commission world premieres— priorities that Mozart himself held in his time.”


Fifty years and more than 2,200 performances after its founding, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival is recognized for its innovations, including establishing a Festival Orchestra; broadening its focus from the composer’s work to include that of his contemporaries, predecessors, and successors; and adding adventurous programming in late-night concerts, opera presentations, period-instrument performances, films, lectures, and more.



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Support for Mostly Mozart on Live From Lincoln Center is provided by Rita E. and Gustav M. Hauser.


Live From Lincoln Center is made possible by the Robert Wood Johnson 1962 Charitable Trust, MetLife Foundation, Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum, The Robert and Renée Belfer Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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