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July 09, 2018

Mostly Mozart Festival Music Advisory and Updates

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Mostly Mozart Festival

Music Advisory and Updates


Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Concerts Including Elkhanah Pulitzer’s New Staging of Bernstein’s MASS;

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 with Stephen Hough and the Mozart Requiem; among many others


Conductor Laurence Equilbey leads Insula Orchestra, accentus Choir, and Theater Collective

La Fura dels Baus in a Radical New Staging of Haydn’s The Creation


World Premiere/Lincoln Center Commission of

John Luther Adams’s In the Name of the Earth Featuring Hundreds of Singers


International Contemporary Ensemble Performs New York Premiere of Ashley and Adam Fure’s

The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects


NEW YORK (July 9, 2018 / Updated August,1 2018) — This summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival marks an expansion, as it significantly increases the size and scope of its multidisciplinary presentations, enhances its commitment to the music of our own time, and extends its geographical footprint to include Central Park and Brooklyn. Paying homage to Mozart’s artistry and ingenuity, this summer’s programs encompass major landmark international productions in all disciplines, concerts by both emerging and eminent creative voices, and commissions, as well as New York, Mostly Mozart Festival, and world premieres.


The cornerstone of the festival remains the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra’s (MMFO) performances in David Geffen Hall, which is transformed each summer to create an intimate concert experience for the audience and musicians. Led by Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée, the orchestra offers programs encompassing a diversity of composers and musical forms, from Bach and Handel to Bernstein and John Adams, with Mozart at the core. Major music productions include Bernstein’s MASS with the MMFO; Haydn’s The Creation in a multi-disciplinary staging; and Mark Morris’s world premiere choreography to Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet. The festival fiercely embraces the music of today, and, in recent years, has become known for commissioning expansive outdoor events. In August, a volunteer chorus of up to 800 singers will perform John Luther Adams’s In the Name of the Earth in Central Park. Additionally, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) offers three programs, including the staging of Ashley Fure and Adam Fure’s The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects inits NewYorkpremiere attheGelseyKirklandArtsCenterinBrooklyn.


Chamber music is an important facet of the festival’s programming, and this summer, the Emerson String Quartet joins forces with guest violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama at Alice Tully Hall. The popular A Little Night Music series in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse offers intimate, late-night performances by Emanuel Ax, rising stars Daniel Lozakovich and George Li, Pražák Quartet, Paul Lewis, and Stephen Hough and Imani Winds, among others. Theater and dance presentations complement the festival’s music programming. The full Mostly Mozart Festival lineup, including a film screening and discussions with artists and outside experts that delve further into the season’s themes, is available at




Calendar of Music Performances

Listed chronologically

Please click on the embedded links for information

about theater events and dance performances



Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Bernstein MASS (New York Production Premiere)

Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

Louis Langrée, Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director, conductor

Nmon Ford, Celebrant (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Elkhanah Pulitzer, director (New York debut)

Concert Chorale of New York

James Bagwell, choral director

Young People’s Chorus of New York City

Elizabeth Núñez, associate artistic director

Laurel Jenkins, choreographer

Seth Reiser, scenic and lighting designer

Christine Crook, costume designer

Mark Grey, sound designer  

Adam Larsen, projection designer

Bernstein: MASS: A Theater Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers


Written for the 1971 inauguration of the Kennedy Center, the Bernstein MASS merges traditional liturgical form with contemporary theater, dance, jazz, and popular music, imbuing it with the social and political concerns of Vietnam War–era America. SF Opera Lab curator Elkhanah Pulitzer makes her New York debut directing this fully staged presentation, starring acclaimed baritone Nmon Ford, who sings the role of the morally conflicted Celebrant. Louis Langrée leads more than 200 performers, including the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Concert Chorale of New York, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, a marching band, a rock band, and dancers in this monumental dramatic work with its eclectic score encompassing gospel, rock, showtunes, marches, and chorales.

With English supertitles.


A production of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, Music and Artistic Director


A pre-performance lecture with scholar Michael Beckerman will take place at 6:15 pm on Tuesday, July 17, and a pre-performance discussion with lyricist Stephen Schwartz and director Elkhanah Pulitzer, moderated by WNYC’s John Schaefer, will be at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, July 18. Both will be held in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.


The Creation (North American Production Premiere)

Thursday, July 19 and Friday, July 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall

accentus, choir (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Insula Orchestra (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Laurence Equilbey, conductor (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

La Fura dels Baus—Carlus Padrissa, stage direction (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Christina Landshamer, Gabriel and Eve (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Thomas Tatzl, Raphael and Adam (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Robin Tritschler, Uriel (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Haydn: Die Schöpfung (“The Creation”)


The radically inventive Catalonian theater collective La Fura dels Baus transforms Haydn’s Enlightenment-era oratorio into an immersive theatrical experience. Including visual pyrotechnics, three dozen large helium balloons, a 20-foot-tall crane, and a 250-gallon water tank, the work touches upon subjects from philosophy to genetics. Laurence Equilbey conducts Insula Orchestra, her period-instrument ensemble, along with three daring soloists and the accentus choir, who enact this musically and visually stunning portrayal of the emergence of life coupled with the continued presence of original sin.

Sung in German with English supertitles


Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra


Jupiter Symphony

Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

Francesco Piemontesi, piano

Mendelssohn: The Fair Melusina Overture

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K.595

Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K.551 (“Jupiter”)

Pre-concert recitals by Francesco Piemontesi at 6:30 pm


Thomas Dausgaard, who led a riveting performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Swedish Radio Choir as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival last fall, returns to conduct a program featuring two of Mozart’s late masterpieces.


Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi, who will perform Brahms’s Three Intermezzos during pre-concert recitals prior to the performances, joins for Mozart’s final piano concerto, K.595, followed by the composer’s sublime last symphony, the “Jupiter.”


Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra


Americans in Paris

Tuesday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

Louis Langrée, conductor

Emanuel Ax, piano

Friedrich Heinrich Kern, glass harmonica (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Philipp Marguerre, glass harmonica

Jasmine Choi, flute

Max Blair, oboe

Shmuel Katz, viola

Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello

Bernstein: Overture to Candide

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K.453

Mozart: Adagio and Rondo in C minor for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, viola, and cello, K.617

Gershwin: An American in Paris (new critical edition, edited by Mark Clague)

Pre-concert recitals by Friedrich Heinrich Kern and Philipp Marguerre at 6:30 pm


The cross-Atlantic exchange of ideas between France and the U.S. serves as a theme for this program. Louis Langrée leads two American takes on Gallic culture with Bernstein’s Voltaire-inspired Overture to Candide and a new critical edition of Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Emanuel Ax, a frequent guest of the festival, performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, which, coincidently, was Bernstein’s favorite “party” piece. Meanwhile, Mozart’s Adagio and Rondo in C minor makes great use of the glass harmonica, which was invented by Benjamin Franklin, the first United States ambassador to France. Glass harmonica players Friedrich Heinrich Kern and Philipp Marguerre join a quartet of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra’s principal players for this unusual and delightful work.


Friedrich Heinrich Kern and Philipp Marguerre will also perform pre-concert recitals at 6:30 pm in David Geffen Hall.


A Little Night Music

Emanuel Ax, piano

Friedrich Heinrich Kern, glass harmonica

Philipp Marguerre, glass harmonica

Wednesday, July 25 at 10:00 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Debussy: Pagodes, from Estampes

Haydn: Adagio

Piazzolla: Tanti Anni Prima

Gershwin: Summertime

Mozart: Sonata in F major, K.533

Mozart: Ave verum corpus, K.618


A frequent Mostly Mozart Festival guest, Emanuel Ax supplements his July 24 and 25 appearances with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with a special, intimate performance expanding on the exchange of ideas between France and the United States. Glass harmonica players Friedrich Heinrich Kern and Philipp Marguerre, who are also featured soloists in the Festival Orchestra program, join Ax for this illuminating evening.


Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Handel & Bach

Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

Richard Egarr, conductor and harpsichord (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Jasmine Choi, flute

Ruggero Allifranchini, violin

Handel: Concerto Grosso in B-flat major, Op. 3, No. 2

Handel: Sonata a cinque in B-flat major

Handel: Selections from Water Music

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major

Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major

Pre-concert recitals by guitarist Jiji at 6:30 pm


Conductor and harpsichordist Richard Egarr, who is also the music director of the Academy of Ancient Music, conducts masterpieces of the Baroque era from the keyboard, including Handel’s Water Music and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and Orchestral Suite No. 3. Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra principal flute Jasmine Choi and concertmaster Ruggero Allifranchini are featured soloists.


Guitarist Jiji, first prize–winner at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild Competition, performs works by Albéniz, Marais, Bach, and Paganini in pre-concert recitals at David Geffen Hall at 6:30 pm.


A Little Night Music

Virtuoso Vivaldi

Helicon Ensemble

Avi Stein, artistic director

Saturday, July 28 at 10:00 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Vivaldi: Concerto in D major, from L’estro armónico, Op. 3, No. 1

Durante: Concerto No. 2 in G minor

Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in D minor, Op. 1, No. 12 (“Follia”)

Brescianello: Chaconne in A major

Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor, from L’estro armónico, Op. 3, No. 8


Lauded for its novel and imaginative chamber music performances presented within a historical context, the Helicon Ensemble turns its innovative eye to the work of Vivaldi and his contemporaries. Under the leadership of Avi Stein, who has served as artistic director since 2013, the ensemble carries on the legacy of founder Albert Fuller, who sought to further the understanding of music’s role in our culture.


Panel Discussion

Mozart the Maverick

Sunday, July 29 at 3:00 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse


Some of the world’s foremost Mozart experts present an illuminating, free, 90-minute talk about how Mozart defied the status quo and forged his own path.


Moderated by Bruce Alan Brown

with panelists:

Edmund Goehring (University of Western Ontario): “The ‘New Rule’ of Genius: Mozart at the Boundaries of Originality and Tradition” 

Edward Klorman (McGill University): “A Sociable Virtuosity? Challenge and Complexity in Mozart’s Music of Friends”

Laurel E. Zeiss (Baylor University): “Mozart the Maverick? Mozart the Competitor? Or Mozart Purveyor of Grace?”


Free; Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Presented in association with the Mozart Society of America


Emerson String Quartet

Monday, July 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Nokuthula Ngwenyama, guest viola (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Purcell: Fantasia upon one note, for Five Viols in F major

Bach (arr. Förster): Fugue in D minor, BWV 849, from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I

Mozart: String Quintet in G minor, K.516

Mendelssohn: Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87

Pre-concert recital by the Emerson String Quartet at 6:30 pm


Spanning three centuries of chamber music repertoire, this program by the Emerson String Quartet and guest violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, in her festival debut, is organized chronologically. It begins with one of Purcell’s Fantasias, which the Emerson String Quartet explored in its 2017 album Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell. Works by Bach, Mozart, and Mendelssohn showcase the ensemble’s virtuosity, from the finely wrought Baroque selections to Mozart’s restless Quintet in G minor and Mendelssohn’s romantic late-period Quintet No. 2.


The Emerson String Quartet performs Haydn’s Quartet in D major, Op. 50, No. 6 (“The Frog”) in a pre-concert recital in Alice Tully Hall at 6:30 pm.


Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Joshua Bell Plays Bruch

Tuesday, July 31 and Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

Louis Langrée, conductor

Joshua Bell, violin

John Adams: Tromba lontana

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Pre-concert recitals by violinist Stephen Waarts and pianist Henry Kramer at 6:30 pm


Joshua Bell returns to the festival, performing a pearl of the violin repertoire: Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, which was the first concerto the violinist recorded and released at the age of 19. The concerto bridges John Adams’s cleverly subdued fanfare, Tromba Iontana, and Brahms’s uplifting Symphony No. 2, which concludes the program.

Violinist Stephen Waarts, winner of the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Competition and an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2017, performs Brahms’s Violin Sonata No. 3 with pianist Henry Kramer in pre-concert recitals in David Geffen Hall at 6:30 pm.


A Little Night Music

Daniel Lozakovich, violin (New York debut)

George Li, piano (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Wednesday, August 1 at 10:00 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Bach: Chaconne, from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Beethoven: Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2

Mozart: Sonata in B-flat major for violin and piano, K.378


A pair of thrilling young musicians, 17-year-old violinist Daniel Lozakovich and 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner George Li, make their New York and Mostly Mozart Festival debuts, respectively, in an electrifying all-Mozart program.


Composers’ Forum

Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Bruno Walter Auditorium

John Schaefer, moderator

Free; Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Four diverse contemporary composers—Courtney Bryan, Ashley Fure, George Lewis, and Michael Pisaro—whose works will be performed during the Mostly Mozart Festival, join members of the International Contemporary Ensemble for a discussion of the creative process. Together, they will offer insights into their compositions, illuminating different visions for the future of classical music.


Presented in association with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts


International Contemporary Ensemble:

Grand Pianola Music

Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College

International Contemporary Ensemble

Christian Reif, conductor (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Cory Smythe, piano

Jacob Greenberg, piano

Peter Evans, trumpet

Joshua Rubin, clarinet

Ryan Muncy, saxophone

Quince Ensemble, voices

Courtney Bryan: Songs of Laughing, Smiling, and Crying (2012)

George Lewis: Voyager (1987/2018)

John Adams: Grand Pianola Music (1982)


The piano in various forms is central to this program, conjured up by ICE’s ever-inventive musicians. In Courtney Bryan’s Songs of Laughing, Smiling, and Crying, it converses with eclectic recordings plucked from YouTube. In a newly revised version of George Lewis’s epic chamber piece Voyager, artificial intelligence technology allows the piano to take up the conversation on its own, a sentient automaton among human wind players. And in John Adams’s groundbreaking 1982 work Grand Pianola Music, for two pianos, voices, and chamber ensemble, humans return with superhuman skills, recreating tape-delayed loops to astonishing effect.


Yamaha Disklavier concert grand pianos provided by Yamaha Artist Services, New York


Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Prague Symphony

Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

Christian Zacharias, conductor and piano

Rosa Feola, soprano  

All-Mozart program

Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K.503

Ch’io mi scordi di te…Non temer, amato bene, K505

Bella mia fiamma…Resta, o cara, K.528

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K.504 (“Prague”)

Pre-concert recitals with clarinetist Jon Manasse, violist Shmuel Katz, and pianist Drew Petersen at 6:30 pm


Mozart had great affinity for Prague, a city he frequently visited and where he wrote and premiered several important works. Christian Zacharias—one of those rare and brilliant musicians who is both outstanding soloist and insightful conductor—leads the first half of this closely connected concert from the keyboard—first as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, then performing the obbligato in the concert aria “Ch’io mi scordi di te” with rising star Rosa Feola. In only her second New York appearance, Feola then joins Zacharias (sans piano) and the orchestra for the virtuosic “Bella mia fiamma.” Written for the storied Czech soprano Josepha Dušek, the piece was composed at her summer home while Mozart was also composing and premiering Don Giovanni in Prague. His Symphony No. 38, “Prague,” written two days after the piano concerto and two weeks before “Ch’io mi scordi di te,” had its premiere during Mozart’s first visit to the city.


Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra principal clarinet Jon Manasse and principal viola Shmuel Katz join pianist and 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Drew Petersen for Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” Trio in pre-concert recitals at 6:30 pm in David Geffen Hall.


A Little Night Music

Pražák Quartet

Friday, August 3, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Dušek: String Quartet in A major (U.S. Premiere)

Mozart (arr. Joseph Kueffner): Arias from Don Giovanni

Mozart: String Quartet in D major, K.499 (“Hoffmeister”)


Founded in 1972 at the Prague Conservatory, the Pražák Quartet has been at home on music stages worldwide for more than thirty years. For this special performance, the ensemble juxtaposes works by Mozart with the U.S. premiere of the String Quartet in A major by Czech composer František Xaver Dušek, whose wife, soprano Josepha Dušek, performed one of the arias featured on the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra program earlier in the evening.


A Little Night Music

Paul Lewis, piano

Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

All-Haydn program

Sonata in B minor, Hob. XVI:32

Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:49

Sonata in G major, Hob. XVI:40


Internationally regarded as a leading musician of his generation, Paul Lewis is one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European Classical period repertoire. Having already completed cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert, Lewis turns his attention to another titan of the era: Haydn.


The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects (New York Premiere)

Monday, August 6–Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm

Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Brooklyn

International Contemporary Ensemble

Ashley Fure, composer and co-director

Adam Fure, architect

César Alvarez, co-director

Lucy Dhegrae and Lisa E. Harris, voice

Ross Karre, percussion and producer

Nick Houfek, lighting

Levy Lorenzo, sound

Lilleth Glimcher, associate director

Ashley Fure and Adam Fure: The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects


Composer Ashley Fure combines installation and live performance to create this immersive music-theater experience, which premiered at Peak Performances in 2017 to rave reviews. Collaborating with her architect brother Adam Fure and the International Contemporary Ensemble, she activates the Brooklyn space with 24 subwoofers vibrating at subsonic levels under a dense canopy of objects and materials to create an otherworldly soundscape in which seven live performers overlay a wordless drama.


American Premiere, Alexander Kasser Theater, Peak Performances @ Montclair State University (NJ). Co-produced by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University


Discussion: In the Name of the Earth

John Luther Adams and Simon Halsey in conversation with John Schaefer

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 6:15 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Free; Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Pulitzer Prize–winning composer John Luther Adams and esteemed conductor Simon Halsey join WNYC’s John Schaefer to discuss the world premiere of In the Name of the Earth, Adams’s choral work for 800 singers that was commissioned by Lincoln Center and will be performed under the baton of Halsey in Central Park on August 11.


Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Beethoven’s First Symphony

Tuesday, August 7, and Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

Louis Langrée, conductor

Daniel Lozakovich, violin

John Adams: The Chairman Dances

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K.216

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1

Pre-concert recitals by pianist Dominic Cheli at 6:30 pm


Seventeen-year-old Swedish-born violin prodigy Daniel Lozakovich joins the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, which the composer wrote when he was 19. The program is bookended by two works offering glimpses of artistic potential: John Adams’s The Chairman Dances, an “outtake” that paved the way for his opera Nixon in China, and Beethoven’s First Symphony. Pianist Dominic Cheli, first-prize winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition, will perform Brahms’s Rhapsody in E-flat Major and Lizst’s Réminiscences de Don Juan during pre-concert recitals at 6:30 pm in David Geffen Hall.


A Little Night Music

New York Festival of Song

Lyrics by Shakespeare

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Steven Blier, pianist, host, and arranger (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Naomi Louisa O’Connell, mezzo-soprano (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Matt Boehler, bass (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Kathleen Chalfant, reader (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Dankworth: If music be the food of love

Dick Hyman: Who is Sylvia?

Vaughan Williams: Orpheus with his lute

Finzi: It was a lover and his lass

Quilter: Blow, blow, thou winter wind

Poulenc: Fancy

Berlioz: La mort d’Ophélie

Kabalevsky: Shakespeare Sonnet No. 13 (“O that you were yourself”)

Kabalevsky: Shakespeare Sonnet No. 153 (“Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep”)

Thomson: Sigh no more, ladies

Stephen Sondheim: Fear no more

Dankworth: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Dankworth: Dunsinane Blues


In their first appearance at the Mostly Mozart Festival, the New York Festival of Song, led by Artistic Director Steven Blier, explore the breadth of influence and inspiration of Shakespeare’s words on composers from diverse cultures and eras. Naomi Louisa O’Connell and Matt Boehler, two exciting young singers, join Obie Award–winning actor Kathleen Chalfant in celebrating the musical legacy of the Bard.


International Contemporary Ensemble: A wave and waves

Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7:30

David Rubenstein Atrium

International Contemporary Ensemble and Greg Stuart

with additional performers from the Walden School's Young Musicians Program

and Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts

Michael Pisaro: A wave and waves

Free; Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Michael Pisaro’s 70-minute deep listening experience A wave and waves embeds audience members within a slowly emerging ocean of sound created by 100 performers. Isolated, imperceptibly soft noises—sandpaper on stone, seeds falling on glass, bowed bells—are layered into powerful waves of sound with reactive lighting adding to the immersive nature of the experience. A work of monumental scale and uncommon immediacy, A wave and waves melds microscopic moments of friction, gravity, and vibration into a single, pulsing organism. This program is a collaboration between ICE, Walden School’s Young Musicians Program, and Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts as part of the OpenICE initiative.


Mark Morris Dance Group

Thursday, August 9–Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall

Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris, choreographer

Ariel Quartet (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

I Don’t Want to Love

Monteverdi: Madrigals

Jolle Greenleaf (Mostly Mozart Festival debut), Brian Giebler (Mostly Mozart Festival debut), James Kennerley, Thomas Meglioranza, vocalists

Colin Fowler, harpsichord; Hank Heijink, theorbo (Mostly Mozart Festival debut); Daniel Swenberg (Mostly Mozart Festival debut), lute/guitar; John Moran (Mostly Mozart Festival debut), cello

Love Song Waltzes

Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer

Jennifer Zetlan (Mostly Mozart Festival debut), Luthien Brackett (Mostly Mozart Festival debut), Thomas Cooley, Thomas Meglioranza, vocalists

Colin Fowler, Amir Farid (Mostly Mozart Festival debut), piano

The Trout (World Premiere)

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major (“Trout”)

Inon Barnatan, piano; Ariel Quartet (Mostly Mozart Festival debut); Timothy Cobb, bass


The world premiere of The Trout, set to Schubert’s famous quintet, anchors this performance, which also illuminates music by Monteverdi and Brahms with Mark Morris’s buoyant and poetic choreography. The program includes three dances spanning nearly 30 years of Mark Morris’s career, opening with two dances that explore the social intricacies of romance—1989’s Love Song Waltzes set to Brahms’s romantic Liebeslieder-Walzer for voices and piano for four hands, and 1996’s I Don’t Want to Love, a revelatory exploration of some of Monteverdi’s most lovelorn madrigals. Acclaimed pianist Inon Barnatan and members of the distinguished Ariel Quartet join the Mark Morris Dance Group for the premiere of The Trout.


A pre-performance talk with Mark Morris and Benjamin D. Sosland will be held on Friday, August 10 at 6:15 pm in the Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Studio.


The 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of Mark Morris Dance Group is made possible in part by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.


Endowment support for the Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of Mark Morris Dance Group is provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.


Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Mozart Requiem

Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

Louis Langrée, conductor

Stephen Hough, piano

Jodie Devos, soprano (U.S. debut)

Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano

Andrew Stenson, tenor (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Concert Chorale of New York

James Bagwell, choral director

All-Mozart program

Meistermusik (“Replevit me amaritudinibus”), K. deest

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K.467

Requiem, K.626


A transcendent summer finale brings together the dirges of Mozart’s Meistermusik with the spiritual ascension of his Requiem. Louis Langrée and the Festival Orchestra are joined by four acclaimed singers and the Concert Chorale of New York for Mozart’s final masterpiece. Pianist Stephen Hough brings his intellect and technical brilliance to one of the composer’s most beloved piano concertos, No. 21, famously known as “Elvira Madigan.”


A Little Night Music

Stephen Hough, piano

Imani Winds (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Friday, August 10, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Debussy: Clair de lune

Mozart: Quintet in E-flat major for piano and winds, K.452

Poulenc: Sextet for piano and winds


An exceptionally insightful concert pianist, as well as a writer and composer, Stephen Hough is joined by acclaimed woodwind quintet Imani Winds. Opening with Debussy’s beloved Clair de lune, marking the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death, the program then juxtaposes Mozart’s beloved chamber composition for piano and woodwinds with one written by Poulenc nearly 150 years later.


In the Name of the Earth (World Premiere)

Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Harlem Meer, Central Park (entrance at 5th Avenue and 106th Street)

(Rain location: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine)

Simon Halsey, conductor

John Luther Adams: In the Name of the Earth (World Premiere)

Co-presented with Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts


Continuing the tradition of presenting expansive, outdoor musical experiences, Lincoln Center has commissioned John Luther Adams to create this monumental work for 800 voices. For In the Name of the Earth, Adams employs the sounds of indigenous names of geographical features across North America to weave together a sonic landscape honoring the earth, water, and wind. Simon Halsey leads this world premiere in a site-specific presentation at the northeast corner of Central Park. Both experienced and amateur singers will join for this one-time-only performance that is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the performance will take place at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.


The 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of In the Name of the Earth is made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, and Stavros Niarchos Foundation.


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Now in its 52nd year, the Mostly Mozart Festival is one of several summer programs offered by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts that annually activate the campus’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Midsummer Night Swing (June 26–July 14) brings top bands from around the world, dance instructors, and New York’s social dance community to Damrosch Park for three weeks of dancing under the stars. Lincoln Center Out of Doors (July 245–August 12) presents a wide array of free performances, including film, music, dance, spoken word, film, and more, reflecting the diversity of New York City. The David Rubenstein Atrium’s robust year-round calendar of free events, including world-class performances, illuminating conversations, dance parties, kids’ programs, and more, also continues through the summer.


Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone via CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or by visiting the David Geffen Hall or Alice Tully Hall Box Offices.


The Mostly Mozart Festival is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA), which serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers a variety of festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, LC Kids, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating more than four decades enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


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Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, contact Accessibility at Lincoln Center at [email protected] or 212.875.5375.




American Express is the Lead Sponsor of the Mostly Mozart Festival.


Endowment support is provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.


The Mostly Mozart Festival is also made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser. Additional support is provided by The Shubert Foundation, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc., The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc., Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, J.C.C. Fund, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal U.S.A., Inc,  Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, Friends of Mostly Mozart, and Friends of Lincoln Center


Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center

NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center

Summer at Lincoln Center is supported by Bubly.

Artist Catering provided by Zabar’s and




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For more information, please contact:

Julia Kirchhausen

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Isabel Sinistore  

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