The Itinerant Mozart

W. A. Mozart

Music Director Louis Langrée Leads 11 Concerts with the
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Guest Artists Include Emanuel Ax, Emma Bell, Joshua Bell, Till Fellner, Renée Fleming, James Galway, Stephen Hough, Louis Lortie, Garrick Ohlsson, Gil Shaham, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet
* Opening Live From Lincoln Center PBS telecast led by Maestro Langrée
* First Mostly Mozart programs in the new Rose Theater feature Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in Peter Sellars’ acclaimed staging of Bach Cantatas
* U.S. debut of the Russian Patriarchate Choir with Anatoly Grindenko
* U.S. debut of period ensemble Concert d’Astrée led by Emmanuelle Haim
* Expanded “A Little Night Music” late-night concert series features Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gil and Orli Shaham, and others
* Mark Morris Dance Group in Handel masterpiece
* Music on Film: Great Violinists Play Mostly Mozart
March 16, 2005, New York, NY-The 39th season of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, which runs from July 28 to August 27, was announced today by Jane S. Moss, Vice President for Programming, and Music Director Louis Langrée. Now in his third season as Music Director, Maestro Langrée conducts the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra (MMFO) in 11 concerts of seven different programs during the Festival. This summer’s Festival will have a special focus on Mozart’s travels and influence in Paris, Prague, London, Italy, and Russia, which will be explored through MMFO concerts, programs with visiting ensembles, late-night concerts, and pre-concert events. Mostly Mozart will begin on Thursday, July 28 with Louis Langrée leading the MMFO in a performance featuring soprano Renée Fleming and pianist Stephen Hough at Avery Fisher Hall. This performance will be broadcast on Lincoln Center’s Emmy Award-winning series, Live From Lincoln Center.
The Mostly Mozart Festival is sponsored by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation. The Festival’s corporate sponsor is Bank of America.
“Mostly Mozart continues to evolve its programmatic vision with each new season, and this summer we continue to move the Festival in expanded directions with our focus on Mozart’s travels,” said Jane S. Moss, Vice President for Programming. “We look forward to offering our audiences the musically rich and multi-layered Festival that we have created for this summer.”
Mostly Mozart Music Director Louis Langrée said, “I greatly look forward to my third season working with the MMFO, and to the other programs we have assembled for this Festival. The impact of Mozart’s travels on his own music, as well as that of his contemporaries, is a musical subject that has fascinated me for a long time. I am very pleased that we are able to explore this important dimension of Mozart’s life and musical development, and reveal to audiences a larger context for his genius.”
This year’s Mostly Mozart Festival will include a focus on Mozart’s extensive European travels-both as a child prodigy and later in life. The Festival will explore how those experiences in Paris, London, Prague, and Italy influenced Mozart’s work, and how, in turn, his music inspired composers in countries as far away as Russia, subsequent to his lifetime. In addition to music by Mozart written in or associated with these musical capitals, these themed concerts will feature music that Mozart was exposed to during his travels. With Russia, where Mozart did not travel, programs will feature later generations of composers for whom Mozart was a significant influence. The travels theme will span MMFO concerts, programs by visiting ensembles, late-night concerts, and pre-concert recitals. A series of pre-concert lectures will also explore 18th-century European concert life and travel. (See additional document on Mozart’s travels for corresponding Mostly Mozart programs.)
Mostly Mozart 2005 offers more than 40 events in four weeks performed by over 55 celebrated artists and ensembles, in addition to numerous pre-concert lectures and recitals. The Festival begins with a concert and Live From Lincoln Center PBS telecast conducted by Maestro Langrée on July 28, and continues through August 27 with orchestral and chamber music performances by both modern and period-instrument ensembles; dance; a film series showcasing great violinists playing Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven; and an expansion of last season’s new series of intimate “A Little Night Music” late-night concerts in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
[Source: Mostly Mozart Press Festival Release]