Press Release

June 22, 2015

Mostly Mozart Festival 2015: Week One Highlights

Mostly Mozart Festival

Contact: Eric M. Gewirtz


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Week One

July 22–August 1


Two Free Events Kick Off Mostly Mozart:

Pre-Festival Talk with Jed Bernstein, Louis Langrée,

And members of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

And Free Preview Concert by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra


Langrée and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra Open the Festival, July 28-29,

With All-Mozart Program Featuring Pianist Emanuel Ax and Soprano Erin Morley


Langrée Leads the Festival Orchestra and Pianist Jeremy Denk in a Program

Of Bach, Mozart, and Brahms, July 31-August 1


Two Late-Night Recitals Featuring Pianists

Emanuel Ax, Anna Polonsky, Orion Weiss, July 29

Alexei Lubimov, August 1


Special Film Screening: New York Premiere of In Search of Haydn


NEW YORK, NY (June 22, 2015) — Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, New York’s annual summer celebration of the genius of Mozart and his enduring impact, begins its 49th season with a wide range of events and performances in its opening week. Two free events kick off the Festival: Lincoln Center President Jed Bernstein moderates a talk on July 22 at the David Rubenstein Atrium with Louis Langrée, Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director, and members of the Festival Orchestra, which will also feature an overview of the upcoming Festival and a performance. Continuing an annual tradition, Langrée and the Festival Orchestra will perform a free preview concert as a gift to classical music fans at Avery Fisher Hall on Saturday, July 25, with works by Mozart and Brahms.


The 2015 Festival officially commences with four concerts by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, performed on a modified stage arrangement developed specifically for the Festival, with the audience surrounding the stage. The opening concerts take place July 28 and 29 featuring the legendary pianist Emanuel Ax and the Festival debut of soprano Erin Morley. Louis Langrée leads the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in five works, starting with the Overture to The Impresario, K.486, followed by Piano Concerto No. 14, K.499, with Ax. The second half of the program features Erin Morley, a rising coloratura soprano, in her Festival debut, singing two arias by Mozart. The program concludes with Symphony No. 34, K.338. The July 28 concert will begin at 8:00 p.m., and July 29 at 7:30 p.m.


Later that week, on July 31 and August 1, Jeremy Denk, the thought-provoking and multifaceted pianist, returns to the Festival for the first time since 2010. Since that time, Denk has received high-profile honors, including a 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and was named Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year. In this Brahms-focused Festival Orchestra program led by Louis Langrée, Denk performs Brahms’s transcription for the left hand of Bach’s Chaconne, followed by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, K.466 (with a Brahms cadenza), and concluding with Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. Additionally, Orion Weiss will give a pre-concert recital, both evenings, at 6:30 p.m.


The piano takes the spotlight during the opening symphonic concerts, as well as at the opening recitals in the popular A Little Night Music series of late-night, candlelit performances at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. Following his performance with the Festival Orchestra on July 29, Emanuel Ax is joined by Orion Weiss and Anna Polonsky (making her Festival debut) in performances of music for piano (four-hands) by Brahms and Schumann. Later that week, on August 1, Alexei Lubimov returns to Mostly Mozart with a special late-night recital of music by Debussy and Satie, including selections from Debussy’s two books of Préludes.


Complementing the live performance is a special film screening event of “In Search of Haydn” on August 1 at 1:00 p.m. at the Walter Reade Theater. This 2012 film, presented here in its New York premiere, completes director Phil Grabsky’s trilogy of the exploration of iconic composers, following a 2006 film on Mozart and a 2009 film on Beethoven. “In Search of Haydn” features intimate interviews with experts and musicians, including Emanuel Ax, Gianandrea Noseda, and Marc-André Hamelin about the life and work of Franz Joseph Haydn. This event is co-presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Sound + Vision series and features the director, Phil Grabsky, as host.




Louis Langrée, music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival since December 2002, was named Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director in August 2006. Mr. Langrée is also Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Chief Conductor of the Camerata Salzburg. Under Mr. Langrée’s musical leadership of the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Festival Orchestra’s stature and recognition has received growing critical acclaim, further marking these performances as an annual highlight for summertime classical music lovers in New York City. In addition to its focus on the classical repertoire, concerts by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra now regularly feature works from musical periods following Mozart, including works from the 20th century and beyond.


Mr. Langrée frequently appears as guest conductor with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Wiener Philharmoniker, as well as with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  His opera engagements include appearances with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Scala, Opéra Bastille, Royal Opera House–Covent Garden, and Vienna State Opera.  His festival engagements include appearances at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, BBC Proms, Glyndebourne Festival, Mozartwoche Salzburg, and Wiener Festwochen. He has held positions as music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Orchestre de Picardie, Opéra National de Lyon, and Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Highlights from the current season include Mr. Langrée leading world premiere performances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra of commissioned works by Daníel Bjarnason, André Previn, and Caroline Shaw, international tours with Camerata Salzburg, and return engagements with Orchestre de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera (Carmen), Vienna State Opera (Eugene Onegin). Mr. Langrée’s first recording with the Cincinnati Symphony, released in September 2014, features commissioned works by Nico Muhly, and David Lang, as well as Copland’s Lincoln Portrait narrated by Maya Angelou.  His DVD of Verdi’s La Traviata from the Aix-en-Provence Festival featuring Natalie Dessay and the London Symphony Orchestra was awarded a Diapason d’Or.  His discography includes additional recordings on Accord, Naïve, Universal, and Virgin Classics labels. Mr. Langrée was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2006 and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2014.




Jane Moss, Lincoln Center’s Vice President of Programming since 1992, was named Ehrenkranz Artistic Director of Lincoln Center in 2011, a position which includes her role as Artistic Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival. In that capacity, she has initiated and led the transformation and expansion of the Festival into a multidisciplinary, multilayered, and far-reaching exploration of its namesake genius and his influence on succeeding generations. Ms. Moss has also created several major new initiatives at Lincoln Center including the international, multi-genre Lincoln Center Festival, the New Visions series—which links the worlds of the theater, dance, visual arts and classical music—and Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, which focuses on classic and contemporary expressions of American song. In the fall of 2010 she launched the multidisciplinary White Light Festival, focused on exploring how the performing arts illuminate our interior lives as expressed by a dynamic, international spectrum of distinctive musical, dance and theater artists. The programming she has introduced and directs represents a continuing contribution to the vitality of New York’s cultural landscape. Ms. Moss also oversees Great Performers, Lincoln Center’s major season-long classical music series; Midsummer Night Swing; and the free Lincoln Center Out of Doors summer series. Ms. Moss has played an important role as an innovator in musical and music-based presentation and is a recipient of the French Order of the Legion of Honor.


Prior to joining Lincoln Center, Ms. Moss worked as an arts consultant, designing and developing projects and programming initiatives for a variety of foundations and arts organizations, including the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the Pew Charitable Trusts. As Executive Director of Meet The Composer, a national organization serving American composers, Ms. Moss created the country’s largest composer commissioning program, as well as a program supporting collaborations between composers and choreographers. In addition, she served as Executive Director of New York’s leading off-Broadway theater company, Playwrights Horizons, and Executive Director of the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York.




Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival—America’s first indoor summer music festival—was launched as an experiment in 1966. Called Midsummer Serenades: A Mozart Festival, its first two seasons were devoted exclusively to the music of Mozart. Now a New York institution, Mostly Mozart continues to broaden its focus to include works by Mozart’s predecessors, contemporaries, and related successors. In addition to concerts by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Mostly Mozart now includes concerts by the world’s outstanding period-instrument ensembles, chamber orchestras and ensembles, and acclaimed soloists, as well as opera productions, dance, film, late-night performances, and visual art installations. Contemporary music has become an essential part of the festival, embodied in annual artists-in-residence including Osvaldo Golijov, John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Among the many artists and ensembles who have had long associations with the festival are Joshua Bell, Christian Tetzlaff, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Garrick Ohlsson, Stephen Hough, Osmo Vänskä, the Emerson String Quartet, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Mark Morris Dance Group.


The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the Mostly Mozart Festival, and is the only orchestra in the U.S. dedicated to the music of the Classical period. Since 2002 Louis Langrée has been the Orchestra’s music director, and since 2005 the Orchestra’s Avery Fisher Hall home has been transformed each summer into an appropriately intimate venue for its performances. Over the years, the Orchestra has toured to such notable festivals and venues as Ravinia, Great Woods, Tanglewood, Bunkamura in Tokyo, and the Kennedy Center. Conductors who made their New York debuts leading the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra include Jérémie Rhorer, Edward Gardner, Lionel Bringuier, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, and Edo de Waart. Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, flutist James Galway, soprano Elly Ameling, and pianist Mitsuko Uchida all made their U.S. debuts with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.




Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, 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 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great PerformersLincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The 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. For more information:


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at 212.875.5375.


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The Mostly Mozart Festival is made possible by Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, Chris and Bruce Crawford, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc., Charles E. Culpeper Foundation, S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Family Foundation, and Friends of Mostly Mozart.


The free preview concert of the Mostly Mozart Festival is made possible by The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation.


Public support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center


United Airlines is a Supporter of Lincoln Center


WABC-TV is a Supporter of Lincoln Center


“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Diet Pepsi.


Time Out New York is a Media Partner of Summer at Lincoln Center


Artist Catering provided by Zabar’s and


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July 22—August 1



Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.                                                          David Rubenstein Atrium

Jed Bernstein, moderator

Louis Langrée, Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director

Lawrence DiBello, horn

Ruggero Allifranchini, violin

Pedja Muzijevic, piano

Additional members of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra to speak

Brahms:                                    Trio in E-flat major for horn, violin, and piano, Op. 40



Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.                                                                          Avery Fisher Hall

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Louis Langrée, conductor

Mozart:                                     Symphony No. 34 in C major, K.338

Brahms:                                    Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. (special start time)                                              Avery Fisher Hall

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Louis Langrée, conductor

Emanuel Ax, piano

Erin Morley, soprano M|M

All-Mozart program

                                                Overture to The Impresario, K.486

                                                Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat major, K.449

                                                Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio, K.418

                                                No, che non sei capace, K.419

                                                Symphony No. 34 in C major, K.338


Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.                                                  Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Emanuel Ax, piano

Anna Polonsky, piano M|M

Orion Weiss, piano

Brahms:                                    Waltzes, Op. 39

Brahms:                                    Variations on a Theme by R. Schumann in E-flat major, Op. 23

Schumann:                                Bilder aus Osten, Op. 66


Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.                                                                              Avery Fisher Hall

Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Pre-concert recitals by Orion Weiss, piano, at 6:30 p.m.                                                  Avery Fisher Hall

Brahms:                                    Klavierstücke, Op. 118

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Louis Langrée, conductor

Jeremy Denk, piano

Bach (trans. Brahms):                Chaconne for piano left hand

Mozart:                                     Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466

Brahms:                                    Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.                                                                 Walter Reade Theater

Phil Grabsky, director

In Search of Haydn (New York premiere)

Introduced by director Phil Grabsky

2012. 102 minutes.

Co-presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Sound + Vision series.


Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.                                                   Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Alexei Lubimov, piano

Debussy:                                  Voiles, from Préludes, Book 1

Debussy:                                  Le vent dans la plaine, from Préludes, Book 1

Debussy:                                  La cathédrale engloutie, from Préludes, Book 1

Debussy:                                  Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest, from Préludes, Book 1

Satie:                                        Prelude to Act I of Le fils des étoiles

Satie:                                        Petite ouverture à danser

Satie:                                        Gymnopédie No. 1

Debussy:                                  L’isle joyeuse

Satie:                                        Excerpts from Sports et divertissements

Debussy:                                  Feuilles mortes, from Préludes, Book 2

Debussy:                                  “Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses,” from Préludes, Book 2

Debussy:                                  La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune, from Préludes, Book 2

Debussy:                                  Feux d’artifice, from Préludes, Book 2

Satie:                                        Gnossienne No. 5


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