Press Release

June 29, 2015

Mostly Mozart Festival 2015: Week Two Highlights

Mostly Mozart Festival

Contact: Eric M. Gewirtz


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Week Two

August 3–9


Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra Performances with Cornelius Meister and Sol Gabetta,

Each Making Their Festival Debuts on August 4–5;

Edward Gardner and Steven Osborne on August 7–8


Visiting Ensembles This Week Include Emerson String Quartet,

With Jean-Yves Thibaudet on August 3;

Festival debut performance by Academy of Ancient Music with Alina Ibragimova, August 9


Four “A Little Night Music” Recitals, August 5–8,

Including Festival Debuts by Danish String Quartet, Alina Ibragimova, and Jean Johnson


NEW YORK, NY (June 29, 2015) — Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, New York’s celebrated annual summer classical music festival, embarks on its second week with ten performances and a wide variety of superb musicians, some making multiple appearances and some making their Festival debut.


The resident orchestra of the Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, will present four concerts, beginning with performances on August 4 and 5 featuring two rising young artists making their first Festival appearances. The German conductor Cornelius Meister, who has been gaining attention from appointments in Heidelberg and more recently at the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, makes his New York and Mostly Mozart Festival debuts leading Mozart’s Overture to Le nozze di Figaro and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta, also in her Mostly Mozart Festival debut, is the featured soloist for Haydn’s Cello Concerto. Piano duo Anderson & Roe will perform pre-concert recitals on both evenings; details may be found in the listings below. On August 7 and 8, British conductor Edward Gardner returns to the Festival alongside another returning artist, pianist Steven Osborne, who wowed audiences last summer. Their program together with the Festival Orchestra includes Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, K.491, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Prior to these concerts on August 7 and 8, the Calidore String Quartet will perform pre-concert recitals.


The Festival will also welcome two highly-acclaimed ensembles at Alice Tully Hall. The Emerson String Quartet, a Mostly Mozart mainstay since 1984, will return to Mostly Mozart on Monday, August 3, with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. This summer’s concert will feature a pre-concert recital with the group performing Haydn’s String Quartet in G major, Op. 76, No. 1, followed by the main performance of Mozart’s String Quartet in G major, K.387, Beethoven’s String Quartet in F major, Op. 135, and Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45. Additionally, the Academy of Ancient Music, described as “the finest period-instrument orchestra in the world” by Classic FM, will make its Mostly Mozart Festival debut with an all-Mendelssohn program. After his appearances with the Festival Orchestra on August 7 and 8, conductor Edward Gardner will lead the Academy of Ancient Music on Sunday, August 9 with rising-star violinist Alina Ibragimova in the Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64. The ensemble will also perform The Hebrides, Op. 26 (“Fingal’s Cave”) and Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 (“Scottish”).


Mostly Mozart’s late-night recital series “A Little Night Music” has long been a popular series with audiences, featuring intimate concerts with candlelit tables, complimentary wines, and a sparkling skyline. Four concerts will be presented on four consecutive evenings. On August 5, immediately after her appearance with the Festival Orchestra, cellist Sol Gabetta will perform a program of Rachmaninoff and Servais with pianist Ilya Yakushev. The following evening, August 6, violinst Alina Ibragimova will perform an all-Prokofiev program with accompanist Steven Osborne. The Danish String Quartet makes its Festival debut on August 7, with a recital featuring music by Mozart, Adès, and Beethoven. The final late-night recital of the week, on August 8, once again features pianist Steven Osborne in concert with the clarinetist Jean Johnson (making her Festival debut). The married couple performs music by Beethoven, Baermann, and Brahms.


About the Mostly Mozart Festival


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.


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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August 3–9



Monday, August 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.                                                                            Alice Tully Hall

Pre-concert recital by the Emerson String Quartet at 6:30 p.m                                             Alice Tully Hall

Haydn:                                      String Quartet in G major, Op. 76, No. 1

Emerson String Quartet

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Mozart:                                     String Quartet in G major, K.387

Beethoven:                                String Quartet in F major, Op. 135

Fauré:                                       Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45


Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.                                                                        Avery Fisher Hall

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Pre-concert recitals by the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo at 6:30 p.m.                                                         

August 4 program:

Ligeti/Anderson & Roe:         Hungarian Rock (Chaconne)

Brahms:                                 Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn in B-flat major, Op. 56b

August 5 program:

Brahms:                                 Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn in B-flat major, Op. 56b

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo:  Ragtime alla turca


Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Cornelius Meister, conductor M|M (and New York debut)

Sol Gabetta, cello M|M

Mozart:                                     Overture to Le nozze di Figaro, K.492

Haydn:                                      Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb:1

Beethoven:                                Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60


Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.                                               Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Sol Gabetta, cello

Ilya Yakushev, piano M|M

Rachmaninoff:                           Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Servais:                                    Fantaisie sur deux Airs russes


Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.                                                  Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Alina Ibragimova, violin M|M

Steven Osborne, piano

All-Prokofiev program

                                                Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80

                                                Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 94bis


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

Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Pre-concert recitals by the Calidore String Quartet at 6:30 p.m.                                        Avery Fisher Hall

Haydn:                                      String Quartet in C major, Op. 33, No. 3 (“The Bird”)

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Edward Gardner, conductor

Steven Osborne, piano

Weber:                                      Overture to Der Freischütz

Mozart:                                     Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K.491

Beethoven:                                Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


Friday, August 7, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.                                                       Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Danish String Quartet M|M

Mozart:                                     Fugue No. 2 in E-flat major for String Quartet from Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier, Book II, K.405

Mozart:                                     Fugue No. 4 in D minor for String Quartet from Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier, Book II, K.405

Thomas Adès:                           Arcadiana, Op. 12

Beethoven:                                Grosse Fuge in B-flat major, Op. 133


Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.                                                   Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Jean Johnson, clarinet M|M

Steven Osborne, piano

Beethoven:                                Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

Baermann:                                Adagio in D-flat major for clarinet and piano

Brahms:                                    Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1


Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.                                                                            Alice Tully Hall

Academy of Ancient Music M|M

Edward Gardner, conductor

Alina Ibragimova, violin

All-Mendelssohn program

                                                The Hebrides, Op. 26 (“Fingal’s Cave”)

                                                Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

                                                Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 (“Scottish”)



M|M = Mostly Mozart Festival debut

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