Press Release

July 22, 2015

Mostly Mozart Festival 2015: Program Updates and Final Week Details

Mostly Mozart Festival

Contact: Eric M. Gewirtz


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Program Updates and Final Week Details


Program Update for Emerson String Quartet Performance with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, August 3


Program Update for “A Little Night Music” Recital on August 17

Featuring Pierre-Laurent Aimard,
Part of the Festival’s Celebration of Composer-in-Residence George Benjamin

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra Performances During Final Week Include:

Andrew Manze and Joshua Bell, August 18–19;

Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée Leads

Haydn’s The Creation, August 21–22


NEW YORK, NY (July 22, 2015) — Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival closes its 49th summer and 2015 season with five concert performances in the final week of events, August 17–22. The concluding week commences with a late-night recital on August 17 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse by the incomparable pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who has a built a far-reaching and thought-provoking program around Shadowlines by George Benjamin, this summer’s Composer-in-Residence. Benjamin wrote the solo piano work, which features several canonic preludes in a continuous structure, for Aimard, who premiered it in 2001 and recorded it in 2004 for an all-Benjamin album. Aimard has structured this “A Little Night Music” program to also feature six preludes and six canons by a wide range of composers, from Bach, Mozart, and Schumann, to Webern, Boulez, and Ligeti, to complement the Benjamin piece. Program updates for this recital include the name of the Chopin prelude to be performed, and the addition of a Scriabin work replacing a previously announced work by Obouhow. This late-night recital will be live-streamed at and The full program listing follows at the end of this press release.


The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra welcomes back Festival favorite Joshua Bell for two performances on August 18 and 19 in Avery Fisher Hall. Andrew Manze will conduct works by Mozart and Schumann, and Bell will lead the Orchestra for two Bach works: the Violin Concerto in E major, and an orchestral arrangement of the Chaconne, from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004. These performances will also feature a pre-concert recital by baritone Tyler Duncan, accompanied by pianist Erika Switzer, performing Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op. 24.


The Festival’s grand finale takes place August 21 and 22 at Avery Fisher Hall, featuring one of the greatest oratorios in the canon: The Creation by Joseph Haydn. Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée leads the Festival Orchestra through this enduring masterpiece, alongside soprano Sarah Tynan (Mostly Mozart Festival debut), tenor Andrew Staples (Mostly Mozart Festival debut), bass Brindley Sherratt (Mostly Mozart Festival debut), and the Concert Chorale of New York (director, James Bagwell). The August 21 performance additionally offers a free pre-concert lecture by Elaine Sisman at the Kaplan Penthouse.


Additionally, there is a program update for the August 3 performance by the Emerson String Quartet with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet at Alice Tully Hall. Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 replaces the previously announced performance of Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45. The rest of the program, including the pre-concert recital, is unchanged.


Tickets for Mostly Mozart Festival 2015 can be purchased online at, by phone via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, or by visiting the Avery Fisher Hall or Alice Tully Hall box offices at Broadway and 65th St.


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 chamber 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:


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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.


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“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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Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Samuel B. and David Rose Building, 10th Floor, 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue


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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. 1 in C minor, Op. 15




August 17–22


Monday, August 17, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.                                                   Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

D’Anglebert:                              Prélude non mesuré

Mozart:                                     Modulating Prelude

Bach:                                        Prelude No. 16 in G minor, BWV 861, from the Well-tempered Clavier, Book I

Chopin:                                     Prelude in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4

Debussy:                                  Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon

Scriabin:                                   Prelude, Op. 74, No. 4

Schumann:                                Etude No. 4 (Variation 3), from 12 Etudes symphoniques

Brahms:                                    Variation 6, from Variations and Fugue on a Theme by G.F. Handel, Op. 24

Bach:                                        Canon (Augmentationem in Contrario Motu), from Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080

Webern:                                    Sehr Schnell, from Variations for Piano, Op. 27

Pierre Boulez:                            Notation 6 (Rapide), from 12 Notations for piano

Ligeti:                                       Etude No. 17, À bout de souffle

George Benjamin:                      Shadowlines


*This concert will be live-streamed at and


Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.                                                                      Avery Fisher Hall

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Pre-concert recitals with Tyler Duncan, baritone, and Erika Switzer, piano,
at 6:30                                                                                                                         Avery Fisher Hall

Schumann:                                Liederkreis, Op. 24

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Andrew Manze, conductor

Joshua Bell, violin and leader

Mozart:                                     Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K.546

Bach:                                        Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042

Bach/Mendelssohn (arr. Milone): Chaconne, from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Schumann:                                Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61


Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.                                                                          Avery Fisher Hall

Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Pre-concert lecture by Elaine Sisman on Friday, August 21 at 6:15 p.m.         Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Louis Langrée, conductor

Sarah Tynan, soprano M|M

Andrew Staples, tenor M|M

Brindley Sherratt, bass M|M

Concert Chorale of New York

James Bagwell, director

Haydn:                                      The Creation, Hob. XXI:2


M|M = Mostly Mozart debut


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