On Monday, Lincoln Center announced the programme for the newly expanded Mostly Mozart Festival 2018. Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée will conduct five programmes with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, including a staged New York production premiere of Bernstein’s Mass, directed by Elkhanah Pulitzer, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven Symphony No. 1, Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, and the new critical edition of Gershwin’s An American in Paris, first performed by Louis and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on their European tour last summer.
Louis said of this year’s festival: “The human message of Mozart’s music is timeless. His courage, imagination, vision, and incredible invention always speaks to the heart and shows an amazing balance between sensitivity and sensibility. This aspect inspires us both intellectually and creatively. As the Mostly Mozart Festival expands, the orchestra continually looks to the model of Mozart to connect ideas across mediums, disciplines, and eras to allow us to go deeper into our own sensibilities and sensitivities.”
Festival performances from AH artists:
Emanuel Axjoins Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra for two performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, plus gives a special, intimate performance expanding on the exchange of ideas between France and the United States with glass harmonica specialists Friedrich Heinrich Kern and Philipp Marguerre
Inon Barnatan joins the Ariel Quartet and Mark Morris Dance Group for the world premiere of The Trout, set to Schumann’s eponymous quintet
Rosa Feola, in her Lincoln Center and Mostly Mozart debut, performs a pair of virtuosic arias inspired by the storied Czech soprano, Josepha Dušek, in an all-Mozart programme conducted by Christian Zacharias
Robin Tritschler, also in his Mostly Mozart debut, will join Insula Orchestra and conductor Laurence Equilbey for the American premiere of La Fura dels Baus – Carlus Padrissa’s production of Haydn’s The Creation