The 2019 Mostly Mozart Festival programme has been announced. This year the festival features a number of new productions, including: the New York premiere of Barrie Kosky’s Komische Oper Berlin production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, conducted by Music Director Louis Langrée and starring Rodion Pogossov as Papageno (17 & 19 July); a world premiere from the Mark Morris Dance Group set to Erik Satie’s Sports et divertissements; the US premiere of Under Siege, a dance-theatre work by renowned Chinese choreographer Yang Liping; and the New York premiere of The Black Clown, a music theatre adaptation of Langston Hughes’ famed 1931 poem.
This year’s edition also includes Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang’s festival and New York concerto debut with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major; three programmes from the International Contemporary Ensemble in its ninth year as festival artists-in-residence; as well as the expansion of the A Little Night Music series to nine late night-recitals.
“Mozart’s music delivered a universal message, he had an insatiable curiosity, studying the music of the ancient masters who came before him, and he traveled extensively, absorbing diverse cultures and continuously incorporating fresh ideas into his music. The experimentation he embodied continues to stir the imagination and has influenced generation after generation of composers to take artistic risks. The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra’s programs are about uncovering the fascinating connections among composers, demonstrating their ingenuity, and illuminating the creative process.”