Classical music fans in New York City know that there is, quite simply, nothing like the annual Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center. This year, festivities run from July 25 to August 23, and wiill include more than 35 events across several venues including concerts, opera, dance, pre-concert recitals and lectures, late-night performances, contemporary music, and premieres of two commissioned works.
The Festival kicks off with two free events: the world premiere of a new work by John Luther Adams (July 25 and 26 on Hearst Plaza) and (continuing an annual tradition) the free preview concert by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall on July 26.
Music Director Louis Langrée returns for his 12th season to conduct the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, which will perform a range of pieces—anchored, of course, by the Festival’s featured namesake. Mostly Mozart will also present some Festival favorites including violinist Joshua Bell, Mark Morris Dance Group, Emerson String Quartet and Artists-in-Residence International Contemporary Ensemble, as well as 14 Festival debuts, including pianists Yuja Wang and Steven Osborne, and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja.