Did you know? Several of the Mostly Mozart Festival concerts are preceded by short recitals, available for free to ticketholders of the full-length concerts that follow. Pre-concert recitals—a beloved Mostly Mozart Festival tradition—afford audiences the opportunity to delight in the artistry of both rising stars and leading soloists. They're also the perfect start to a summer evening.

  • Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 pm

    Photo by Dario Acosta

    With his "fearless playing," Drew Petersen has already impressed critics with his debut album in 2018. Witness his MMFO debut and enjoy his "clean and crisp" style as he explores Schubert's Fantasy in C major (“Wandererfantasie”).

    Included with a ticket to Eroica Symphony

    • Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at 6:30 pm

      Photo by Mark Roemisch

      Vivaldi's The Four Seasons have inspired musicians and composers alike. Come hear the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Argentinian Tango master Astor Piazzolla's response to Vivaldi's masterpiece, played by the "lively" and "entertaining" Neave Trio.

      Included with a ticket to The Four Seasons

      • Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31 at 6:30 pm

        Noted for her “élan" and "bravura technique,” Ko-Eun Yi makes her Lincoln Center debut with works by Clara and Robert Schumann, Mozart, and Brahms.

        Included with at ticket to Mozart & Brahms.

        • Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 at 6:30 pm

          Photo by Julia Wesely

          Acclaimed pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard will offer a surprise program of pieces selected especially for each night’s audience in this pair of intimate pre-concert recitals, before joining the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in the orchestral concerts that follow.

          Included with a ticket to Beethoven & Schubert

          • Monday, August 5 at 6:30 pm

            Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado

            The veteran and internationally renowned Takács Quartet explores the music of Mozart's friend and mentor, Joseph Haydn, and his String Quartet in C major ("The Bird").

            Included with a ticket to Takács Quartet and Jeremy Denk, piano

            • Tuesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 7 at 6:30 pm

              Photo by Erin Baiano

              The "genre-bending" string quartet Brooklyn Rider begins the celebration of the musically diverse Austro-Hungarian empire with music by Schulhoff, Dvořák, and Ljova.

              Included with a ticket to Joshua Bell Plays Dvořák

              • Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10 at 6:30 pm

                Photo by Yujun Ma

                Rising star Yi-Nuo Wang, already the recipient of several prestigious awards, makes her Lincoln Center debut with works by Haydn and Rachmaninoff.

                Included with a ticket to Mozart à la Haydn


              Malkah Bressler is the Associate Editor at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.