Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Photo by Richard Termine

About Mostly Mozart

Jane Moss

Welcome to another exceptional Mostly Mozart Festival, our annual celebration of Mozart, his creative legacy, and the magic of a music-filled summer in the city. This year we open with The Singing Heart, a special musical evening that illuminates a hopeful future through the spirit of youth. The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, led by Louis Langrée, and pianist Kit Armstrong are joined by the renowned Young People’s Chorus of New York City, which performs traditional and folk songs from Mozart’s time in a program culminating in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.

The genius of Schubert provides a special focus for the festival this summer, with guest conductor Edward Gardner imparting his vision of the composer’s works. Maestro Andrew Manze also joins the Festival Orchestra for a full week. Virtuosic soloists, including Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Thomas Zehetmair, Jeremy Denk, and Gil Shaham, light up our stages, along with a number of festival newcomers, including pianists Kirill Gerstein and Beatrice Rana and Sō Percussion performing the New York premiere of David Lang’s man made with the Festival Orchestra, reflecting our strong commitment to the music of our time.

We’re also excited about two exquisite stage productions. The Dark Mirror: Zender’s Winterreise offers a musically and visually imaginative take on Schubert’s famous song cycle, directed by Netia Jones and featuring tenor Ian Bostridge. Then, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra reprise their critically acclaimed staging of Don Giovanni, first performed in 2011 and still treasured in our memories. 

Plus, the Danish String Quartet plays Beethoven, Les Arts Florissants performs sacred Charpentier choral music, and our popular A Little Night Music recital series returns to the intimate Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. Rounding out our 51st festival are free offerings that include an innovative Schubertiade Remix from the International Contemporary Ensemble, pre-concert recitals, and thought-provoking talks.

With so much to experience, I hope that you will join us this summer as we continue our beloved New York tradition.


Jane Moss

Ehrenkranz Artistic Director

Thanks to Our Supporters

The Mostly Mozart Festival 2017 is made possible by:

Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser
The Howard Gilman Foundation
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.
Friends of Mostly Mozart

Public support is provided by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Official Partners of Lincoln Center

American Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center
Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center
NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center
“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Pepsi Zero Sugar

Artist Catering provided by Zabar’s and Zabars.com