Dynamite Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare makes his New York debut with “flair and elegance” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) in a soaring program of Mozart and Mendelssohn. Inimitable pianist Emanuel Ax joins for the inventive “Jenamy” Concerto, and the Festival Orchestra conjures castles, fog-obscured mountains, and romantic escapades across the moors in Mendelssohn’s imaginative “Scottish” Symphony.

The Program

“Just the right blend of precision and panache.”
– Financial Times on Rafael Payare
“What a pleasure to be so close to Mr. Ax during his scintillating performance of a quirky, overlooked Mozart piece.”
– New York Times

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David Geffen Hall

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Pre-concert recitals by Stella Chen, violin, at 6:30 pm in David Geffen Hall

Schumann / Brahms / Dietrich: F-A-E Sonata

A Little Night Music

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Wednesday, July 29
10:00 pm

Pianist Emanuel Ax and violinist Pamela Frank present a dreamlike evening of sparkling Mozart and Beethoven sonatas  against the glittering  city skyline.


10 Lincoln Center Plaza


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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Mozart Meets Mendelssohn

July 28–29, 2020 David Geffen Hall

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Rafael Payare, conductor (New York debut)

Emanuel Ax, piano

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