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 conductors Edward Gardner and Gianandrea Noseda imparting their visions 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.