Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart festival is a staple of New York's classical music summer programming. More than likely a contributing factor to the city's summer influx of residents, Mostly Mozart is celebrating 50 years of concerts this year with a unique commission from Pulitzer Prize-winning, Oscar-nominated classical giant David Lang.
Mostly Mozart concerts have been a summer staple in participating cities since 1966. Indeed, an historically informed opportunity for the world's foremost interpreters of the pure classical canon, alongside top-flight works by today's contemporary voices. Having plucked out our favorite string players earlier, here, then, are Classicalite's five favorite wind ones: flutist Tanya Dusevic Witek, principal clarinet Jon Manasse, bassoonist Tom Sefčovič and principal horn player Lawrence DiBello...
As the name implies, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra is the resident ensemble of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. Thee premiere orchestra here in the States dedicated to performing the works of (mostly) the classical era, not surprisingly, it's composed of musicians local (New York Phil, Met Opera, Orpheus Chamber), national (Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, St. Paul Chamber) and certainly worldwide acclaim. Vote for your favorite MMFO string player--Laura, Shmuel, Alvin or Lou--below.
Well, it has certainly been quite the summer for Mozart in New York City. And here in the final throes of Gotham's grand celebration of most things Mozart--namely, the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center--we're finally getting the U.S. stage premiere of lauded British composer George Benjamin's equally highly-praised opera, 'Written on Skin,' at the David H. Koch Theater.
Alas, we are closing in on the final weeks of this summer's Mostly Mozart Festival. Fear not, though, Classicalites. The home stretch of Mostly Mozarts past there at Lincoln Center have always been filled with must-hear performers in don't-miss programming, and this 2015 iteration is hardly going out with a whimper. Case in point: the much-awaited American stage premiere of British composer George Benjamin's love-hate opera, 'Written on Skin.' Starring Barbara Hannigan and Christopher Purves in the viscerally erotic roles they, themselves, originated, outgoing New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert leads the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in what's fast becoming the most revered English-language opera in some two decades.
One of the most unusual offerings of Mostly Mozart this summer is a new production by the Mark Morris Dance Group of Handel’s opera 'Acis and Galatea' at Lincoln Center on August 7-9.