Mostly Mozart Festival, year 50: Mozart operas, new works, Lang piece for 1,000 singers

Posted on: March 3, 2016

“Lincoln Center announced on Wednesday that its Mostly Mozart Festival would mark its 50th anniversary this summer with Mozart operas, the premiere of a David Lang choral work for 1,000 singers, and 50 new works performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble,” writes Michael Cooper in Wednesday’s (3/2) New York Times. “ ‘The Illuminated Heart,’ a selection of scenes from Mozart operas staged by the innovative British director Netia Jones, will open the festival on July 25…. In August … the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra [will perform] ‘Così Fan Tutte,’ conducted by Louis Langrée, the festival’s music director, and ‘Idomeneo,’ conducted by René Jacobs…. [Lang’s new choral work] is called ‘the public domain.’ It will be performed on Aug. 13 outdoors at Lincoln Center, free…. The International Contemporary Ensemble will perform 50 new works—including some that will be performed as free 15-minute ‘micro-concerts’—by composers including David T. Little, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Caroline Shaw. Notable conducting debuts include those of Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the music director of the Houston Symphony, and the young British conductor Matthew Halls, who will lead the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and Karina Canellakis, the assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, who will lead the International Contemporary Ensemble.”

Posted March 3, 2016