April 11, 2012
Mostly Mozart Festival
April 11, 2012
Contact: Eva Chien, 212.875.5049
MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL 2012
JULY 28 - AUGUST 25
• Mostly Mozart Celebrates Louis Langrée’s 10 Years as Music Director with Nine Concerts by the Festival Orchestra including a FREE Preview on July 28
• Seven-Part Exploration of the Influence of Birdsong and Birds Includes:
- Three concerts by artists-in-residence ICE performing Messiaen with thematic premieres by Jonathan Harvey, Suzanne Farrin, Patricia Alessandrini, Marcos Balter, and Luca Francesconi;
- Pre-concert bird-watching tours through Central Park led by New York City Audubon;
- Winged Migration, the 2001 Academy Award-nominated documentary;
- US premiere of The Murder of Crows, a sound installation by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, presented by Park Avenue Armory
• Mark Morris Dance Group Returns with Mark Morris Conducting His Dido and Aeneas Featuring Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe
• A 12-Part Focus on the Music of Franz Schubert
• Seven Premieres including the World Premiere of Patricia Alessandrini’s Homage to Berio, the US premiere of Matan Porat’s Whaam!, and the NY Premiere of Pianist Stephen Hough’s Sonata for Piano (broken branches)
• 15 Mostly Mozart Festival Debuts including Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, Conductor Andrew Manze, and Clarinetist Martin Fröst
New York, NY April 11, 2012 — Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director, today announced the programming for the 46th season of the Mostly Mozart Festival, which runs from July 28 - August 25, 2012. Spanning seven venues, the Festival will offer more than 37 events including concerts, dance, visual art, film, pre-concert recitals, late-night performances, lectures, and bird-watching tours through Central Park, a special accompaniment to this summer’s birdsong theme. Mostly Mozart Festival 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Louis Langrée as Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director. He will lead nine concerts with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall, including a FREE preview on July 28. The two thematic highlights of the Festival this year will be a multi-genre exploration on the influence of birdsong on composers and visual artists, complemented by an extensive survey of the music of Schubert.
“Celebrating the tenth year of Louis Langrée’s outstanding collaboration with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, saluting the influence of our avian summer friends in Central Park, and highlighting the extraordinary musical achievements of Franz Schubert make for an exceptionally rich Mostly Mozart Festival this summer,” said Moss. “I continue to be awed by the remarkable genius of Mozart himself, which creates such fertile ground for innovation and musical transcendence.”
In a Mostly Mozart first, Mark Morris will make his Festival conducting debut, leading his landmark 1989 work, Dido and Aeneas, August 22-25 in the Rose Theater. Purcell’s 17th-century opera based on Virgil’s Aeneid features the incomparable mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe.
ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) returns for the second of its three-year Mostly Mozart residency as the centerpiece of this Festival’s thematic exploration of the influence of birdsong, with a focus on works by Olivier Messiaen. ICE will perform four concerts in four venues, featuring three world premieres, one North American premiere, and one U.S. premiere, in diverse programs including music by Jonathan Harvey, John Cage, Kaija Saariaho, Jukka Tiensuu, George Lewis, Luciano Berio, and this summer’s featured composer, Franz Schubert.
Mostly Mozart 2012 also reflects the Festival’s ongoing commitment to innovative and multifaceted approaches to the musical brilliance of Mozart. This year’s birdsong theme, which will be amplified by a look at birds themselves, will include: the U.S. premiere of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s sound-art installation The Murder of Crows presented and organized by Park Avenue Armory from August 3 to September 9; a panel discussion moderated by John Schaefer which examines the characteristics of birdsong and its impact on musical creation on August 12; New York City Audubon-led bird-watching tours through Central Park, Tuesdays and Fridays, August 14, 17, 21, and 24; and the film Winged Migration in the Walter Reade Theater on August 11.
Franz Schubert will be examined in diverse programs that range from his monumental works performed by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra including the “Tragic” Symphony led by Langrée (July 28, August 17-18) and the “Great” Symphony led by Osmo Vänskä (August 14-15), to his more intimate works including ICE performing his Octet in F major (August 11), the Ebène Quartet with the “Rosamunde” String Quartet (August 11), and several “Night Music” performances of the composer’s remarkable works for piano by Garrick Ohlsson (August 8), Shai Wosner (August 10), and David Greilsammer (August 14).
A special highlight of the Schubert focus and a continuation of Mostly Mozart’s presentation of the world’s renowned chamber ensembles will be the final Festival performance by the Emerson String Quartet with cellist and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center co-artistic director David Finckel on August 13. Also known for the presentation of period instrument performance, Mostly Mozart Festival 2012 features the return of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under Pablo Heras-Casado in a program of Schubert, Schumann, and Mendelssohn on August 9.
Since its inception, the Mostly Mozart Festival has been dedicated to presenting and promoting both rising and established artists at important junctures in their careers. This season 15 artists will make their Mostly Mozart debuts, including tenor Lawrence Brownlee for the Opening Night gala program on July 31 and August 1, soprano Christiane Karg and mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne in Haydn’s seldom-performed “Nelson Mass” with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin on August 3-4, conductor Jayce Ogren and pianist Joanna MacGregor on August 11, the extraordinary pianist Rudolph Buchbinder on August 14-15, conductor Andrew Manze on August 21-22, and clarinetist Martin Fröst on Closing Night August 24-25. A Little Night Music series also features new artists in intimate performances at the Kaplan Penthouse including pianists Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (August 9) and David Greilsammer (August 14), and soprano Lisette Oropesa (August 24).
In addition to significant debuts, Mostly Mozart in recent seasons has begun to develop relationships with important guest conductors through multiple Festival programs. Besides the “Nelson Mass” with the MMFO, Nézet-Séguin, who made his much-anticipated New York debut with the Festival Orchestra in 2009, returns with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and violinist Lisa Batiashvili on August 2 with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and on August 5 with oboist François Leleux in a program featuring Bach, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. Since she made her Festival debut as part of the “Finnish Focus” celebrating Kaija Saariaho in 2008, Susanna Mälkki returns to conduct the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in Berio’s Rendering, as part of this summer’s Schubert focus on August 7-8, as well as a birdsong-themed program with ICE on August 5 in the Rose Theater.
More details on the Mostly Mozart Festival 2012 follow.
Programs and artists subject to change.
Tickets for Mostly Mozart Festival 2012 will go on sale beginning May 1. Tickets can be purchased online at MostlyMozart.org, by phone via CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or by visiting the Avery Fisher Hall or Alice Tully Hall box offices at Broadway and 65th St.
Mostly Mozart Festival 2012 is sponsored by Morgan Stanley.
The Mostly Mozart Festival is made possible by Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, The Shubert Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Charles E. Culpeper Foundation, S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Family Foundation, and Friends of Mostly Mozart.
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MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
CONCERTS IN AVERY FISHER HALL
LED BY RENÉE AND ROBERT BELFER MUSIC DIRECTOR LOUIS LANGRÉE
FREE PREVIEW July 28: To mark Louis Langrée’s ten-year tenure as Music Director of the Festival Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival 2012 will begin with a FREE preview concert pairing two great symphonies: Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 in D major, K.504 (“Prague”) and this summer’s featured composer Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D.417 (“Tragic”).
* Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday, July 28 at 10am from the Avery Fisher Hall box office.
July 31-August 1: The Festival officially opens with an all-Mozart gala performance led by Langrée and featuring Festival favorites, the Overture to La clemenza di Tito and the “Prague” Symphony No. 38 in D major, K.504. Returning after his powerfully eloquent Mostly Mozart debut last summer, Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire will perform the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466. Tenor Lawrence Brownlee will make his Mostly Mozart debut with the concert aria “Misero! O sogno…Aura che intorni spiri,” K.431 and “Un’ aura amorosa,” from Così fan tutte, K.588.
August 10-11: As part of this summer’s multi-faceted exploration of the influence of birdsong on the musical repertoire, Langrée and the Festival Orchestra will be joined by sensational French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet in Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, a work that evokes bird calls the composer heard during a winter he spent in the mountains of North Carolina. The program also features Lutoslawski’s Musique funèbre and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K.543.
August 17-18: Festival favorite Joshua Bell returns to Mostly Mozart this year with Brahms’ dramatic Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77. Juxtaposing two virtuoso composers who developed their extraordinary talent at an early age, this concert features Mozart’s Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, K.16, written at age 8, with Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D.417 (“Tragic”), written at age 19.
August 24-25: Maestro Langrée closes the Mostly Mozart Festival and his tenth-anniversary season with Beethoven’s glorious Mass in C major, Op. 86. Seldom performed and considered an under-recognized masterpiece, the Mass will feature the Mostly Mozart debuts of soprano Layla Claire and tenor Paul Appleby, two rising stars of the Met Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Program, with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, bass Matthew Rose and the Concert Chorale of New York under director James Bagwell. Exciting young clarinetist Martin Fröst makes his Mostly Mozart debut in this program with Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622.
PROGRAMS WITH GUEST CONDUCTORS
August 3-4: Returning to the orchestra with which he made his highly-anticipated and widely-acclaimed New York debut in 2009, Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 and Haydn’s magnificent “Nelson Mass.” Featuring the Mostly Mozart debuts of soprano Christiane Karg and mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, this Festival first will also feature tenor Toby Spence, bass-baritone Andrew Foster Williams, and the Concert Chorale of New York directed by James Bagwell.
August 7-8: Susanna Mälkki leads the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in Berio’s Rendering as part of this summer’s Schubert focus. In his 1989 work, Berio restored and connected Schubert’s sketches for a Tenth Symphony in D major, which remained unfinished at the time of Schubert’s death. Garrick Ohlsson returns with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 (“Emperor”).
August 14-15: One of the Festival’s favorite maestros, Osmo Vänskä, returns with the incomparable pianist Rudolf Buchbinder in his Mostly Mozart debut to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37. Described by The New York Times as “drawing bracing performances” from the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Vänskä also interprets Schubert’s “Great” Symphony, a centerpiece of this summer’s Schubert focus.
August 21-22: Conductor Andrew Manze makes his Mostly Mozart debut with the composer's beloved "Jupiter" Symphony and Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068. Featuring pianist Stephen Hough in Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, the program also includes a special pre-concert premiere of Hough's Sonata for Piano (broken branches) at 7pm.
FOCUS ON BIRDSONG
The Murder of Crows (U.S. Premiere)
Sound Installation by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller
Presented and organized by Park Avenue Armory in association with the Mostly Mozart Festival
From Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
August 3 – September 9, Park Avenue Armory
ICE: Olivier Messiaen, Luca Francesconi, Jukka Tiensuu, and Tristan Murail
Susanna Mälkki, conductor and Nicolas Hodges, piano (MM debut)
Featuring the US premiere of Francesconi’s Islands
August 5, 5pm Rose Theater
MMFO: Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3
Louis Langrée, conductor and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano
August 10-11, 8pm Avery Fisher Hall
FILM: Winged Migration
August 11, 1pm Walter Reade Theater
ICE: North American Premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s Bird Concerto with Pianosong
With Messiaen’s Le merle noir and Schubert’s Octet in F major
Jayce Ogren, conductor (MM debut) and Joanna MacGregor, piano (MM debut)
August 11, 7:30pm Alice Tully Hall
ICE: “For the Birds”
Featuring John Cage’s Telephone and Birds, a work by Kaija Saariaho, and the World Premieres of Suzanne Farrin’s For the Birds and Marcos Balter’s For the Birds
August 12, 5pm Park Avenue Armory
Audubon Bird Walks through Central Park
Tuesdays and Fridays, August 14, 17, 21, and 24, 5:30pm
The special focus of this summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival is the influence of nature’s best musician—the bird—on the classical repertoire, past and present, from Mozart’s pet starling to Messiaen’s blackbird muse. Presented through seven multi-dimensional programs in six venues that explore both birdsong and the actual birds themselves, this year’s thematic focus begins with the U.S. premiere of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s The Murder of Crows presented and organized by Park Avenue Armory August 3-September 9. Creating a sculptural installation to resemble a flock of birds out of 98 audio speakers mounted on stands, chairs, and walls within the Armory’s 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall, The Murder of Crows transforms crashing waves, the sound of bird wings, a marching band, and the hubbub of a factory floor into various characters in this enigmatic composition.
In a Mostly Mozart first and to offer audiences a first-hand look the inspiration for this year’s theme, bird watching tours through Central Park led by New York City Audubon will be provided pre-concert Tuesdays and Fridays, August 14, 17, 21, and 24. On August 11, the 2001 Academy Award-nominated documentary, Winged Migration, will be shown in the Walter Reade Theater. Directed by Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats, and Jacques Perrin, the film shows the bird’s immense journey through all seven continents over four years.
International Contemporary Ensemble begins its second residency with Mostly Mozart this year with a look at the influence of birdsong in 20th and 21st-century repertoire. On August 5 in Rose Theater, Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki, who recently made headlines as the first woman to conduct at La Scala, leads ICE in Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques, Jukka Tiensuu’s nemo, and the U.S. premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Islands in the Rose Theater. On August 11 in Alice Tully Hall, they pair Messiaen’s most recognizably bird-influenced piece, Le merle noir, written in 1952 for flute and piano, with the North American premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s Bird Concerto with Pianosong. For their final concert on August 12, in a program titled “For the Birds” in the Park Avenue Armory’s historic rooms, the group will perform John Cage’s Telephones and Birds, the world premieres of Suzanne Farrin’s For the Birds and Marcus Balter’s work by the same name, as well as Messiaen’s Chant dans le style Mozart, among others.
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller represented Canada at the 49th Venice Biennale with Paradise Institute (2001), set in a 16-seat movie theater where viewers watched a film depicting a crime, while becoming entangled as witnesses to a possible crime played out in the real world audience. They won La Biennale di Venezia Special Award at Venice, the first Canadian artists to do so, and the Benesse Prize, recognizing artists who break new artistic ground with an experimental and pioneering spirit. Cardiff and Bures Miller have recently had exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Alberta (2010), Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2008), the Miami Art Museum (2007), Vancouver Art Gallery (2005), Luhring Augustine, New York (2004), Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2003), Art Gallery of Ontario (2002), National Gallery of Canada (2002), and Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario (2000). Cardiff’s 40-Part Motet opened the inaugural White Light Festival in 2010.
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), described by The New York Times as “one of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music,” is a chamber music ensemble made up of 30 dynamic and versatile young performers dedicated to advancing the music of our time. Through innovative programming, interdisciplinary collaborations, commissions by young composers, and performances in nontraditional venues, ICE brings together new music and new audiences. Founded in 2001, ICE won first prize in the 2005 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Awards, and performs over 50 concerts a year in the U.S. and abroad. The ensemble released its first critically acclaimed CD on the Naxos label in 2007, and has recently released a new album on the New York-based New Focus Recordings label featuring works by Davidovsky, Lindberg, Saariaho, Du Yun, and Fujikura. In addition to ICE’s performances at major venues throughout the world, the ensemble has self-produced eight contemporary music festivals in venues as wide-ranging as nightclubs, galleries and warehouses; many of these have been free and open to the public.
With its soaring 55,000 square foot drill hall and its array of exuberant period rooms, Park Avenue Armory fills a critical void in the cultural ecology of the city by enabling artists to create—and the public to experience—unconventional work that could not otherwise be experienced in New York. Since its first production in September 2007, the Armory has organized a series of immersive performances, installations, and works of art that have drawn critical and popular attention.
A 12-PART SCHUBERT SURVEY
MMFO: Mozart’s “Prague” and Schubert’s “Tragic” Symphonies
Louis Langrée, conductor
July 28, 7:30pm Avery Fisher Hall
MMFO: Schubert/Berio’s Rendering and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto
Susanna Mälkki, conductor and Garrick Ohlsson, piano
August 7-8, 8pm Avery Fisher Hall
A Little Night Music: ICE in Schubert, Berio, and the World Premiere of Alessandrini’s Homage to Berio
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
August 8, 10:30pm Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra: Schubert, Schumann, and Mendelssohn
Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor and Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano
August 9, 7:30pm Alice Tully Hall
A Little Night Music: All-Schubert Program
Shai Wosner, piano
August 10, 10:30pm Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
ICE: Messiaen, Harvey and Schubert’s Octet in F major
Jayce Ogren, conductor and Joanna MacGregor, piano
August 11, 7:30pm Alice Tully Hall
A Little Night Music: Ebène Quartet: Mozart and Schubert’s “Rosamunde” Quartet
August 11, 10:30pm Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
Emerson String Quartet: Schubert’s “Trout” Piano Quintet
Timothy Cobb, bass, and the MM Debut of Joyce Yang, piano
August 13, 7:30pm Alice Tully Hall
MMFO: Schubert’s “Great” Symphony in C major and Mozart’s Symphony No. 32
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
MM Debut of Rudolf Buchbinder, piano in Beehoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
August 14-15, 8pm Avery Fisher Hall
A Little Night Music featuring U.S. Premiere of Matan Porat’s “Whaam!”
MM Debut of David Greilsammer, piano
August 14, 10:30pm Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
MMFO: Schubert’s “Tragic” Symphony and Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major
Louis Langrée, conductor and Joshua Bell, violin
August 17-18, 8pm Avery Fisher Hall
A Little Night Music: Schubert and Brahms
Martin Fröst, clarinet and Shai Wosner, piano
MM Debut of Lisette Oropesa, soprano
August 24, 10:30pm Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
Mostly Mozart Festival 2012 features an intensive focus on Franz Schubert, a composer who, like Mozart, began composing at an early age, but who also passed away too young. He created beautiful songs and melodies and large musical works so intimate they resemble chamber music. The Festival opens with a FREE preview concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of Music Director Louis Langrée leading Schubert’s “Tragic” Symphony, written when the composer was only 19 years old and one of only two symphonies he composed in a minor key. The MMFO returns to Avery Fisher Hall with the Symphony again on August 17 in a program featuring Joshua Bell in Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77.
Conductor Susanna Mälkki, described by The New York Times after her Mostly Mozart debut in 2008 as a “joy to watch and a technical whiz” and honored as the first woman to ever conduct an opera at La Scala last April, returns with two special programs: first with artists-in-residence ICE on August 5 as part of this summer’s thematic focus on the influence of birdsong. Then, she leads her frequent collaborator Garrick Ohlsson in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra on August 7-8 featuring the Festival premiere of the Schubert/Berio Rendering, Berio’s restoration of Schubert’s unfinished sketches for a Tenth Symphony in D major.
On August 8 in “A Little Night Music,” ICE performs the world premiere of Patricia Alessandrini’s Homage to Berio in concert with the composer’s demonstration of the tonal possibilities of individual instruments: Sequenza I (Flute), II (Harp), and VIII (Violin); and pianist Garrick Ohlsson’s performances of Schubert’s Moments musicaux No. 3 in F minor, No. 4 in C-sharp minor, and No. 6 in A-flat major; respectively. On August 11, they return to Alice Tully Hall under conductor Jayce Ogren (MM debut) with Schubert’s Octet in F major, along with Messiaen’s Le merle noir and the North American premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s Bird Concerto with Pianosong featuring the Mostly Mozart debut of pianist Joanna MacGregor.
Performing the Romantic music of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann (repertoire rarely played by this orchestra), the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under Pablo Heras-Casado and fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout return to Mostly Mozart on August 9. In advance of an upcoming recording on Harmonia Mundi, the orchestra performs Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 in D major, a piece the composer completed in less than a month at age 18.
On August 10, pianist Shai Wosner returns to A Little Night Music with an all-Schubert program featuring Impromptu No. 1 in C minor and No. 2 in E-flat major and his Sonata in A major. “Shai Wosner declares himself a Schubertian of unfaltering authority and character…Wosner rivets your attention at every point,” said Gramophone early this year.
The lyrical, young French ensemble Ebène Quartet also returns to “A Little Night Music” after its highly-acclaimed Festival debut in 2010 with Mozart’s Divertimento in F major and Schubert’s melancholy “Rosamunde” Quartet on August 11. In another of the composer’s most famous chamber works, Festival favorite the Emerson String Quartet will perform his “Trout” Quintet with bassist Timothy Cobb and pianist Joyce Yang in her Mostly Mozart debut.
On August 14-15, the Festival orchestra returns with its favorite guest conductor, Osmo Vänskä, to perform Schubert’s finest and final symphony, aptly titled “Great” for its innovative emphasis on melody, in a program that also features the composer’s two greatest influences: Mozart (Symphony No. 32 in G major) and Beethoven (Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor), marking the highly anticipated MM debut of pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.
Schubert’s Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat major is the centerpiece of a “Night Music” performance by pianist David Greilsammer in his Mostly Mozart debut on August 14 with a diverse program that also features works by Mozart, Lachenmann, Couperin, Ligeti, Feldman, and Froberger. The 12-part Schubert study ends with a final Late Night concert on August 24 featuring clarinetist Martin Fröst, pianist Shai Wosner, and the Mostly Mozart debut of soprano Lisette Oropesa in Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock) and Ungarische Melodie (Hungarian Melody) with Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata in F minor and Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 12, 13, and 21.
MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP IN DIDO AND AENEAS
Dido and Aeneas
Mark Morris Dance Group
Mark Morris, choreographer and conductor
Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano
Joshua Jeremiah, baritone (MM debut)
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Clarissa Lyons, soprano (MM debut)
MMDG Music Ensemble
Dido and Aeneas (1989), set to Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
August 22-24, 8pm and August 25, 5pm at Rose Theater
Called the “Mozart of modern dance” by The Washington Post, Mark Morris continues his partnership with Mostly Mozart this summer with his Festival conducting debut leading the MMDG Music Ensemble in Henry Purcell’s tragic opera, Dido and Aeneas. Leading mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe sings the double role of Queen Dido and the Sorceress; baritone Joshua Jeremiah (MM debut) sings the role of Aeneas. Celebrated for its musicality, the Mark Morris Dance Group has made a vital contribution to the Festival beginning in 2002 with Handel’s glorious L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato and followed by the commissioned Mozart Dances featuring the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra under Louis Langrée in 2006.
Written by a 30-year-old Purcell and considered by many the first great English-language opera, Dido and Aeneas follows Virgil’s tale of the Trojan hero’s affair with the Queen of Carthage on his way to founding Rome. It integrates lush movement with classic mythology, leading The Washington Post to declare: “Mark Morris’s Dido and Aeneas…that remarkable rarity: a work of modern art that looks as though it has come down to us through the ages.”
Dido and Aeneas was choreographed and premiered while MMDG was in residency at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels in 1989. Morris originally danced the roles of Dido and the Sorceress himself. Amber Star Merkens will reprise the role at Mostly Mozart this summer.
Mark Morris has created close to 130 dances for the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), and more than two dozen commissions for major ballet and opera companies around the globe. MMDG was formed in 1980 and gave its first performance that year in New York City. The company’s touring schedule steadily expanded to include cities in the U.S. and Europe, and in 1986, it made its first national television program for the PBS series Dance in America. The company returned to the United States in 1991 after a three-year residency in Belgium as one of the world’s leading dance companies, performing across the U.S. and at major international festivals. It has maintained and strengthened its ties to several cities around the world including its homebase in New York City, and most notably its West Coast home, Cal Performances in Berkeley, CA. It appears regularly in Boston, MA; Urbana, IL; Fairfax, VA; Seattle, WA; and at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA. MMDG made its debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival in 2002 and at the Tanglewood Music Festival in 2003 and has since been invited to both Festivals many times. The company’s London seasons have garnered two Olivier Awards.
VISITING CHAMBER ORCHESTRAS AND ENSEMBLES
August 2 and 5: Yannick Nézet-Séguin makes his first return to the Mostly Mozart Festival on August 2 leading the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and violinist Lisa Batiashvilli in an all-Beethoven program featuring the Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61 and the “Eroica” Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat major, Op. 55. On August 5, oboist François Leleux joins the group for Bach’s Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor, BWV 1069 in a second program including Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op.56 (“Scottish”).
August 9: A long-time exponent of period instrument performance, Mostly Mozart Festival 2012 welcomes the return of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under Pablo Heras-Casado in Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 in D major, D.200, Schumann’s Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Op. 92 (“Concertstück”) featuring fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 (“Italian”).
August 13: The Emerson String Quartet, which made its first Festival appearance in 1983 and has performed nearly every year since then, makes its last Mostly Mozart Festival appearance with cellist David Finckel this summer. Joined by Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra principle bass Timothy Cobb and pianist Joyce Yang, in her Mostly Mozart debut, the Alice Tully Hall program features Dvorák’s String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 (“American”), Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A major, D.677 (“Trout”).
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
LATE-NIGHT CONCERTS IN THE KAPLAN PENTHOUSE
This popular, sell-out Mostly Mozart Festival series returns with six engaging, candle-lit concerts at 10:30pm designed for intimate listening in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
• August 8: A major highlight of ICE’s Mostly Mozart residency this summer (and separate from this year’s thematic focus on birdsong) is the world premiere of Patricia Alessandrini’s Homage to Berio. Garrick Ohlsson joins ICE for the special pairing of Berio’s Sequenzas I, II and VIII with Schubert’s Moments musicaux No. 3 in F minor, D.780; No. 4 in C-sharp minor, D.780; and No. 6 in A-flat major, D.780.
• August 9: French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet makes his Mostly Mozart debut at “Night Music,” performing Haydn’s Piano Sonata in C minor, Hob.XVI:20 and Debussy’s Hommage à Haydn; Images, Series 1; and Jeux, before joining the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra the following night.
• August 10: Pianist Shai Wosner in an all-Schubert program.
• August 11: The dynamic, young Ebène Quartet returns to “Night Music” after an acclaimed New York debut two seasons ago, with Mozart’s Divertimento in F major, K.138 and Schubert’s String Quartet in A minor, D.804 (“Rosamunde”).
• August 14: Pianist David Greilsammer makes his Mostly Mozart debut with the U.S. premiere of Matan Porat’s Whaam!, in a diverse program featuring music by Mozart, Couperin, Ligeti, Schubert, Feldman, and Froberger.
• August 24: Soprano Lisette Oropesa makes her Mostly Mozart debut with clarinetist Martin Fröst and pianist Shai Wosner in a program featuring works by Schubert and Brahms.
LECTURES, DISCUSSIONS, AND PRE-CONCERT RECITALS
To enhance the audience’s experience of performances, the Mostly Mozart Festival will once again include pre- and post-concert lectures and discussions and pre-concert recitals throughout the series. These events are free to ticketholders attending the performance. Highlights include:
• As part of Mostly Mozart 2012’s thematic focus on birdsong, John Schaefer will moderate “The Music of Birds” at the Park Avenue Armory on August 12 from 3:30-4:30pm, before a corresponding ICE concert. Andrew Shenton lectures prior to the August 24 performance by the MMFO. NYC Audubon’s Director of Conservation and Science Susan Elbin will introduce Winged Migration on August 11.
• Pre-concert recitals take place one hour prior to the main evening’s performance and this summer include: tenor Toby Spence on August 3-4, fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout on August 9, pianist Joyce Yang on August 13, pianist Rudolf Buchbinder on August 14-15, and pianist Stephen Hough with the New York premiere of his own work, Sonata for Piano (broken branches) on August 21-22.
Additional lectures, discussions, and pre-concert recitals will be announced at a future date.
Since Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée was appointed to the Mostly Mozart Festival in 2002, his tenure has been marked by wide critical acclaim. Highlights of Maestro Langrée’s 2011-2012 season include his appointment as Music Director of Camerata Salzburg, and debuts with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics. Last season, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera with Don Giovanni and La Bohème, and will conduct Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites next spring. Recent conducting engagements include La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, Opéra Comique in Paris, and London Philharmonic; his debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw; and a return to the Aix-en-Provence Festival with soprano Magdalena Kožená. During the 2007 season, Mr. Langrée made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, in addition to return appearances with the Houston and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras and Concerto Köln. Maestro Langrée also debuted with the Mozarteum Orchestra at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival conducting Mozart’s Zaide. As part of Vienna’s 2006 Mozart anniversary celebrations, he conducted Zaide with the Camerata Salzburg directed by Peter Sellars, and a series of performances with the Mark Morris Dance Group.
Louis Langrée was Music Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera for five years and has worked regularly at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has also conducted at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dresden Staatsoper, Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Opéra-Bastille and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. His numerous orchestral engagements include the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He also regularly conducts period-instrument orchestras, among them the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Concerto Köln, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, and Le Concert d’Astrée. Maestro Langrée’s extensive discography includes recordings for Virgin Classics, Universal, and Naïve. His most recent release is Mozart’s C-minor Mass with Le Concert d’Astrée on Virgin Classics.
Jane Moss, Lincoln Center’s Vice President of Programming since 1992, was named Ehrenkranz Artistic Director of Lincoln Center in 2011, a position which includes her role as Artistic Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival. In that capacity, she has initiated and led the transformation and expansion of the Festival into a multidisciplinary, multilayered, and far-reaching exploration of its namesake genius and his influence on succeeding generations. Ms. Moss has also created several major new initiatives at Lincoln Center including the international, multi-genre Lincoln Center Festival, the New Visions series—which links the worlds of the theater and classical music—and Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, which focuses on classic and contemporary expressions of American song. In the fall of 2010 she launched the multidisciplinary White Light Festival, focused on exploring the many dimensions of transcendence and our interior lives as represented by a dynamic, international spectrum of distinctive musical artists. The programming she has introduced and directs represents a continuing contribution to the vitality of New York’s cultural landscape. Ms. Moss also oversees Great Performers, Lincoln Center’s major season-long classical music series; Midsummer Night Swing; and the free Lincoln Center Out of Doors summer series. Ms. Moss has played an important role as an innovator in musical and music-based presentation and is a recipient of the French Order of the Legion of Honor.
Prior to joining Lincoln Center, Ms. Moss worked as an arts consultant, designing and developing projects and programming initiatives for a variety of foundations and arts organizations, including the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the Pew Charitable Trusts. As Executive Director of Meet The Composer, a national organization serving American composers, Ms. Moss created the country’s largest composer commissioning program, as well as a program supporting collaborations between composers and choreographers. In addition, she served as Executive Director of New York’s leading off-Broadway theater company, Playwrights Horizons, and Executive Director of the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York.
ABOUT THE MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL
Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival—America’s first indoor summer music festival—was launched as an experiment in 1966. Called Midsummer Serenades: A Mozart Festival, its first two seasons were devoted exclusively to the music of Mozart. Renamed the Mostly Mozart Festival in 1970, it has become a New York institution and, now in its 46th year, continues to broaden its focus to include works by Mozart’s predecessors, contemporaries, and related successors. In addition to concerts by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Mostly Mozart now includes concerts by visiting period-instrument ensembles, chamber orchestras and ensembles, and acclaimed soloists, as well as staged music presentations, opera productions, dance, film, and visual art.
The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the Mostly Mozart Festival. Over the years, the Orchestra has toured to such notable festivals and venues as Ravinia, Great Woods, Tanglewood, Bunkamura in Tokyo, and the Kennedy Center. Conductors who made their New York debuts leading the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra include Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, and Edo de Waart. Soloists including Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Alicia de Larrocha, Richard Stoltzman, Emanuel Ax, and Garrick Ohlsson have had long associations with the Festival. Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, flutist James Galway, soprano Elly Ameling, and pianist Mitsuko Uchida all made their U.S. debuts at the Mostly Mozart Festival.
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