Welcome to another very special Mostly Mozart Festival. This annual exploration of our namesake composer’s genius promises to chase away the memory of a long, cold winter.
I hope you will join me in experiencing wonderful musical artistry in the casual atmosphere of our festival. Under the inspired baton of Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra continues to be the pulse of each summer season. Exciting guest conductors lead the orchestra as well: favorite Andrew Manze, sharing the podium with Joshua Bell; Edward Gardner, who also conducts the Academy of Ancient Music; and Cornelius Meister and Cristian Măcelaru, making their festival debuts. Virtuosic soloists including Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Sol Gabetta, and Lars Vogt appear with the Festival Orchestra, and performances by the Emerson String Quartet and the International Contemporary Ensemble, our returning artists-in-residence, add to the myriad offerings.
This year’s festival also features a landmark operatic event: the U.S. stage premiere of George Benjamin’s acclaimed opera Written on Skin, widely considered a modern masterpiece. The Mostly Mozart Festival composer-in-residence, Mr. Benjamin’s powerful tale of submission and desire comes to our stage for just three performances. This unique and moving experience is not to be missed, along with other Benjamin works throughout the summer.
Nine Little Night Music performances extend the festivities into the evening, and our many pre-concert recitals, artist discussions, film, and engaging lectures round out the 49th festival. With so much to choose from, this summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival truly has something for everyone. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Ehrenkranz Artistic Director