Emanuel Ax’s Listening Party

6:00 pm Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Get to know one of the music world’s most thoughtful and admired artists through the recordings he loves.

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Film: In Search of Mozart
Filmed and directed by Phil Grabsky

6:00 pm David Rubenstein Atrium

This acclaimed documentary reconstructs the composer’s life through interviews and performances with more than 70 leading Mozart interpreters.

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Meet the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Free discussion and performance

6:00 pm David Rubenstein Atrium

Get ready for the season with this lively discussion and performance.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Free preview concert

7:30 pm Damrosch Park

The 50th anniversary kicks off with violin sensation Simone Porter and Mozart’s unparalleled “Jupiter” Symphony.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
The Illuminated Heart
Selections from Mozart’s Operas

July 25 at 8:00 pm
July 26 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

Visionary director Netia Jones and a luminous cast transform Mozart’s most beloved arias and ensembles into an enchanting operatic fantasy.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Bach and Mozart

July 28 at 7:30 pm
July 29 at 7:30 pm
July 30 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, conductor Louis Langrée, and the Festival Orchestra illuminate the genius of Bach and Mozart.

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Emerson String Quartet and Emanuel Ax, piano

7:30 pm Alice Tully Hall

The beloved Emersons join with pianist Emanuel Ax for an unprecedented joint appearance at Mostly Mozart.

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Emerson String Quartet and Emanuel Ax, piano
A Little Night Music

10:00 pm Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Five cherished artists share an intimate late-night program of Schubert, Mozart, and Beethoven.


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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Mozart’s 40th Symphony

August 2 at 7:30 pm
August 3 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

An explosive evening of Haydn and Mozart with conducting sensation Andrés Orozco-Estrada in his New York debut and pianist Martin Helmchen.

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Paul Lewis, piano
A Little Night Music

10:00 pm Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Known for poetic playing, Paul Lewis’s late-night recitals have become Mostly Mozart legends.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Clarinet Concerto

August 5 at 7:30 pm
August 6 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

Peerless clarinetist Martin Fröst plays Mozart’s ravishing Clarinet Concerto, and Paavo Järvi conducts Beethoven’s radiant Fourth Symphony.

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Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
A Little Night Music

10:00 pm Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

In his festival debut, the charismatic harpsichord champion brings his revelatory vision to music by and inspired by Bach.

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Martin Fröst, clarinet
Roland Pöntinen, piano
A Little Night Music

10:00 pm Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Agile and virtuosic, clarinetist Martin Fröst delights in dances at this after-hours performance.


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Panel Discussion: Mozart and Opera

3:00 pm Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

In this free discussion, scholars and experts exchange ideas about what makes Mozart’s operas so appealing.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Jupiter Symphony

August 9 at 7:30 pm
August 10 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

Renowned Mozartean Richard Goode performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, then Louis Langrée leads the “Jupiter” symphony.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Mozart at the Keyboard

August 12 at 7:30 pm
August 13 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

Esteemed Mozart interpreter Jeffrey Kahane leads a piano-packed evening.

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the public domain

5:00 Lincoln Center

One thousand volunteer singers will lend their voices to this epic world premiere by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang.

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Inon Barnatan, piano
A Little Night Music

10:00 pm Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

A time-traveling musical tale from an uncommonly sensitive performer.

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Così fan tutte

7:30 pm Alice Tully Hall

Louis Langrée leads a staged concert of Mozart’s fiancée-swapping farce with a spirited cast and the peerless Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Joshua Bell Plays Mozart

August 16 at 7:30 pm
August 17 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

Superstar violinist Joshua Bell performs Mozart’s spellbinding Violin Concerto No. 4.

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A New York Public Library/Mostly Mozart Trivia Concert
Hosted by the International Contemporary Ensemble

9:00 pm David Rubenstein Atrium

An interactive evening of live music, prizes, and a trivia competition based on the library’s vast collection.

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Idomeneo

7:30 pm Alice Tully Hall

Tenor Jeremy Ovenden is the titular king torn between love and sacrifice in this staged concert of Mozart’s masterpiece.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
C-minor Mass and the Requiem

August 19 at 7:30 pm
August 20 at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

An ecstatic evening reaches full force with two choral masterworks.

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Seven Responses
Part 1

3:00 pm Merkin Concert Hall

Composers David T. Little, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Caroline Shaw, and Hans Thomalla respond to a choral meditation by Buxtehude.

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Seven Responses
Part 2

7:00 pm Merkin Concert Hall

Composers Lewis Spratlan, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, and Santa Ratniece respond to a choral meditation by Buxtehude in this second of two parts.

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International Contemporary Ensemble
Cory Smythe, Craig Taborn, and Peter Evans
A Little Night Music

10:00 pm Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

A jazz-infused evening of improvisation and new works.

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International Contemporary Ensemble: Five Concertos

7:30 pm Merkin Concert Hall

Five concerto premieres tailor-made to highlight ICE’s exceptional soloists.

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Mark Morris Dance Group: Mozart Dances

August 24 at 7:30 pm
August 25 at 7:30 pm
August 26 at 7:30 pm
August 27 at 7:30 pm

David H. Koch Theater

A not-to-be-missed revival of one of choreographer Mark Morris’s grandest achievements.

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International Contemporary Ensemble
Josephine Baker: A Personal Portrait
A Little Night Music

10:00 pm Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

The iconic singer’s artistic and activist legacy lives on in this 21st-century creation starring soprano Julia Bullock.

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Shakespeare vs. Mozart
A Library Debate

7:00 pm Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Who is the greater genius, Shakespeare or Mozart? The experts face off.

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Exhibition: Mozart Forever
Fifty Years of the Mostly Mozart Festival

Open during library hours New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

A special exhibition celebrating the festival’s history and place in the New York cultural landscape.

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