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

6:00 pm
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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
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David Rubenstein Atrium

Join members of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra for a lively discussion followed by a performance.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Free preview concert

7:30 pm
Free Event
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
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July 26 at 7:30 pm
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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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International Contemporary Ensemble: Free Micro-Concert
ICE and students from P.S. 316 perform music by Jeff Snyder

1:00 pm
Free Event
Hearst Plaza

ICE and students from P.S. 316 perform music by Jeff Snyder.

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International Contemporary Ensemble: Free Micro-Concert
ICE performs music by Okkyung Lee, Tyshawn Sorey, and Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi

6:30 pm
Free Event
Hearst Plaza

ICE performs music by Okkyung Lee, Tyshawn Sorey, and Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Bach and Mozart

July 28 at 7:30 pm
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July 29 at 7:30 pm
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July 30 at 7:30 pm
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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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International Contemporary Ensemble: Free Micro-Concert
Cellist Katinka Kleijn performs music by Monte Weber

6:30 pm
Free Event
Hearst Plaza

Cellist Katinka Kleijn performs music by Monte Weber.

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Emerson String Quartet and Emanuel Ax, piano

7:30 pm
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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
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Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

The beloved Emersons and Emanuel Ax 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
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August 3 at 7:30 pm
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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
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Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Known for poetic displays of “pianistic depth” (Guardian, U.K.), Paul Lewis’s late-night recitals have become Mostly Mozart legends.

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International Contemporary Ensemble: Free Micro-Concert
Composer Nathan Davis performs a world premiere

1:00 pm
Free Event
Hearst Plaza

Composer Nathan Davis performs a new work for dulcimer.

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International Contemporary Ensemble: Free Micro-Concert
Tenor Peter Tantsits performs music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Gerald Barry

6:30 pm
Free Event
Hearst Plaza

Tenor Peter Tantsits performs music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Gerald Barry.

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International Contemporary Ensemble: Free Micro-Concert
Young Composers Concert 2

1:00 pm
Free Event
Hearst Plaza

ICE performs music by young composers.

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International Contemporary Ensemble: Free Micro-Concert
ICE performs music by Ashley Fure

6:30 pm
Free Event
Hearst Plaza

Pianist Jacob Greenberg performs music by Amy Williams and Alex Freeman.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Clarinet Concerto

August 5 at 7:30 pm
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August 6 at 7:30 pm
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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
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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
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Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

With “a virtuosity and a musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinetist” (New York Times), Martin Fröst delights in dances at this after-hours performance.


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Panel Discussion: Mozart’s Operatic Poets

3:00 pm
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Scholars and experts explore Mozart’s collaborations with his librettists.

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International Contemporary Ensemble: Free Micro-Concert
Young Composers Concert 3

6:30 pm
Hearst Plaza

ICE performs music by Natacha Diels, Wojtek Blecharz, and young composers.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Jupiter Symphony

August 9 at 7:30 pm
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August 10 at 7:30 pm
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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
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August 13 at 7:30 pm
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David Geffen Hall

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

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the public domain

5:00

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
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Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

A time-traveling musical tale from a “player of uncommon sensitivity” (New Yorker).

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Così fan tutte

7:30 pm
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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
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August 17 at 7:30 pm
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David Geffen Hall

Superstar violinist Joshua Bell brings his “impeccable fiddling” (Gramophone) to 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
Free Event
David Rubenstein Atrium

The city’s most imaginative, arts-focused trivia night.

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Idomeneo

7:30 pm
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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 Requiem

August 19 at 7:30 pm
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August 20 at 7:30 pm
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David Geffen Hall

An ecstatic evening reaches full force with two choral masterworks.

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Seven Responses
Part 1

3:00 pm
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Merkin Concert Hall

Musical responses to Buxtehude’s choral meditation Membra Jesu Nostri from David T. Little, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Hans Thomalla, and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.

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Seven Responses
Part 2

7:00 pm
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Merkin Concert Hall

Musical responses to Buxtehude’s choral meditation Membra Jesu Nostri from Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Santa Ratniece, and Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis Spratlan.

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International Contemporary Ensemble
Improvisations
A Little Night Music

10:00 pm
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Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Master improvisers Cory Smythe and Craig Taborn anchor a genre-surfing program bridging the worlds of classic and modern jazz.

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International Contemporary Ensemble: Five Premiere Concertos

7:30 pm
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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
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August 25 at 7:30 pm
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August 26 at 7:30 pm
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August 27 at 7:30 pm
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David H. Koch Theater

A not-to-be-missed revival of “one of Mr. Morris’s grandest achievements” (New York Times).

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

10:00 pm
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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
Free Event

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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

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

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Emanuel Ax’s Listening Party

6:00 pm
Free Event
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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