About Mostly Mozart Festival

Jane Moss

As you can see, the Mostly Mozart Festival looks different this year. Building on the core artistry of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra under the leadership of Louis Langrée, we have expanded to embrace acclaimed international productions of dance, theater, and music, as well as an enhanced focus on the music of our own time. We have also diversified geographically to include presentations in Brooklyn and the iconic Central Park, demonstrating our commitment to a festival strongly rooted in and reflective of the unique community that is New York City.

The festival has always been a celebration of Mozart's creative legacy of beauty, openness, and innovation, so it is fitting that we open our season with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company's Available Light, a confluence of dance, architecture, and music co-created by choreographer Lucinda Childs, composer John Adams, and architect Frank Gehry. 

Several productions offer inventive interpretations of classic works. Haydn's Creation receives a vivid refacing from Catalan theater company La Fura dels Baus, brilliantly juxtaposed with a historically informed performance led by French maestra Laurence Equilbey. Shakespeare is transposed to feudal Japan in a stunning revival of Yukio Ninagawa's Macbeth. The Mark Morris Dance Group presents a world premiere set to Schubert's "Trout" Quintet, and rising bass-baritone Davóne Tines plays the Celebrant in a bold new staging of Bernstein's MASS.

The spirit of innovation is also represented in the world premiere of In the Name of the Earth, a large-scale choral work by composer John Luther Adams that will bring hundreds of people and performers together in Central Park. The International Contemporary Ensemble returns with three programs including the immersive work The Force of Things by Ashley Fure and Adam Fure, which will be performed in Brooklyn in a festival first.

A central inspiration of the summer remains Mozart's music, as revealed in programs by the Emerson String Quartet and our phenomenal Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, including a transcendent performance of the Requiem led by Louis Langrée. Esteemed guest artists include conductors Thomas Dausgaard, Richard Egarr, and Christian Zacharias; pianists Emanuel Ax, Francesco Piemontesi, and Stephen Hough; violinist Joshua Bell; and many others. We also welcome several new faces to the MMF family including sopranos Jodie Devos and Rosa Feola, and 16-year-old violinist Daniel Lozakovich. Rounding out the festival is our popular A Little Night Music recital series, film, free events, pre-concert recitals, and talks.

With so much to experience, I hope that you will join us as we enter an exciting new era for a beloved New York City summer landmark.


Jane Moss

Ehrenkranz Artistic Director

Thanks to Our Supporters

Lead Sponsor

American Express

The Mostly Mozart Festival 2018 is made possible by:

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Ford Foundation
Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser
The Shubert Foundation
LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust
The Howard Gilman Foundation
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.
The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc.
Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
J.C.C. Fund, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal U.S.A., Inc
Great Performers Circle
Chairman’s Council
Friends of Mostly Mozart
Friends of Lincoln Center

Endowment support is provided by:

Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance

Public support is provided by:

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Lincoln Center Officials

Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center
NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center
“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Bubly
Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and Zabars.com