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“Indisputably the most musical choreographer alive” (New York Times), Mark Morris illuminates music by Monteverdi, Brahms, and Schubert with his kinetic, witty, poetic dancemaking. The program opens with two dances that reveal the intricacies of romantic love—1989’s buoyant Love Song Waltzes set to Brahms’s Liebeslieder-Walzer for voice and piano four hands, and 1996’s I Don’t Want to Love, a revelatory exploration of some of Monteverdi’s most lovelorn madrigals. The performance culminates with a highly anticipated world premiere that brings new life and lift to Schubert’s enchanting chamber-music masterpiece, the “Trout” Quintet.
“Works that are among the peaks of American dance (and thus world dance) and that have taken dance expression where it has not been before.”– New York Times
“The most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical.”– New York Times
“Morris’ patterns have the power to make you hear the music the way he wants you to, and that is never predictable.”– Los Angeles Times
Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Mark Morris Dance Group
Mark Morris, choreographer
I Don’t Want to Love
Jolle Greenleaf, Brian Giebler, James Kennerley, Thomas Meglioranza, vocalists
Colin Fowler, harpsichord
Hank Heijink, theorbo
Daniel Swenberg, lute/guitar
John Moran, cello
Love Song Waltzes
Jennifer Zetlan, Luthien Brackett, Thomas Cooley, Thomas Meglioranza, vocalists
Colin Fowler, Amir Farid, piano
The Trout (World premiere)
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major (“Trout”)
Inon Barnatan, piano
Ariel Quartet (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)
Timothy Cobb, bass
Performance length: One hour and 50 minutes, including intermission
The 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of Mark Morris Dance Group is made possible in part by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.
Endowment support for the Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of Mark Morris Dance Group is provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.