Mostly Mozart Festival 2017

This summer, July 25-August 20, the Mostly Mozart Festival, marking its 51st season, returns to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, for four weeks of stage works, concerts, and special programs.  Highlights include Mozart’s Don Giovanni, in a semi-staged production by the Budapest Festival Orchestra, led by Iván Fischer, with Christopher Maltman in the title role.  The festival’s esteemed music director Louis Langrée conducts the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in four programs, including opening concerts that feature Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 (“Haffner”) and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, with pianist Kit Armstrong, making his festival debut (July 25-26), as well as repertoire of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev on a bill with Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G minor (August 18,19).  Guest conductors Edward Gardner and Gianandrea Noseda appear in programs that showcase the music of Schubert, a festival focus.  In addition, sacred choral works by 17th-century French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier are performed by one of today’s leading period ensembles, Les Arts Florissants, led by Paul Agnew.