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SummerArts: Classical Music

Mostly Mozart Festival (New York, NY)

Various venues, Lincoln Center complex
New York, NY

(August) With top-flight performances and close attention paid to music scholarship, Mostly Mozart is the premier New York City summer festival. Amidst performances by artists like conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, choreographer Mark Morris, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Takács Quartet, and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, there is the resident Festival Orchestra—led by Louis Langrée.

Begun in 1966, this versatile August festival at Lincoln Center is broad in scope—with orchestral concerts, chamber music recitals, operas, dance performances, films, and more. The content always revolves around the tremendous works and influence of Mozart, but with additional programmatic focus on such composers as Beethoven, Stravinsky, and John Adams.

Mostly Mozart Festival Information

  • Venues: Avery Fisher Hall (10 Lincoln Center Plaza); Rose Theater (Time Warner Center, 33 West 60th Street, 5th Floor); Alice Tully Hall (Starr Theater, 1941 Broadway – 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam); Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor); Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street)
  • Public Transportation: Excellent (convenient to subway lines 1 at 66th Street/Lincoln Center; A, B, C, and D, at 59th Street/Columbus Circle; and buses M5, M7, M10, M11, M66, and M104)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: About 34 events, including six A Little Night Music concerts
  • Ticket Prices: Depending on the event, prices range from $35 – $100
  • Subscriptions: Pick-3 at Avery Fisher Hall (20% savings); Pick-4 at Avery Fisher Hall (30% savings); Mix and Match three or more events
  • Membership Levels: Friend ($75-$149); Dear Friend ($150-$349); Good Friend ($350-$749); Close Friend ($750-$1,499); Loyal Friend ($1,500-$4,999); Best Friend ($5,000+). Depending on the level, benefits include discounts, rehearsal invitations, program recognition, reserved seating, advance purchasing privileges, and more.