Classical 105.9 FM WQXR to Celebrate Mostly Mozart with Live Broadcasts and Web Exclusives

Station to Present First Live Video Webcast of Festival on August 8 at www.wqxr.org/q2 

All-Mozart Webstream, Special Performances and Live Broadcasts Offered All Month Long at www.wqxr.org 

(July 25, 2011, New York, NY) – Throughout the month of August, Classical 105.9 FM WQXR will celebrate MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL’s 45th season with an array of interviews, live radio broadcasts and online web exclusives.

On Tuesday, August 2 at 8pm, WQXR – New York’s sole dedicated classical station – will kick off MOSTLY MOZART with WQXR hosts Jeff Spurgeon and Terrance McKnight.  The opening night concert, featuring Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra conducted by Louis Langrée, will be presented from Avery Fisher Hall and complemented by interviews with Langrée, Christian Tetzlaff (Violin), Antoine Tamestit (Viola) and Susanna Phillips (Soprano).  (full broadcast schedule below)

Q2, WQXR’s webstream dedicated to new music, will also take part in the festivities, offering a live video webcast for the first time in MOSTLY MOZART’s history.  On Monday, August 8 at 10:30pm, Q2 will stream a performance by New York’s acclaimed contemporary ensemble ICE, available at www.wqxr.org/q2.

WQXR.org will contribute to the celebration with a month-long, all-Mozart webstream.  From August 2 through August 31, the 24-hour stream will present all-Mozart programming, from his most beloved works to lesser known gems.  The website will also feature additional MOSTLY MOZART concert recordings, not broadcast on-air, along with WQXR Café Concert performance videos of and interviews with festival artists. 

MOSTLY MOZART concerts detailed below will be presented live on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR and online at www.wqxr.org.

SCHEDULE OF CONCERT BROADCASTS:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 at 8:00pm
Hosted by Jeff Spurgeon and Terrance McKnight
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Louis Langrée, Conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, Violin
Antoine Tamestit, Viola (Mostly Mozart debut)
Susanna Phillips, Soprano

ALL-MOZART PROGRAM
Overture to Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 (1786)
Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for violin and viola, K.364 (1779–80)
Crudele?…Non mi dir, bell’idol mio, from Don Giovanni, K.527 (1787)
Bella mia fiamma…Resta, o cara, K.528 (1787)
Symphony No. 36 in C major, K.425 (“Linz”) (1783) 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 at 7:30pm
Hosted by David Garland and Nadia Sirota
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Matthias Pintscher, Conductor (Mostly Mozart debut)
Mozart (arr. Sciarrino), Adagio K. 356
Pintscher, Occultation
Schoenberg, Kammersymphonie No. 1, Op.9
Mozart, Serenade for winds in B-flat major K. 361 ("Gran Partita")

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 at 8:00pm
Hosted by Kent Tritle and Naomi Lewin
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra 
Louis Langrée, Conductor
Julia Lezhneva, Soprano (U.S. debut)
Kelley O’Connor, Mezzo-Soprano
Joseph Kaiser, Tenor (Mostly Mozart debut)
Morris Robinson, Bass
Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, Director
Stravinsky, In memoriam Dylan Thomas
Schubert, Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D.759 (“Unfinished”)
Mozart, Requiem, K.626


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Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival—America’s first indoor summer music festival—was launched as an experiment in 1966.  Called Midsummer Serenades: A Mozart Festival, its first two seasons were devoted exclusively to the music of Mozart.  Renamed the Mostly Mozart Festival in 1970, it has become a New York institution and, now in its 45th year, continues to broaden its focus to include works by Mozart’s predecessors, contemporaries, and related successors.  In addition to concerts by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Mostly Mozart now includes concerts by visiting period-instrument ensembles, chamber orchestras and ensembles, and acclaimed soloists, as well as staged music presentations, opera productions, dance, film, and visual art.