Louis Langrée Renews For More Mostly Mozart

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Louis Langrée, the music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center since 2002, has renewed his contract through 2017, at which point he'll mark his 15th season at the summer event.

The renewal comes as the Paris-based Langrée is expanding his stateside presence: he started last November as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Langrée is also chief conductor of the Camerata Salzburg in Austria.

Last week, Lincoln Center president Jed Bernstein signaled his support for Langrée by posting a selfie with the maestro and other musicians on Twitter.

Rochester Philharmonic Names New Music Director

Langrée's appointment came as ink on another conductor's contract was barely dry. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra said Tuesday morning that it has named 31-year-old Ward Stare to be its new music director.

Stare, a Rochester-area native, played trombone in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at age 11 and went on to study at the Juilliard School. His four-year appointment comes after an 18-month search following the firing of Arild Remmereit. Stare’s appointment is effective September 1.

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Rosanna from NYC

Bravo, Louis Langr'ee!!!!! I have a great memory of him responding to a huge ovation at the conclusion of Beethoven's Mass in C (during Mostly Mozart) by pointing humbly to the score. So glad he will continue to conduct in NYC ...

Aug. 01 2014 08:00 PM
Ninbus from Upper West Side

I had the pleasure of attending the annual FREE concert given by M. Langree and the MM orchestra this past Saturday evening.

After a most pleasurable wait on line for the tickets (from 7:00a until 10:00a), we were rewarded with an absolutely scintillating performance.

Thanks to the organizers who made the festival accessible to enthusiastic - but impecunious - New York Mozart (and Berlioz) fans!!

Jul. 30 2014 09:09 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

To quote the late newscaster Gabriel Heatter, although in an unrelated context, "Ah, there's good news tonight." Mr Langre'e's programs and musicianship are educational and entertaining, as witness the opening night concert of 2005, "A Concert at Mozart's House". He played the "Haffner" Symphony as it would have been performed then, with movements interspersed with a aria from "Semele", a symphony by Johann Christian Bach and more.

Jul. 30 2014 08:53 AM

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