Lincoln Center Extends Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée’s Contract Through 2023, Marking His Twenty-first Season in the Position
2019 Festival Orchestra Performances Begin Tomorrow Night With the Komische Oper Berlin’s Production of The Magic Flute Directed by Suzanne Andrade and Barrie Kosky
Festival Orchestra’s Summer Concerts Feature guest conductors Andrew Manze and Gianandrea Noseda; violin soloists Joshua Bell, Vilde Frang, and Pekka Kuusisto; pianists Martin Helmchen, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and Steven Osborne.
NEW YORK – (July 16, 2019) On the eve of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra's (MMFO) opening performances at the 2019 Mostly Mozart Festival, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director Jane Moss has announced that Lincoln Center has extended the contract of Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée through the summer of 2023. Langrée has held the position since 2003, fostering the Festival Orchestra's profile as an established ensemble and steadfast presence on the Lincoln Center campus, furthering its scope of repertoire beyond music of the classical era, and heightening its reputation as one of America’s premier chamber orchestras. Langrée made his Mostly Mozart Festival debut in 1998 and began his tenure as music director in 2003. 2023 will be his twenty-first season in the role. American Express is the lead sponsor of the Mostly Mozart Festival.
“Mostly Mozart has evolved in recent decades from presenting exclusively Mozart-themed concerts into an international multi-disciplinary arts festival featuring new work and acclaimed productions across all genres,” said Jane Moss. “The musical heart of the festival, though, remains the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Louis Langrée is beloved and respected by the orchestra’s musicians as well as our audiences—not only for the extraordinary musicianship, intellect, and creativity he brings to the podium, but also for his charm and his generosity of spirit. Louis has been the perfect musical partner, crafting ingenious programs inspired and infused with the essence of Mozart. We are so pleased that he has agreed to extend his contract through the 2023 season, and we look forward to many more musical adventures together.”
This summer marks Langrée’s 17th year as the Festival’s music director, and over the course of his tenure, he has guided the MMFO’s ascent to ever-higher artistic levels, expanding the scope of repertoire well beyond the classical period from Jean-Baptiste Lully to Magnus Lindberg, incorporating early works from the Baroque, and delving into the 20th and 21st centuries.
“I feel incredibly humbled, proud, and grateful to be the music director at this exceptional Festival, and I am thrilled to extend my commitment to the orchestra, to Jane Moss, and to Lincoln Center,” said Louis Langrée. “There is a special intuitiveness, camaraderie, and intimacy with this orchestra that develops over time as we continuously cultivate our own unique identity as an ensemble. Our musicians come from major symphony, ballet, and opera orchestras from all over the country as well as from chamber music and even from Broadway, so each has a different perspective to bring. After spending the regular season with their ‘home’ orchestras, it is always a special moment when we first meet again to build on the music we have made in previous summers.”
The MMFO’s first appearance at the 2019 Mostly Mozart Festival is as part of the Barrie Kosky and Berlin Komische Oper production of The Magic Flute at the David H. Koch Theater. The orchestra then moves back to its David Geffen Hall home, welcoming an array of acclaimed soloists and guest conductors for six pairs of concerts. Among them are returning artists and longtime friends of the festival including Joshua Bell, Martin Helmchen, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Andrew Manze, Gianandrea Noseda, and Steven Osborne. Making their Mostly Mozart Festival debuts are Vilde Frang, Pekka Kuusisto, and Knut Erik Sundquist. Langrée and members of the orchestra will also venture beyond the Lincoln Center campus for a special performance of Mozart’s Gran Partita in St. Paul’s Chapel at Trinity Church, Wall Street. All MMFO concerts at David Geffen Hall are complemented by pre-concert performances, several of which are thematically paired or are connected by artists.
Programs this summer run the gamut from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons to Alfred Schnittke’s Moz-Art à la Haydn, with music of Haydn, Shostakovich, Bartók, and others, as well as, of course, a healthy dose of Mozart. Langrée is well-regarded for the ingenuity and care with which he curates programs, and special highlights this summer include the continuation of his four-summer exploration of the Brahms symphonies as well as full evenings with inter-connected programming. As an example, on July 30, a tribute to Clara Schumann begins with a pre-concert recital of her music paired with that of her husband; a Mozart piano concerto to be performed by Martin Helmchen as soloist with the Festival Orchestra features Clara Schumann’s cadenza; the Brahms Symphony No. 3 (one of her favorite works); and, a late night soirée with soprano Susanna Phillips and pianist Myra Huang matches Clara Schumann’s work with her contemporaries Alma Mahler and Fanny (Mendelssohn) Hensel.
Langrée—who made his Lincoln Center and New York debuts conducting the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra on August 4 and 5, 1998 with soloists Joshua Bell and Leif Ove Andsnes—will have conducted 167 performances with the MMFO by the end of this summer. He is a regular presence on campus and has taught master classes at The Juilliard School and in 2016, brought his Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to perform an all-Tchaikovsky program on the Great Performers series. He has conducted more than 50 performances at the Metropolitan Opera House beginning with Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride in 2007 and including productions of Don Giovanni, La bohème, Hamlet, Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Carmen. In March 2020, he will make his New York Philharmonic debut conducting a program of Debussy, Ravel, and Scriabin.
In addition to his MMFO post, Louis Langrée has been the Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2013 and has an active international presence, having conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Festival, Sao Paulo, and NHK Symphony orchestras. He has also conducted at La Scala, the Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra Bastille, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dresden Staatsoper, and the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. Langrée is committed to presenting the music of our time, and he and the Cincinnati Symphony have commissioned 38 new works in his tenure there, including works by Julia Adolphe, Daníel Bjarnason, David Lang, and Caroline Shaw.