On August 1, 1966 a new summer series was inaugurated at the still recently-unveiled Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Titled “Midsummer Serenades—A Mozart Festival,” it was the FIRST indoor summer music festival in the United States thanks to the air conditioning in what was then called Philharmonic Hall, now Avery Fisher Hall. The series was an instant hit and plans were immediately drawn to make these concerts an annual event. Early on, the title morphed into “Mostly Mozart” and the concerts have served as the model for “Mostly Mozart” concerts the world over. They have long since become a New York summertime tradition.
Also now a long and enduring tradition is the annual inclusion of a “Mostly Mozart” concert in our Live From Lincoln Center schedule. The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra will play under its Music Director, Louis Langrée, and the soloist will be the remarkable violinist, Joshua Bell, who will play the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor as well as two short works by Mozart for violin and orchestra.