By Jacob Stockinger
The Ear keeps reading The New York Times and finding features about and laudatory reviews of the 50th Mostly Mozart Festival that is being held at Lincoln Center in New York City from July 22 through August 27.
But he doesn’t recall seeing or hearing anything on PBS, or public television – even in a delayed broadcast.
Time was, it seems, that the gala opening concert was broadcast during prime time on either “Live From Lincoln Center” or “Great Performances.”
But for several years now it seems that it is no longer broadcast.
And The Ear misses it. They were almost always good concerts with memorable music, memorable performers and memorable performances. (You can get an idea from the YouTube video at the bottom.)
And music director Louis Langree (below) has instituted some great innovations, including new music, more music by other composers, and smaller alternative venues and programs.
This year’s offerings are no different. Check out the schedule at the festival’s website:
Is it The Ear’s imagination that the Mostly Mozart Festival has disappeared from the airwaves?
To be more mainstream?
To make room for more British mysteries or other more popular shows?
That would be a shame for the alternative broadcast company.
Does anybody else feel the same way?
Has The Ear just missed the broadcasts?
Or have they really been suspended or ended?
If so, does the credit go to PBS? Or to Wisconsin Public Television?
The Ear sure would appreciate getting some answers.
And seeing and hearing more of Mostly Mozart.