The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Where did the Mostly Mozart Festival go on PBS? | August 15, 2016

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.

Mostly Mozart Festival logo

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.

louis langree

This year’s offerings are no different. Check out the schedule at the festival’s website:

http://mostlymozart.org

Is it The Ear’s imagination that the Mostly Mozart Festival has disappeared from the airwaves?

Why?

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.

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3 Comments »

  1. Note: the first link above also has Mozart’s Symphony #1, and lots of fascinating information about the Mostly Mozart Festival including how informal and intimate a setting it was intended to be, and how it sold cheap tickets to attract crowds (all programs sold out 50 years ago).

    WQXR’s Terrance McKnight hosts the program which is about 1 hour 38 minutes long (audio only).

    Comment by fflambeau — August 15, 2016 @ 2:27 am

  2. The classical music station WQXR (also online) in NYC has archived performances from the Mostly Mozart Festival.

    Here, for instance, is a link to Richard Goode, piano, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto #12 from this year’s festival. It also includes a performance of Mozart’s Symphony #41 and an interview with Goode:

    http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/listen-live-richard-goode-and-jupiter-symphony/

    Actually, I prefer the archived broadcasts anyway because they are available at one’s leisure and are not dependent on a television schedule.

    “It (the same performance) will also be captured for a future Live From Lincoln Center broadcast on PBS, broadcast to be announced separately.” says this web site. http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Take-in-Lincoln-Centers-2016-Mostly-Mozart-Festival-with-Radio-Broadcast-Video-Livestreams-20160714

    Comment by fflambeau — August 15, 2016 @ 2:15 am

    • Note: the first link above also has Mozart’s Symphony #1, and lots of fascinating information about the Mostly Mozart Festival including how informal and intimate a setting it was intended to be, and how it sold cheap tickets to attract crowds (all programs sold out 50 years ago!). Good interviews and comments by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight. Recorded live from Lincoln Center.

      The archived audio program (only) is 1 hour and 38 minutes long. Very good performances, interviews and playing.

      Comment by fflambeau — August 15, 2016 @ 2:23 am


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