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Diverse Programming Livens Lincoln Center’s Summer Festivals

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Updated: 26 July 2016
The Lincoln Center Festival, Mostly Mozart, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors do more than fill the void before the September season’s opening nights at the complex’s multiple venues. These festivals explore and confirm that when the traditional meets the contemporary, it attracts more diverse audiences. Here are a few highlights from this summer’s festival presentations, along with a preview of the Metropolitan Opera’s late-August Summer HD Festival.

Sō Percussion: Trilogy

Part of the Lincoln Center Festival, the acclaimed Sō Percussion ensemble gives three programs of their own reflecting the richness of the percussion repertory following their participation in the Festival’s tribute to Steve Reich. Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting’s first program is a ‘101’ of Reich and David Lang. Their second night’s theme is the possibility of metallic sound, which is as heavy in new classical music as it is in classic heavy metal. The final concert celebrates the combination of instruments and objects exemplified by John Cage. Sō Percussion plays July 28th through the 30th at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. For tickets and information, click here. The complete Lincoln Center Festival can be found here.

So Percussion | © Janette Beckman
So Percussion | © Janette Beckman

Mostly Mozart: David Lang’s the public domain

Mostly Mozart’s 50th anniversary season includes concerts led by the festival’s Music Director, Louis Langrée, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and staged concert performances of Mozart’s operas Così fan tutte and Idomeneo. On August 13th, the music will be outside, new, and free, when Pulitzer Prize-winner and co-founder of Bang on a Can David Lang will premiere the public domain. Co-presented by Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the choral work is for 1,000 volunteer vocalists. After rehearsing throughout the city, the singers under the direction of the London Symphony’s Orchestra Choral Director Simon Halsey (who returns with the LSO for Verdi’s Requiem in October), will join exploring ‘the theme of the collective knowledge shared amongst us all.’ the public domain takes place on Saturday, August 13th at 5pm with a rain date of Sunday, August 14th. The complete Mostly Mozart Festival schedule can be found here.

David Lang, composer | © Peter Serling
David Lang, composer | © Peter Serling

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed

On Saturday, July 30th, the entire Lincoln Center campus will celebrate Lou Reed – a true musician, artist, writer, and culture enthusiast. While the locale may seen incongruous with Reed’s iconic downtown style, his legacy knows no bounds. Friends, colleagues, and admirers will join his widow, Laurie Anderson, for music, readings, film screenings, and Tai Chi. Click here for the full schedule of The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed. The complete Lincoln Center Out of Doors schedule can be found here.

Lou Reed (5900407225) | © Man Alive!/WikiCommons
Lou Reed (5900407225) | © Man Alive!/WikiCommons
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The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival

While the Met does not have summer programming beyond the American Ballet Theatre, they do offer free outdoor screenings highlighting their Live in HD transmissions. The weeklong series begins on Friday, August 26th with the Academy-Award winning Amadeus, a lead-in to Le Nozze Di Figaro the following evening. Richard Eyre’s production, which opened the 2014 season, transfers the opera from the 19th century to early 20th century Spain without any indication that a Civil War was taking place. Regardless, it provides a chance to hear James Levine conduct a Mozart opera he has a long associated with. Verdi’s Il Trovatore will go live on Sunday, August 28th. The acclaimed, popular soprano Anna Netrebko is the doomed Leonora loved by two sworn enemies, but the star of this performance is Dmitri Hvorostovsky. The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival runs from August 26th through September 5th.

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Figaro: Amanda Majeski as Countess Almaviva, Marlis Petersen as Susanna, Ildar Abdrazakov as Figaro, and Peter Mattei as Count Almaviva in Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro." | © Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Figaro: Amanda Majeski as Countess Almaviva, Marlis Petersen as Susanna, Ildar Abdrazakov as Figaro, and Peter Mattei as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro.’ | © Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera