“Mark Morris’s new staging of Handel’s ‘Acis and Galatea’ will have its New York premiere this summer as part of the 48th Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center,” writes Michael Cooper in Wednesday’s (4/9) New York Times. The work, described as a “fully staged opera ballet,” uses Mozart’s arrangement and “will feature the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, conducted by Nicholas McGegan…. There will be unadulterated Mozart as well at the festival: a pair of concerts will feature Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, played by Richard Goode, along with the ‘Jupiter’ Symphony. The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra will give 17 concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, with 9 led by its music director, Louis Langrée—including, for the first time at the festival, a performance of Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie fantastique.’ Artists appearing at the festival for the first time will include the pianist Yuja Wang, the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and the bass Ildar Abdrazakov. The festival, which will run from July 25 through Aug. 23, will begin with two free outdoor concerts of a new work by John Luther Adams called ‘Sila: The Breath of the World.’ ”

Posted April 9, 2014