Mostly Mozart Goes Virtual

Lincoln Center and WQXR, New York City’s classical music station, have announced a partnership to bring the annual Mostly Mozart Festival to radio airwaves beginning Monday, August 10 through Sunday, August 16.

“Mostly Mozart Festival on WQXR” will reimagine Lincoln Center’s iconic summer series – cancelled for the first time since its founding in 1966 due to COVID-19 – as a weeklong multimedia festival that celebrates Mozart’s prodigious talent along with conversations on some of the most urgent social issues of our time.

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Events and premieres scheduled for this year’s in-person festival will be recreated through archival performances and new artist interviews. Broadly accessible on air at 105.9FM and online at www.wqxr.org, the Festival invites a new generation of audiences to experience the joys of classical music.

On opening day, a series of pop-up outdoor performances across all five boroughs will stream live on WQXR’s Facebook page, and later in the week “Camp Wolfgang” will offer day-long programming for children.

Throughout each day, WQXR’s hosts will share music and stories about Mozart and his legacy. Each night, WQXR’s Terrance McKnight will present full-length archival concerts and a range of programming that illuminates how racism and inequality have shaped classical music, and celebrates Black artists’ contributions and innovations to the art form.

Highlights include an exploration of the life and career of African-French composer and violinist Joseph Boulogne (“Chevalier de Saint-Georges”) and his unique place in Western classical music history during the time of Mozart, as well as “Black Experience in the Concert Hall: The Mozart Effect,” a conversation with Black artists discussing their relationship to Mozart and their experiences within the classical world.

More information and the full schedule is available at MostlyMozartFestival.org.

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