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The Delightful Evening Concert Telecast From Avery Fisher Hall (Formerly Called Philharmonic Hall, Now Called David Geffen Hall) Of New York City's Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts, Devoted Entirely This Evening To The Music Of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Featuring The 1990 Season Opening Performance Of The 24th Annual Mostly Mozart Festival By The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra Conducted By Gerard Schwartz And Simulcast By WQXR-FM (105.9 FM); A Special Premiere Performance Of New Yorker Music Critic Andrew Porter's English Language Translation Of "The Impresario" Performed By Frances Ginsberg, Sally Wolf, Vinson Cole And Special Narrator Werner Klemperer; An Interview Of Both Klemperer And Gerard Schwartz By Hugh Downs; And Pianist Alicia De Larrocha! *Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, Wednesday July 11, 1990, 2 Hours.) #MostlyMozartFestival #MostlyMozart #MostlyMozartFestivalOrchestra #AveryFisherHall #GerardSchwartz #WQXR #AndrewPorter #TheImpresario #FrancesGinsberg #SallyWolf #VinsonCole #WernerKlemperer #HughDowns #AliciaDeLarrocha #LincolnCenter #LincolnCenterForThePerformingArts #WQXR #Mozart #WolfgangAmadeusMozart #Amadeus #ClassicalMusic #Composers #Freemasons #Opera #Concertos #ChamberMusic #ChoralMusic #Symphonies #Pianists #Violinists #Music #Genius #Geniuses #GreatComposers #Masons #GreatMusic #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Part One: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Gerard Schwartz Conductor), The Impresario (Der Schauspieldirektor) (Frances Ginsberg Soprano, Sally Wolf Soprano, Vinson Cole Tenor, Werner Klemperer Narrator)
Part Two: Intermission: Interviews With Werner Klemperer And Gerard Schwartz By Hugh Downs
Part Three: Piano Concerto No. 25 In C Major, K. 503 (The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Alicia De Larrocha Pianist, Gerard Schwartz Conductor)
The Mostly Mozart Festival is an American classical music festival based in New York City. The festival presents concerts with its resident ensemble, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, principally at David Geffen Hall of the Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts. Jay K. Hoffman, William W. Lockwood Jr., Schuyler G. Chapin and George F. Schutz jointly founded the initial version of the festival in 1966. The festival's first season occurred under the title 'Midsummer Serenades - A Mozart Festival', on August 1, 1966. As advised by the then-president of Lincoln Center, William Schuman, the festival assisted in providing summer employment for freelance classical musicians in New York City. The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the resident orchestra of the festival, is a freelance orchestra with a roster of tenured players who return each season. It features musicians from diverse American orchestras, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Ballet Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others. Gerard Schwarz became the festival's music director in 1984. During his tenure, visiting ensembles joined the festival roster, and the repertoire widened beyond Mozart to other composers of the classical era, as well as neoclassical works from later eras. A chamber music series was initiated during that period. Schwarz concluded his music directorship of the festival in August 2001.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, prolific and influential composer of the Classical period and Freemason (January 27, 1756 - December 5, 1791) was born in Salzburg, Austria to Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) and Anna Maria, nee Pertl (1720-1778), at Getreidegasse 9 in Salzburg, Archbishopric of Salzburg, Holy Roman Empire (Austria). He was the youngest of seven children, five of whom died in infancy. His elder sister was Maria Anna Mozart (1751-1829), nicknamed "Nannerl". Mozart was baptised the day after his birth, at St. Rupert's Cathedral in Salzburg. The baptismal record gives his name in Latinized form, as Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. He generally called himself "Wolfgang Amade Mozart" as an adult, but his name had many variants. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court but grew restless and travelled in search of a better position. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in Vienna, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his early death at the age of 35. On December 5, 1791, Mozart died a pauper at age 35 in Vienna, Austria. He had become seriously ill in the fall and rapidly declined, leading to speculation that he had been poisoned. For the last seven years of his life Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a Mason. The Masonic order played an important role in his life and work. He composed more than 600 works, many of which are acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is considered among the greatest classical composers of all time, and his influence on Western music is profound. Ludwig van Beethoven composed his early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote: "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years".