The Mozart Festival: Bringing Salzburg to Houston

Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at noon throughout October, Classical 91.7 celebrates Mozart straight from his hometown.

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The Mozart Festival, a four-part series, offers comprehensive coverage of one of the world’s most spectacular music events. Recorded in Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg, Austria, The Mozart Festival includes performances by some of the world’s leading soloists and orchestras, backstage clips with performers, and location-recorded features touring the Mozarteum Foundation’s priceless collections, including Mozart’s original manuscripts and personal possessions. 

Classical 91.7’s production of The Mozart Festival is an extraordinary radio experience: artists introduce their performances in backstage clips, short location-recorded features tour the Mozarteum Foundation’s priceless collections, and most of all, Mozart’s genius is heard in world-class performances of his music. Behind-the-scenes features take listeners for a close-up look at original manuscripts and letters by Mozart, for a visit to a café frequented by the Mozart family, and a revealing look at original portraits of Mozart.

Performers include three of the great world’s great orchestras: the Vienna Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.  Stellar performers include conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Louis Langrée, Pablo Heras-Casado, Ivor Bolton, and Marc Minkowski.  Two world-class pianists – Maria João Pires and Pierre-Laurent Aimard – highlight the list of world-class soloists.

For more, check out the series website TheMozartFestival.org

Performance highlights include:

October 5, 5PM & October 6, 12PM

  • Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
    Vienna Philharmonic
    Teodor Currentzis, conductor
    Mozart: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra in c minor, KV 491 “Allegro”
     
  • Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
    Salzburg Bach Choir
    Ivor Bolton, conductor
    J. C. Bach: “Lucio Silla” (excerpts)
     
  • Camerata Salzburg
    Louis Langrée, conductor
    Mozart: Symphony in D, KV 385 “Haffner”

October 12, 5PM & October 13, 12PM

  • Vienna Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Mozart: Serenade in D, KV 320 “Posthorn-Serenade”
     
  • Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
    Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
    Mozart: Symphony in C, KV 338 “Allegro vivace”
     
  • Salzburg Cathedral Choir & Children’s Choir
    Janos Czifra, conductor
    Mozart: Missa solemnis in C, KV 337 “Kyrie” & “Gloria”
     
  • Le Cercle de L’Harmonie
    Jérémie Rhorer, conductor
    Mozart: Symphony in G, KV 110

October 19, 5PM & October 20, 12PM

  • Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble
    Marc Minkowski, conductor
    Mozart: Excerpts, “Don Giovanni,” KV 527
     
  • Maria João Pires, piano
    Vienna Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Mozart: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra in d minor, KV 466

October 26, 5PM & October 27, 12PM

  • Vienna Philharmonic
    Teodor Currentzis, conductor
    Mozart: Symphony in C, KV 425 “Linz” “Adagio – Allegro spiritoso”
     
  • Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
    Ivor Bolton, conductor
    J. C. Bach: “Sinfonia” from “Lucio Silla”
     
  • Le Cercle de L’Harmonie
    Jérémie Rhorer, conductor
    Mozart: Symphony in A, KV 201

The Mozart Festival series is a Classical 91.7/Houston Public Media production in collaboration with the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg and American Public Media (APM).