The Mozart Festival series of radio programs is comprehensive coverage of one of the world’s most spectacular music events. Location-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. The Mozart Festival from American Public Media is presented by the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg and produced by Houston Public Media in cooperation with ORF/Austrian Radio. Wesley Horner, producer.
Performers on The Mozart Festival radio programs include Met Opera star Mojca Erdmann; Camerata Salzburg with conductor Louis Langrée (Music Director, Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center; newly appointed Music Director, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra); pianist Emanuel Ax; stellar young German violinist Carolin Widmann; English conductor Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg; American pianist Robert Levin performing on Mozart’s own piano; and rising star conductors Pablo Heras-Casado of Spain leading the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and 28-year-old David Afkham, guest conductor with Concertgebouw, Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles orchestras, leading the Mozarteum Orchestra.
Behind-the-scenes features take listeners to Mozart’s birthplace to examine an original edition of his father’s legendary textbook on violin playing; to the Mozart family’s residence to hear Mozart’s own piano; and to the Mozarteum Foundation’s underground vaults for a first-hand look at some of Mozart’s earliest original manuscripts.