According to Lincoln Center, where the Mozarteum Orchestra was to play on February 26, the 160-year-old group lost funding that had been promised by the city and state of Salzburg.
In addition to the appearance at Lincoln Center, the tour was to include stops in Washington, Boston, Chicago, Santa Fe, Princeton, and Worcester, Massachusetts, and at Pennsylvania's Kutztown University, the University of Kansas, Cornell University, North Carolina's Wake Forest University, Ohio's Bowling Green State University, and Kansas City's William Jewell College. Pianist Stephen Hough was the featured soloist.
Rome's I Musici has replaced the Mozarteum Orchestra on 10 of the 13 planned stops on the tour, including Lincoln Center, according to Kerby Lovallo, the latter group's American manager. Hough remains on the program, performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14. "We are incredibly fortunate to have I Musici step in, and also lucky to have Stephen Hough remain with the tour—there are just a few Mozart concerti which are playable without winds (I Musici is all strings) and Mr. Hough had one in his active repertoire," Lovallo said in an email today.