The Mozart Plus Festival will mark the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth with six concerts between June 28 and August 2 at Montreal's Notre Dame Basilica. Pianist Louis Lortie will leads three concerts from the piano, performing six Mozart concertos as part of an ongoing cycle; other conductors include Pinchas Zukerman and Jacques Lacombe.
In addition to works by Mozart, the festival will include Schoenberg's Transfigured Night, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, and works by Bach, Brahms, Schubert, Mussorgsky, Sarasate, Debussy, Ravel, and Milhaud. Each concert will be followed by a 30-minute chamber recital, free to ticket holders.
The MSO will give free outdoor concerts at Drummondville, Quebec's annual summer festival on July 6, the grounds of Douglas Hospital on July 11, and Parc Maisonneuve on July 27. All three begin at 7:30 p.m.
The orchestra will perform at the Festival de Lanaudire, north of Montreal, on July 15, July 22, and August 5. Gregory Vajda, James Judd, and Franz-Paul Decker will conduct; the programs include works by Wagner, Tchaikovsky, and John Corigliano. On June 23 and July 29, the MSO will perform at the Orford Festival, east of Montreal, with St_phane Laforest conducting.
For information about the Mozart Plus Festival, call 514-842-9951 or visit www.osm.ca. Call 800-561-4343 for information about the Festival de Lanaudire and 800-567-6155 for information about the Orford Festival.