Music Director Jonathon Heyward’s Inaugural Season with the Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center Announced!

5 Feb 2024

The Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center have announced a thrilling inaugural season with their Music Director Jonathon Heyward. The concerts are part of Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City to celebrate an share iconic works of classical music in dialogue with new and rediscovered music – with all seats available for Choose-What-You-Pay prices.

The ensemble, formerly the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra is composed of world-class musicians who perform year-round as soloists, chamber musicians and in other ensembles across the Lincoln Center campus and around the globe. The Member Pre-Sale opens on May 9, 2024 at noon and the General On-Sale opens on May 16, 2024 at noon.

Jonathon Heyward is forging a career as one of the most exciting conductors on the international scene. He currently serves as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, having made his debut with BSO in March 2022 in three performances that included the first-ever performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15.  Jonathon is also in his fourth and final year as Chief Conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. Current season’s guest appearances include collaborations with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Galicia Symphony and Hamburg Symphony.

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Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center Summer for the City Concerts
Symphony of Choice: A Crowd-Composed Concert
Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 pm
Jonathon Heyward, conductor

Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and a Huang Ruo Premiere
Opening Performance of the Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center
Huang Ruo | Beethoven
Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30 pm
Jonathon Heyward, conductor

Huang Ruo City of Floating Sounds
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”)

Kazem Abdullah Conducts Brahms and Stravinsky
Featuring Benjamin Beilman in the Avery Fisher Legacy Concert
Brahms | Ballard | Stravinsky
Friday, July 26 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 pm
Kazem Abdullah, conductor
Benjamin Beilman (Career Grant 2012), violin

Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto in D major
Louis W. Ballard Incident at Wounded Knee
Igor Stravinsky Pulcinella

Carlos Miguel Prieto Conducts Haydn and Ginastera
Featuring J’Nai Bridges singing Lieberson’s Neruda Songs
Haydn | Lieberson | Ginastera
Tuesday, July 30 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, July 31 at 7:30 pm
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano

Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 49 (“The Passion”)
Peter Lieberson Neruda Songs
Alberto Ginastera Variaciones concertantes

Jeanette Sorrell Conducts Bologne and Mozart
An evening of Classical revolutionaries
Mozart | BologneFriday, August 2 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 3 at 7:30 pm
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor
Sonya Headlam, soprano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Joseph Bologne Aria from L’Amant anonyme
A. Mozart “Exsultate, jubilate”
BologneSinfonia concertante in G
A. MozartBallet music from Idomeneo
A. Mozart Symphony No. 35 (“Haffner”)

Jonathon Heyward Conducts Mendelssohn
Featuring Ryan Roberts playing Vaughan Williams’s Oboe Concerto
Shaw | Vaughan Williams | Mendelssohn | Martines
Tuesday, August 6 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, August 7 at 7:30 pm
Jonathon Heyward, conductor
Ryan Roberts, oboe

Caroline Shaw Entr’acte
Ralph Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto in A minor
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”)
Marianna Martines Symphony in C major

Jonathon Heyward Conducts Schumann
Conrad Tao Plays Bach’s Piano Concerto
Kendall | Schumann | Bach
Friday, August 9 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 pm
Jonathon Heyward, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

Hannah Kendall Job 26:7 (world premiere)
Robert Schumann Symphony No. 2
Johann Sebastian Bach Keyboard Concerto in A major
S. Bach(arr. Anton Webern):Ricercar a 6 from The Musical Offering