The Kennedy Center is sponsoring a summer "Festival of Festivals," including a week of events from Lincoln Center's "Mostly Mozart Festival."
The festival will include three concerts by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under violinist/conductor Pinchas Zukerman, who in addition will join pianist Misha Dichter and the Guarneri Quartet in a chamber music recital. These four events will happen in the first half of June.
Both the St. Paul and Lincoln Center groups will give special emphasis to the works of Haydn, on the 250th anniversary of his birth. And St. Paul will play some Stravinsky on each program, to observe the 100th anniversary of that composer's birth. Among the soloists will be Zukerman, flutists Nadine Asin and Eugenia Zukerman, oboist Richard Killmer, bassoonist Charles Ullery, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and harpsichordist Layton James.
There also will be two concerts by the Bach Festival of Berea, Ohio. On June 18 the group will perform three Bach cantatas and a motet; the next day they will do the "St. Matthew Passion."
The "Mostly Mozart" concerts were the runaway successes of last year's Festival of Festivals. This year's programs, running nightly from July 6 through July 10, will be conducted by David Zinman, Gerard Schwartz and conductor/flutist James Galway. Among the soloists will be: soprano Benita Valente, pianist Andre'-Michel Schub, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, pianist Lilian Kallir and pianist Alicia de Larrocha. On one evening Galway and the Cleveland Quartet will perform. Before that night and the first two orchestral nights "pre-concert recitals" will be given by the soloists.
All events will be in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.