Photograph: Ruby Washington/The New York Times
Joshua Bell with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall
The New York Times, August 8, 2011
Along with the amazing Ruby Washington photograph you see above, my review of last Friday's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra concert is in The New York Times today. I'd previously stated that my next post here would be an omnibus collection of links to missed Times pieces, but this morning I felt the urgent need to get this one up immediately, because Pablo Heras-Casado, the young Spanish conductor who made this particular concert such a joy, is working again this evening.
Heras-Casado will be collaborating with the ever-amazing International Contemporary Ensemble in two performances tonight, one at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall and another at 10:30pm in the Kaplan Penthouse. Both concerts are part of Stravinsky Too, a special run of Mostly Mozart concerts devoted to exploring Stravinsky's music.
I wasn't the first to write about Heras-Casado for the Times. He appeared in Will Robin's excellent Arts & Leisure feature on Toshio Hosokawa's opera Matsukaze yesterday. Just over a year ago, Allan Kozinn reviewed a previous Mostly Mozart engagement. And in June 2008, Anthony Tommasini covered Heras-Casado's U.S. debut, presented with Ensemble ACJW at Zankel Hall.
One line from Tony's review takes on an especially melancholy resonance now: "New Yorkers will be seeing more of Mr. Heras-Casado: [Gerard] Mortier has scheduled him for a debut with the New York City Opera in 2010."
If only. Still, isn't it a remarkable development that the Mostly Mozart Festival has become the place to catch up-and-coming conductors, many of them in their New York debuts?