The Composer Is Dead: Lemony Snicket's Orchestral Whodunnit
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Mostly Mozart's eclectic summer music celebration returns to Lincoln Center for a series of exciting concerts showcasing works by Berlioz, Beethoven, Haydn and, of course, Mozart, with performances by some of the world's leading musicians and conductors. The first weekend of concerts celebrates Berlioz's masterpiece Symphonie fantastique, a phantasmagorical adventure written to impress an Irish actress who'd later become his wife. Next is Beethoven's final piano concerto, the Emperor, widely considered among the composer's crowning achievements -- a thrilling work composed between 1809 and 1811 in Vienna and dedicated to Beethoven's close friend and pupil, Archduke Rudolf of Austria. Finally, the works of Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Beethoven will be performed by young piano prodigy Yuja Wang, who's rocketed to the top of the classical music world with her charismatic stage presence and astounding technical prowess, under the baton of celebrated Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä. Please see the full event description for a detailed schedule of concerts and performers. Learn More
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- “A hugely enjoyable undertaking for young and old alike … The piece seems destined to become a classic.” —San Francisco Chronicle
- “Older children will pick up more of the satirical nuances in the tale, but any young listener is sure to enjoy the animated sounds as Stookey’s score playfully evokes the character of each instrument in turn. Parents, meanwhile, will relish the witty quotations from well-known pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Stravinsky and others.” —Time Out New York
- “A grimly humorous detective story … Author Lemony Snicket is an unapologetic champion of classical music, and with Stookey, another San Francisco native, he has created perhaps the best response to the tiresome trope of the death of classical music.” —The Washington Post
James Judd, conductor
John Tartaglia, narrator
Nathaniel Stookey, composer
Daniel Handler, author
Kenji Bunch, composer
Tracy Silverman, electric violin
In this delightfully wry murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi, and nearly everyone has a musical instrument. But the composer is still dead. Help us solve this musical mystery! Book by Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) and music by Nathaniel Stookey.