Festivals: Time of the Baroqueniks

Plans called for a Midsummer Music Festival, but New Yorkers have seldom been offered music of such sustained seriousness even in the dead of winter. The programs ranged from La Clemenza di Tito (The Mercy of Titus), a rarely performed opera composed in the last year of Mozart's life, to concerti grossi by Handel, Vivaldi and Samuel Barber, to Bach's B Minor Mass and Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms. Skep tics said tickets would go begging. In stead, knowledgeable audiences have kept Philharmonic Hall practically full. The programs' appeal, says Festival Administrator...

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