Pianist Jeremy Denk will be the music director, reason enough to attend in my opinion. The 68th annual event will also feature the world premiere of a new opera, commissioned by the festival, with music by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky and a libretto by Denk. Robert Spano will conduct.
Jazz pianist/composer Uri Caine will be on hand to perform Mahler. The young violinist Stefan Jackiw, very impressive when I heard him a couple of years ago, will perform music by Ives.
Also promised: Music by Janacek, Ligeti, Mozart, Beethoven and a batch of Brooklyn composers.