January 22, 2017

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Rising Action
01 Jan 2016
Olivier Messiaen’s From The Canyons To The Stars… takes Audiences from the depths of the earth to celestial heights.

Celebrating a Tradition of Wonder: Reflections on The Nutcracker
30 Dec 2015
Tradition for the Holiday Season

It Was A Very Good Year
30 Dec 2015 -- As Lincoln Center and The New York Philharmonic celebrate Frank Sinatra’s centennial, on December 3, we revisit 1943, when “The Voice” was on the ascendant and performed with this orchestra.

Portrait of a Conducting Debut
29 Dec 2015 -- Jane Glover has followed her passion for music and learning all the way to her first New York Philharmonic performances, leading Messiah this month.

Siren of the Seas
28 Dec 2015 -- Diana Damrau stars as the beautiful heroine of Bizet’s sumptuous Les Pêcheurs de Perles—returning to the Met for the first time in 100 years, in an inventive new production by Penny Woolcock.

Children of The Nutcracker
27 Dec 2015 -- They may be small, but their roles are big

A Beauty & A Birthday
26 Dec 2015 -- Houston Ballet celebrates Ben Stevenson’s 80th with The Sleeping Beauty

Children and Art
25 Dec 2015 -- Notes on the opera Becoming Santa Claus

Singing Down Memory Lane
24 Dec 2015 -- “A sing along is just taking that excitement one step further ...”

The Conversation: Great Scots
23 Dec 2015 -- This month’s revival of La Donna del Lago reunites Joyce DiDonato—who won raves for her portrayal of the title role last season—with Lawrence Brownlee, her original co-star when Paul Curran’s staging was first seen in Santa Fe in 2013. The two told the Met’s Philipp Brieler about delivering the high-flying vocal fireworks in Rossini’s Scotland-set drama.

Pathos and Passion: Joyce Didonato’s Master Classes
23 Dec 2015 -- Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato led a series of master classes for young artists in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing.

Professional Listener
24 Nov 2015 -- Michael Hartman is one of the people in the seats who help to make the orchestra great. “This orchestra has always had a personality that’s unique.”

Becoming Lulu
23 Nov 2015 -- Marlis Petersen brings her celebrated portrayal of Berg’s heroine back to the Met in William Kentridge’s production— her final performances of her signature role.

The Verdi Baritone
22 Nov 2015 -- Fresh from his celebrated run as Iago in the Met’s new Otello, Željko Lucˇ ic´ returns to the title role of Rigoletto this month in Michael Mayer’s Las Vegas–set production. He tells Philipp Brieler why Verdi has always been at the center of his career.

Object Of Desire
21 Nov 2015 -- The heroine of Berg’s Lulu captivates all who cross her path. Marlis Petersen in the title role— explores why all attempts to tame this so-called snake are doomed to fail.

Living for Art and Love – Puccini’s Musical Masterpiece – Tosca
20 Nov 2015 -- Tosca is, ultimately, the story of a woman who wants to create beauty and to love, but who isswept up in the storm of history.

A Word From The Librettist: Terrance McNally on Great Scott
19 Nov 2015 -- The Dallas Opera collaborates to create an "American" opera.

In Search of Something: Sylvie Guillem’s Last Dance
18 Nov 2015 -- Guillem’s independent spirit has inspired numerous dancers.

The Ailey Legacy
17 Nov 2015 -- Celebrating the past remains important to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater even as it marches into the future.

Twyla Tharp’s 50th-Anniversary Tour
16 Nov 2015 -- Given the chance to stick out her neck, choreographer Twyla Tharp will never say “no.” Although she confesses to tossing sleeplessly at night as she worries about her 50th-Anniversary Tour, with dawn the nightmares fade and she returns to her task. This artist, courageous more often than not, wouldn’t have things any other way.

Perspectives: Sir Simon Rattle
15 Nov 2015 -- One of the greatest conductors of all time, Sir Simon Rattle is renowned for his mastery of repertoire from the Baroque to the present day.

Ades Made Visible
14 Nov 2015 -- And so it is with a compelling spirit of reinvention that the choreographers mined their own vocabularies to reflect and contrast with the form and content of Adès’s musical ideas, discovering synergies and transposing across disciplines. In the final production, Adès’s distinct musical signature stands as the unifying thread, with each dance offering a dynamic physical solution to an intriguing sonic proposition.

Finding His Divine Voice
13 Nov 2015 -- "In what could be also be described as a miracle of biblical proportions, A Love Supreme represented virtually the only time an album of hardcore modern jazz instrumental music became a widespread popular success."

Sublime Synthesis
12 Nov 2015 -- "The program forms a similarly personal conversation between two skilled, resourceful artists, enhanced by the strength and spirit each performer perceived in the music."

Words and Movement
11 Nov 2015 -- Dyslexic dancer/choreographer Aakash Odedra collaborated with choreographer Lewis Major to create Murmur, about how Odedra’s learning difference enables him to find new ways to communicate. We asked him to share his experience with dyslexia, how it informs his art, and why it has opened up new pathways to connect with others.

Beyond the Baton
10 Nov 2015 -- This Month Yannick Talks about Hannibal’s One Land, One River, One People.

The Keeper of the Sound
10 Nov 2015 -- As He Begins his Fourth Season as Music Director, Yannick Talks about the Philadelphia Sound

Kim Brandstrup
09 Nov 2015 -- The Danish choreographer on his world premiere for New York City Ballet

Tragic Dimension
08 Nov 2015 -- Verdi’s Othello—a masterpiece of reignited creativity from the composer’s final years—magnifies its Shakespearean source in the way only opera can, says Bartlett Sher, director of the Met’s season- opening new production.

Remembering Margaret Juntwait
06 Nov 2015 -- Listeners sensed her excitement about what might unfold on the storied Met stage, a curiosity and non-jadedness that, broadly speaking, mirrored her zest for the experience of life.

Yefim Bronfman: The Complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas
05 Nov 2015 -- The first concerto I played at Carnegie Hall was Rachmanino ’s Third Piano Concerto with Leonard Bernstein conducting the Israel Philharmonic. That was September 29, 1976. It was one of those moments you just don’t forget.

Queen For A Season
03 Nov 2015 -- Sondra Radvanovsky takes on all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in a single season at the Met. The singer spoke to the Met’s Matt Dobkin about the challenges of her royal feat.

Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances
31 Oct 2015 -- Freely using the dance techniques he acquired in the 60s, Bruce developed his authentic voice but ‘always keeping one foot in the real world. My father knew what poverty was and he instilled in me strong feelings about politics and injustice.’

No Limits
27 Oct 2015 -- Choreographer and dancer Garrett Smith’s new contemporary commission, Reveal

Classical Ashton
23 Oct 2015 --

“I think that ballets without librettos, popularly known as abstract ballets, though appearing to convey nothing but the exercise of pure dancing, should have… a personal fount of emotion from which the choreography springs.”

Jennie Somogyi The Principal Dancer Bids Farewell to NYCB
24 Sep 2015 -- A highlight of last spring’s Black & White Festival at New York City Ballet was the return of Principal Dancer Jennie Somogyi in George Balanchine’s Episodes.

Birds Of A Feather: Dancer Mary Elizabeth Sell on the Sisterhood of Swans
17 Sep 2015 -- This fall, Peter Martins’ Swan Lake returns to New York City Ballet for eight performances only. The full-evening ballet, which received its world premiere in 1996 by the Royal Danish Ballet, and was first performed by NYCB in 1999, features scenic and costume design by Per Kirkeby. Here, dancer Mary Elizabeth Sell reflects on being a part of the famed flock of swans.

The Very Model Of A Modern Concertmaster
10 Sep 2015 -- Meet Frank huang, the New York Philharmonic’s new concertmaster.

03 Sep 2015 -- Evgeny Kissin’s connection to Carnegie Hall is legendary. In 1990, he made his famed debut, launching the Hall’s centennial season. Now—for the Hall’s 125th anniversary—he returns as a Perspectives artist to curate a series in which he explores his artistic interests and musical discoveries. Throughout this historic series, the virtuosity, versatility, and penetrating intensity of one of the world’s greatest pianists will be on full display. In advance of his return to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Kissin discussed his upcoming concerts with Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s executive and artistic director.

The Taming of the Shrew: A classic comic ballet closes the season
03 Aug 2015 -- Houston Ballet closes its 2014-15 season with John Cranko’s wonderfully comic ballet The Taming of the Shrew, based on the play by William Shakespeare. Based on the play by William Shakespeare, John Cranko’s version of The Taming of the Shrew is considered a classic.

The Creation of a Classic: The History of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon
30 Jul 2015 -- MacMillan challenged ballet conventions by making Manon an immoral leading lady at a time when virtuous heroines were the norm.

NYOUSA Ready for China
25 Jul 2015 -- “China has become one of the world’s most important centers for classical music and will play an everincreasing role in the future of music.”

The Flame of Love
15 Jul 2015 -- Joan of arc, who has represented an array of qualities over centuries, is the center of this month’s Philharmonic theatrical extravaganza, June 10–13, starring oscar winner Marion Cotillard.

Fifty Years Of Priceless Music — Absolutely Free
11 Jul 2015 -- This summer, June 17–24, the concerts in the Parks series is celebrating its Golden anniversary, inspiring a look back on the beginnings of New York’s favorite summer tradition.

To Make The Music Heard
05 Jul 2015 -- Susanna Mälkki brings to her Philharmonic debut her reverence for composers and a passionate commitment to make their scores “sound as beautiful as possible.”

Meredith Monk In Her Own Voice
30 Jun 2015 -- It has a lot to do with listening to the other layers and to the series of musical events. It takes a different kind of listening. It’s a very hands-on kind of music.

On Her Own Terms: Wendy Whelan Comes to City Center
26 Jun 2015 -- It’s here that she began to recover her strength and learn her limits, and build the confidence to know that she needn’t be defined by them. With the backing of the associateship, she can feel free to experiment. “I’m incredibly confident”.

Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock Together Again
22 Jun 2015 -- Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock have run on relatively parallel courses since both appeared on the scene in the early 1960s. Both musicians built their reputations on their fervent experimentalism and rejection of convention.

MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet: 50 Years Later, And Still For The First Time
20 Jun 2015 -- Though no English writer would dare try to improve upon William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, certain adaptations, especially in other art forms, can take on such a life of their own that they become—like the play itself—so consummate, it seems hard to imagine the world without them. Perhaps this was never truer than in the case of Kenneth MacMillan’s 1965 balletic masterpiece of the same title, which is currently celebrating 50 splendid years.

The Music of Puente, Machito & Henriquez
18 Jun 2015 -- Machito laid the groundwork for Latin jazz, Tito Puente pushed the envelope with passion, and on June 12– 13, Carlos Henriquez propels the music into the future in Rose Theater with The Music of Puente, Machito & Henriquez.

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