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.
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.
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.
14 Jun 2015 -- Bach is a towering figure of music history, in part because he stood on the shoulders of giants. Yet modern musicians largely ignored composers who came before him until the recent revival of early music that has transformed the ways we play and hear music of the past. This spring, Carnegie Hall’s Before Bach series celebrates music written in the late 16th and 17th centuries— prior to when Bach became an active composer—performed by the pioneering artists who have revitalized the repertoire for today’s audiences.
Wayne Shorter— Living Legend
11 Jun 2015 -- Mr. Shorter has a body of unique and
definitive compositions, sophisticated in melody and harmony, done in the rhythm of jazz. His music has been the centerpiece of three definitive forces in jazz...
The Wit and Wisdom of Susan Graham
10 Jun 2015 -- The star mezzo returns to the Met this month in the title role of Susan Stroman’s new production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow. She tells the Met’s Philipp Brieler about opera, operetta, and her “gift of gab.”
31 May 2015 -- When Audra McDonald made her Carnegie Hall debut in
1998 with the San Francisco Symphony, she was already halfway to her record-setting sixth Tony Award. That performance was coincidentally in a suite from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, a work in which she would star 14 years later and earn a fifth Tony.
Both Sides Now
28 May 2015 -- In his new production of opera’s most popular double bill, opening April 14, Sir David McVicar emphasizes the differences of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, revealing additional dimensions in each work in the process.
Balanchine Black & White
26 May 2015 -- Twelve pivotal works open New York City Ballet’s spring season.
In these inimitable compositions, Balanchine
zeroed in on the raw essentials—music and dance—stripping
away fancy costumes and scenery along with a host of
accepted ideas of what constitutes a ballet.
The Beautiful Danger
20 May 2015 -- New York City Ballet Dances August Bournonville’s La Sylphide. La Sylphide is a story about being seduced, a story about a young man who can’t catch his dream.
On with the Show...with Bugs Bunny
05 May 2015 -- The mastermind behind Bugs Bunny at the Symphony explores why the great Warner Bros. cartoons have grabbed hold of the hearts and souls of generations of music lovers.
American Songbook in the Penthouse
03 Mar 2015 -- If the phrase “American Songbook” only conjures up names like
Gershwin, Kern, Ellington, or Styne, it’s time to experience American Songbook in the Penthouse.
Reclaiming Bel Canto
23 Jan 2015 -- Filled with vocal pyrotechnics, infectious melodies, and riveting drama, bel canto operas like Rossini’s The Barber of Seville have delighted audiences for more than 200 years.
Meet Dustin Yellin
22 Jan 2015 -- Dustin Yellin moves like he talks, which is to say: extremely fast.
The Creative Process at NYCB Captured in a New Documentary Film
16 Jan 2015 -- On February 8, the curtain rises on a new ballet by New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer and Soloist Justin Peck. For anyone who sees it and wonders how it, or any new ballet for that matter, leaps from the choreographer’s brain to the Company’s panoramic stage, insights abound in Ballet 422.
In the Mind of a Diva
15 Jan 2015 -- She is a self-proclaimed storyteller - not only on opera stages in her trademark bel canto roles, but in candid conversation as well. Joyce DiDonato speaks from the heart, recounting her youth in Kansas and the role her upbringing has played in the evolution of her acclaimed career.
The Conversation: Broadway Baby
09 Jan 2015 -- On New Year’s Eve, Kelli O’Hara made her Met debut in Susan Stroman’s new production of The Merry Widow. During rehearsals last November, O'Hara told the Met’s Philipp Brieler about bridging the worlds of musical theater and opera.
31 Dec 2014 -- Anna Netrebko and Nadja Michael star in the new
double bill of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartók’s
Bluebeard’s Castle —both directed by Mariusz
Treliński, whose cinematic approach nods to the
powerful emotional currents simmering under the
surface of both operas.
Insight, Passion and Perfection
16 Dec 2014 -- Daniil Trifonov returns to the Philharmonic, bringing with
him an almost obsessive commitment to both composer
The Balanchine Nutcracker: A Child’s Dream of Heaven
02 Dec 2014 -- In 2004, the late critic Clive Barnes wrote the following story on how New York City Ballet’s 1954 production of The Nutcracker, which was then largely unknown, became a turning point in the history of dance in America.
17 Nov 2014 -- With its bold musical vision
and frank eroticism, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth
of Mtsensk incurred the wrath of none other than Joseph Stalin
himself. The composer’s opera of adultery and murder returns to the Met
with Eva-Maria Westbroek in the leading role.
Levine’s Full Docket
30 Oct 2014 -- After a testing-the-waters return season last year, Music Director
James Levine now embarks on a jam-packed 2014–15 schedule of six
operas, three Met Orchestra concerts, and a pair of recitals with the
Met Chamber Ensemble.
Power, Perfection and Natural Artistry
20 Oct 2014 -- Violinist Lisa Batiashvili’s virtuosity, curiosity, and musical
passions together make her the perfect choice to be this
year’s Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence.