May 27, 2015

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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

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.

Sinatra: An American Icon Opens at The New York Library for the Performing Arts
26 Apr 2015 -- In the new exhibition Sinatra: An American Icon, visitors will have a chance to look deeper into the life and legacy of Frank Sinatra.

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.

Resounding Strings: Quartets Highlight Second Half of Great Performers
02 Mar 2015 -- Great Performers shines a spotlight on the string quartet this winter with concerts by a returning favorite and a new, free series featuring four rising ensembles.

Art of the Song Series Returns to Lincoln Center
20 Feb 2015 -- Audiences who are passionate about vocal recitals have already marked their calendars for the return of Lincoln Center’s Art of the Song series at Alice Tully Hall.

Jazz: Connecting The Dots
19 Feb 2015 -- Jazz at Lincoln Center continues its A Side, B Side series with travels from Haiti and Cuba to New Orleans and New York on February 20–21 in The Appel Room.

Back In Time
11 Feb 2015 -- The English Concert’s Artistic Director Harry Bicket discusses the challenges and rewards of performing Baroque operas.

Turning the Hall Pink
05 Feb 2015 --

“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”

“… Practice. Or join Pink Martini.”

Curating the Performing Arts
04 Feb 2015 -- What shapes the breadth and scope of Cal Performances’ programming?

Getting Warmer
28 Jan 2015 -- You might have wondered before a concert, with the musicians on stage producing a cacophony of sound: “Why are they making that racket?”

Keeping It Fresh
27 Jan 2015 -- How do dancers create something new in every performance of The Nutcracker?

Making "Merry"
26 Jan 2015 -- Star and director of the Met's new production of The Merry Widow spoke with Matt Dobkin about the enduring charms of Lehár’s enchanting operetta.

Birth of the American Orchestra
25 Jan 2015 -- Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra delve into the Birth of the American Orchestra.

Celebrating Ailey's Women
24 Jan 2015 -- Jacqueline Green remembers the first time she saw an Ailey dancer up close.

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.

Amy Kaiser Kees Her Focus on Musical Collaborations
21 Jan 2015 -- For 20 seasons, St. Louis Symphony Chorus Director Amy Kaiser has kept her focus on musical collaborations.

An Exceptional Partnership: Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
20 Jan 2015 -- It is Sunday in Chicago, a day off for Riccardo Muti. Nonetheless, there is a busy day ahead.

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.

Double Vision
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 and audience.

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.

Soviet Affair
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.

St. Petersburg Ballet to Grace the Stage in New York this Autumn
10 Nov 2014 -- In autumn 2014, for the first time in its history, the Ballet Company of the Mikhailovsky Theater will be going on tour in the United States.

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.

Golden Glow
15 Oct 2014 -- In his new production of Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by James Levine, director Richard Eyre brings to the fore the sensuality of Mozart’s shimmering masterpiece.

Troy Schumacher on His First Work For City Ballet
10 Oct 2014 -- “I have no idea what it’s going to be like and I love that,” says Troy Schumacher, speaking ahead of a milestone: the debut of his first ballet created for NYCB, which premiered at the Company’s Fall Gala performance on September 23.

In Pursuit of the Sublime
03 Sep 2014 -- Celebrating its fifth year, Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival seems to have hit a beautiful nerve.

A Singular Star
21 Aug 2014 -- The iconic Wendy Whelan bids farewell to New York City Ballet.

Glamour and the Tramp
16 Aug 2014 -- This September the NY Philharmonic performs two contrasting programs that feature film music: one of Italian glamour, the other celebrating Charlie Chaplin’s most enduring creation.

Dream a Little Dream
30 Jul 2014 -- In September, the Kennedy Center launches the 2014–2015 season, including concerts by the National Symphony Orchestra Pops in the Concert Hall.

A Great Journey: Roy Kaiser’s 35 Years With Pennsylvania Ballet
28 Jul 2014 -- “I was 21 years old when I came to Philadelphia,” says Roy Kaiser, Artistic Director of Pennsylvania Ballet. “I came here to see what was going on, because I had seen the Company perform, and there was something about it that really resonated.”

Your Concerts in the Parks
27 Jul 2014 -- Tens of thousands flock together each year to enjoy the New York Philharmonic perform in New York City parks — with all listeners bringing their own bespoke traditions.

New Shoes to Fill
02 Jun 2014 -- Looking back, it seems inevitable that American Ballet Theatre would one day stage Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella. With 11 Ashton works in the repertory – Cinderella makes 12 – his choreography has never been far from the ABT stage.

Mostly Mozart Festival 2014
13 May 2014 -- On July 25 and 26, Lincoln Center’s 48th annual Mostly Mozart Festival will kick off with two free, outdoor concerts of the world premiere of a work by American composer John Luther Adams.

Richly Thematic
09 May 2014 -- Last fall, American Ballet Theatre raised the curtain on a new production of George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, which he created especially for the company in 1947.

Peck in Process: The Choreographer on His Latest Work for NYCB.
05 May 2014 -- A lot can happen in a year and a half. Just ask New York City Ballet dancer and choreographer Justin Peck.

The New Girl
15 Apr 2014 -- Olga Peretyatko makes her Met debut this month as Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani (with none other than her husband, conductor Michele Mariotti, on the podium).

A Different Path
08 Apr 2014 -- British pianist Paul Lewis arrives at his Philharmonic debut this month following a rather unusual journey.

A Chat With: Famed Police drummer Stewart Copeland on World Premiere of "Ben Hur" at Virginia Arts Festival
04 Apr 2014 -- On April 19, Stewart Copeland of the iconic 80’s rock band The Police, will debut his new score for the epic 1925 silent film "Ben-Hur" as part of the Virginia Arts Festival.

Together Again
24 Mar 2014 -- Patricia Racette and Marcelo Álvarez reunite for this month’s revival of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier. They tell the Met’s Charles Sheek about portraying love in times of revolution.

A Chat With: Virginia Arts Festival Artistic Director Rob Cross
19 Mar 2014 -- <>An interview with Virginia Arts Festival artistic director Rob Cross. The 18th season of the festival begins on April 2 and goes through May 29. 2014 This year’s festival includes numerous extraordinary arts experiences.

Swan Lake for the 21st Century
13 Mar 2014 -- Jean-Christophe Maillot, artistic director of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, on his updated approach to the classic ballet.

Perfect Match
24 Feb 2014 -- Jonas Kaufmann brings his celebrated portrayal of Werther to the Met for the first time in Richard Eyre’s new production. The tenor star tells the Met’s Philipp Brieler why Massenet and Goethe are such a good fit.

The Maria Schneider Orchestra
23 Feb 2014 -- From Mary Lou Williams to Billie Holiday, women have made the greatest of contributions to jazz throughout its history. Jazz at Lincoln Center will be celebrating Women’s History Month with The Maria Schneider Orchestra in The Allen Room on March 14–15 at 7:00pm and 9:30pm.

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