December 18, 2014

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Insight, Passion and Perfection
11 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.

A Star Couple Says Goodbye
29 Jan 2014 -- Through their lyricism and imagination, Janie Taylor and Sébastien Marcovici have joined a long legacy of distinctive artists at New York City Ballet. On the evening of March 1, the two principal dancers, who married in 2012, will retire from the company with a program celebrating French composers.

London Calls
24 Jan 2014 -- Liam Scarlett and Justin Peck have a lot in common. Like his New York City Ballet counterpart, at 27, Scarlett is a precocious homegrown talent, nurtured as a choreographer alongside a dancing career with The Royal Ballet.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Jacques Lacombe on the Winter Festival
14 Jan 2014 -- An interview with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra musical director Jacques Lacombe. On January 17-19 and 24-26, he will lead the Orchestra’s Winter Festival. The multi-year “Man & Nature” Festival odyssey through the classical elements culminates this month, focusing on the theme of earth.

Q&A: Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn to perform with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
11 Jan 2014 -- An interview with Hilary Hahn. The talented violinist will perform Brahms’ Violin concerto with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in an exciting program March 13-16 in Newark, Princeton and Morristown, New Jersey.

Back With a Vengeance
02 Jan 2014 -- James Levine’s momentous comeback this season after a two-year injury hiatus is already the stuff of legend.

Winter Festival: The Incredible Decade 1820-1830
23 Dec 2013 -- The history of classical music comprises a vast array of rich creative output. But, as David Finckel noticed, one particular decade—1820-1830—stands out as especially rich.

Celebrating the Artistry of Ailey’s Matthew Rushing
13 Dec 2013 -- Matthew Rushing the dancer is well-known to Ailey audiences who have experienced his uniquely insightful artistry for over two decades.

Having a Ball
10 Dec 2013 -- Jeremy Sams, creator of the Met’s hit Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, returns to the company this month to direct a new English-language production of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus, opening New Year’s Eve. He explains why the piece “dances from beginning to end.”

Dreams Come to Life
04 Dec 2013 -- The Children of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

Rite of Passage
22 Nov 2013 -- Throughout Glenn Dicterow’s final season as the Philharmonic’s Concertmaster, the Orchestra salutes the man and musician who has been a pillar of its sound and musicality for more than three decades.

Man on the Move
12 Nov 2013 -- The peripatetic Esa-Pekka Salonen chats about conducting, composing, and saying farewell to Los Angeles and hello to New York.

Project Plié Steps Out at American Ballet Theatre
12 Nov 2013 -- Diversity remains a sensitive subject in the world of ballet. Many major companies have only a handful of dancers of color in their ranks.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Celebrates the Garden State with the Roots Project
08 Nov 2013 -- An interview with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra musical director Jacques Lacombe. On November 29, 30 and December 1, he will lead the Orchestra in the world premiere of a new work, commissioned as part of the New Jersey Roots Project.

Drama Queen
07 Nov 2013 -- Christine Goerke returns to the Met this month as the Dyer’s Wife in the highly anticipated revival of Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten. She tells the Met’s Philipp Brieler about diving headlong into some of the most challenging dramatic soprano roles in the rep.

Moving Toward the Light
01 Nov 2013 -- Dance has been part of the White Light Festival programming since the inaugural season in 2010.

A Chat With: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Louis Langrée
29 Oct 2013 -- An interview with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director Louis Langrée. Mr. Langrée begins his first full season as Music Director with an inaugural concert program November 8-10.

The Masked Ball
25 Oct 2013 -- Nico Muhly’s haunting new opera, Two Boys, conjures the early days of the Internet to explore ideas of identity, disguise, and the timeless need to forge personal connections.

15 Oct 2013 -- AOL On Network Launches NYCB Documentary Series This Fall

A Conversation Among Cellos
10 Oct 2013 -- Krzysztof Penderecki, who will soon turn 80, is being honored with a musical fete featuring three compelling cellists and a conductor with a long-standing connection to the eminent Polish composer.

The Comeback Kid
03 Oct 2013 -- After two years off recuperating from a serious back injury, Music Director James Levine tells Matt Dobkin he’s as excited as audiences for his eagerly anticipated return.

Happy Anniversary, Fall For Dance!
22 Sep 2013 -- The groundbreaking Festival celebrates 10 seasons with free outdoor performances, new commissions and more.

A Chat With New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Conductor Jacques Lacombe
10 Sep 2013 -- An interview with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra conductor Jacques Lacombe, in his fourth year as the Orchestra’s Music Director. The Orchestra begins its 2013-14 season on September 27th with a special opening weekend program.

A Different Kind of Blues
06 Sep 2013 -- Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, whose music bedecks the Opening Gala, speaks about his approach to composing, Yo-Yo Ma, and the New York Philharmonic.

Angelin Preljocaj Returns to NYCB
03 Sep 2013 -- Every ballet has a different starting point, but the inspiration is often music, a composition so compelling, haunting or unexpected that the choreographer can’t get it out of his head—and doesn’t want to try.

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