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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.

Before Bach
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.”

Simply Audra
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.

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.

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