New York Contacts
10 Dec 2012 -- The fourth season of CONTACT! begins this month, with music by composers based in the Big Apple. Sean Shepherd, an alumnus of the new-music series, shares his insider’s perspective.
07 Dec 2012 -- Whether it’s the thrilling music, the dancing candy canes or the antics of the mysterious Herr Drosselmeier, The Nutcracker makes a big impression the first time most people see it. We asked seven members of the City Ballet Company to recall their favorite Nutcracker firsts — first viewings, first performances and first heart-stop moments.
05 Dec 2012 -- Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece Maria Stuarda has its Met premiere on New Year’s Eve—a true cause for celebration, according to star Joyce DiDonato and director David McVicar.
Birth of the Cool
30 Nov 2012 -- Jazz at Lincoln Center continues its 25th Anniversary celebration with a series of festivals highlighting its rich history of performances. In January, JALC explores a particular era in jazz with the Birth of the Cool Festival, featuring performances in Rose Theater, The Allen Room, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in Frederick P. Rose Hall.
Voices from Latin America
28 Nov 2012 -- In a recent conversation with Jeremy Geffen, director
of artistic planning at Carnegie Hall, Osvaldo Golijov outlined the importance of the various facets of Voices from Latin America and the musical icons who have been engaged to be a part of it.
21 Nov 2012 -- Elına Garanca, who stars as Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito this month, tells the Met’s Philipp Brieler about singing Mozart, her character’s conflicting emotions, and the unexpected challenges of playing a man.
Welcoming Yannick Nézet-Séguin
13 Nov 2012 -- As Yannick Nézet-Séguin begins his tenure as the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, it marks yet another auspicious moment in the Orchestra’s rich history.
Amplifying a New Voice
09 Nov 2012 -- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s upcoming season shines a spotlight on breakthrough choreographer Kyle Abraham with the world premiere of Another Night.
Brahms and the Orchestra
06 Nov 2012 -- This season the New york Philharmonic is traveling through the rich landscapes of all of Brahms’s symphonies and concertos. Jan Swafford traces the composer’s thorny path to creating some of the greatest works in the orchestral repertoire.
Light and Dark
01 Nov 2012 -- With his new production of Un Ballo in Maschera, set in a cinematic Swedish atmosphere, director David Alden aims to integrate the stylistic paradoxes of Verdi’s endlessly intriguing opera.
31 Oct 2012 -- The 2012–2013 season begins with performances by The Suzanne Farrell Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.
An Eye to the Future
24 Oct 2012 -- New York Philharmonic Executive Director Matthew VanBesien speaks with Monica Parks about his path to the Philharmonic, his reaction to a new hometown, and his hopes for the Orchestra’s future.
Creating a Storm
22 Oct 2012 -- When Thomas Adès’s The Tempest premiered in 2004, the response was overwhelming. Now this contemporary masterpiece is coming to the Met, with the composer conducting Robert Lepage’s magical production and Simon Keenlyside returning to Prospero, the role he created to widespread acclaim.
A Chat With Argento Chamber Ensemble Conductor Michel Galante
20 Oct 2012 -- The Argento Chamber Ensemble, under the baton of conductor Michel Galante, will perform on Oct. 27th at 7:30 pm at St. Bart’s Episcopal Church all fragments of Mozart’s unfinished Requiem K. 626 along with composer Georg Friedrich Haas’s Sieben Klangräume (Seven Soundspaces).
Akram Khan's Vertical Road: The Light and the Dark
16 Oct 2012 -- The eight dancers in Akram Khan’s Vertical Road seem to react reflexively to the powerful beat underlying Nitin Sawhney’s textured, atmospheric score. It’s not immediately clear why their movements are so engaging, but soon enough, the reason becomes evident—the pulsations echo the tempo of our beating hearts.
One Big Symphony
15 Oct 2012 -- The Philharmonic’s 171st season is a wide- ranging journey. Paul J. Pelkonen reveals many of the musical landmarks.
Ax in the House
10 Oct 2012 -- This season Emanuel Ax, following decades of frequent Philharmonic concerts, is officially in residence at the Orchestra. Peter W. Goodman examines the fascinating
and varied repertoire and roles that highlight his appearances.
Sound of Revolution
04 Oct 2012 -- Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore is one of the best-loved comedies in opera. In his imaginative new production, starring Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani, Bartlett Sher uncovers the patriotic fervor simmering underneath the surface charm.
Enter Justin Peck — By Leaps and Bounds
28 Sep 2012 -- The newest ballet by New York City Ballet’s newest choreographer bounded onstage October 5, when corps de ballet member Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit, his second work for the Company, enjoyed its world premiere. The final fall performance is Oct. 13.
A Luminous Line Up
25 Sep 2012 -- Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, which explores the connection of artistic expression to our interior lives, makes its return October 18 through November 18.
Marathon Men: NYCB Celebrates Stravinsky and Balanchine
12 Sep 2012 -- Some partnerships last longer than others. When the visionary Serge Diaghilev first paired Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine, the impresario’s Ballets Russes once again showed it was willing to take risks.
20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH: Soprano Angela Meade
10 Sep 2012 -- Soprano Angela Meade is part of “Opera’s Next Wave” (Opera News) and she’s leading the wave in the demanding 19th-century bel canto repertoire and the operas of Verdi and Mozart.
05 Sep 2012 -- The National Symphony Orchestra begins a new season with renowned soloists and conductors including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Kelley O’Connor and Roberta Flack.
Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Wins American Prize
03 Sep 2012 -- The American Prize has announced that the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and its music director David Bernard have won first prize in The American Prize Competition, Orchestral Performance 2012.
The London Symphony Orchestra Returns
29 Aug 2012 -- Fresh from its starring role in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, the London Symphony Orchestra returns to Lincoln Center next month for its annual New York residency.
An Eye to the Future
23 Aug 2012 -- New York Philharmonic Executive Director Matthew
VanBesien speaks with Monica Parks about his path
to the Philharmonic, his reaction to a new hometown,
and his hopes for the Orchestra’s future.
Haute Couture at New York City Ballet
15 Aug 2012 -- Fashion, as the world knows, is the guiding passion of Valentino Garavani, the renowned designer and master couturier, often
known simply as Valentino. Less well known is Valentino’s passion for the ballet.
What Mozart Learned from the Birds
01 Aug 2012 -- One day, as he walked past a bird store, Wolfgang Amadeus heard a caged
starling singing one of his own melodies. The remarkable thing was, no one had heard that
piece aside from Mozart.
BBC Proms Dazzles on Opening Night
16 Jul 2012 -- An elegant and distinctly celebratory opening concert launched the 2012 version of London's BBC Proms Concerts at Royal Albert Hall on July 13. Frank Cadenhead reports.
A Wider Spectrum
11 Jul 2012 -- When the New York Philharmonic plays its Concerts in the
Parks, the entire city is invited. Stephen Greco reveals the
inspirations and ambitions behind this long-running cultural
gift to New York City.
A Window on the East
06 Jul 2012 -- Lincoln Center Festival spotlights contemporary
Chinese Dance, Theater and Opera.
Q&A With Baritone Liam Bonner
04 Jul 2012 -- The Bard SummerScape Festival presented its first comic opera on Friday, July 27, giving the original 1887 version of Emmanuel Chabrier’s The King in Spite of Himself (Le roi malgré lui) its first staged production in the U.S.
03 Jul 2012 -- Washington National Opera’s 2012–2013
season features a dynamic group of strong
female characters with compelling musical and
dramatic stories, portrayed by outstanding
singers—it is a season of divas.
Madame Butterfly: A Love Story for the Ages
27 Jun 2012 -- “I love Puccini. I love him like crazy love.” Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch is unabashed in his admiration for the music of opera master Giacomo Puccini, especially his Madame Butterfly.
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
26 Jun 2012 -- Tony Bennett called it "the best jazz room in the city," while leading publications like DownBeat and Jazz Times voted the venue one of the world’s best.
Music and Movement, Space and Sound
11 Jun 2012 -- When Alan Gilbert met the Park Avenue Armory, inspiration
struck. Barrymore Laurence Scherer explores the result of this
epiphany: Philharmonic 360, the fascinating program that will
conclude the season in spectacular fashion.
11 Jun 2012 -- Ethan Stiefel may be retiring from American Ballet Theatre, but fortunately he’s giving us a chance to say good-bye.
The Modern Mind of Mozart
10 Jun 2012 -- The Mostly Mozart Festival celebrates the 10th season of Renée
and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée with the music of
Schubert and the sound of birdsong.
Paris Opera Ballet
07 Jun 2012 -- Ballet’s classic tragedy Giselle returns to Kennedy Center July 5–8 in a romantic production from the company where it was created.
Empowering the Voices of Tomorrow
21 May 2012 -- Across the world something truly eventful is happening in
music education. Jon Deak talks about the Philharmonic’s
own celebration of children’s creativity — the Credit Suisse
Very Young Composers program.