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Amy Fote and Connor Walsh in Manon

The Creation of a Classic: The History of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon
MacMillan challenged ballet conventions by making Manon an immoral leading lady at a time when virtuous heroines were the norm.

NYOUSA Ready for China
“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

The Flame of LoveJoan 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

Fifty Years Of Priceless Music — Absolutely FreeThis 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

To Make The Music HeardSusanna 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

Meredith Monk In Her Own VoiceIt 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

On Her Own Terms: Wendy Whelan Comes to City CenterIt’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

Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock Together AgainChick 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

MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet: 50 Years Later, And Still For The First TimeThough 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

The Music of Puente, Machito & HenriquezMachito 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

Before BachBach 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

Wayne Shorter— Living  LegendMr. 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

The Wit and Wisdom of Susan GrahamThe 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

Simply AudraWhen 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.

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