New York City Opera's Boffo Return
Catán's Florencia Brilliantly ProducedBy: - Jun 27th, 2016
Florencia en el Amazonas is exactly the kind of opera and production New York City Opera should mount. Now producing in a suitably-sized house, the revived opera company has mounted a wonderfully satisfying opera.
Garrison Keillor's Big Night
Final Tanglewood Event and BroadcastBy: - Jun 30th, 2016
After 17 seasons at Tanglewood, Garrison Keillor retires from 'Prairie Home Companion.'
Mavis Staples Rocked While Dylan Rolled
Unique Tanglewood AppearanceBy: - Jul 05th, 2016
Bob Dylan brought his current act, the 'Never Ending Tour' to Tanglewood. His opening act was Mavis Staples, formally one of the Staples Singers.
James Taylor at Tanglewood
His 25th Appearance.By: - Jul 06th, 2016
Since 1974, James Taylor, known as 'JT' performed some 25 times at Tanglewood. He is obviously the most revered popular artist performer to grace the grounds of this historic music center.
Tanglewood Opens 2016 Season
Jacques Lacombe Conducts with Soloist Joshua BellBy: - Jul 09th, 2016
After three weeks of pop concerts drawing an audience of some 100,000 opening night of official Tanglewood 2016 seemed more like mid season.
Seth MacFarlane Man Of All Seasons
Enjoying the HumorBy: - Jul 13th, 2016
Seth MacFarlane is known for his several tv projects, including the 14th year of the syndicated program, Funny Guy, as well as his skill in writing the movie, 'Ted.' What we didn't know was that he is a professionally trained singer, who could have had a second career if the first didn't work out.
Qian Yi Transforming in Paradise Interrupted
Lincoln Center Festival OpensBy: - Jul 14th, 2016
Composer Huang Ruo talks about dimensionalism. You don't have to understand what the term means to get totally caught up in new dimensions in his opera Paradise Interrupted which opens the Lincoln Center Festival. Ruo's music, and Jennifer Ma's libretto based on the Biblical story of the Garden of Eden are enmeshed in The Peony Pavilion, a truncated version of the 16th century Chinese Opera. The original lasted 22 hours and has been performed by Qian Yi, a force of nature who weaves the song of the central character in the new opera.
The Knights Serenade Tanglewood
The Times They Are A-ChanginBy: - Jul 16th, 2016
The Knights, a Brooklyn based chamber music band, play music from numerous genres and somehow unite the opposing styles into a wonderful evening of entertainment. From Hadyn to Dylan, with a little Schubert thrown in for good measure, The Knights journey begins.
Kanze Noh's Inaugural at Lincoln Center
Traditional Japanese Theater IntriguesBy: - Jul 16th, 2016
Even if you don't know the conventions of Noh Theater, developed over 600 years in Japan, there is great pleasure in its performance. The Kanze Noh troupe sports players whose descent can be traced back 22 generations. Deep emotions are generated by performances of dramas from this rich history.
Drumming by Steve Reich
So Percussion at Lincoln CenterBy: - Jul 17th, 2016
Bathed in blue light, the stage could be anywhere, in the heart of Africa or New York CIty. Steve Reich, one of the titans of modern music, captured mainstream attention with Drumming. Now everyone loves the iconic piece. Lincoln Center offers it and other works of Reich in their summer festival.
Reich Reverberates at Lincoln Center
Ensemble Signal and Jack Quartet Capture the SpiritBy: - Jul 20th, 2016
In his 80th birthday year, Reich is being celebrated by Tilson Thomas in San Francisco and in a train station outside London in September. He is in New York now with multiple concerts as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. We are fortunate indeed for this native New Yorker.
Leon Botstein Makes the Case for Mascagni
Iris Beautifully Sung at Bard Summer FestivalBy: - Jul 25th, 2016
Leon Botstein, music impresario of the first order, declared that if Mascagni’s opera Iris was good enough for Toscanini, it was good enough for him. Many of us feel that if it’s good enough for Botstein, it’s good enough for us. The music is gorgeous. Botstein hears Wagner. We heard Puccini. The descending fifth leap from Tosca started many a phrase. Yet it was Mascagni that preceded Puccini.
Madama Butterfly at Hubbard Hall
Saying Goodbye to Hubbard Hall Opera Theater's Founding Artistic DirectorBy: - Jul 26th, 2016
Artistic Director of Hubbard Hall Opera Theater, Alix Jones, talks to us about how small-scale opera started at Hubbard Hall, why is succeeded, and where it might go next.
Mozart Celebrated in New York
Festival Fifty Years YoungBy: - Jul 26th, 2016
The Mostly Mozart Festival is fifty years young. To celebrate the occasion, Lincoln Center put on The Illuminated Heart at David Geffen Hall. Singers were the A list of opera. It was like degustation at Sur Mesure. Like the All Star game, you wondered if another operatic music event could be going on anywhere. Seems like everyone who was anyone was on stage.
Sound Worlds of So at Lincoln Center
Phasing from Reich to Lang to DessnerBy: - Jul 30th, 2016
In the 19th century, no one musically-inclined would have imagined percussion as the central arbiter of musical taste two centuries later. Yet today no one could live without percussion and the So Percussion Quartet makes the case for striking objects of every imaginable variety, including flower pots and tea cups.
Chick Corea Trio at Tanglewood
Final Gig of 75th Birthday TourBy: - Aug 01st, 2016
Now in his 75th year pianist Chick Corea with a trio of jazz masters- bass player, Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade- visited Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. It was amoing the best of the many times we have heard him perform.
Beethoven's Fidelio at Caramoor
Elza Van Den Heever Shows What the Voice Can DoBy: - Jul 31st, 2016
Fidelio is a political opera, but not politics rooted in biography, which John Adams and Philip Glass have undertaken. Here is an ordinary political prisoner, starving to death for his principles. Edward Snowden might be the model for the role today if the big guys could catch him.
Let the Good Times Roll
Summer Fun in CharlestonBy: - Aug 02nd, 2016
For fabulous summer fun Let the Good Times Roll at Charleston's Music Hall.
Fresh Grass Festival at Mass MoCa
Three Days of Bluegrass MusicBy: - Aug 03rd, 2016
Mass MoCA is home to the renowned Fresh Grass music festival. Over 50 bands will play on the grounds of the museum, during this three day event. It takes place from September 16th to 18th. Rosanne Cash and Ricky Scaggs are a few of the headliners.
MASS MoCA Fall Schedule
Program Through DecemberBy: - Aug 03rd, 2016
MASS MoCA heads into the fall with the 6th annual FreshGrass Festival on September 16-18, a rollicking weekend largely devoted to artists in roots and acoustic bluegrass music — and powers through until December when Dinosaur Jr. takes the stage in a night of power-grunge. In between, swoon for Benjamin Clementine in the Hunter and Eisa Davis up in the Club — and witness what might be one of the most powerful, poignant, and political works we have ever exhibited.
Tanglewood On Parade
Four Conductors, One Big Night.By: - Aug 04th, 2016
Tanglewood On Parade is the yearly event that brings families and friends together for the day. Traveling musicians, clowns and musical activities lead up to the finale, the '1812 Overture', fireworks and canons being fired.
Paavo Jarvis Conducts Mostly Mozart
Pied Piper Martin Fröst Soars on ClarinetBy: - Aug 06th, 2016
At Lincoln Center Paavo Järvi conducted the Mostly Mozart Orchestra softly yet he carried a big baton, from La Sidone which Arvo Part composed for the opening of the Olympics in Turin Italy. We are reminded that this year’s Olympics opened on the very day of this concert.
Sllk Road Ensemble at Tanglewood
Celebrating World MusicBy: - Aug 08th, 2016
Eighteen years ago Cellist Yo Yo Ma and a core of global musicians formed Silk Road Ensemble. Yet again their appearance was a musical treat and highlight of the Tanglewood season.
Film Night With John Williams
Star Wars RevisitedBy: - Aug 15th, 2016
John Williams returned to the stage at Tanglewood for 'Film Night', an evening where his scores, especially, 'Star Wars' gets flight from this renowned 84 year old iconic composer/conductor.
Inon Barnatan Plays A Little Night Music
Candlelit Suites at Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln CenterBy: - Aug 14th, 2016
Inon Barnatan is a premier pianist who is game to offer music in different venues. From Washington Irving High School to Poisson Rouge and every pocket of the Lincoln Center campus, he has engaged audiences in his art with a brilliant humility that stuns. His creation of a Baroque Suite with short dance pieces from Bach to Barber was a magical moment in the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse.
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