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Music and Cocktails at The Miller Theater—How Can You Go Wrong?

ZEALnyc, March 24, 2017

Looking for a way to relax after a hard day at the office? Or maybe a way to hear a little music? Or maybe a place to have a drink? How about combining all these needs into ‘one-stop shopping’?  The Miller Theater at Columbia ...

New York, New York - March 13, 2017 :  The LoftOpera production of Rossini’s opera Otello, Directed by John de los Santos, performed at LightSpace Studios in Brooklyn  

	Bernard Holcomb (Otello)
	Cecilia Lopez (Desdemona)
	Thor Arbjornsson (Rodrigo)
	Blake Friedman (Iago)
	Isaiah Musik-Ayala (Elmiro)
	Toby Newman (Emilia)
	John Ramseyer (Lucio, Gondolier)
	Lucas Levy (Doge)  

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Review: Rossini’s ‘Otello’ In Literally an ‘Underground’ Production by LoftOpera

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, March 21, 2017

LoftOpera, a young, edgy enterprise based in Brooklyn, started up a few years back by asking itself, “What kind of show do we actually want to see?” The answer, they realized, was obvious:

Review: Salonen’s ‘Stunning’ Cello Concerto ‘Creates a Glimmering Sound Tapestry’ with the NY Philharmonic

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, March 20, 2017

One of the highlights of 2017’s classical music season was undoubtedly this Thursday’s sold-out concert at the New York Philharmonic with the inimitable Yo-Yo Ma playing the New York premiere of ...

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The Lowdown on LOOT 2017 at MAD

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 28, 2017 LOOT 2017 is a six day event at The Museum of Arts and Design showcasing a variety of one-of-a-kind artist jewelry. At this unique exhibition, the public can purchase items from over 50 artists working in a range of materials ...

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Review: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Diva Scorned in ...

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, March 28, 2017 In revenge-themed plays and movies, the virtuous central character has been unjustly wronged, seeks retaliation against the evildoer, and righteousness prevails. Diva: Live From Hell provides ingenious twists on this classic theme of good versus evil. The central character, ...

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Review: Paul Taylor Dance Company Ends Its Run On a ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, March 28, 2017 The concluding performance of the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s run at Lincoln Center delivered an energetic and joyful punch to its audience, and celebrated the artistry and choreography of Paul Taylor, one of America's groundbreaking modern dance choreographers. ...

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Review: 'Picnic' and 'Come Back, Little Sheba' Bring Inge Back ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 27, 2017 Several years back, I went to a screening of Splendor in the Grass, William Inge’s 1961 film for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. I remembered seeing the movie on TV when I was a ...

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Review: Hamburg Ballet Presents 'Old Friends' Using a Mix of ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017 The internationally acclaimed Hamburg Ballet made their Joyce Theater debut this past week when they presented the New York premiere of Old Friends (An Evening of Ballets). I always enjoy attending performances at the Joyce where every seat has ...

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Review: 'Come From Away,’ A Celebration of Our Better Selves

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017 It’s not often that a Broadway musical transcends mere entertainment and provides an essential salve for the wounds of the country. The year 2016 was without question divisive, wrenching, and damaging to the American psyche. The new Broadway musical ...

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Ailey II Debuts With Both Old and New at the ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is nearing a six-decade milestone of presenting, and at the same time, revolutionizing modern dance as we know it today. Over the years the company has grown and in 1974 the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble ...

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Art Break: Women and Art and 'The Movement of Herstory' ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017 This week’s Art Break has women artists in focus. From traditional textile techniques to unique expressions of political and emotional states, these masters of their mediums bring new perspectives to the world around them. ZEALnyc recommends our ...

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Music and Cocktails at The Miller Theater—How Can You ...

ZEALnyc, March 24, 2017 Looking for a way to relax after a hard day at the office? Or maybe a way to hear a little music? Or maybe a place to have a drink? How about combining all these needs into 'one-stop shopping'?  The Miller Theater at ...

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Planning a Trip to Cuba? What You Need to Know ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 24, 2017 For years, visions of Cuba danced before my eyes like Shangri-La or El Dorado, the colorful, wonderful land that was very close, yet very far away. My partner and I have wanted to visit for ages. He loves Cuban ...

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Review: BLO’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’ Is a Modern Take On a Cautionary Tale

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, March 18, 2017

On a night where Stravinsky’s music was to take the stage in Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of the his opera The Rake’s Progress at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theater, there was ...

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Review: Mark Morris Presents Two Operas at BAM

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, March 17, 2017

Mark Morris’s Dido and Aeneas has been widely accepted as a masterpiece since it opened in 1989, and his recent mounting of Britten’s Curlew River was hailed as a transformative ...

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The Game’s Afoot With American Lyric Theater’s Opera About Sherlock Holmes

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, March 15, 2017

Musical arrangements that combine two styles can be charming and surprising. The TV series Glee periodically featured clever combinations of songs from different eras and singers. In one smart mash-up, ...

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Review: Philip Glass Continues to Celebrate With Collaborating at National Sawdust

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, March 14, 2017

Philip Glass’s eightieth-birthday celebrations continued this past Sunday with a charming joint recital with Foday Musa Suso, before a packed house at National Sawdust. The program consisted of ...

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Review: New York Philharmonic Presents a Birthday Tribute to Composer John Adams

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, March 13, 2017

David Geffen Hall, as the home of the New York Philharmonic is presently called, is awaiting, with some trepidation owing to money troubles, a long anticipated renovation which will forever change (and in ...

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Review: Philadelphia Orchestra Pairs Ballet and Opera at Carnegie Hall

By Jose Andrade, Contributing Writer, March 13, 2017

Carnegie Hall’s commitment to presenting the best performers in classical music today was evident last Tuesday, March 7 as the Philadelphia Orchestra brought an evening of ballet and opera to New York. Led by ...

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Carlisle Floyd Discusses Composing, the NEA, and Young Opera Composers

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, March 8, 2017

The composer Carlisle Floyd was in New York recently for the city’s premiere of his latest opera, Prince of Players. Mr. Floyd, who is ninety, has composed opera for seven decades. Speaking with a light ...

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Review: Shostakovich Shines With the St. Petersburg Philharmonic

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, March 6, 2017

Yuri Temirkanov, the venerable and much awarded Russian conductor, has led the storied St. Petersburg Philharmonic since 1988, during which period he also held posts with the Baltimore Symphony and the ...

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GEORGE BENJAMIN Dream of the Song (NY Premiere)
HECTOR BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Review: Boston Symphony Plays With ‘Staggering Beauty’

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, March 6, 2017

From 1918 to 1962, when it was led, sequentially, by Henri Rabaud, Pierre Monteux, Serge Koussevitsky, and Charles Munch, the Boston Symphony took a lot of affectionate ribbing as “the best French ...

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Review: Boston Symphony Presents a Well Balanced Program at Carnegie

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, March 3, 2017

The Boston Symphony continued its recent three concert visit to Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, March 1 with a program balancing a rarely performed twentieth century work with repertory staples. Andris Nelsons, a 38 ...

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Stravinsky is a Character in Boston Lyric Opera’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, March 2, 2017

What do you get when you combine a brilliant composer writing for the operatic stage with a storyline of greed, illicit carnal desires and a pact with the devil? One of the Twentieth Century’s musical ...

JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15
FRANZ SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759, "Unfinished"
BÉLA BARTÓK The Miraculous Mandarin Suite

Encores:
GYÖRGY CZIFFRA Concert Paraphrase on Themes from Die Fledermaus (after Johann Strauss II)
JOSEF STRAUSS "Frauenherz": Polka-Mazurka, Op. 166

Review: Buchbinder is Sparkling in Brahms with the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie

By Jose Andrade, Contributing Writer, March 2, 2017

On the second evening of the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall (February 25), Maestro Franz Welser-Möst presented Johannes Brahms’s First Piano Concerto, Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished” ...

SOFIA GUBAIDULINA Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Bayan (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60, "Leningrad"

Review: Boston Symphony Premieres a Work of ‘Searing Beauty’ at Carnegie Hall

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, March 1, 2017

Sofia Gubaidulina (b. 1931) is one of our great living composers, but when she was a student in Soviet Russia her work was deemed “irresponsible” for its modernist tendencies, like the use of alternative ...

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Composer Carlisle Floyd Discusses His Latest Opera, and His Earliest Success

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 28, 2017

Composer Carlisle Floyd was in New York last week for the city’s premiere of his latest opera, Prince of Players, and I sat with the composer for a talk in his hotel suite. Mr. Floyd, who is ...

JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15
FRANZ SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759, "Unfinished"
BÉLA BARTÓK The Miraculous Mandarin Suite

Encores:
GYÖRGY CZIFFRA Concert Paraphrase on Themes from Die Fledermaus (after Johann Strauss II)
JOSEF STRAUSS "Frauenherz": Polka-Mazurka, Op. 166

Review: Vienna Philharmonic Brings World-Class Music-Making to New York

By Jose Andrade, Contributing Writer, February 27, 2017

One of the great orchestras in classical music today, the Vienna Philharmonic, is on a brief tour of the United States this winter, and thankfully, New York is their first stop where they presented a series ...

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Review: LOTNY Premieres Carlisle Floyd’s Masterful ‘Prince of Players’

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 24, 2017

Carlisle Floyd’s latest opera Prince of Players had what Opera News called an ...

Review: Orchestre National de Lyon Soars With Storytelling Repertoire at Carnegie Hall

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, February 22, 2017

Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre National de Lyon brought a fascinating mix of the old, the new, and the rediscovered to Carnegie Hall on February 20th, all centered around Ravel. The ...

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Review: Turkish Delights Are Served Up at Zankel Hall

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 21, 2017

[Full disclosure: Your Faithful Scribe cannot be rational about this concert. Twenty-four hours after it ended, aforesaid scribe still reels with giddy-goat excitement, not having had such an ...

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A Weekend With Carlisle Floyd and the New York Premiere of His Latest Opera

ZEALnyc, February 17, 2017

Carlisle Floyd may have turned 90 this past June, but he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down his artistic output. His latest opera, The Prince of Players is being mounted by The Little Opera Theatre of New York (LOTNY) ...

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Review: Illness Provides Yende Unexpected Opportunity to Triumph at the Met

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 15, 2017

The Met’s current revival of Bellini’s I Puritani became an instant must-see, with

Slatkin Travels With His Orchestre National de Lyon to Carnegie In a Rich Program for Unsettled Times

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, February 15, 2017

A visit from an international orchestra as renowned as the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL) is always cause for celebration, but their upcoming American six-city tour, which hits Carnegie Hall on ...

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Review: Assistant Conductor, Joshua Gersen, Keeps the Music Playing at the NY Phil

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 13, 2017

Poor old Taneyev—he just can’t catch a break! Here he goes and spends seven years writing his magnum opus, a three-act opera based on Aeschylus’s Oresteia, and the poor thing gets cut ...

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Review: Vivaldi’s ‘Juditha’ Triumphs Again with Venice Baroque Orchestra at Carnegie

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 9, 2017

To paraphrase one of Miss Austen’s heroines, we presume to know Antonio Vivaldi very well; but as my great-uncle Olin, late of Langdale, Alabama, used to say, we don’t know squat.

These ...

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Review: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Is ‘Electrifying’ at Carnegie Hall

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, February 6, 2017

On February 4 at Carnegie Hall, the famously conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra presented a performance of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto with a twist: the soloist Vadim Gluzman played the ...

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Review: Venice’s Rich Musical Heritage Performed By An Array of International Artists

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 6, 2017

Add Carnegie Hall to the list of places where spontaneous political demonstrations have erupted over the past few weeks. If that setting seems improbable, the inciting event—a musico-historical ...

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Dennis Russell Davies, Philip Glass, and Angelique Kidjo
Performance Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 7:30 PM
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Celebrating Philip Glass's 80th Birthday

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

The Bruckner Orchester Linz, under its Music Director Dennis Russell Davies, celebrates Philip Glass’s 80th birthday with the world premiere of his Symphony No. 11. Other works on the program include the intoxicating samba-inspired Days and Nights in Rocinha, and Ifé: Three Yoruba Songs, featuring vocalist Angélique Kidjo.
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Bruckner Orchestra Linz
Dennis Russell Davies, Music Director
Angelique Kidjo, Vocals
Program
ALL-PHILIP GLASS PROGRAM
Days and Nights in Rocinha
Ifé: Three Yorùbá Songs (NY Premiere)
Symphony No. 11 (World Premiere)

Review: Philip Glass Celebrates His Birthday with a World Premiere at Carnegie Hall

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 1, 2017

Well, folks, he did it: Philip Glass had his big birthday bash at Carnegie Hall on January 31, and he blew out all eighty candles. Not that there was actual cake—if they’d had a cake big enough to ...

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466
ANTON BRUCKNER Symphony No. 2 in C Minor7

Review: Barenboim Delivers a ‘Stellar Performance’ at Carnegie Hall

By Jose Andrade, Contributing Writer, February 1, 2017

January 27th at Carnegie Hall was day 7 of New York’s first Bruckner symphony cycle, which brought us Bruckner’s popular Symphony No. 7 and Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante with Daniel Barenboim ...

DOMENICO SCARLATTI Sonata in B Minor, K. 27
DOMENICO SCARLATTI Sonata in F Minor, K. 466
DOMENICO SCARLATTI Sonata in D Minor, K. 1
DOMENICO SCARLATTI Sonata in D Minor, K. 141
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux"
SERGEI PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 14
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Elégie in E-flat Minor, Op. 3, No. 1, from Morceaux de fantaisie
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2, from Morceaux de fantaisie
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Fragments
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Étude-tableau in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 4
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Étude-tableau in B Minor, Op. 39, No. 4
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Étude-tableau in D Major, Op. 39, No. 9
FRANZ LISZT Totentanz 

Encores:
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Lullaby in A-flat Major from Eighteen Pieces, Op. 72
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Dance Scene in C Major from Eighteen Pieces, Op. 72
FELIX MENDELSSOHN Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream (arr. Rachmaninoff)
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Sarabande from Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825

Review: Dmitry Masleev Dazzles in His New York Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, February 1, 2017

The twenty-eight-year-old Siberian-born pianist Dmitry Masleev achieved worldwide fame in 2015 when he won the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. He has concertized extensively since ...

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Review: St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble Brings Bach and Vivaldi To Life at the Brooklyn Museum

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, January 30, 2017

The St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble opened its 2017 Baroque Chamber Music Series on Sunday afternoon, at the Brooklyn Museum, with a program of mostly ...

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‘A Freshness I’m Pleased With’ – Glass Discusses His Eleventh Symphony and His Place

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, January 30, 2017

On January 26th, Carnegie Hall announced the appointment of ...

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Tanglewood 2017: Exciting Programming Under the Stars

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, January 29, 2017

New York City music lovers have many things to look forward to in the summer “off season.” Concerts in the park and Bargemusic to name just two. But the spiritual heart of the classical music ...

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595
ANTON BRUCKNER Symphony No. 1 in C Minor

Review: Barenboim is Brilliant Leading the Staatskapelle Berlin in Bruckner and Mozart

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, January 26, 2017

Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin are performing all nine Bruckner symphonies over the course of nine evenings at Carnegie Hall, coupling each symphony with a Mozart piano concerto, led by ...

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