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Review: Schumann and Brahms Shine Bright at Mostly Mozart

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 18, 2017

This has been quite the year for New York audiences to revisit the music of Robert Schumann, and this former sceptic has been finding great art therein. Recent concerts at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart ...

Commentary: Thoughts on Polymath’s Exploration of Music and Philosophy

By Leonard Bopp, Contributing Writer, August 17, 2017

This past Sunday there was a summer lab project performance at National Sawdust involving the combined forces of Found Sound Nation and Polymath Club. In order to appreciate the work of Polymath Club, a ...

Review: A Dynamic Duo—Bell and Isserlis—Are ‘Perfectly Synched’ at Mostly Mozart

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, August 9, 2017

Not many musicians can match violinist Joshua Bell for the sheer ferocity he brings to his music-making, but cellist Steven Isserlis is his perfect foil. Friends, colleagues, and sparring partners for three ...

Catch the Final Summer Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's ...

ZEALnyc, August 23, 2017 It's easy to be swept away in the romanticism of the parties and lifestyle depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic The Great Gatsby. Over the years, events and celebrations evoking this 'devil may care' sensibility and featuring period jazz band music and dancing ...

Jazz Notes: Discovering the U.K. Jazz Underground With Shabaka ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, August 22, 2017 In the past couple of years, there has been an excitement in the jazz underground of the U.K., finally getting recognition across the pond with its dynamic acts that have wowed the home crowd as well as ...

End of Summer Museum Round-up: Part 1

A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 21, 2017 As we edge toward the end of summer we often find ourselves wanting to get that last bit of pleasure and enjoyment out of season. August can be one of those times of year when you just don't want ...

Review: Schumann and Brahms Shine Bright at Mostly Mozart

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 18, 2017 This has been quite the year for New York audiences to revisit the music of Robert Schumann, and this former sceptic has been finding great art therein. Recent concerts at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival presented an opportunity to ...

Review: A Glimpse Behind the Canvas in 'Van Gogh's Ear'

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 18, 2017 In the world of art, you often hear about Van Gogh’s style of painting described as revolutionary when compared to his Impressionist counterparts. And at the time it was, and still is. The sad part is the artist ...

Commentary: Thoughts on Polymath's Exploration of Music and Philosophy

By Leonard Bopp, Contributing Writer, August 17, 2017 This past Sunday there was a summer lab project performance at National Sawdust involving the combined forces of Found Sound Nation and Polymath Club. In order to appreciate the work of Polymath Club, a research/creation collective that explores ...

Review: A Well-Cast ‘Company’ at Barrington Stage

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 16, 2017 One of the best places to see top-quality theater outside of New York City has got to be the Berkshires. From the Williamstown Theater Festival to the Berkshire Theatre Group to Shakespeare & Company, Western Massachusetts has plenty for ...

Review: 'Curvy Widow' Is Creaky and Coarse

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017 As I stood in the lobby of the Westside Theatre, a diminutive women of a certain age came up to me and my theatergoing companion, shook our hands, and introduced herself as Bobby Goldman, the author and subject of ...

Review: 'Macbeth' Proves To Be a Moving Experience—Quite Literally

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017 As someone who frequents the theatre, I’m accustomed to taking my seat and remaining there for two hours, maybe longer. This isn’t exactly how the New York Classical Theatre presents their productions. Under the leadership of Artistic ...

Art Break: 'All The World's A Stage' For Hilary Knight

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017 This week, our focus is on Hilary Knight, an artist with a wide ranging career in book illustration, stage and costume design, and writing. From his expressive pen came Eloise, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Wallace, the Algonquin Cat, and so ...

The State of the Art—Thoughts on the Final Week of ‘Bang on a Can Festival’

By Leonard Bopp, Contributing Writer, August 8, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, MA.  When curating a project, an exhibition, a concert, even a festival, there are typically two approaches the producing organization may take. One, is to organize around a particular idea, ...

Bard Music Festival Focuses on ‘Chopin and His World’

ZEALnyc, August 8, 2017

As many summer festivals are beginning to wind down, there’s one just to the north of New York City that is getting ready to commence. The 28th annual Bard Music Festival, taking place on the campus of Bard College in ...

Review: Ksenija Sidorova—Accordionist Extraordinaire—at Mostly Mozart

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, August 7, 2017

Ksenija Sidorova’s program bio says that she is “the world’s leading ambassador for the accordion.” After seeing her solo recital on August 5 at the Kaplan Penthouse, as part of Mostly ...

Review: Bang On A Can’s ‘Road Trip’ Reflects on the Journey

By Leonard Bopp, Contributing Writer, August 2, 2017

North Adams, MA.  Music and art, at their best, have always been modes of communication, methods of making abstract qualities of beauty feel experiential, tangible, visceral. But some works manage to so ...

Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble Is UNTAMED! at La MaMa This Summer

ZEALnyc, August 2, 2017

Now that the summer doldrums are upon us, you may feel as though you need something to shake things up a bit. Well, you’re in luck, because the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble is bringing lots of wildlife and “wild things” ...

Mostly Mozart Festival Opens Tomorrow—What To See and Hear

ZEALnyc, July 24, 2017

Summer in New York brings many performances and festivals for which we look forward, from the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in Central Park to the

An International Opera Festival in HD at Symphony Space

ZEALnyc, July 18, 2017

While many of the major opera houses are on hiatus until their fall seasons begin (at least here locally), there’s no reason you can’t still get your opera fix through some welcomed programming by the stalwart venue on the Upper ...

Bang On A Can Festival Is Making Some Noise Again This Summer in North Adams, MA

By Leonard Bopp, Contributing Writer, July 14, 2017

Thirty years after their debut concert—a day-long marathon concert of experimental music in a SoHo art gallery—the founders of Bang on a Can, the composer trifecta of Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David ...

Review: Fireworks In Fog as the Fiery Daniil Trifonov Plays Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, July 13, 2017

The young pianist Daniil Trifonov dashed Berkshire tranquility last night in a fierce display of virtuosity at Ozawa Hall on the previously serene grounds of Tanglewood. In Lenox for Mozart with the BSO on

Review: Sixteen-Year-Old Daniel Lozakovich Makes Impressive Debut with BSO at Tanglewood

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, July 10, 2017

After a wet start, heavenly weather accompanied the final days of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s opening weekend at Tanglewood. Under vivid blue skies and aside a gentle breeze, Andris Nelsons ...

Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra Opens 2017 Tanglewood Season with Drama

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, July 8, 2017

The 2017 Tanglewood season opened last night with stormy drama on and off the stage as Andris Nelsons settles into the longest Berkshire residency since his appointment as BSO music director and the Boston Symphony ...

News from Tanglewood

ZEALnyc, Summer 2017

Young piano sensation Daniil Trifonov gives a fiery, virtuosic recital at Ozawa Hall prior to his Boston Symphony Orchestra appearance playing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467.

Tanglewood Opens On Friday and Continues Through Labor Day Weekend

ZEALnyc, with Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, July 6, 2017

Although there have already been a number of concerts and events taking place at Tanglewood, the festival’s official opening concert is on Friday, July 7, when Andris Nelsons conducts The Boston ...

Review: NYCO Celebrates the LGBT Community With ‘Angels in America’

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, June 19, 2017

Commencing a new annual tradition of programming in honor of LGBT Pride in June, New York City Opera recently presented the New York premiere of Hungarian composer Pétér Eötvös’s 2004 operatic ...

Tanglewood Is Making Music Again With Stars Onstage And Up Above

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, June 16, 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 world, ...

Caramoor Has Something For Everyone With This Summer’s Multi-Faceted Festival Lineup

ZEALnyc, June 15, 2017

As we move into summer, we begin the transition from our standard concert hall settings and begin enjoying music and theatrical presentations in the more natural surroundings of, well, nature. Summer festivals are a hallmark of the season ...

New York Philharmonic Goes Outdoors for Their Annual Concert Series in the Parks

ZEALnyc, June 12, 2017

The New York Philharmonic has completed its scheduled 2016-2017 concert season in David Geffen Hall this past weekend with Alan Gilbert as its Music Director before embarking to Shanghai for a series of concerts in July. So this week before ...

Review: Salonen Displays ‘Exquisite Range’ Leading the MET Orchestra at Carnegie

By Jose Andrade, Contributing Writer, June 12, 2017

Late spring/early summer is a special time in New York, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra makes great use of this time flexing their symphonic muscles, presenting orchestral works in New York. On June 3rd, ...

Review: ‘Das Rheingold’ Shines Bright at the New York Philharmonic

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, June 5, 2017

In the end, all the trouble started when the pretty girls made fun of the short, funny-looking guy who had a crush on them. Hurt and angry, he stole their gold. If I can’t have love, he reasoned, at least I ...

Review: Opera On An Aircraft Carrier—’Glory Denied’ By Opera Upper West

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, June 5, 2017

Perhaps the most fascinating component of this year’s New York Opera Fest was Opera Upper West’s production of Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied on the ...

Review: The MET Orchestra Is a Commanding Force—Even Outside the Opera House

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, June 2, 2017

The MET Orchestra’s popular post-season appearances at Carnegie Hall are a grand opportunity to hear the celebrated ensemble outside of the opera house, center stage, playing symphonic music. Often the ...

Review: Conductor Jakub Hrůša In An Impressive Debut With New York Philharmonic

By Jose Andrade, Contributing Writer, May 29, 2017

An all-Czech program at David Geffen Hall this past Thursday evening featured the debut of Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša leading the New York Philharmonic in works by Antonín Dvořák (Violin Concerto and ...

Rebecca Clarke Is ‘Composer of the Week’ In Upcoming BBC Series

ZEALnyc, May 26, 2017

It seems odd that we are still playing catch-up with highlighting and bringing focus to the accomplishments of the vast majority of female composers, both domestically and internationally, but there you have it. Our media counterparts across ...

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Returns to Carnegie

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, May 26, 2017

If you are a NYC classical music lover, you can save on travel expenses. Talent comes to you. And generally to Carnegie.

One important orchestra begins a three-night Carnegie run next week, following a ...

Rite of Summer Music Festival Begins With A Bang This Weekend on Governors Island

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ZEALnyc, May 25, 2017

Rite of Summer Music Festival returns for its seventh season this weekend on Saturday, May 27 with performances by Talujon Percussion. They will be performing a program entitled “Dark Full Ride,” which includes works by ...

Review: Perahia Brings His ‘Colossal Artistry’ to Carnegie Hall With ‘Electric’ Results

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, May 22, 2017

The celebrated pianist Murray Perahia was the first North American to win the prestigious Leeds Competition in 1972 when he was 25. Since then, he has accumulated numerous other accolades, a large ...

Review: Kyung Wha Chung Is ‘Unequalled’ Making History at Carnegie Hall

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, May 19, 2017

As predicted, it was quite an evening. Looking like God’s soldier, her magnificent ...

Violinist Kyung Wha Chung Prepares for a Series of Firsts at Carnegie Hall This Week

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, May 15, 2017

Bach’s modestly-titled Six Solos for Violin without Bass Accompaniment are the Mount Everest of that instrument’s literature, ventured again and again in the safety of the studio—there are ...

Review: The Met Woos and Wins With Its Season Finale of ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, May 14, 2017

Franco Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac entered the repertoire of the Metropolitan Opera in 2005, at the championing of Placido Domingo, and in Francesca Zambello’s expertly directed production ...

Music and Cocktails at The Miller Theater—Now That’s a Happy Hour!

ZEALnyc, May 12, 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 ...

Review: Long-Forgotten ‘Los Elementos’ Lives Again—Olé!

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, May 5, 2017

New York City often sees American premieres, but scarcely after such long periods of neglect as endured by Los Elementos, a one-act opera composed by largely forgotten Spanish court composer Antonio ...

Review: A Taut ‘Der Fliegende Holländer’ Helmed By Nézet-Séguin

By Jose Andrade, Contributing Writer, May 3, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera’s season premiere of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer on Tuesday, April 25 was full of electricity, amply generated by incoming Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin ...

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