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Classical News & Reviews

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 ...

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” ...

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 ...

Rebecca Clarke Is 'Composer of the Week' In Upcoming BBC ...

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 the pond seem to be a ...

Review: Parsons Dance 'Celebrates the Joy of Movement'

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, May 26, 2017 Parsons Dance began a two-week residency at the Joyce Theater last week, which concludes this weekend. Much of the advance publicity was centered around a premiere (Hello World) which was to feature flying drones as part of the performance.  ...

Vision Fest 22: A Free-Jazz Festival at Judson Memorial Church All ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor, May 26, 2017 In its 22nd annual edition, Arts for Art presents the always adventurous, always eclectic Vision Fest with an array of avant/experimental musicians who have committed their artistry to stretching the boundaries of jazz into the free zone. They're ...

Rite of Summer Music Festival Begins With A Bang This ...

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 Julia Wolfe, Caroline Shaw, John Cage and Steve Reich. ...

Review: 'Building the Wall' Depicts a Trump-Era Dystopia

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, May 25, 2017 Robert Schenkkan’s powerful new play, Building the Wall, is a gripping cautionary tale, set in the near future, that imagines some of the consequences that could result from Donald Trump’s presidency. Director Ari Edelson and his superb ...

Jazz Notes: Project Grand Slam Bandleader Robert Miller Talks About ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, May 25, 2017 On the eve of new fusion ensemble Project Grand Slam’s fifth recording, The PGS Experience, founder and leader Robert Miller says that even though his 11-year-old group experienced a profile elevation this past year, he still finds ...

Review: British Import 'Rotterdam' Takes On Gender Identity With Uneven ...

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, May 25, 2017 Gender identity and sexuality are at the forefront of Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam, part of Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters. But while the script approaches its subject matter with sensitivity, humor, and a certain amount of complexity, heavy-handed ...

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Spring Show Opens This Weekend

ZEALnyc, May 24, 2017 The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit commences its 2017 shows this Memorial Day Weekend and the following weekend.  The event showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world. Attendees come from all over and ...

The 'Daly Show' is Coming to Vermont as Tim and ...

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, May 24, 2017 “Tim Daly is my favorite actor. Tim Daly is my favorite brother. Not necessarily in that order.” Those are the words of Tony Award winner (Gypsy, 1990) and multiple Emmy recipient Tyne Daly speaking of her younger brother Tim Daly, ...

Shakespeare in the Park: A 'How To Get Tickets' Primer

ZEALnyc, May 23, 2017 The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park is one of the best theater deals in town. Any town. You can’t beat seeing remarkable performances from people like James Earl Jones, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, or Liev ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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) ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

1690 ‘Auer’ Stradivarius Returns to Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, with Vadim Gluzman and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, January 25, 2017

Vadim Gluzman, the Ukrainian-born Israeli violinist whose recent gig with the Chicago Symphony won

Philip Glass Celebrates 80 with a World Premiere at Carnegie Hall

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, January 24, 2017

He’s been our go-to “ascendant modernist” for so long that it’s easy to forget that Philip ...

Orchestra of St. Luke’s Returns to its Roots

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, January 23, 2017

With eighty concerts a year, a roster of impressive guest artists, a summer residency at Caramoor, and a sparkling new home at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s ...

Review: A ‘Thrilling Start’ to a Bruckner Symphony Cycle with Barenboim at Carnegie

By Jose Andrade, Contributing Writer, January 23, 2017

Anton Bruckner has long been an important contributor to the symphonic repertoire, but January 19-29, 2017 New York City is experiencing its first Bruckner Symphony Cycle at Carnegie Hall! In honor of Daniel ...

Review: Mirror Visions Ensemble presents ‘A Visit With Emily’ and various premieres at the Sheen Center

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, January 18, 2017

The singer-founded, singer-run Mirror Visions Ensemble threw itself a twenty-fifth birthday party on January 16 at the Sheen Center, showing off the fruits of ...

Review: ‘Candide’ Continues to Confound

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, January 9, 2017

Every decade or so, Harold Prince serves up a dog’s breakfast and calls it Candide. New York City Opera presented the latest such repast last Friday at the Rose Theatre.

Just so you ...

An opera about Alan Turing of ‘The Imitation Game’ fame

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, January 7, 2017

Theater can be entertaining, but it can also educate us about unfamiliar history. Two recent critically-acclaimed theatrical releases tell the exquisite and absorbing stories of three brilliant African ...

PROTOTYPE —a ‘Visionary’ Festival Begins Today

ZEALnyc, January 5, 2017

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, PROTOTYPE – OPERA/THEATRE/NOW begins its annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works today by presenting a mélange of works by pioneering contemporary artists from New York ...

New York City Opera’s Road Back — An Interview with General Director Michael Capasso

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, December 27, 2016

Next week, New York City Opera continues its season with a Hal Prince mounting of Candide. From 1943 to ...

Review: New York Philharmonic Presents the Seasonal Chestnut — ‘Messiah’

By Jose Andrade, Contributing Writer, December 19, 2016

The holiday season is upon us — a chill in the air, eggnog, decorations, and for classical music lovers, Handel’s Messiah. Many performances of Messiah abound, but when I saw that ...

Review: The Zoo is ‘onstage’ with ‘Carnival of the Animals’ at the Miller Theatre

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, December 18, 2016

In bringing back director/designer Lake Simons’ production of Saint-Saëns’ well-loved Carnival of the Animals for a second year, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre seems poised to turn ...

Review: Joyce DiDonato Wages War and Strives for Peace at Carnegie Hall

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, December 17, 2016

Joyce DiDonato is on the verge of despair, and she wonders if the world has any future, or if music and art have anything left to offer it. That was the gist of the curtain-speech she gave at the end ...

Review: The Met’s ‘L’Amour de Loin’ is Sumptuous and Shimmering

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, December 16, 2016

Editor’s Note: ZEALnyc reviewed the Met’s production of ‘L’Amour de Loin’ on its opening night and again at its second performance; another ZEALnyc review and opinion ...