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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 ...

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: A Magical ‘Brigadoon’ at Encores! City Center

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, November 20, 2017 Whatever happened to Brigadoon? Not the place, the musical. Yeah, the place supposedly comes back every 100 years, but it was beginning to look like a century might pass before we saw the musical again in a full-scale professional production. ...

Review: Female-Centric Programming Takes Center Stage with the New York ...

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, November 20, 2017 Women have always been huge contributors to the arts, from celebrated costume designers, to award-winning writers, directors and producers. This past Friday the New York Pops chose to honor the musical side of the equation with its concert Women ...

Art Break: Another Side of Louise Bourgeois on Display at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 20, 2017 Although Louise Bourgeois is known as a sculptor, she was also an accomplished artist in the areas of drawing, painting and printing. Less known are her works in textiles, often done in collaboration with other artists. Now on ...

Review: Benjamin Grosvenor Dazzles In Recital at 92nd Street Y

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, November 17, 2017 Hailed as a child prodigy who has gone on to a promising solo career, British concert pianist Benjamin Grosvenor dazzled New York audiences on Wednesday at the 92nd Street Y with an ambitious program both rangy and highly rewarding. ...

Review: The Mariinsky Orchestra With Its Massive Sound Is A ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, November 17, 2017 At least three things emerge from the Mariinsky Orchestra’s back-to-back concerts at Carnegie Hall this week. First, the Mariinsky is a world treasure. Second, Sergei Prokofiev is arguably the finest writer of music for orchestra since Hector Berlioz. ...

Review: ‘Latin History for Morons’ Is Entertaining and Laced with ...

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 16, 2017 Unapologetic, of-the-moment, matured and funny. Just some of the words that come to mind describing John Leguizamo’s sixth one-man stage production, Latin History for Morons, currently running at the iconic Studio 54 in New York City. Leguizamo’s claim ...

Review: The Swedish Chamber Orchestra Presents A Magnificent 'Missa Solemnis' ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, November 14, 2017 Nearly two centuries after its completion, people still pretty much fall into two camps about Beethoven’s Missa solemnis: they think it’s either one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, or the chaotic leavings of a ...

Getting Up Close and Personal With Michelangelo at the Met

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 13, 2017 There are times when an artist’s name becomes verbal shorthand for discussing anything that remotely resembles their talent – or when it doesn’t. As a result it’s easy to lose sight of the original reason for ...

Art Break: The Fabric of Our Lives Through the Eyes ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 13, 2017 A lot of people dream of travelling the world. They want to experience firsthand the joys of walking down narrow streets surrounded by the colors, smells, and sounds of other lands and cultures. Art Break takes a different ...

Music In the Digital Age Sparks Creation of the Open ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, November 10, 2017 Virtuoso pianist Joel Fan, a celebrated champion of new music and member of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, is launching the Open Source Music Festival at the Lower East Side's Abrons Art Center on November 16—18. This is a ...

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 ...

Jennifer Rowley—A Rising Star (and one to keep your eye on)!

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, May 1, 2017

Jennifer Rowley is the very definition of a star on the rise. But, in an age when people become famous merely for being famous, this is the rarest of stars in an even more rarefied arena: a true operatic diva. ...

Review: ‘Babes in Toyland’—A Nostalgic Delight with MasterVoices at Carnegie Hall

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 28, 2017

A concert version of Babes in Toyland was presented at the exquisite Carnegie Hall on Thursday evening. First produced in 1903, the Victor Herbert operetta is considered a landmark because it was a ...

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