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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 ...


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: ‘Angry Young Man’ – A Zany Yet Serious Satire

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, March 24, 2017 Angry Young Man, by accomplished British playwright and director, Ben Woolf, is a satire that explores varying and complicated attitudes towards immigration. The imaginative and slapstick play was critically acclaimed in London and Australia, and in its U.S. ...

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Derek McLane—Set Designer
Sarah J. Holden—Costume Designer
David Weiner—Lighting Designer
Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen—Sound Designers

Review: 'The Price' Returns a Rarely Seen Miller Work to ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 23, 2017 What makes life a success? In Arthur Miller’s The Price, which opened on Broadway recently, policeman Victor gave up his dreams and dropped out of college to care for his father, who went bust in the Depression. His ...

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Jazz Notes: Review of Kevin Eubanks' Superb New Recording: 'East ...

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer ZEALnyc, March 23, 2017 Too often, jazz concept albums are so dedicated to their premise that the music suffers. The tunes aren’t interesting, the rhythm section doesn’t groove, and the soloists are phoning it in. With East West Time Line, ...

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Manhattan Theatre Club Serves Up 'The Little Foxes'—With A ...

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, March 23, 2017 Manhattan Theatre Club presents a revival of Lillian Hellman’s classic 1939 drama of greed and ambition, The Little Foxes, which  begins previews on March 29 and opens on April 19 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street. This ...


Review: 'Beneath the Gavel' Interrogates the Art World Via the ...

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, March 22, 2017 “I’ve always felt that a lot of modern art is a con, and that the most successful painters are often better salesmen and promoters than they are artists,” said by a man in 1987 who knows art, or at ...


Review: 'Chess Match No. 5'—A Tribute to Composer John ...

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, March 22, 2017 Chess Match No. 5 is the current production by the Abington Theatre Company playing at the June Havoc Theatre. The show, which felt more like a 90 minute monologue, centers around two characters, He (Will Bond) and She (Ellen Lauren), and ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic and Concert Chorale of New York in Handel's Messiah with soloist Christina Landshamer, Sasha Cooke, Matthew Polenzani and John Relyea at David Geffen Hall, 12/13/16.

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 ...

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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 ...


GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL "Scenes of horror, scenes of woe" from Jephtha
LEONARDO LEO "Prendi quel ferro, o barbaro!" from L'Andromaca
EMILIO DE' CAVALIERI Sinfonia from Rappresentatione di Anima, et di Corpo
HENRY PURCELL Chacony in G Minor, Z. 730
HENRY PURCELL Dido's Lament from Dido and Aeneas
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL "Pensieri, voi mi tormentate" from Agrippina
CARLO GESUALDO "Tristis est anima mea"
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Rinaldo
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HENRY PURCELL "They tell us that you mighty powers" from The Indian Queen
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL "Crystal streams in murmurs flowing" from Susanna
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL "Da tempeste il legno infranto" from Giulio Cesare
ARVO PÄRT Da pacem Domine
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL "Augelletti che cantata" from Rinaldo
NICCOLÒ JOMMELLI "Par che di giubilo" from Attilio Regolo

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RICHARD STRAUSS "Morgen," Op. 27, No. 4

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 ...

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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 ...

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Review: The Met Presents a New Masterpiece

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, December 8, 2016

Editor’s Note: ZEALnyc reviewed the Met’s production of ‘L’Amour de Loin’ on its opening night; another ZEALnyc review and opinion on this work and its important ...

Fazil Say performs with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, 4/11/15. Photo by Chris Lee

Review: Fazil Say Scores a Triumph as Both Soloist and Composer with Orpheus at Carnegie Hall

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, December 5, 2016

PIanist Fazil Say got together again with Orpheus, the conductorless chamber orchestra, for an “evening of luxury and levity” last ...


Review: Lepage Holds Met Opera’s New ‘L’Amour de Loin’ Hostage

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, December 1, 2016

Have you ever seen a really, really cute puppy sitting in a tiny, tiny crate? All full of trapped youthful life, love, joy and potential? All ready to just pop out? To be just, really fantastic?

And have ...

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Review: Royal Concertgebouw ‘Wows’ with Mahler at Carnegie Hall

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, December 1, 2016

During unsettled or troubling times, Mahler can seem like a spiritual balm, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s performance of the composer’s mighty Symphony No. 5 at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, ...

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On the Birth of a Twentieth-Century Operatic Masterpiece

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, November 30, 2016

The Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho has had an active New York season. Esa-Pekka Salonen and the New York Philharmonic offered four works including Circle Map at The Park Avenue Armory in October. ...

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Unearth, Release (Concerto for Viola and Orchestra) at David Geffen Hall, 11/17/16. Photo by Chris Lee

Review: Hail to the (soon to be) Chief! Jaap van Zweden Lets His Brilliance Shine

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, November 18, 2016

Jaap van Zweden’s first appearance with the New York Philharmonic since being

Review: Soprano Susanna Phillips succeeds in a last-minute ‘solo’ recital at Zankel Hall

By Jose Andrade, Contributing Writer, November 11, 2016

The Art song is a classical music genre not performed frequently here in America, so I gladly headed to Zankel Hall on Sunday, November 6 for a recital by soprano Susanna Phillips, with Myra Huang at the ...


Review: TON Presents a Student Concert at a Lincoln Center Venue

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, November 9, 2016

Let’s keep it real: for all the snazzy branding and top-flight design, the glossy handouts, the high-concept concert series (plural), the headline venues, and the talk of “forward-thinking, ...

A Rare Instrument Finds a Home in Montreal

ZEALnyc, October 31, 2016

Mark McLaren speaks with Montreal Symphony music director Maestro Kent Nagano and double bassist Eric Chappell on the introduction of a rare instrument to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra – the octobass. ...

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Operatic Debut In Washington DC

By Chidi Osirke, Contributing Writer, October 31, 2016

Born in Brooklyn 1933, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had, by any reasonable assessment, a storied career. She graduated from Columbia Law School and quickly became a staunch courtroom advocate for the fair ...


My Journey to Carnegie Hall Via Venezuela

By Paul Desenne, Contributing Writer, October 27, 2016

And thirteen million mouse clicks later, I was taking a bow onstage at Carnegie Hall… A very special moment, of course, but not only for the obvious reasons. There was something more that night than the ...

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Review: The Met’s Guillaume Tell, Not Quite A Bullseye

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, October 27, 2016

Rossini’s Guillaume Tell is one hell of a political opera—taut, tense, ready to explode at any moment with the pent-up rage of an occupied nation against its cruel foreign overlords, full ...

The Belcea Quartet with violinists Corina Belcea and Axel Schacher, Krzysztof Chorzelski on viola and Antoine Lederlin on Cello perform Beethoven in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on November 7, 2012.

Review: The Belcea Quartet in a Primal Performance of Shostakovich at Zankel Hall

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, October 23, 2016

The Belcea Quartet played Shostakovich last Friday night at Zankel Hall. This is ...


Review: American Symphony Orchestra Pairs Two Politically Themed One-Act Operas in Concert at Carnegie Hall

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, October 22, 2016

On the evening of the dubious third debate of the 2016 election season, the American Symphony Orchestra provided a welcomed musicological diversion at Carnegie Hall. Somewhat with the intention of examining ...

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Review: Yevgeny Kutik and Timo Andres in a captivating recital at National Sawdust

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, October 21, 2016

Yevgeny Kutik tells a revealing

TODAY: Soprano Deborah Voigt Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Metropolitan Opera Debut

Staff, ZEALnyc, October 18, 2016

Twenty-five years ago today, the American-born dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt made her Metropolitan Opera debut. The role was Amelia in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, and the performance would mark the ...


Montreal Symphony’s Kent Nagano Discusses Historic Octobass Debut

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, October 17, 2016

As classical music organizations tighten budgets, the Montreal Symphony has been spending like, well, a drunken orchestra. In 2011 it moved into a shiny new concert hall, a hall on design tables for decades. In ...

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor of the LA Philharmonic since 2009, composed the score for the new Simón Bolívar biopic The Liberator.</

Review: No Longer a ‘Youth’ Symphony, La Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela Is Finding Its Way on the World’s Stages

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, October 13, 2016

Carnegie Hall opened its season with a three-day residency by La Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela and its music director Gustavo Dudamel, beginning with an opening-night gala

Review: Mahler, Rattle and Philadelphia Together as Carnegie Season Opens to Drama

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, October 10, 2016

Mahler, Rattle and Philadelphia show up at Carnegie … and the result is no joke. The work is Symphony No. 6 in A Minor and the performance was dramatic.

And this following last ...

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Spend the day with Lincoln Center — all day October 7 via Facebook

A Day in the Life at Lincoln Center, the daylong Facebook Live broadcast on October 7, 2016 will be an unprecedented live event featuring all 11 resident performing arts organizations at Lincoln Center. The livestream will be produced by Telescope, the ...

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Kent Nagano Discusses Ten Years with Montreal Symphony

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, October 6, 2016

This year marks a milestone for the American-born conductor Kent Nagano, now in his tenth year as music director of the Montreal Symphony. In results against which other orchestral music directors (and their ...

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Joshua Bell in a one-night-only concert celebrates the ‘Seasons of Cuba’ at Rose Hall

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, October 6, 2016

Lincoln Center will present a special concert event featuring the Grammy Award–winning violinist Joshua Bell, bridging cultural divides in a performance with the Chamber Orchestra of ...