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Review: Violinist Janine Jansen’s ‘Perspectives’ Proves Exciting and Enlightening at Zankel Hall

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017

Dutch violinist Janine Jansen’s reverential following is bound to proliferate in the wake of her five-concert Perspectives series this season at Carnegie Hall, the second installment of which ...

Review: Alvin Ailey Is ‘Electrifying’ In Its Holiday Residency at City Center

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017

This past Saturday evening’s performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was electrifying and diverse.

Review: Philadelphia Orchestra Is In ‘Superb Form’ Under Nézet-Séguin’s Baton

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s latest Carnegie Hall appearance under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin began exhilaratingly with the New York premiere of Thomas Adès’s newly expanded Suite from ...

Review: Violinist Janine Jansen's 'Perspectives' Proves Exciting and Enlightening at ...

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 Dutch violinist Janine Jansen’s reverential following is bound to proliferate in the wake of her five-concert Perspectives series this season at Carnegie Hall, the second installment of which took place December 9 at Zankel Hall.  Two days after a ...

Review: Alvin Ailey Is 'Electrifying' In Its Holiday Residency at ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 This past Saturday evening's performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was electrifying and diverse. [caption id="attachment_48201" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 'Memoria;' photo: Steve Wilson.[/caption] The evening began with Memoria, ...

Review: Philadelphia Orchestra Is In 'Superb Form' Under Nézet-Sé...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 The Philadelphia Orchestra's latest Carnegie Hall appearance under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin began exhilaratingly with the New York premiere of Thomas Adès's newly expanded Suite from Powder Her Face, an orchestral suite appropriating music from ...

Jazz Notes: Two Weeks of Maestro Kenny Barron at the ...

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 11, 2017 Two years ago Kenny Barron brought his piano magic to the Village Vanguard in the holiday season. This year he's aboard for two six-day stands at the club he calls home. The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz ...

Art Break: Combining Elements in 'Mary Frank Pilgrimage' at DC ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 A lot of powerful art can be created using the environment as an inspiration but it also can be easy to miss the mark. After all, when you get down to it, the natural world is more complicated ...

Review: 'Pirates' At Play At Skirball

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, December 8, 2017 The first snow of the season is predicted this weekend, and respite from the cold can be found at NYU Skirball Center for the few remaining performances of The Hypocrites' summery version of The Pirates of Penzance. The audience ...

The Magical Evening of Singalong: The Music of Stevie Wonder ...

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 8, 2017 As we are fully entered into the holiday season, the art of song holds sway, ranging from omnipresent secular carols to time-honored Hanukkah folk tunes to the majestic Handel’s Messiah oratorio. But this year as we approach ...

Things Are Running AMOC In Boston (And If All Goes ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, December 8, 2017 Looking for the re-invention of opera’s traditional image? Look no further, as Boston is becoming a hot-bed of boundary-pushing, inventive, chance-taking artists. Witness the launch of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) introducing its first line-up of productions ...

There's A New 'Elf' In Town and You're Going To ...

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, December 6, 2017 The holiday season is upon us, and this year Madison Square Garden will be dazzling audiences with a new stage adaptation of Elf the Musical. Based on the wildly popular film Elf, starring Will Ferrell, this holiday favorite now ...

Review: 'Describe the Night' Bites Off Too Much To Chew?

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, December 6, 2017 Rajiv Joseph's last play at the Atlantic Theater, Guards at the Taj, featured so much blood that the two women in front of me walked out. I don’t mean that as a criticism of Joseph. I mean it ...

Jazz Notes: Two Weeks of Maestro Kenny Barron at the Village Vanguard

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 11, 2017

Two years ago Kenny Barron brought his piano magic to the Village Vanguard in the holiday season. This year he’s aboard for two six-day stands at the club he calls home. The National Endowment for ...

Art Break: Combining Elements in ‘Mary Frank Pilgrimage’ at DC Moore Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017

A lot of powerful art can be created using the environment as an inspiration but it also can be easy to miss the mark. After all, when you get down to it, the natural world is more complicated than it looks. ...

Review: ‘Pirates’ At Play At Skirball

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, December 8, 2017

The first snow of the season is predicted this weekend, and respite from the cold can be found at NYU Skirball Center for the few remaining performances of The Hypocrites’ summery version of The ...

The Magical Evening of Singalong: The Music of Stevie Wonder for the Holidays at Carnegie Hall

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 8, 2017

As we are fully entered into the holiday season, the art of song holds sway, ranging from omnipresent secular carols to time-honored Hanukkah folk tunes to the majestic Handel’s Messiah ...

Things Are Running AMOC In Boston (And If All Goes As Planned, It Will Be Spreading)

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, December 8, 2017

Looking for the re-invention of opera’s traditional image? Look no further, as Boston is becoming a hot-bed of boundary-pushing, inventive, chance-taking artists. Witness the launch of the American Modern ...

There’s A New ‘Elf’ In Town and You’re Going To Want To Meet Him

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, December 6, 2017

The holiday season is upon us, and this year Madison Square Garden will be dazzling audiences with a new stage adaptation of Elf the Musical. Based on the wildly popular film Elf, ...

Review: ‘Describe the Night’ Bites Off Too Much To Chew?

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, December 6, 2017

Rajiv Joseph’s last play at the Atlantic Theater, Guards at the Taj, featured so much blood that the two women in front of me walked out. I don’t mean that as a criticism of Joseph. I mean it as ...

Review: Brilliant Programming Leads the Way With The Brentano String Quartet At 92nd Street Y

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, December 5, 2017

In the wonderfully warm acoustics of the 92nd Street Y, the exceptional Brentano String Quartet and beloved soprano Dawn Upshaw presented a satisfying Sunday feast that probed the depths of human expression ...

Review: Bikini Bottom Is Tops In ‘SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical’

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, December 5, 2017

Walking into the Palace Theatre recently, I had no idea what to expect from SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical. I grew up watching the cartoon series, but I wasn’t sure how it would translate to ...

Review: In ‘The Mad Ones’ the Going Is Good, Not Great

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, December 4, 2017

A few years ago, still in the throes of my Next to Normal obsession, when I was staying up way too late watching every crappy phone-filmed performance of every member of the show’s cast singing in ...

Review: Chanticleer In Concert—Very Pleasant, But Not Entirely Satisfying

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, December 4, 2017

Chanticleer, the award-winning all-male vocal ensemble based in San Francisco, kicked off the national tour of its annual Christmas program this past Friday evening at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola ...

Review: ‘Once On This Island’ Blows Into Town Like a Breath of Fresh Island Air

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, December 4, 2017

There’s so much going on in the new revival of Once On This Island, which opened last night at Circle in the Square, that it’s hard to differentiate the marvelous from the merely ...

Art Break: Cultural Contrasts Explored In ‘Uncharted Waters’ at Boers-Li Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, December 4, 2017

Art Break is spending this week exploring how artists work with and against boundaries. In particular, we are looking at our uptown pick of Boers-Li Gallery’s current show. The Chinese artists represented ...

Talking To the Director of ‘Elf the Musical’ and Its Return To New York

By Bob Rizzo, Contributing Writer, December 1, 2017

The Theater at Madison Square Garden ushers in the holiday season with the New York return of ELF The Musical. Based on the whimsical 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, the show will play from December ...

Review: ‘The Winter’s Tale’ Continues The Public Theater’s Legacy By Bringing Shakespeare To All

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, December 1, 2017

The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit lies at the heart of Joe Papp’s vision which began almost 60 years ago: to provide free Shakespeare to everyone. By paring down sets and cast, The Winter’s Tale ...

Review: ‘The Parisian Woman’ — All Snooze, No Sizzle

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, December 1, 2017

There’s something remarkable going on at the Hudson Theatre, where Beau Willimon’s new play The Parisian Woman, directed by Pam MacKinnon, opened last night with Uma Thurman in the lead. They’ve ...

Looking For A Holiday Escape? Look To The Northern Lights (of Canada!)

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, November 30, 2017

Winter is almost here and the celebrating is beginning to get into full swing. Where better to feel the crisp winter air or celebrate all things snow-related than in Canada? Just a short drive from the ...