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Review: New York Philharmonic Continues Its Bernstein Tribute With Mixed Results

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, November 3, 2017

The second installment in the New York Philharmonic’s contextualized survey of Leonard Bernstein’s ...

Review: ‘Friends! The Musical Parody’ Isn’t Always There For You

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, November 3, 2017

Friends the TV show has its own cult-following, so when I heard there was a Friends musical in the works, I was curious to see how it would transfer to the stage. With Friends! The ...

Review: ‘Junk’ Should Be A Lot More Messy

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, November 3, 2017

Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 play Disgraced garnered fine reviews and a Pulitzer for its nuanced exploration of racial and religious divides. It offered complex characters, cracklingly good dialogue, and more ...

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 ...

BLO’s ‘Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare’ Digs Deep Into the Darker Side of History For Its Inspiration

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, November 1, 2017

As traditionally dark and tragic as opera can be, there’s a new addition to the repertoire—with an irreverent twist—in Boston Lyric Opera’s upcoming production of The Nefarious, Immoral But ...

Review: Dinner Goes Deliciously Wrong And Opera Soars As ‘The Exterminating Angel’ Arrives At The Met

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, November 1, 2017

In Luis Buñuel’s surrealist classic 1962 film The Exterminating Angel, the upper-crust guests at a formal dinner party inexplicably find that they are unable to leave the room at evening’s ...

Performance Art Takes Over NYC With Performa 17 Biennial

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 1, 2017

Performa is an arts organization with the mission of nurturing and promoting performance art around the world. Their biennial event in New York City brings artists across multiple disciplines to discuss, ...

Review: New York Pops Begins Their Season On A High Note at Carnegie Hall

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, October 31, 2017

Walking into Carnegie Hall last Friday there was a feeling in the air that only new beginnings bring. Chatter filled the hall as people took their seats, old friends found each other in the crowds, and new ...

American Composers Orchestra Celebrates 40th With an Exciting Gala Concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, October 31, 2017

It is true, the American Composers Orchestra has been “innovating right before your ears” for four whole decades. Yup, it’s true: this essential ...

Review: A ‘Butterfly’ That Blurs

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, October 31, 2017

If you have no idea what M. Butterfly is about and plan to see the play, now on Broadway with Clive Owen and Jin Ha starring, quit reading right now and go back in the cave you’ve been living in since ...

Review: A Renovated ‘Rags’ at Goodspeed Opera House

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, October 30, 2017

Rags is one of those heartbreaking musical flops that theater fans continually lament as they wistfully imagine what could have been. Such a glorious score. Such a mess of a book. Such a ...

Review: Trifonov Presents An ‘Enormously Satisfying’ Perspective At Carnegie

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, October 30, 2017

At twenty-six, Daniil Trifonov is already one of the world’s most exciting and successful pianists, and this season he became the youngest artist ever invited to create a Carnegie Hall ...

Art Break: Things Get a Little Hairy With ‘Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures’

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 30, 2017

Halloween is one of New York’s favorite holidays: after all, how often do you get to pretend to be someone else for a night? Ok, we do that all the time here, but on October 31 everyone goes all out with ...

It’s a Family Affair at the Big Apple Circus—and Grandma’s Back!

Don Adkins, Managing Editor, October 27, 2017

Most of us daydreamed in our childhood (or perhaps even more recently) about running away with the circus. And for many in this familial-centric industry, it’s just a matter of continuing to work in the family ...

Review: A ‘Brilliantly Rendered’ Bernstein Tribute By the New York Philharmonic

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, October 26, 2017

Of all the events marking Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, surely the most authentic, and to my mind the most intrinsically moving, is the Philharmonic’s

Jazz Notes: Dynamic Pianist/Vocalist Eliane Elias Marvels at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall With a Doubleheader of Inspiration

By Dan Ouellette, ZEAL Senior Editor, October 26, 2017

When the Brazil-born, New York-based pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias settles in to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall on November 3 and 4, she will be reflecting on the spectrum of her career in a ...

Channeling Your Inner-Goblin This Halloween

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, October 25, 2017

It’s that time of year again.  Halloween has become a huge holiday, at least here in NYC.  This year the city will host the 44th annual Halloween Parade, which has grown substantially over the years from ...

Bang on a Can’s ‘Road Trip’ Finds Its Way To BAM This Weekend

ZEALnyc, October 24, 2017

The Bang on a Can Festival celebrated its impressive thirty year history this summer at their regular festival venue of MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. To commemorate this landmark occasion, the three founding members, Michael Gordon, ...

Review: NYCO’s Chamber-sized Thriller ‘Dolores Claiborne’ Suffers

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, October 24, 2017

A new production of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne, adapted from Stephen King’s psychological thriller, opened last Sunday in “a scaled-down version for use in smaller venues,” ...

TEFAF Brings Its Finest Works to the Park Avenue Armory This Fall

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 24, 2017

TEFAF New York Fall is the second installment of this well-known European art fair. The spring event was a huge success, bringing a wide variety of artworks from around the world. This time the Park Avenue ...

The New York Philharmonic Hosts Centennial Festivities Honoring Its Former Leader Leonard Bernstein

Don Adkins, Managing Editor, October 23, 2017

This year the New York Philharmonic celebrates its 175th anniversary with various concerts commemorating this auspicious occasion. A milestone of this magnitude would provide most organizations with more than enough ...