From sonatas by Bach to modern dance, the classic arts scene in New York is never quiet. Here is just a sampling of some of the classic arts events happening this week:
At the Metropolitan Opera, performances continue of Terence Blanchard’s Champion, which opened last week. Performances also continue of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Armore starring Aleksandra Kurzak and Xabier Anduaga, and Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier starring Lise Davidsen and Samantha Hankey. The season premiere of La Bohéme will take place Friday, April 21. Eleanora Buratto and Stephen Costello lead the revival of the beloved Zeffirelli production of Puccini’s verismo tragedy, conducted by Met music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
On Sunday, April 23, the Met will present the Laffont Grand Finals Concert, showcasing this year’s finalists of the Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, as well as guest artist Latonia Moore, currently appearing on stage in Champion.
Next door at David Geffen Hall, the New York Philharmonic is presenting two concerts with Sir András Schiff. On April 18, Schiff will perform concertos by Haydn and Mozart in a program which will also include Schubert’s Symphony in B minor and Mozart’s overture to Don Giovanni. (Later this season, the Met will present a new production of Don Giovanni directed by Ivo van Hove.) April 20-22, Schiff will perform Bartók’s third piano concerto in a program which opens with Symphonic Minutes by Ernst von Dohnányi, and concludes with Mozart’s Symphony No. 41.
Following April 21, The New York Philharmonic presents the Taiwan Philharmonic, conducted by Jun Märkl. The program will include works by Bruch, Mendelssohn, Debussy, and the New York premiere of Ke-Chia Chen’s Ebbs and Flows.
April 23 will see Schiff once again join musicians from the New York Philharmonic, this time at the 92nd Street Y, to perform works by Bach, Schumann, Beethoven, and Dvořák.
On the other side of 65th street, at Alice Tully Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will present Winds of Change April 21, a program comprising works by Martinů, Thuille, and Spohr. Following April 23, the society will present the Emerson String Quartet, performing works by Purcell, Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven
Carnegie Hall will present concerts by Ensemble Connect, the National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gianandrea Noseda, the Danish String Quartet, and pianist Beatrice Rana. Planned for April 21 and part of Carnegie Hall Citywide, Rahsaan Patterson will give a free concert at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
April 19 will see the New York City Opera Orchestra and Chorus, led by conductor Constantine Orbelian, performing A Concert for Sugihara at Carnegie Hall, commemorating Chiune Sugihara, Japanese Vice-Consul to Lithuania, who helped thousands of Jewish refugees escape Europe during the Second World War. The performance will feature the American Premiere of Lera Auerbach's Symphony No. 6, Vessels of Light, as well as Karen Tanaka’s Guardian Angel. Soloists include cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, soprano Elizaveta Ulakhovich, mezzo-soprano Amy Maude Helfer, tenor Wooyoung Youn, and bass-baritone Christopher Job.
Starting April 18, New York City Ballet will present a program of three ballets choreographed by George Balanchine: Concerto Barocco, choreographed to Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, which was performed at New York City Ballet’s first performance in 1948; Kammermusik No. 2, choreographed to music by Hindemith; and Raymonda Variations, choreographed to excerpts from Glazunov’s Raymonda. Performances of All Balanchine will continue through May 5 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.
This week, New York City Ballet will also present Masters at Work: Balanchine & Robbins II, featuring three more ballets by George Balanchine, as well as Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, choreographed to the famous impressionist work by Debussy, which was first performed by New York City Ballet in 1953. Performances of this program run April 21-30.
The Dance Theatre of Harlem takes the stage at New York City Center this week, presenting the New York premieres of William Forsythe’s Blake Works IV and Tiffany Rea-Fisher’s Sounds of Hazel. That program will also include George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, and Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth. A second program of repertory favorites will also be presented, featuring the work of Robert Garland, Helen Pickett, Stanton Welch, and Nacho Duato.
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