The name Avery Fisher continues on in the form of a career grant, which awarded its 2016 recepients this week with a $25,000 cash prize. Among the honorees named are three violinists, a cellist and a pianist.
Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart festival is a staple of New York's classical music summer programming. More than likely a contributing factor to the city's summer influx of residents, Mostly Mozart is celebrating 50 years of concerts this year with a unique commission from Pulitzer Prize-winning, Oscar-nominated classical giant David Lang.
At a time in which pirates had just graduated from "hotbed issue of the century" to a subject of droll comic relief, librettist Pietro Metastasio had seized upon the convenient device to launch his witty commentary on the subjectivity of innocence and disenchantment: the lighthearted opera (famously set by Haydn), L'isola disabitata or "The Desert Island". In the opera's Tuesday performance at Alice Tully Hall --- staged by period-instrument favorites, the American Classical Orchestra, led by Thomas Crawford on harpsichord --- one hopes that the opera's delightful social commentary, together with its slapstick gags, had fully reached the New York audience.
The first inductees into Lincoln Center's fledgling Hall of Fame arena have been announced. In the first round of names to make the cut are Louis Armstong, Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Leontyne Price and Harold Prince.
The complete cast list for the upcoming Manhattan Concert Productions limited performance of 'The Secret Garden' at Lincoln Center. The 25th Anniversary special will combine the talents of some of the best stage and screen actors, backed by the New York City Chamber Orchestra. If that was not enough the Tony Awarding winning play will add a 200-voice chorus comprised of groups from all across the United States of America.
While Hoon Lee has been praised for his portrayal of King Mongkut in the Lincoln Center revival of 'The King and I,' the production will hardly be left in a lurch when he leaves the production later this year. According to the latest gossip news updates, 'Lost's' Daniel Dae Kim will be taking over the titular role May 3, with 'Inception's' Ken Watanabe filling-in in the interim. Although this will be Kim's Broadway debut, the 'Hawaii Five-O' actor has played Mongkut once before in an arena-style production at London's Royal Albert Hall back in 2008.
The New York Philharmonic will be performing and conversing with listeners Thursday, Jan. 21 at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in an event hosted by WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon. An absolutely free event, the Insights performance will begin at 7:30 pm.
It is true that Wynton Marsalis is set to begin his weekend residency at the Lincoln Center on the 22, but the celebrated musician is slated to play with his band, The Jazz, not famed DJ, Skrillex. According to the latest gossip news updates, the reports about Marsalis teaming up with the EDM producer earlier this month turned out to be completely false and hopefully won't affect the tickets sells of 3 concerts with The Jazz next weekend.
As part of Lincoln Center's 50th Great Performers season, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's "All-Tchaikovsky" visit to David Geffen Hall on January 6th brought with it a program showcasing two of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's most beloved works (three, in fact, if the encore is to be counted): his 'Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor', his 'Symphony No. 5 in E minor', and, for the unexpected encore, the never-failing, “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker.
Mostly Mozart concerts have been a summer staple in participating cities since 1966. Indeed, an historically informed opportunity for the world's foremost interpreters of the pure classical canon, alongside top-flight works by today's contemporary voices. Having plucked out our favorite string players earlier, here, then, are Classicalite's five favorite wind ones: flutist Tanya Dusevic Witek, principal clarinet Jon Manasse, bassoonist Tom Sefčovič and principal horn player Lawrence DiBello...
As the name implies, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra is the resident ensemble of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. Thee premiere orchestra here in the States dedicated to performing the works of (mostly) the classical era, not surprisingly, it's composed of musicians local (New York Phil, Met Opera, Orpheus Chamber), national (Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, St. Paul Chamber) and certainly worldwide acclaim. Vote for your favorite MMFO string player--Laura, Shmuel, Alvin or Lou--below.
Well, it has certainly been quite the summer for Mozart in New York City. And here in the final throes of Gotham's grand celebration of most things Mozart--namely, the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center--we're finally getting the U.S. stage premiere of lauded British composer George Benjamin's equally highly-praised opera, 'Written on Skin,' at the David H. Koch Theater.
Alas, we are closing in on the final weeks of this summer's Mostly Mozart Festival. Fear not, though, Classicalites. The home stretch of Mostly Mozarts past there at Lincoln Center have always been filled with must-hear performers in don't-miss programming, and this 2015 iteration is hardly going out with a whimper. Case in point: the much-awaited American stage premiere of British composer George Benjamin's love-hate opera, 'Written on Skin.' Starring Barbara Hannigan and Christopher Purves in the viscerally erotic roles they, themselves, originated, outgoing New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert leads the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in what's fast becoming the most revered English-language opera in some two decades.
Nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Decca Broadway/Universal Music Classics will release the 2015 Broadway cast recording of the Lincoln Center Theater production revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's original classic, 'The King and I.'
Money may not buy happiness, but it can buy you a permanent spot in history. Lincoln Center has announced that entertainment mogul David Geffen has donated $100 million to help renovate the hall. One of the major renovations will be a name change, of course. The famous Avery Fisher Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, will be retitled "David Geffen Hall."