From Bach to Ferrenc, 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:
On Site Opera’s The Immersive Coffee Cantata opens February 14. The new English adaptation of Bach’s Coffee Cantata will play at The Lost Draft, a coffee shop in lower Manhattan, through February 25th. The piece is directed by On Site Opera's new Artistic Director Sarah Meyers, marking the company's first production under her direction. Soprano Christine Lyons stars as Lieschen, with bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos as her father Schlendrian. Tenor Bernard Holcomb completes the cast as the Narrator and Barista.
If you can’t get enough Bach—and who can?—cellist Jan Vogler and poet and author Amanda Gorman are collaborating on An Evening of Poetry and Bach, presented at Carnegie Hall February 17. Gorman’s recitation of spoken word will be paired with Vogler’s performance of Bach’s first, third, and fifth cello suites.
The National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Gianandrea Noseda, will perform at Carnegie Hall February 12. The program will include selections from Berg’s Lyric Suite, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, and Korngold’s violin concerto, with soloist James Ehnes.
Carnegie Hall will also host performances this week from pianists Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy (February 13), soloists of the Kronberg Academy with violist Tabea Zimmermann (February 15), the Chamber Orchestra of New York (February 15), and Ensemble Connect (February 16).
The New York Philharmonic will present Orchestrating Maestro: Music and Conversation February 14 at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall. The event, surrounding the Leonard Bernstein biopic Maestro, will include performances of excerpts from the film’s soundtrack (itself comprising assorted works by Bernstein, and other orchestral works associated with his career as a conductor), led by Met Opera music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who also conducted the film’s soundtrack. The performance will be followed by a discussion with Nézet-Séguin and Bradley Cooper.
Pianist Bruce Liu makes his New York Philharmonic debut February 15-17 performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The concert, led by conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali, will also include Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, and Ferrenc’s Overture No. 2
This week, Alexei Ratmansky debuts his first new work choreographed for the New York City Ballet since he was named Artist in Residence with the company this season. His seventh work for the company, the new ballet is set to the third movement from Mahler’s first symphony, and the fourth movement from his fifth. The piece premieres February 15, presented as part of a program which also includes Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer (set to Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1), and Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements (set to the Stravinsky symphony of the same title.)
Twyla Tharp Dance returns to the Joyce Theatre February 13-25. Choreographer Tharp will present two world premieres: Brel, set to the music of Jacques Brel, and The Ballet Master, set to music by Simeon ten Holt. The program will also include Ocean’s Motion, set to the songs of Chuck Berry. The production features costume design by Santo Loquasto, and lighting design by Jennifer Tipton and James F. Ingalls.
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