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I Profeti della Quinta sing Italian Secular Music and Jewish Liturgical Music by Salamone Rossi

April 15th, 2014

by Michael Miller

From Ghetto to Palazzo: The Worlds of Salamone Rossi Museum of Jewish Heritage Sunday, January 26, 2014 Salon/Sanctuary Concerts I Profeti della Quinta Doron Schleifer, David Feldman - Canto Dino Lüthy, Lior Leibovici, Dan Dunkelblum - Tenor Elam Rotem - Bass, Harpsichord & musical direction Ori Harmelin - Chitarrone Salamone Rossi (prob. 1570 - prob. 1630) was one of several court musicians who enjoyed the patronage of Vincenzo Gonzaga (1562 - 1612), Duke of Mantua from 1587 to 1612. If Rossi and his gifted colleagues, like Wert, Baccusi, Gastoldi, Pallavicino, Striggio, Marenzio, have received their due among scholars, they are less familiar to concert audiences, even the enthusiasts who [...]

Stephen Porter to play late works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Debussy at the House of the Redeemer in Manhattan, Thursday May 1, at 7.30 pm—a presentation of New York Arts

April 4th, 2014

by Michael Miller

Purchase tickets below. Seating is limited. Buy your tickets now! I am extremely proud to present, as our single concert of this season, a piano recital by Stephen Porter, a musician of supreme intelligence, sensitivity, and learning. His pianism is equally developed on the fortepiano as on the modern piano, and we are fortunate that his curious ear for historical instruments has drawn him to the unique qualities of the House of the Redeemer's Grotrian-Steinweg grand in the intimate acoustics of its Library. I first heard Stephen play at the 2011 Boston Early Music Festival, when he played Schubert's late masterpiece, the[...]

Super-Starchitect Jefe Anglesdottir talks to Michael Miller about his Ring for Tasmania!

April 1st, 2014

by Michael Miller

Let me say first of all, as editor and publisher of New York Arts, how fortunate I consider myself that I was able to spend a few minutes chatting with Jefe Anglesdottir, the renowned Danish architect, familiar to anyone who has so much as glanced through Metropolis or The New York Times's T Magazine for his malls, museum car parks, and the cutting-edge houses of worship he has designed for what he calls "oddball sects," for example the Positivist Temple in Częstochowa and the South Beach Rosicrucian Center. In recent years his restless creative rage has led him into other [...]

He got rhythm: Gustavo Dudamel’s Boston visit...and Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic

April 1st, 2014

by Lloyd Schwartz

Gustavo Dudamel, the charismatic young (he turned 33 at the end of January) music director of the LA Philharmonic returned to Boston for the first time since he and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela lit a fire under the audience at Symphony Hall in November of 2007. He was here in two capacities: conducting the LA Phil at Symphony Hall on the last stop of its seven-city North American tour (nine concerts in the US and Canada in 13 days), and leading an hour-long open rehearsal at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium with players eight to 15 years old and gra[...]

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April 1st, 2014

by Alan Miller

OFFICE MELNIKOV is the world’s preeminent bihemispherical atelier for the repositioning of post-architectonic, post-spatial contemporary urban outcomes. We aim to monetize underutilized urban problematics through such interventions as active frontages, hot-desking, mandatory wifi corridors, vectored elegification, meMORALization, bespoke damage control, pop-up interventionalism, pre-conceptualized ‘just in time’ consumer harmonics, inspirational value engineering, demographic smoothing, fact-based ironification, storytelling, nuancement, guided flânerie, n+1ism, Big Data, Smart Data, cloud-based bricks and mortar and maximalized floor space envelopes. We also celebrate heritage and ecological values, where practicable. Our work includes the first panoptICON office environment for Ratfartt LLC in Singapore, the myLine, hiLine, lowLine, iLine, OFFline and LINEdance strategi[...]

"Vienna, City of Dreams" in New York: Four Orchestral Concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

March 30th, 2014

by Michael Miller

Nowadays, visiting orchestras often play two or three concerts in New York, and, best of all, these are sometimes "curated" into themed series, like the VPO's under Boulez and Barenboim a few years ago. This year, Carnegie Hall is presenting an exceptionally ambitious event, Vienna, City of Dreams, which goes beyond the Vienna Philharmonic's unprecedented seven-concert series of symphonic and operatic works, and includes chamber music concerts, contemporary music, symposia, film screenings, and a few events including the visual arts, including Vienna Complex, a contemporary group exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum, which has organized most of the events outside[...]

Julia Rosa Stöckl's Leaving Ziller Valley - a Tyrolean woman finds a global home in New York

March 24th, 2014

by The Editor

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY, or Österreichische Kulturforum New York/ÖKF), apart from the recent events mentioned in our account of the "Vienna, City of Dreams" Festival centered at Carnegie Hall, hosts a lively series of concerts and exhibitions in its clean, if somewhat edgy, modernistic structure on 51st Street, just East of Fifth Avenue—the design of Raimund Abraham, a Vienna-trained architect from the Tyrol, who has practiced in New York since 1971. As this example suggests, the Forum takes care to balance cultural initiatives from Austria with local creativity, often collaborating with the equally progressive Czech Center, housed in [...]

No matter how you slice it...Andris Nelsons’ BSO Salome, plus other Boston treats

March 21st, 2014

by Lloyd Schwartz

I was part of the capacity crowd at Boston’s Symphony Hall (March 6) that rose to its collective feet to cheer BSO music director designate Andris Nelson’s first opera with his new orchestral family. Richard Strauss is one of his favorite composers, and at the press conference the day before he announced that among the ten relatively conservative programs he’s doing in his upcoming first season as music director, he’s scheduled two familiar Strauss tone poems, Don Quixote and Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life—“Not about myself,” he joked). The BSO’s only opera next season, one of its few daring choices of repertoire, wi[...]

Julia Fischer and MTT play brilliant Prokofiev and Berlioz with the San Francisco Symphony

March 18th, 2014

by Steven Kruger

  Davies Hall, San Francisco March 7, 2014 The San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor Julia Fischer, violin Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Opus 19 (1917) Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, Opus 14 (1830) The San Francisco Symphony is just about off and running for a three week European tour. If last night's performance of the Berlioz Symphonie fantastique is any indication, it will succeed heartily. And those lucky enough to hear Julia Fischer perform the Prokofiev D major concerto (she joins the orchestra mid-tour for Dortmund, Prague and Vienna) will be doubly dazzled. The meat and potatoes for the tour includes the Mahler Third[...]

Kiki Smith at the Pace Gallery

March 15th, 2014

by Virginia Raguin

  Kiki Smith Wonder Feb 28, 2014 – Mar 29, 2014 Pace 510 West 25th Street New York NY 10001 Tel: 212.255.4044 Fax: 212.659.0096 Tues - Sat 10-6   Kiki Smith’s work in recent years has developed a trajectory of landscape. In the Neuberger Museum of Arts’ Visionary Sugar: Works by Kiki Smith of 2013, the tapestries, sculptures, and drawings suggested a journey in space and in time. Her new exhibition, Wonder, at the Pace Gallery continues this direction with sculptures (pedestal, wall and suspended), tapestry, glass paintings, and three-dimensional leaded and painted glass sculptures. There is a wealth of glass. Smith’s previous installation at Pace, Lodestar, gathered a sequence of glass panels, [...]

Vilde Frang Amazes. Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Satisfy.

March 5th, 2014

by Steven Kruger

Davies Hall, San Francisco Monday, March 3, 2014 St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra Yuri Temirkanov, conductor Vilde Frang, violin Rossini - Overture to The Barber of Seville Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Opus 63 Rachmaninoff - Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Opus 27 What on earth do you say, when you have run out of violin superlatives? Here in San Francisco we are fortunate to experience in fairly rapid succession the world's great violinists, especially the young ones rising. (And sometimes the older ones falling: Pinchas Zukerman's recent rough and scrapie visit with the Royal Philharmonic was disappointing—a soaring career tumbling for the nets). But i[...]

The Great Composers? Part III

March 5th, 2014

by Keith Francis

  Click here for Parts i and iii (published together). (iii) The Major League—Not All Bad The Major League of Composers may be the sterile, misshapen offspring of an uneasy union between critical approbation and public enthusiasm, but, like the mule, it is very obstinate and not entirely useless. If we first acknowledge that it is meaningless to anyone who is not in some way part of the “classical” music crowd, we can see that within that crowd it represents with fair accuracy a broad spectrum of responses. Performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Lincoln Center are usually sold out weeks ahead of time. B[...]