New York Arts program of multidisciplinary events will begin again with increased frequency and energy. In addition to the diverse events—in some cases combining different arts, following the interests of the magazine: music, opera, theater, dance, art, photography, architecture and urban design, local history, and food and drink—there will also be traditional concerts like Stephen Porter's, theatrical performances, readings, exhibitions, and symposia. Our new program will begin immediately with a private workshop reading of a new play. Our publication will offer articles amplifying these events and the issues they raise, as well as the familiar reviews and interviews related to local as well as national and international performances and exhibitions.
Justin Bischof will close the season of the Friends of Music at the Epiphany with Mozart's Requiem. This should be a moving performance, as well as a muscular, clearly defined and structured one. Don't miss this opportunity to hear a fully-realized playing of this beloved work!
The illustrious American composer William Bolcom is about to celebrate his 80th birthday! In his honor there will be a full program of Mr. Bolcom’s chamber music, including the world premiere of his Dark Dreams that will Not Disappear, commissioned and performed by violist Jacob Adams and pianist Angela Drăghicescu for this occasion.
To call composer/performer Eve Beglarian inventive is to undercut her gifts and reach by a great deal. Winner of the 2017 Herb Alpert Award in Music for her “prolific, engaging and surprising body of work,” her Book of Days, presented as an adjunct to the Morgan’s exhibit, Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time, on view until April 29, 2018, is her effort to make a piece of music for every day of the year. Twelve of her one hundred thirty-two finished pieces were on the program.
Lar Lubovitch has been making dances for fifty years creating a body of work that holds up well. Although it doesn’t always thrill it’s solid, well-danced and can be gripping.
A full review of this remarkable two-person play will appear in May. Since the final performances take place this weekend, Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21st, I offer this very brief account to urge readers not to miss this fascinating experiment in parallel lives—the lives of artists, a category of humanity that Plutarch passed over.
Though Michael Tilson Thomas doesn't step away from our podium officially until the summer of 2020, his recently announced departure ensures every guest conducting week at the San Francisco Symphony between now and then amounts to a job interview for the Music Directorship. English conductor Edward Gardner, current Music Director of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway and a frequent recording artist for Chandos with British orchestras, surely had this possibility in mind for his impressive debut program here last week: a shrewdly chosen British signature piece; a bow to MTT's New York Broadway roots with Gershwin, and Rachmaninoff's final blockbuster, written in America. He brought the house down.