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Classical Music in New York City This Week - November 11-November 18

November 11, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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From the New York Philharmonic to churches and smaller concert halls, you'll find the best of New York's classical music in City Guide's calendar. When it comes to acoustics, famous destinations like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center are world-class attractions and we've got every upcoming performance listed in our system.

Masterworks Series — 'the American Dream' - Bargemusi
November 11, 2018 - Brooklyn

Jeffrey Swann, piano

Amigos De La Zarzuela - Carnegie Hall
November 11, 2018 - New York

Zarzuela (Spanish pronunciation: [?a???wela]) is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular song, as well as dance. The etymology of the name is uncertain, but some propose it may derive from the name of a Royal hunting lodge, the Palacio de la Zarzuela near Madrid, where, allegedly, this type of entertainment was first presented to the court.[1] The palace was named after the place called "La Zarzuela" because of the profusion of brambles (zarzas) that grew there, and so the festivities held within the walls became known as "Zarzuelas".

Sunday Gospel Brunch with the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir All You Can Eat - Sony Hall
November 11, 2018 - New York

The Choir brings their experience of Harlem and the Black Church to Times Square in a foot stomping, hand clapping show for fans from around the world. The home-style "all you can eat" southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir's joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage. See more info on the B.B. King Blues Club website!

End of the War to End All Wars - All Souls Church
November 11, 2018 - New York

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I – the Great War – ended. Musica Viva NY and the New Orchestra of Washington commemorate this solemn occasion one hundred years later with a co-commission from acclaimed American composer Joseph Turrin based on texts by war poets. The program also features works by Holst and Ravel, both composers directly affected by World War I.

The Orchestra Now presents “Tan Dun & Respighi’s Pines of Rome” - Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center
November 11, 2018 - New York

The Orchestra Now presents “Tan Dun & Respighi’s Pines of Rome” Sunday November 11, 2018 at 3 pm in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall The Orchestra Now presents “Tan Dun & Respighi’s Pines of Rome” conducted by Tan Dun, Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer and conductor. The Orchestra Now (T?N) is a group of vibrant young musicians from across the globe who are making orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences. They are lifting the curtain on the musicians’ experience and sharing their unique personal insights in a welcoming environment. Hand-picked from the world’s leading conservatories—including The Juilliard School, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and the Curtis Institute of Music—the members of T?N are not only thrilling audiences with their critically acclaimed performances, but also enlightening curious minds by giving on-stage introductions and demonstrations, writing concert notes from the musicians’ perspective, and having one-on-one discussions with patrons during intermissions. This Sunday matinee performance includes: Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau) from Má Vlast (My Country) Tan Dun... (read more)

Hungarian State Opera - David H Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through November 11, 2018 - New York

Three hundred and fifty singers, dancers, and musicians from the Hungarian State Opera will take over Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater for two weeks when the Hungarian State Opera and Hungarian National Ballet make their U.S. debuts in programs featuring four U.S. premieres. The first week is devoted to opera by Hungarian composers, and among the four operas to be performed are two U.S. premieres—Ferenc Erkel’s Bánk bán, considered Hungary’s national opera, and János Vajda’s contemporary opera Mario and the Magician. Additionally, Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle is performed in celebration of 100 years since its world premiere by the Hungarian State Opera, and Karl Goldmark’s rarely seen The Queen of Sheba is fully staged in New York for the first time since 1906, when it was performed at the Metropolitan Opera House. The second week, devoted to ballet, features the U.S. production premieres of Swan Lake and Don Quixote, plus a program of contemporary dance classics by Hans van Manen.

Broadway Close Up: When Broadway Went to Hollywood - Merkin Hall
November 12, 2018 - New York

With Host SEAN HARTLEY. Featuring ETHAN MORDDEN, author of When Broadway Went to Hollywood, plus a cast of Broadway stars TBA. As talkies replaced silent films in the 1920s, some of Broadway's greatest talents headed west to Hollywood, enticed by the promise of national exposure and financial success. What happened when these ambitious songwriting pioneers encountered a drastically different culture where despotic studio bosses ruled, and the industry looked upon musicals with suspicion? Host SEAN HARTLEY will interview ETHAN MORDDEN, author of When Broadway Went to Hollywood, exploring how songwriters like Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Yip Harburg, Irving Berlin and the Gershwin brothers navigated the often antagonistic culture of Hollywood with different degrees of success – and why they ultimately returned to Broadway.

The Distant Light Latvian Radio Choir Sigvards K?ava, conductor - St Mary the Virgin Church
November 13, 2018 - New York

Known around the world for its "miraculously cohesive sound" (Guardian, U.K.) and imaginative programs, the Latvian Radio Choir returns to the White Light Festival for a luminous evening of a cappella music. Pairing transcendent Mahler with contemporary Latvian composers and a beautiful meditation by visionary Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, the choir moves seamlessly between Latvian, Old Slavonic, Tibetan, German, and English texts to illuminate a universal yearning for inner peace.

Beat Girl! Featuring Bettina May! - Sid Gold's Request Room
November 13, 2018 - New York

Glittery Gals! Sparkling Drinks! And One Glamorous Songbird!

Versoi Ensemble Debut Concert - Merkin Hall
November 13, 2018 - New York

Brought together by the joint-orchestra tour between The Juilliard School and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki last summer, these American and Finnish musicians reunite to debut the Versoi Ensemble, a new force for music and cultural diplomacy through chamber music projects. Works on this program feature both chamber music and string orchestra and are the culmination of a week-long residency in New York for intensive study and cultural exchange. A tour to Sarasota, FL follows this performance. Versoi Ensemble is grateful to the support from the Ehrnrooth Foundation (Finland), Finlandia Foundation National, Fractured Atlas, and the Friends of Sibelius Academy.

Cabaret: Rebecca Comerford - Neue Galerie New York
November 15, 2018 - New York

From concert halls to beer halls, from the French Revolution to the Weimar Republic, Songs of Resistance and Rebellion celebrates the great art of protest songs and the music that gave a voice to the voiceless. Mezzo soprano Rebecca Comerford, and pianist Anna Dagmar traverse the worlds of opera, jazz, folk and musical theatre in an unforgettable night. Cabaret at Café Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie continues its unique series devoted primarily to German and Austrian music of the 1890s to 1930s. The intimate 60-seat room is exquisitely appointed with period objects, including lighting fixtures by Josef Hoffmann and furniture by Adolf Loos, and features a Bösendorfer grand piano.

The New York Pops - Carnegie Hall
November 16, 2018 - New York

From overtures to dream ballets to 11 o'clock numbers, The New York Pops presents your favorite moments from musical theater, featuring compositions by Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, and Jule Styne.

Lincoln Center White Light Festival 2018 Presents: Only The Sound Remains - Jazz at Lincoln Center
November 17, 2018 - New York

A ghost and an angel emerge from a world of light and shadow in Kaija Saariaho's hypnotic new opera directed by Peter Sellars. Sung in English with supertitles. Pre-performance discussion with Kaija Saariaho, Peter Sellars, and Ara Guzelimian on Sunday, November 18 at 3:45 pm in the Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Studio A White Light Lounge will follow each performance. CREDITS A co-production of Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, Finnish National Opera, Opera National de Paris, Teatro Real, and Canadian Opera Company As one of the original co-commissioners of Kaija Saariaho's Only the Sound Remains, the Canadian Opera Company is proud to support the North American premiere of this work at Lincoln Center's White Light Festival.

Sunday Gospel Brunch with the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir All You Can Eat - Sony Hall
November 18, 2018 - New York

The Choir brings their experience of Harlem and the Black Church to Times Square in a foot stomping, hand clapping show for fans from around the world. The home-style "all you can eat" southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir's joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage. See more info on the B.B. King Blues Club website!

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