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The heightened expectations aroused by the excellent earlier concerts in the Anton Bruckner symphony cycle at Carnegie Hall, presented by the sterling Staatskapelle Berlin under the accomplished direction of the esteemed Daniel Barenboim, were amply fulfilled on the evening of Friday, January 27th. Each program thus far had featured a wonderful concert work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and this one opened with a superb account of the extraordinary Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major, with admirable soloists Wolfram Brandl on violin and Yulia Deyneka on the viola.
The series may have reached its peak in sublimity, however, with the gripping performance of the popular Symphony No. 7 that followed. The applause was fittingly rapturous. But, another summit was scaled the following evening with a stunning realization of the equally grand but even more challenging Symphony No. 8—heard here in the Robert Haas edition —which garnered another thunderous ovation.
The final program in the cycle, presented on the next day, opened with a glittering account of another lovely Mozart piano concerto, the 23rd. The concert concluded awesomely with a powerful version of the towering, unfinished Symphony No. 9. The applause surpassed that of all the previous evenings and members of the audience handed Barenboim individual red, long-stemmed roses in appreciation of a landmark series, purportedly the first complete cycle of the canonical Bruckner symphonies in New York history. It was exceedingly edifying as well as an enormous pleasure to be able to attend all these performances led by a living legend.
To learn more, go to: http://www.carnegiehall.org/
The first week of this year’s Mostly Mozart Festival featured at least one fine evening of music, on Friday, July 29th, at the superb Alice Tully Hall, promising pleasures to come. (The program had been played the night before and then was repeated the following evening.)
Alice Tully HallLincoln Center for the Performing ArtsDamrosch Park, New York City, NY
New York City music lovers get to experience a wonderful array of French music this summer when a new music festival -- Francerocks Summerfest -- launches June 3 to July 23, 2016.
The seven-week series will showcase the expansive wealth of diverse musical talent coming out of Paris and France at large, with over 30 artists spanning genres from indie pop, rock and electronica to jazz, swing and world music.
They will be either performing for free or in ticketed shows at over 25 venues ranging from Central Park Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn to the most intimate performance spaces throughout New York City.
Presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Bureau Export (a global network of specialists that assist French artists and label for over 20 years. www.french-music.org) with the support from the Institut Français and la Ville de Paris (City of Paris), Francerocks Summerfest will bring together a mix of acclaimed established artists -- such as Avashai Cohen -- with emerging bands such as Her, Beau and Club Cheval.
Standout shows include:
The festival was created as part of Tandem Paris-New York 2016, a large-scale transatlantic cultural exchange between Paris and New York.
From June through October 2016, cultural institutions in New York and Paris will present an extraordinary selection of events in a variety of cultural disciplines including music, dance, cinema, literature, theatre, the visual arts, language, gastronomy, and digital innovation from the partner city.
Tandem Paris - New York 2016 is organized by the City of Paris and the French Institute, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Embassy of the United States of America in France, with the support of the City of New York.
To learn more, go to: http://www.francerocks.com/summerfest2016/
Francerocks SummerfestJune 3 - July 23, 2016
Various LocationsNew York City
October is that last fleeting month in New York when you can enjoy weather that doesn’t make your extremities fall off. The autumn foliage frames the buildings and skyscrapers in a way that make you want to stroll about while you still can. The HonkNYC festival is looking to make these last weeks of a walk-friendly NYC palatable with a city-wide music festival of street performers from October 12 to 18, 2015. Shows are either free or less than $20 and include performances at the High Line, the Littlefield performance and art space in Brooklyn, and NYU’s Labowitz Theatre.
An offshoot of Boston's HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands, HonkNYC explores the tradition of folks musicians and street bands, from Klezmer to Carnivale.
Featured HONK NYC! artists include:
There will also be a special performance by avante garde artist Pat Oleszko with jazz performer Ken Field.
When the leaves start to drop, so does the beat.
To learn more, go to: http://honknyc.com/
HonkNYCOctober 12 - 18, 2015
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