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NY Phil's 'Insights Series' to Explore Beethoven's Piano Concertos with Yefim Bronfman, 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

The 2013-14 season of the New York Philharmonic's Insights Series will continue Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. with "The Pinnacle of Cycles: Pianist Yefim Bronfman Speaks on Beethoven's Piano Concertos," when The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman discusses Beethoven's piano concertos, which he will perform during The Beethoven Piano Concertos: A Philharmonic Festival, June 11-28, 2014. Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence Carol J. Oja will moderate. (more...)

Alan Gilbert To Conduct NY Premiere of Requiem at Carnegie Hall, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in the New York Premiere of The Marie-Josee Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Requiem with baritone Jacques Imbrailo, the Westminster Symphonic Choir directed by Joe Miller, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus directed by Dianne Berkun-Menaker. (more...)

Alan Gilbert to Conduct NY Premiere of Christopher Rouse's REQUIEM at 'Spring For Music' at Carnegie Hall, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in the New York Premiere of The Marie-Josee Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Requiem with baritone Jacques Imbrailo, the Westminster Symphonic Choir directed by Joe Miller, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus directed by Dianne Berkun-Menaker. The concert, Monday, May 5, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., will open the Spring For Music festival at Carnegie Hall, for which North American orchestras are invited to present one-night-only performances of unusual programming. (more...)

En Masse Entertainment Announces Action-Packed Third Person Shooter Zombies Monsters Robots (ZMR)
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

“We are excited because ZMR brings a fresh and thrilling experience to PC shooters. Playing the huge variety of co-op missions, facing crazy monsters and boss battles, and the intense PvP is going to keep gamers coming back for more,” said Chris Lee, CEO of En Masse Entertainment. “And in keeping with our philosophy of delivering great games and great service, we can't wait to let players jump into the awesome action of ZMR, while we will provide our trademark level of player support and a continuous stream of monthly updates.” (more...)

Yefim Bronfman With the New York Philharmonic Rescheduled for 5/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

The chamber music concert co-presented with 92nd Street Y featuring The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman, originally scheduled for March 30, has been postponed to Friday, May 23, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. at 92nd Street Y at Mr. Bronfman's request, due to an unforeseen scheduling issue. Tickets originally issued for March 30 will be honored on May 23. (more...)

Alan Gilbert to Lead the New York Philharmonic in Free Memorial Day Concert, 5/26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 and Nielsen's Helios Overture at the Annual Free Memorial Day Concert, Monday, May 26, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. This will be the 23rd Annual Free Memorial Day Concert offered by the New York Philharmonic, a tradition begun in 1992 as a gift to the people of New York City. Alan Gilbert has led the Annual Free Memorial Day Concert each year since becoming Music Director in the 2009-10 season. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the performance; ticket distribution will begin at 6:00 p.m. The audio of the performance will be broadcast onto the adjacent Pulpit Green, weather permitting. The program will be presented without intermission. (more...)

Yefim Bronfman Set for Chamber Music Concert with New York Philharmonic Musicians, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Yefim Bronfman, the New York Philharmonic's 2013-14 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, will be spotlighted in a chamber music concert co-presented with 92nd Street Y. Mr. Bronfman will be joined by Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow; Associate Principal Clarinet Mark Nuccio, replacing Principal Clarinet Stephen Williamson; Associate Principal, Second Violin Group, Lisa Kim; Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young; and cellist Maria Kitsopoulos for the program, featuring Schubert's Sonatina in A minor; Bartok's Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano; and Brahms's Piano Quintet, Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at 92nd Street Y. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BEACHES - World Premiere Musical Shines at the Signature Theatre
by Charles Shubow - Mar 07, 2014

Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer once again demonstrates his success with new musicals. (more...)

Mara Davi & Alysha Umphress-Led BEACHES Opens at Signature Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

Virginia's Signature Theatre presents the world premiere musical Beaches, opening tonight, March 4, 2014, and playing through March 30. Adapted from the beloved 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart, Beaches is directed by Signature Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). This heartfelt chronicle of a decades-long friendship between two unforgettable women stars Mara Davi (Broadway's A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone) as Bertie and Alysha Umphress (Broadway's American Idiot and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Cee Cee Bloom. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Sensational SALOME Seduces Carnegie Hall Audience
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 04, 2014

At a time when we're bombarded by lurid stories—in books, newspapers, television and film—it is a tribute to Richard Strauss's SALOME, first performed in 1905, that it has lost none of its impact and ability to shock. The opera is sensational in every sense of the word, particularly in a performance as intense as the one given by the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic on Saturday night at Carnegie Hall, conducted by Andris Nelsons. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for New York Philharmonic's SWEENEY TODD with Emma Thompson, Bryn Terfel & More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

The New York Philharmonic will soon present a staged production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, March 5-8, 2014. As previously announced, Sweeney Todd will star bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett in her Philharmonic debut, New York stage debut, and first time performing the role. Jeff Blumenkrantz will portray The Beadle; Tony Award winner Christian Borle, Pirelli (marking his Philharmonic debut); Kyle Brenn, Tobias Ragg (debut); Jay Armstrong Johnson, Anthony Hope (debut); Erin Mackey, Johanna (debut); and Olivier Award winner Philip Quast, Judge Turpin (debut and New York stage debut). Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct; Lonny Price will direct; and Lonny Price and Matt Cowart are the producers. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Makoto Ozone to Perform with Alan Gilbert and the NY Philharmonic, 4/22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

Following his acclaimed New York Philharmonic debut on the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour, jazz pianist Makoto Ozone will join Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic in a newly added concert Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. The all-American program will include Bernstein's Candide Overture; Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, featuring Mr. Ozone as soloist; Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; and Gershwin's An American in Paris. The concert will mark Mr. Ozone's U.S. orchestral debut; his appearances with the Philharmonic on the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour marked his first performances with an American orchestra. (more...)

New Musical BEACHES Extends Through March 30 at D.C.'s Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2014

Due to popular demand Virginia's Signature Theatre announces that the world premiere musical Beaches is now extended through March 30, 2014. Adapted from the beloved 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart, Beaches is directed by Signature Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). This heartfelt chronicle of a decades-long friendship between two unforgettable women stars Mara Davi (Broadway's A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone) as Bertie and Alysha Umphress (Broadway's American Idiot and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Cee Cee Bloom. (more...)

NY Philharmonic Ensembles to Perform Works by Haydn, Brahms, and Schoenberg at Merkin Concert Hall, 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 07, 2014

The New York Philharmonic Ensembles, composed of musicians from the Orchestra, will give its fourth performance of the 2013-14 season on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall with a concert featuring Haydn's String Quartet No. 2, The Fifths; Brahms's Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano; and Webern's arrangement of Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1. The musicians on the program will be violinists Anna Rabinova and Fiona Simon; cellists Eric Bartlett, Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales, and Wei Yu; violist Dawn Hannay; Principal Flute Robert Langevin; Associate Principal Clarinet Mark Nuccio and clarinetist Pascual Martinez Forteza; and guest pianists Margaret Kampmeier and Keun A Lee. (more...)

Alan Gilbert Leads New York Philharmonic ASIA / WINTER 2014 Tour, Now thru 2/19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 06, 2014

Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic on the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour, February 6-19, 2014. The two-week tour - the Philharmonic's seventh international concert tour under Alan Gilbert's leadership - will feature ten concerts in three countries, with performances in Seoul, South Korea; Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama, Japan; and Taipei, Taiwan. (more...)

AUDIO: First Listen - Alysha Umphress and Mara Davi Sing 'Extraordinary' from Signature Theatre's BEACHES!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 05, 2014

This spring, Virginia's Signature Theatre will present the world premiere musical Beaches, adapted from the beloved 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart. Directed by Signature Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), this heartfelt chronicle of a decades-long friendship between two unforgettable women will star Mara Davi (Broadway's A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone) as Bertie White and Alysha Umphress (Broadway's American Idiot and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Cee Cee Bloom. Click below for a first listen to the song 'Extraordinary', featuring Umphress and Davi! (more...)

NY Phil's Alan Gilbert and Matthew VanBesien to Explore 21st-Century Orchestra in 'Insights Series', Beg. 3/3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 03, 2014

The 2013-14 season of the New York Philharmonic's Insights Series - free events in which artists and experts explore some of the season's themes and concerts - will continue Monday, March 3, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. with 'The 21st-Century Orchestra: A Conversation with Music Director Alan Gilbert and Executive Director Matthew VanBesien.' (more...)

'Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic: 2013-14 Season Recordings' Available Now
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

The New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert announce the launch of Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic: 2013-14 Season - a series of 10 recordings of performances from the current season to be released for download and streaming from January 2014 to September 2014. The first two albums, now available, feature the U.S. Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Frieze; Beethoven's Symphony No. 9; R. Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra and Don Juan, and the New York Premiere of Christopher Rouse's Oboe Concerto with Principal Oboe Liang Wang as soloist, all conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. (more...)

2013 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Awards Winners Announced - MISS SAIGON Big Winner!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 15, 2014

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 50 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2013 Washington, DC winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

NY Philharmonic's Feb 2014 Radio Broadcasts to Kick Off with Beethoven; Programs Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

The February broadcasts of The New York Philharmonic This Week - the weekly radio series of concerts and recordings by the New York Philharmonic, hosted by Alec Baldwin - begin with Music Director Alan Gilbert leading the Philharmonic in Beethoven's Fidelio Overture and Symphony No. 1; Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist; and Gershwin's An American in Paris. The following week, guest conductor Andrey Boreyko will lead the Philharmonic in a performance of Stravinsky's The Song of the Nightingale; Mozart's Bassoon Concerto, with Philharmonic Principal Bassoon Judith LeClair as soloist; and Zemlinsky's The Mermaid, Fantasy for Orchestra. (more...)

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