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Carnegie Hall Announces LINK UP School ProgramCarnegie Hall Announces LINK UP School Program
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

Now in its 32nd season, Link Up is the longest-running school program of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI). Designed for students in grades 3–5, the program facilitates deeper connections between the concert hall and the classroom through an instrument-focused curriculum that culminates in an annual participatory concert. This month marks the inaugural concerts of The Orchestra Swings—the first new Link Up curriculum since 2012—designed to introduce the idea of “swing” through a conversation between the symphony orchestra and a jazz septet. The nearly 15,000 New York City-area students and teachers who have adopted this program during the 2016–2017 school year will travel to Carnegie Hall for six culminating concerts in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on May 23, 24, and 25. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at NY Philharmonic Performing in London for EUROPE/SPRING 2017 TOURPhoto Flash: First Look at NY Philharmonic Performing in London for EUROPE/SPRING 2017 TOUR
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

The New York Philharmonic returned to London, its every-other-year home and the seventh stop on the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour. There, the Orchestra performed adventurous concerts as part of its third residency at the Barbican Centre under the auspices of its International Associates initiative. Highlights included Yo-Yo Ma in Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen's new Cello Concerto, John Adams with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, and the first-ever Very Young People's Concert abroad.  (more...)

Esa-Pekka Salonen to Conduct Davies's FOREST, Stravinsky's FUNERAL SONG & Strauss's ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRAEsa-Pekka Salonen to Conduct Davies's FOREST, Stravinsky's FUNERAL SONG & Strauss's ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct the New York Philharmonic in the U.S. Premiere of Tansy Davies's Forest, the New York Premiere of Stravinsky's recently rediscovered Funeral Song; and Richard Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra.  (more...)

Chicago And New York Lead Historic First Performances Of STRAVINSKY's Long Lost WorkChicago And New York Lead Historic First Performances Of STRAVINSKY's Long Lost Work
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Stravinsky's early orchestral work Funeral Song—rediscovered in November 2015 after having been lost for 107 years—is celebrating its rebirth into the world with a packed debut tour, which so far includes more than 70 planned performances across the globe this season and next.  (more...)

Review Roundup: NY Philharmonic With Cellist Yo-Yo MaReview Roundup: NY Philharmonic With Cellist Yo-Yo Ma
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

Yo-Yo Ma joined forces with Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic for the New York Premiere of a Cello Concerto by Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen, whose music has been described as “exquisite” and “thrilling” by The New York Times. Berlioz's passion-inspired blockbuster Symphonie fantastique dazzles with a palette of amazing orchestral colors and effects. (more...)

Review Roundup: New York Philharmonic in John Adams CelebrationReview Roundup: New York Philharmonic in John Adams Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Music Director Alan Gilbert conducted the New York Philharmonic in a program celebrating John Adams's 70th birthday year, featuring John Adams's Harmonielehre and Absolute Jest - with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet as solo ensemble in its debut. (more...)

GEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE Announces Final Weeks Before TourGEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE Announces Final Weeks Before Tour
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Producers Martin Platt and David Elliott with Mary Cossette, Jamie deRoy, Riki Kane Larimer, Richard Winkler, and Mike Blank, have announced the limited engagement of the critically acclaimed New York premiere of Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, the new play written by and starring Ed Dixon (Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables) with direction by Eric Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet) will conclude its Off-Broadway run on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues) where performances began January 25, 2017. At closing, Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose will have played 8 preview and 54 regular performances. A national tour is planned for later this summer. (more...)

Alan Gilbert to Conduct NY Philharmonic in A CONCERT FOR UNITY With Musicians Around the World, 6/8-10Alan Gilbert to Conduct NY Philharmonic in A CONCERT FOR UNITY With Musicians Around the World, 6/8-10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

In the final subscription concerts of his tenure as Music Director, Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic joined by musicians from orchestras around the world in concerts celebrating the power of music to build bridges and unite people across borders. Those invited to participate include members of orchestras from Australia, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The program, taking place Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m., will include Mahler's Symphony No. 7. Special guest artists will include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, on June 8, and trumpet player Wynton Marsalis, on June 9. (more...)

BWW Review: How to Do Beethoven and Mahler, Compliments of NY Philharmonic under Honeck and Soloist BarnatanBWW Review: How to Do Beethoven and Mahler, Compliments of NY Philharmonic under Honeck and Soloist Barnatan
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 21, 2017

Audiences at the New York Philharmonic have been known to come for the soloists and then slip out for the symphony. There didn't seem to be a lot of that at last Thursday's performance led by maestro Manfred Honeck, which began with a wonderful Beethoven Piano Concerto #1 in C Major from Inon Barnatan and grew to a masterly Mahler's Symphony #1. (more...)

BWW Review: How to Do Beethoven and Mahler, Compliments of NY Philharmonic under Honeck and Soloist BarnatanBWW Review: How to Do Beethoven and Mahler, Compliments of NY Philharmonic under Honeck and Soloist Barnatan
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 20, 2017

Audiences at the New York Philharmonic have been known to come for the soloists and then slip out for the symphony. There didn't seem to be a lot of that at last Thursday's performance led by maestro Manfred Honeck, which began with a wonderful Beethoven Piano Concerto #1 in C Major from Inon Barnatan and grew to a masterly Mahler's Symphony #1. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Party for GEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSEPhoto Coverage: Inside the Opening Night Party for GEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE
by Linda Lenzi - Feb 2, 2017

GEORGIE opened last night for a limited engagement through April 15, 2017 at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues). Check out photos from the opening night party below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: GEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE Celebrates First PreviewPhoto Coverage: GEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE Celebrates First Preview
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 27, 2017

Last night the creative team of Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose celebrated after it's first preview and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

GEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE, Starring Ed Dixon, Begins Tomorrow Off-BroadwayGEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE, Starring Ed Dixon, Begins Tomorrow Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Producers Martin Platt and David Elliott with Mary Cossette, Jamie deRoy, Riki Kane Larimer, Richard Winkler, and Mike Blank, present the New York premiere of Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, the new play written by and starring Ed Dixon (Sunset Boulevard, LES MISERABLES) with direction by Eric Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). (more...)

WILD WOMEN OF PLANET WONGO Extends Again at Parkside LoungeWILD WOMEN OF PLANET WONGO Extends Again at Parkside Lounge
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Due to popular demand, the 60's sci-fi immersive musical comedy Wild Women of Planet Wongo will extend its run for a second time, at the Lower East Side's Parkside Lounge through March 2017 and will be the venue's featured weekend performance. (more...)

Alan Gilbert Leads the NY Phil with Wynton Marsalis in World Premiere of THE JUNGLEAlan Gilbert Leads the NY Phil with Wynton Marsalis in World Premiere of THE JUNGLE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2016

Last night Music Director Alan Gilbert led the Philharmonic and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in the World Premiere of The Jungle (Symphony No. 4), the jazz legend's depiction of New York as super highway. (more...)

BWW Review: Joyce DiDonato Brings WAR & PEACE, Baroque-Style, to Carnegie HallBWW Review: Joyce DiDonato Brings WAR & PEACE, Baroque-Style, to Carnegie Hall
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 21, 2016

At IN WAR & PEACE, HARMONY THROUGH MUSIC, her Carnegie Hall concert the other night with the Baroque ensemble, Il Pomo d'Oro, mezzo Joyce DiDonato was in fine voice, if not in high spirits—and who could blame her? The state of the world is about as bad as it has been for a long time, with death and taxes far from the only certainties, starting in our own backyard. (more...)

Photo Flash: Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic Perform at United NationsPhoto Flash: Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic Perform at United Nations
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic performed a historic concert at the United Nations yesterday, paying tribute to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the conclusion of his ten-year term and welcoming his successor, Antonio Guterres. The concert in the UN General Assembly Hall - the Philharmonic's 13th in collaboration with the UN - was attended by UN delegates, UN staff, and cultural ambassadors, and featured Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, spotlighting Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill. (more...)

GEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE Headed Off-Broadway in 2017GEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE Headed Off-Broadway in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Producers Martin Platt and David Elliott with Mary Cossette, Jamie deRoy, Richard Winkler, and Mike Blank will present the New York premiere of the critically acclaimed Signature Theatre production of Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, the new play written by and starring Ed Dixon (Sunset Boulevard, LES MISERABLES) with direction by Eric Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). (more...)

BWW Interview: Katie Davis Shines as 'Star To Be' in ANNIE TourBWW Interview: Katie Davis Shines as 'Star To Be' in ANNIE Tour
by Christopher Castanho - Dec 13, 2016

Katie Davis, a recent graduate from Belmont University's Musical Theatre program, is portraying the featured ensemble member 'Star To Be', a young and optimistic actress who just moved to the dazzling 'NYC'. Davis has been noted as being a 'standout' ensemble member from the Chicago Theatre Review. I was lucky enough to sit down and check in with Katie on how her experience being on the Annie National Tour is going. (more...)

Wild Women Of Planet Wongo Extends Run Through March 2017Wild Women Of Planet Wongo Extends Run Through March 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Due to popular demand, the 60's sci-fi immersive musical comedy Wild Women of Planet Wongo will extend its run for a second time, at the Lower East Side's Parkside Lounge through March 2017 and will be the venue's featured weekend performance. (more...)

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