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Cutting Edge Concerts to Present REFLECTIONS AND ILLUSIONS, 4/18Cutting Edge Concerts to Present REFLECTIONS AND ILLUSIONS, 4/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival concludes 2016 season with world premieres by James Nyoraku Schlefer and Karen LeFrak April 18 program at Peter Norton Symphony Space features shakuhachi player/ composer Schlefer's 2Blue, Rashomon by Victoria Bond, and other works (more...)

HOPE FOR DEPRESSION RESEARCH FOUNDATION Honors Mariel Hemingway and Demi LovatoHOPE FOR DEPRESSION RESEARCH FOUNDATION Honors Mariel Hemingway and Demi Lovato
by Marina Kennedy - Nov 12, 2015

Hope for Depression Research Foundation honored Mariel Hemingway, Demi Lovato and Caron Treatment Centers at their Ninth Annual Luncheon Seminar where they raised over $750,000 for advanced depression research. (more...)

Alan Gilbert Heads from NYC to Shanghai, Set for Santa Fe Residency & More This SummerAlan Gilbert Heads from NYC to Shanghai, Set for Santa Fe Residency & More This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

Alan Gilbert -- recently recognized with a Foreign Policy Association Medal for his extraordinary commitment to cultural diplomacy -- completes his sixth season at the helm of the New York Philharmonic with this week's U.S. premiere of director Côme de Bellescize's staging of Joan of Arc at the Stake, which stars Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard (June 10–13). Next, he and the orchestra toast the summer with a trio of free concerts under the stars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Philharmonic's historic Concerts in the Parks (June 17–24), using the same program as the centerpiece of their upcoming residencies at Colorado's Bravo! Vail (July 24–31), Santa Barbara's Music Academy of the West (Aug 1–8), and in Shanghai, China (July 4–10). Gilbert also makes his Mostly Mozart debut, leading the American stage premiere of George Benjamin's Written on Skin (Aug 11–15), and crowns an artistic residency at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival with an account of Messiaen's epic and otherworldly Des canyons aux étoiles (Aug 23). (more...)

Alan Gilbert Heads from NYC to Shanghai, Set for Santa Fe Residency & More This SummerAlan Gilbert Heads from NYC to Shanghai, Set for Santa Fe Residency & More This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

Alan Gilbert -- recently recognized with a Foreign Policy Association Medal for his extraordinary commitment to cultural diplomacy -- completes his sixth season at the helm of the New York Philharmonic with this week's U.S. premiere of director Côme de Bellescize's staging of Joan of Arc at the Stake, which stars Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard (June 10–13). Next, he and the orchestra toast the summer with a trio of free concerts under the stars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Philharmonic's historic Concerts in the Parks (June 17–24), using the same program as the centerpiece of their upcoming residencies at Colorado's Bravo! Vail (July 24–31), Santa Barbara's Music Academy of the West (Aug 1–8), and in Shanghai, China (July 4–10). Gilbert also makes his Mostly Mozart debut, leading the American stage premiere of George Benjamin's Written on Skin (Aug 11–15), and crowns an artistic residency at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival with an account of Messiaen's epic and otherworldly Des canyons aux étoiles (Aug 23). (more...)

YAGP to Host Annual Gala at Lincoln CenterYAGP to Host Annual Gala at Lincoln Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

World's largest dance network and international student ballet scholarship audition - YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX – will present its signature “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” annual Gala at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center. The Gala will feature the finalists of the international ballet competition performing alongside today's most celebrated ballet stars – many of whom are alumni of YAGP. (more...)

Joffrey Ballet Showcases Choreographers of Color in WINNING WORKS Program TodayJoffrey Ballet Showcases Choreographers of Color in WINNING WORKS Program Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2015

CHICAGO - The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents four World Premieres in the fifth annual "Winning Works" program, the culmination of the 2015 Choreographers of Color Awards. Three of the new works come from this year's Award winners Jennifer Archibald, Abdul Latif and Stephanie Martinez. The fourth piece is a new workby Joffrey Academy Artistic Director Alexei Kremnev called Windy Sand with original music by Karen LeFrak. All four works are performed by dancers from the Joffrey Studio Company and the Joffrey Academy Trainee Program. The Joffrey Academy of Dance's "Winning Works" program is presented at a new venue in 2015, the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Avenue, over three performances: today, March 7 at 3 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 8 at 3 pm. (more...)

Joffrey Ballet Presents Jennifer Archibald, Abdul Latif & Stephanie Martinez in WINNING WORKS This WeekendJoffrey Ballet Presents Jennifer Archibald, Abdul Latif & Stephanie Martinez in WINNING WORKS This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents four World Premieres in the fifth annual “Winning Works” program, the culmination of the 2015 Choreographers of Color Awards. (more...)

Joffrey Ballet to Showcase Choreographers of Color in WINNING WORKS Program, 3/7Joffrey Ballet to Showcase Choreographers of Color in WINNING WORKS Program, 3/7
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

CHICAGO – The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents four World Premieres in the fifth annual “Winning Works” program, the culmination of the 2015 Choreographers of Color Awards. Three of the new works come from this year's Award winners Jennifer Archibald, Abdul Latif and Stephanie Martinez. The fourth piece is a new workby Joffrey Academy Artistic Director Alexei Kremnev called Windy Sand with original music by Karen LeFrak. All four works are performed by dancers from the Joffrey Studio Company and the Joffrey Academy Trainee Program. The Joffrey Academy of Dance's “Winning Works” program is presented at a new venue in 2015, the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Avenue, over three performances: Saturday, March 7 at 3 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 8 at 3 pm. (more...)

Joffrey Ballet Presents Jennifer Archibald, Abdul Latif, & Stephanie Martinez in WINNING WORKS, 3/7-8Joffrey Ballet Presents Jennifer Archibald, Abdul Latif, & Stephanie Martinez in WINNING WORKS, 3/7-8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents four World Premieres in the fifth annual “Winning Works” program, the culmination of the 2015 Choreographers of Color Awards. (more...)

Young People's Concerts Continue with SUPER SONIC MUSIC BOX, 1/24Young People's Concerts Continue with SUPER SONIC MUSIC BOX, 1/24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2015

The New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts (YPCs) continue Saturday, January 24, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. with the program "New York Transformed," the second in this season's series, SUPER SONIC MUSIC BOX, exploring the variety of symphonic music and its interpretation. (more...)

The Joffrey Ballet Announces the Winners of the Fifth Annual Choreographers of Color AwardThe Joffrey Ballet Announces the Winners of the Fifth Annual Choreographers of Color Award
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces the winners of the fifth annual Choreographers of Color Award:Jennifer Archibald, Abdul Latif and Stephanie Martinez. This announcement follows a national call for artists to submit applications, which began in July. (more...)

Winners of Joffrey Ballet's Choreographers of Color Award AnnouncedWinners of Joffrey Ballet's Choreographers of Color Award Announced
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces the winners of the fifth annual Choreographers of Color Award: Jennifer Archibald, Abdul Latif and Stephanie Martinez. This announcement follows a national call for artists to submit applications, which began in July. (more...)

Shanghai Orchestra Academy Welcomes Inaugural ClassShanghai Orchestra Academy Welcomes Inaugural Class
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

SHANGHAI, Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA)was established in late 2012 through the intercontinental cooperation of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO), New York Philharmonic (NYP) and Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SCM). The SOA is designed to address the need for advanced, post-graduate orchestral training, identified by Long Yu, music director of theSSO and inaugural president of the Academy, as one of the main issues of musical development in Asia. The newly built Shanghai Symphony Hall serves as the main base venue for SOA teaching and practical training. (more...)

Shanghai Orchestra Academy Opens Inaugural YearShanghai Orchestra Academy Opens Inaugural Year
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

The inaugural class of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) -- founded by the New York Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music -- begins studies with two weeks of coaching and master classes in Shanghai by nine New York Philharmonic musicians, September 4-12. (more...)

2014 Youth America Grand Prix Set for Lincoln Center, Now thru April 112014 Youth America Grand Prix Set for Lincoln Center, Now thru April 11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

World's largest dance network and international student ballet scholarship audition - YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX - will celebrate its 15th Anniversary with three spectacular performances at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on April 9-11, 2014. (more...)

Harvard's Hasty Pudding Institute to Honor Film Producer David HeymanHarvard's Hasty Pudding Institute to Honor Film Producer David Heyman
by Movies News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

Harvard's Hasty Pudding Institute will honor film producer David Heyman at the Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala on Monday, March 10 (more...)

2014 Youth America Grand Prix Set for Lincoln Center, April 9-112014 Youth America Grand Prix Set for Lincoln Center, April 9-11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

World's largest dance network and international student ballet scholarship audition - YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX - will celebrate its 15th Anniversary with three spectacular performances at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on April 9-11, 2014. (more...)

New York Theatre Ballet To Debut BARK! IN THE PARK, 02/05 & 02/23 - 0TodayNew York Theatre Ballet To Debut BARK! IN THE PARK, 02/05 & 02/23 - 0Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2013

New York Theatre Ballet's (NYTB) 2012-2013 season will debut an all-new ballet, BARK! IN THE PARK with choreography by Chase Brock of Broadway's hit SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK, and story and music by Karen LeFrak. This production will join The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Goose! and Peter & the Wolf in its series of perfect 1-hour ballets for kids and families. (more...)

New York Theatre Ballet Presents Chase Brock's BARK! IN THE PARK and THE FIREBIRD, 2/23-24New York Theatre Ballet Presents Chase Brock's BARK! IN THE PARK and THE FIREBIRD, 2/23-24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2013

New York Theatre Ballet's (NYTB) 2012-2013 season will debut an all-new ballet, Bark! In The Park with choreography by Chase Brock of Broadway's hit Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, and story and music by Karen LeFrak paired with the perennial favorite Russian folk tale, The Firebird today, February 23 and tomorrow, the 24th. Both productions will join Sleeping Beauty, Goose! and Peter & the Wolf in its series of perfect 1-hour ballets for kids and families. (more...)

Whales: Giants of the Deep Exhibition Opens at American Museum of Natural History, March 23Whales: Giants of the Deep Exhibition Opens at American Museum of Natural History, March 23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2013

Whales: Giants of the Deep will 'transport visitors to the vibrant underwater world of the mightiest animals on Earth. The exhibition explores the latest research about these marine mammals as well as the central role they have played for thousands of years in human cultures. From the traditions of New Zealand's Maori whale riders and the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples of the Pacific Northwest to the international whaling industry and the rise of laws protecting whales from commercial hunting, the exhibition traces the close connections between humans and whales.' (more...)

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