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Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Plays the Toy Piano

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 11.24.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's a baby grand in the living room, but when Phyllis Chen sits down to play, it's at the child-size cherry-red toy piano.

The David Lynch Foundation Gala: #ChangeBeginsWithin at Carnegie Hall

Sharad Khare | Posted 11.09.2015 | Impact
Sharad Khare

Transcendental Meditation has impacted so many people lives for the better. An organization that promotes this to people who don't have regular access to this type of education has to be commended and supported.

This Weekend, New York Jazzharmonic Debuts a New Big Band at Symphony Space

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.30.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Jazz is making a comeback in New York City. Hipsters tip-tap their toes at joints like the Fat Cat and Iridium, taking in their grandparents' tunes. Nostalgia trends these days, and there's nothing like a wailing saxophone to put you in the mood.

The Royal Treatment: Elektra with the Boston Orchestra Symphony at Carnegie Hall

Opera Teen | Posted 10.28.2015 | Arts
Opera Teen

In a galvanizing, hair-raising performance, the Boston Symphony Orchestra arrived at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night a hundred strong and with a vengeance that could only be befitting of one character and the opera that was named for her: Richard Strauss' Elektra.

Concert Pianist Simon Ghraichy Gears Up For Carnegie Hall Debut

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.14.2015 | Gay Voices

More than anything, Simon Ghraichy is proud to be a citizen of the world.  The 29-year-old concert pianist, who was born in Lebanon to a Lebanes...

Broadway's Sierra Boggess On Bringing The 'Soundtrack Of Her Life' To The Stage

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.09.2015 | Gay Voices

Sierra Boggess is in the midst of rehearsals for the highly anticipated Broadway musical version of “School Of Rock,” but she’s man...

Cadillacs, Carl's Jr, 'Citizen Kane' and Other Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 07.14.2015 | Media
Tom Alderman

TWO CURRENT ITEMS WORTH NOTING: a. Carl's Jr aggressively pitches their half-pound Most American Thickburger equipped with a hot dog on top of potato ...

Wise Music to Soothe the Savage Beast of My Mind

Chris Corbett | Posted 07.02.2015 | Arts
Chris Corbett

Her career is an interesting story of how an artist representing traditional wisdom made their work more approachable by evolving to a contemporary sound with the encouragement of a rock producer and a pop diva.

Love's Journey

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Good News
Jack Schimmelman

Dasha Koltunyuk graduates Princeton University this year. Her journey opens up to new vistas. Dasha's story is uniquely American. She is a first generation American. And that is precisely why her path could unfold nowhere else but here.

Stage Door: The Road of Promise

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.03.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

German composer Kurt Weill was no stranger to Nazi harassment. A prominent and popular Jewish composer, he fled to Paris in 1933. Well known for his theater hits, such as The Threepenny Opera and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, he soon headed to the safety of New York.

Young, Gifted and Black -- Augusta's Adopted Rising Star Makes Conducting Debut at Carnegie Hall

Damien L. Sneed | Posted 06.27.2015 | Black Voices
Damien L. Sneed

My heart was overflowing with joy and happiness to look out in the audience and see family members and close friends in attendance that evening to support my debut at Carnegie Hall. Yet at the same time, the moment was bittersweet.

Young, Gifted and Black: Augusta's Adopted Rising Star Makes Conducting Debut at Carnegie Hall

Damien Sneed | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Damien Sneed

After moving to New York City in 2001, and after completing my undergraduate degree in Piano Performance at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, one of my favorite things to do was drive by Carnegie Hall and say to myself: "One day I'll perform there."

Show-Me State Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.21.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

My recent trip to Missouri made me curious about women who changed America with ties to Missouri, so I went looking. Their contributions are varied and fascinating.

Sinatra's Centennial Year To Be Honored With Special NYC Concert

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.09.2015 | Arts

Ryan Silverman likes to joke that he's "pretty marinated" in the work of Frank Sinatra. The actor-singer, whose Broadway credits include "Side Sho...

New York City With Kids: Free Or Very Cheap

Andrea Poe | Posted 05.24.2015 | Travel
Andrea Poe

Living in New York City with kids isn't easy, but visiting my hometown with kids is an cinch. Really. Here are some of the best free or super cheap things families can do while visiting New York.

Curtis M. Wong

Ahead Of Her Carnegie Solo Debut, Sutton Foster Sounds Off On Her 'New, Reflective' Life Chapter | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.09.2015 | Arts

Kicking off what she calls a “new, reflective” life chapter, Sutton Foster will make her headlining debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall just five ...

Carnegie Hall Wants To Host Your Iconic New York City Wedding

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 02.26.2015 | Weddings

Between the Plaza Hotel and New York Public Library, midtown Manhattan is filled with some iconic New York City wedding locations. Now, the recently e...

Debbie Harry, Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith Lead A Women-Centric Tibet House Benefit

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.14.2015 | Arts

"I saw Laurie Anderson in Germany once, leaving a hotel with Lou Reed," Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne recounted in a phone interview this week. "I...

In My Backyard With Joyce DiDonato and Matthew Polenzani

Glen Roven | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Glen Roven

Despite finding unexpected glories in all of the Hermit Songs, Polenzani brought a particular ardor and insight to the final piece in the cycle, "The Desire For Hermitage -- the brilliant climax to an unforgettable evening. Bravo, tenore!

The Hunger Games of Violin at Carnegie Hall: The Story of a Juilliard Violinist Concertmaster's Broken Bow

David Drake | Posted 04.12.2015 | Arts
David Drake

The four violinists probably all deserved to win. A few people remarked that the names of the schools should have been omitted, as this information may have influenced some people's vote. Ironically, in this case, it was the very school which nullified her victory.

On the Culture Front: Better Call Saul, Constellations, Tijuana Picnic, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.08.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Last night, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Michael McKean took the stage at the 92nd Street Y to talk with moderator about the highly anticipated "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul." I interviewed Banks the previous day for the Washington Post and avoiding spoilers felt like dodging carefully planted land mines in a desert war zone.

Music Lessons, Life Lessons

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Liane Kupferberg Carter

John Kuhn -- Teacher and Friend 1915-2015 "If you could be anything in the world and talent and money weren't an issue, would you still be doing w...

Katla McGlynn

5 Ways Patton Oswalt Got To Carnegie Hall (Practice Not Included) | Katla McGlynn | Posted 01.12.2015 | Comedy

Playing one of the most respectable theaters in the world is an accomplishment for any performer, but it's especially validating for a comedian. Every...

Spotting a True New Yorker

Martin Berusch | Posted 03.08.2015 | New York
Martin Berusch

Nothing defines a city better or more powerfully than the people who live and interact within it. The simple acts of residents going about their daily lives give a city its flavor, its personality, its appeal, its uniqueness. This couldn't be any truer for New York City.

Messiah "Fully Loaded:" Kent Tritle Brings it Home

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 02.22.2015 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

Young tenor, Mingjie Lei, a product of the prestigious Curtis Opera Theatre, displayed the voice and confidence of the up and coming Bel-Canto tenor that he is. His tones were bright, without an edge, sort of a soothing balm to the ears.