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Aisle View: The Demon Barber of Lincoln Center

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.06.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There is always a place for a production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd, especially one that gives us an oversized orchestra filling the hall with Sondheim's masterful score.

WATCH: NY Philharmonic Director On Sesame Street

Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts

High culture gets in the spotlight when Sesame Street's "People In Your Neighborhood" YouTube series drops in on the New York Philharmonic's Music Dir...

A Hearty Evening of Brahms and Tchaikovsky

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

I've been hearing this music since the cradle, yet, when played right, it never fails to surprise me with its gems of tenderness. This evening, there were no such surprises. Pretty and attractive music, to be sure, but it's not the same thing as opening up the treasures of your heart.

WATCH: Ringtone Halts NY Philharmonic

AP | Posted 03.13.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — It's the dreaded sound at any live performance – a ringing cellphone. That's what happened Tuesday night at Lincoln Center's A...

A Cell Phone-Owner Causes A Scene At The NY Philharmonic

artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 01.11.2012 | Home

The end of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony contains some of the most spiritual and peaceful music ever written. So when a cellphone began ringing – and ri...

Ravel et al. at the Philharmonic

Howard Kissel | Posted 02.28.2012 | Arts
Howard Kissel

Certain pieces, no matter how sophisticated your audio equipment is, can only be fully understood in the concert hall.

Founding Fathers: Washington and Ives

Albert Imperato | Posted 02.01.2012 | Books
Albert Imperato

In a strange twist of timing, I found myself reading Ron Chernow's new biography of George Washington at the same time that I just happened to be reading Jan Swafford's Charles Ives: A Life with Music.

New York Philharmonic New Season

Howard Kissel | Posted 11.23.2011 | Arts
Howard Kissel

The opening concert Wednesday night made clear that the bond between the orchestra and its "new" musical director, Alan Gilbert, is as close as any this difficult orchestra and a "boss" have had in a long time.

Resurrection: Why We Need Mahler's Second Symphony on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Albert Imperato | Posted 11.02.2011 | Arts
Albert Imperato

For all its titanic reach, dramatic force and visceral power, Mahler's "Resurrection" has some unforgettable moments of repose that provide great salve for the ravaged soul.

The Cunning Little Vixen

Howard Kissel | Posted 08.28.2011 | Arts
Howard Kissel

Whenever you see Leos Janacek's 1923 opera The Cunning Little Vixen, you wonder why it doesn't get produced more often. Unlike many operas of the 20th century, it is directly accessible, both musically and dramatically.

What a Berlin Philharmonic Horn Player Learned From the YouTube Symphony Orchestra

Albert Imperato | Posted 06.13.2011 | Arts
Albert Imperato

Sarah Willis was clearly moved by what she had experienced in Sydney, where she mentored young musicians of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of musicians who got their positions via video auditions on YouTube.

New York Philharmonic To Play Subway-Inspired Compositions By High School Students

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Two subway-inspired compositions written by New York City high school students are being performed at Lincoln Center. Maestro Alan G...

Calling All Lincoln Square, Upper West Side Celebs

Marta Hallowell | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Marta Hallowell

We need affordable housing so that the actors, musicians, singers and ballerinas who work all along Broadway, and who delight our eyes and ears and hearts, can live near where they work.

Alan Gilbert's Inaugural Season as MD of NY Phil

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

"The story that needs to be told is that the New York Philharmonic can play any kind of music brilliantly," Gilbert says.

Dudamel Redux: Music Critics Eat Their Words

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

It was supposed to be the "Eat Your Heart Out" tour, with guest appearances by Gustavo Dudamel leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic in major U.S. cities. Very quickly, it became the "Sour Grapes" tour.

Seen and Heard in New York: Alan Gilbert, Alain Ducasse, Mimi Sheraton, Jane Campion, Gloria Steinem

Jane Levere | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jane Levere

The New York Philharmonic earlier this year began a new series of post-concert suppers with star chefs, hosted by food writer Mimi Sheraton.

Hang Out With Marsalis, Domingo, Gilbert and Others -- For Free

Jane Levere | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jane Levere

How's this for a holiday gift? Time with Placido Domingo, Alan Gilbert, Peter Martins, Wynton Marsalis and Audra McDonald, free of charge, at the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Alan Gilbert's Big Week

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

The first concert of a new music director's tenure with an orchestra feels a little bit like Election Day: it doesn't happen very often, and when it does, emotions are running high

Henry R. Kravis Gives New York Philharmonic $10 Million Donation

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — The New York Philharmonic says it will receive a $10 million gift from philanthropist Henry R. Kravis to endow its composer-in-reside...

Music and Memory: Listening to 9/11

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

Friends who know how much I like to program my day with music in this way frequently ask me what I listen to on 9/11, but it's not easy to answer.

Alan Gilbert: New York Philharmonic's Incoming Music Director

Wall Street Journal | BARRYMORE LAURENCE SCHERER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

"I'm feeling like a kid in a candy shop," says conductor Alan Gilbert to his wife, cellist Kajsa -William-Olsson. "A very privileged kid." We are walk...

Rockefeller, Drucker Look Back as Lincoln Center Turns 50

Jane Levere | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jane Levere

The recent kick-off of the 50th anniversary celebration of New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts brought back memories to some of the complex's 1959 ground-breaking ceremony.

Culture Zohn: Doctor Atomic: Opera Goes Nuclear

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Patricia Zohn

2008-10-15-zohnpull.jpg It is with a heavy heart that we leave the theater, knowing all too well its incendiary concerns are still very much with us.