New York City always has a red hot art and culture scene. Image courtesy of Cultivating Culture
It’s springtime and everything is starting to bloom and boom in New York City. And with it there is an explosion of art events around the city. Public art installations, concerts, dance performances, exhibitions, the list can go on and on.
The Met Opera and Carnegie Hall season programs are approaching their respective season finales striving to make a lasting impression on music aficionados so that the elation will not fully evaporate during hot summer months. The museums are going out of their way to stage ever more meaningful exhibitions or showcasing the hidden treasures for their collections. It’s an exciting time for art lovers to visit the city!
April 28, 2017 Two Pianos Concert at Carnegie Hall
Two greatest pianists, Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-Andre Hamelin will be sharing a stage at Carnegie Hall Stern auditorium. The concert is part of the spring tour program performed in Europe and the United States. In keeping with spring celebration, the program very appropriately features Stravinsky‘s “The Rite of Spring”, as well as the music of Mozart and Debussy.
Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto at Met Opera
This fascinating production of Verdi’s Rigoletto is transformed in time and space to modern days Las Vegas, NV. The performances are on April 19, 22, 27, 2017. This vibrant and colorful production of Giuseppe Verdi‘s beloved opera is sure to entertain and engage everyone. For the original opening of the opera in 1851, Verdi and his librettist Francesco Maria Piave shifted the setting in Victor Hugo play which the opera is based on from early-16th century French court to Renaissance time Mantua, Italy.
It seems the story is destined for such transformations in time and place as the current production is set in Las Vegas in the 60s with all the bells and whistles of that turbulent era. Even if you are not a big fun of modern adaptations for traditional art forms, you will enjoy the time-tested tunes and passionate performance. Think about finding repeating patterns of history and savor the music in all its glory. The New York Times review for 2013 opening of this production called it “the Rat Pack Rigoletto”.
Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers at the Met Museum
The Met museum’s exhibition of Dutch printmaker Hercules Segers works is appropriately titled “The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers“. Very little is known about this artist and much of his life is full mystery. He brought in pioneering techniques to printmaking by mixing colors, mediums and textures. At his time in the first half of 17th century his methods were fresh and groundbreaking like the impressionism at its time. Add to it an assumption that the artists had never traveled farther than between Haarlem, where he was born, and Amsterdam in the Low Countries but filled his work with mountainous views, and the mystery surrounding the master persists.
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