June 2008


Calendar of Events06 Jun 2008 10:11 am

June 24th – July 15th, 2008 New York Philharmonic Concerts In The Parks Series – With two performance dates on the Great Lawn at Central Park on June 24th and July 15th and Fireworks Finale. 

by Chris Hale

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   The great New York Philharmonic is about to start their 44th year of the very popular Concerts in The Parks series where people are invited to attend at no cost to hear the fantastic company serenade them. The New York Philharmonic is scheduled to perform in several parks including Central Park (Manhattan), Richmond County Bank Ballpark (Staten Island), PNC Bank Arts Center (New Jersey), Cunningham Park (Queens), Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx), Heckscher State Park (Long Island), and Prospect Park (Brooklyn).
   The New York Philharmonic, with conductor Bramwell Tovey, will be performing the following program for the June 24th Opening on the Great Lawn at Central Park: Festive Overture (Shostakovich), Symphony No. 4 (Mendelssohn), 1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky) and Selected Marches(Sousa). This concert date begins at 8:00 p.m.
   The other New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks dates will have a different program with conductor Xian Zhang and guests violinist Sheryl Staples and Michelle Kim. The program will include: Divertimento in D major, K.125a (Mozart), Concerto for Two Violins in D minor (Bach), and Enigma Variations (Elgar). The Propect Park date will have a different program as well. Visit their website for a complete listing and updates.  
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   The grand finale of the series brings us back to the Great Lawn at Central Park on July 15th, at 8:00 p.m. with conductor Alan Gilbert along with guest pianist Lang Lang. The program will include: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Tchaikovsky), Symphony No. 4 (Beethoven), and Finlandia (Sibelius). The 
audience will have the opportunity to vote for the encores at the June 24th performance in Central Park by sending text messages when prompted. The Concert in the Parks series will also have a photo contest where you can enter your best images from the concert series to win a pair of tickets to a New York Philharmonic concert.
   The New York Philharmonic Concerts in The Parks series will have a fireworks finale. Visit their website for more information at www.nyphil.org/parks

All Photos: (c) Chris Lee for the New York Philharmonic

Calendar of Events04 Jun 2008 08:46 am

by Lucy Foster
4 June 2008

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   Last chance to catch the hilarious comedian Nathan Lane work his comedic genius in the Broadway show November, written by David Mamet. Nathan Lane is scheduled to depart from the Broadway show as of July 13th, 2008. While the show will continue on Broadway, it’s no doubt it will lose its funniest star that compliments all the roles he undertakes with his fantastic delivery and very likable presence.
   In the Broadway show November, Nathan Lane portrays the character of Charles H.P. Smith, who is an unpopular president up for re-election. Nathan Lane as Charles H.P Smith schemes his way to try to raise funds for his Presidential library. This political comedy seemed like it was written for Nathan Lane and showcases his talents wonderfully throughout the two-act show. The show was very funny and Nathan Lane had the audience laughing every other minute. He will be a hard one to replace. 
   This show is not for children and contains liberal use of profanity. I frankly wouldn’t have seen the show if Nathan Lane wasn’t in it. I’ve seen Nathan Lane in several Broadway shows and have enjoyed his comedic spin in all of them.   
   November is playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theater located on 243 West 47th Street. Their number is (212) 239-6200. The show runs 1 hour 35 minutes.

Photo: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2008 

 

Calendar of Events02 Jun 2008 08:14 am

June 20th, 2008 – Opera Stars Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna Perform in Prospect Park with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus

by Chris Hale

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   The Metropolitan Opera house presents a free summer concert with the great opera couple Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on June 20th, 2008, at 8:00 p.m. Selections of Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti and Massenet, are scheduled to be performed with the Metropolitan Opera’s orchestra and chorus. Under the baton of Ion Marin, the event is scheduled to break attendance records for the Metropolitan Opera.
   According to the Met Opera General Manager, Peter Gelb, “We are trying something new this summer, which we think will be especially appealing to all New Yorkers. This is the first time in some years that leading Met stars will sing outdoors in a parks concert.”
   The concert will be held in Prospect Park’s Long Meadow Ballfields on an oversized stage and surrounded by six jumbo screens to accommodate the audience’s view. The Met is expecting a large turnout, about 150,000 people, to come and hear the legendary husband and wife team. Sponsors, to promote this event, are even offering 25,000 in free pre-paid MTA Metrocards at select locations to the public, on June 16, to attend this Met Opera parks concert.
   The rain date for this event is June 21st. People can also tune into 96.3 FM, WQXR, to hear the live broadcast or the Met Opera’s website, www.Metopera.org, where the concert will be streamed live.

Photo: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2008

Calendar of Events01 Jun 2008 12:00 am

May 7th thru September 1, 2008 – Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art ( Special Exhibition Galleries, 1st floor ).

by Lucy Foster

   The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute presents the special exhibit Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, in which the relationship between fashion and various superheroes are explored. This exhibit is being held on the 1st floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Special Exhibition Galleries.
 
  “The symbolic and metaphorical associations between fashion and the superhero are explored in this compelling exhibition. Featuring movie costumes, avant-garde haute couture, and high-performance sportswear, it reveals how the superhero serves as the ultimate metaphor for fashion and its ability to empower and transform the human body. Objects are organized thematically around particular superheroes, whose movie costumes and superpowers are catalysts for the discussion of key concepts of superheroism and their expression in fashion” according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
   This fun fashion exhibit turned movies features over 60 costumes that most of us are familiar with, displayed on posed mannequins in mirrored surroundings. The exhibit is categorized by eight different themes of fashion “bodies”, such as The Patriotic Body which includes Wonder Woman and Captain America or the The Graphic Body featuring Superman (1978 Christopher Reeve’s costumes) and Spider-Man 3. The Spider-Man 3 display was quite a fashion eyeful with several unique fashion/costumes surrounding the Spider-Man 3 red webbed costume that Tobey Maguire wore and is set against a city skyline backdrop. Several children were fascinated with this display.   
   The colorful and unique costumes gathered for the Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy exhibit are a very interesting collection to view and includes a nice variety of fashion statements. The exhibit reflects several themes ranging from our cultural history to fitness fantasy. Some of the designers that are featured in this fantastic fashion exhibit are Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Pierre Cardin, Gareth Pugh, Atair, and Versace. Some other super heroes that are on display are Iron Man, X-Men, Ghost Rider, Batman, The Flash, The Punisher, and Catwoman. This exhibit also has a wonderful accompanying book that fills in all the details of the exhibit. The cost for the Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy book is $50 hardcover and $30 paperback.    
   The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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