‘Le Corsaire’: American Ballet Theatre
An extravagant way to end American Ballet Theatre’s dazzling run in New York City, this ballet features 120 performers and showcases the company’s male dancers. Based on the 1814 poem by Lord Byron, the swashbuckling tale of adventure and romance culminates in a shipwreck billed as “one of the most breathtaking spectacles in all of ballet.” Choreography by Konstantin Sergeyev, after Marius Petipa. Approximately 2 hours 28 minutes.
The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center
Now through July 7, times vary
Madison Square Music: Noam Pikelny and More
Celebrate July 4th with highly acclaimed banjo player Noam Pikelyn, who will treat you to a real American bluegrass experience. Pikelyn is winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. Other performers include Sweetback Sisters and Spuyten Duyvil (which is Dutch slang for “in spite of the devil”).
Madison Square Park
Wednesday July 4, 3 p.m.
This event is free
‘Les Contes d’Hoffmann’: Opera in HD
See opera at your local movie theater when the Metropolitan Opera offers a live performance of Offenbach’s 1881 opera “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” with high-definition video. Hoffmann is a tortured poet who loves and loses three women, including the mechanical doll Olympia, the frail singer Antonia, and the greedy courtesan Giulietta. The live performance was recorded in December 2009, and is approximately 3 hours long.
Check listings for participating movie theaters
Wednesday, July 11, 6:30 p.m.
Encore Summer HD series continues each Wednesday through July 25 with a new opera each week.
Summertime Classics: Tchaikovsky Festival
Conducted by Bramwell Tovey and featuring pianist Simon Trpceski, the New York Philharmonic performs Tchaikovsky’s Festival Coronation March, Piano Concerto No. 2 (Siloti version), selections from Act IV of “Swan Lake,” and 1812 Overture. Concertgoers can also reserve a two-course prix fixe meal with a complimentary glass of wine from Arpeggio Food & Wine. Call (212) 874-7000 for reservations.
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
July 6 at 8 p.m., July 9–10 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40–$50, additional $34 for meal
Cassatt String Quartet’s All-French Program
This acclaimed ensemble will be joined by pianist Ursula Oppens and violinist Mark Peskanov for an all-French program romantically set next to the Brooklyn Bridge. Works will include Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano (1886), Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor, Opus 10 (1893); and Ernest Chausson’s Piano and String Quartet, Opus 21 (1891).
Bargemusic, 2 Old Fulton St., Brooklyn 11201
Sunday, July 8, 3 p.m.
Concerts in the Park: New York Philharmonic
Experience the raw beauty of outdoor music, when the New York Philharmonic performs Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1. Depending on the date, another program features works by Tchaikovsky and Respighi.
Various NYC parks, checking listings
July 11–17 (Central Park on July 13 and 16, at 8 p.m.)
This event is free
‘Giselle’: Paris Opera Ballet
One of the oldest and finest ballet companies in the world, the Paris Opera Ballet reaches into its long history for a work it was the first to perform nearly two centuries ago. “Giselle” tells the tale of a peasant girl who prematurely dies, and as a spirit, protects her love on earth. With music by Adolphe Adam and choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot.
David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
The Eleanor Ettinger Gallery specializes in representational art, also known as contemporary realism, which it describes as “forever classic and enduring.” The gallery works with artists who “explore the timeless genre with a fresh commitment and passion.” This exhibit features self-portraits by the gallery’s roster of highly skilled artists.
Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, 24 W. 57th St.
Now through July 14
No admission fee
By Terence Marin, Harrison, NY
What is that mechanical thumping sound
At this early hour in the morning,
When I should be laying quaintly snoring?
On my fragile head it seems to pound
And shake the quiet and untouched ground,
As if, with its artificial boring,
It drills into precious thoughts I’m storing
Of secrets and ideas deeply profound.
Or, wait … Is that a woodpecker out there?
It is! And how magical the bird seems
Like a mythical creature from a dream,
Redheaded sprite who deftly jabs the air.
Hidden behind all of what we are sure.
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