New York Choral Society Summer Sings
You become part of the chorus on pieces of great music during this interactive festival now in its 52nd year. Accompaniment and soloists are provided and you get to borrow a copy of the evening’s score. On Aug. 22, Patrick Gardner conducts Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Brahms’ Nänie.
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St.
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 22 and 29
The same theater that puts on Shakespeare in the Park brings its mobile production of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” to its home stage. The tragedy follows the miserable hunchbacked prince who begins the play with, “Now is the winter of our discontent.” Jealous and ruthless, Richard ascends to the thrown but must pay for his misdeeds.
The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.
Now through Aug. 25
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra: ‘Jupiter’ Symphony
Conductor Andrew Manze leads a performance of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”). Pianist Stephen Hough is featured and gives a preconcert recital at 7:00 p.m.
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Aug. 22, 8 p.m.
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra Closing Night
Ending another year of its musical magic, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra performs a rarely heard Beethoven masterpiece, the Mass in C major, which Lincoln Center calls “groundbreaking.” It will also perform Mozart’s popular Clarinet Concerto with young Swedish clarinetist Martin Frost featured. The first night’s performance will be preceded by a preconcert lecture at 6:45 p.m. at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Aug. 24–25, 8 p.m.
A Little Night Music
Part of the Mostly Mozart Festival, clarinetist Martin Frost, soprano Lisette Oropesa, and pianist Shai Wosner will give an intimate hourlong performance. Works include Schubert’s “The Shepherd on the Rock” and “Hungarian Melody,” and Brahms’s Clarinet Sonata in F Minor and Hungarian Dances.
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center
Aug. 24, 10:30 p.m.
Limited availability of tickets, call: 212.721.6500
’The Magic Flute’ and ‘Die Walküre’: New York Lyric Opera
Ending its Summer Festival, New York Lyric Opera will perform concert versions of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” conducted by Leesa Dahl and Wagner’s “Die Walküre” conducted by Keith Chambers. Both operas are sung in German.
The Dimenna Center, Carey Hall, 450 W. 37th St.
Saturday, Aug. 25, “The Magic Flute” at 3:30 p.m. and “Die Walküre” at 7 p.m.
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Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival 2012
This 10-day festival features a new opera each day broadcast in high definition on a large screen raised above the outdoor plaza at Lincoln Center. Highlights include the opening night on Aug. 25 with the newly created baroque opera “The Enchanted Island,” Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” on Aug. 26, Gounod’s “Faust” on Aug. 31, and Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” on Sept. 3. Three thousand seats available.
Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center
Aug. 25–Sept. 3, times vary between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
This event is free
Fifteenth International Salon
The Eleanor Ettinger Gallery specializes in realist art that infuses the classic techniques of the great master painters with the fresh perspective of our modern world. This revolving exhibit features the gallery’s established artists, as well as new emerging artists.
Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, 24 W. 57th St.
Now through Oct. 6
No admission fee
Stone Roberts: New York Paintings
Like a modern day Norman Rockwell, the monumental works of contemporary realist painter Stone Roberts capture in vivid form and color the beauty of modern America. Among the four works on display is his newly created masterpiece “Grand Central Terminal: An Early December Noon in the Main Concourse.” The massive painting took three years to complete and is 74 inches by 76 inches.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
Now through Sept. 16
Admission: $10, children under 12 free
Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats
In an exhibition that fittingly is set around the Astor Chinese Garden Court of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, viewers get an in-depth look at Chinese enclosed gardens and their significant role as sites for literary gatherings, theatrical performances, and imaginary outings. The exhibit features more than 60 paintings, as well as ceramics, carved bamboo, lacquerware, metalwork, textiles, and several contemporary photographs from the museum’s collection.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Now thorugh Jan. 6
Tickets: $25, Children under 12 free
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