New York City Arts Events July 12–18, 2013

July 9, 2013 2:48 pm Last Updated: June 24, 2015 8:40 pm

Classical Theatre of Harlem
Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park
July 13–30

The Classical Theatre of Harlem is aiming to prove that Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park is not the only game in town in terms of professional summer outdoor theater. They are hoping to draw Harlemites, regular theater crowds and cultural consumers across the city to the Uptown venue. CTH works to create and nurture a new, young, and culturally diverse audience for the classics and will be reinterpreting the show to include West African and Capoeira dance elements and incorporate Uptown in other ways into the show.; free


Various locations
Until Aug. 29

City Parks Foundation has launched the 2013 season of SummerStage presented by AT&T, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, bringing over 100 free performances to seventeen parks throughout the five boroughs. In Central Park, catch Julieta Venegas, Carla Morrison, and Alex Anwandter on Saturday, July 13, and the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series beginning on Tuesday, July 16.; free

Hard Tango Chamber Band
Metropolitan Museum of Art Balcony Bar
July 26–27, 5–8 p.m.

This event, free with Museum admission, is part of the ongoing series of free performances at the Balcony Bar every Friday and Saturday evening by the acclaimed string quartet ETHEL and select musical groups from ETHEL’s expansive list of notable colleagues who perform when the group is on the road.
JP Jofre will play works by Piazzolla, Leo Brower, and JP Jofre.; free with museum admission

MLK Jr. Concert Series
Wingate Field, Brooklyn
July 15–Aug 12, Monday nights 7:30 pm

The Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series is hosting its 31st annual Season with a star-studded line-up of gospel, classic soul, contemporary, Caribbean, and R&B artists. The free concerts begin on July 15 with performances by Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. Bring your own chairs; seating is limited.; free


Met Opera Summer Recital Series
Various locations, five boroughs
July 16–Aug. 1

The Met’s annual concert series in New York City parks is one of the most beloved summer traditions in the city. This year, the Summer Recital Series returns with six performances in the parks of all five boroughs. The series kicks off with a concert at Central Park SummerStage on July 16, featuring rising opera stars soprano Erin Morley, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and tenor Stephen Costello. They will appear again on July 19 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.; free

Curator Talk: William Trost Richards
National Academy Museum
July 12, 3 p.m.

Gain intimate access to a curator and insight into the current exhibition of 19th Century landscape and marine painter William Trost Richards. Senior Curator Bruce Weber speaks about the work of the National Academician in connection with An Astonishing Eye: Visions of Land and Sea by William Trost Richards.; $11.50–$17

Amphion Quartet
Spanish Courtyard, Westchester
July 19, 8. p.m.

Before heading to the city this summer for the NYU String Quartet Workshop and Bargemusic, the Amphion Quartet will first arrive at the Caramoor Festival in Westchester. Amphion String Quartet is composed of violinists Katie Hyun and David Southorn, violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin, and cellist Mihai Marica. They have won the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Competition and are the current Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence.; $20–$40


Ongoing Events

July 15 Visual Arts The Boxer: An Ancient Masterpiece $12–$25 suggested
July 28 Visual Arts John Singer Sargent Watercolors $8–$12

August 4 Visual Arts Selections from the Asia Society Museum Collection $5–$10
August 4 Visual Arts The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia $12–$25 suggested
August 7 Music Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series Free
August 9 Visual Arts New Prints/New Narratives Free
August 11 Visual Arts Old Masters, Newly Acquired $12–$18
August 14 Film Summerscreen: Films in Williamsburg Free
August 17 Visual Arts Golden Age of American Illustration Free
August 18 Visual Arts Search for the Unicorn at the Cloisters $12–$25 suggested
August 18 Theater Shakespeare in the Park Free
August 25 Visual Arts New Acquisition: The Saint John’s Bible $12–$18
August 29 Music Summerstage Free