New York City Arts Events June 20–26, 2013

June 18, 2013 Updated: June 24, 2015

Pierpont Morgan: A Life in Five Objects
The Morgan Library & Museum
Friday, June 21, 2013, 7 p.m.

In commemoration of Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), curators at the The Morgan Library & Museum explore the banker and collector’s life and accomplishments through a selection of iconic and personal objects on view in the McKim Building. Free with museum admission.

Gilbert, Ax, Rouse, and Wagner
New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall
June 20, 21, 22; evenings

A two-hour concert featuring Alan Gilbert conducting and Emanuel Ax on the piano. Program includes Haydn Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major, Christopher Rouse Symphony No. 3 (New York Premiere), and Wagner arranged by Alan Gilbert, after Erich Leinsdorf A Ring Journey.

New York Youth Musicians Annual Concert
Goodman House
June 23, 12 p.m.

At the New York Youth Musicians’ Annual Showcase you will hear classic piano works by Chopin, Liszt, Bach and Debussy, as well as percussion ensemble arrangements of Marche Slave and Mozart’s 40th Symphony. Other works performed include: LIDS, Hide and Seek, Chan Chan and the debut of our new Mexican Marimba Ensemble, as well as many other works. Artists / instruments include New York Youth Musicians, piano, percussion, and guitar. General admission is $30.

Brooklyn Bridge
All summer

Since 1977, Bargemusic has presented chamber music in an unlikely and startlingly beautiful venue—a floating barge at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. On June 23 it’s an installation of the Masterworks Series: Britten Three Divertimenti (String Quartet), Mozart Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415, andChopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 performed by the St. Petersburg Quartet and Jeffrey Swann. More on the online calendar.

Metropolitan Opera House
June 24–29

A ravishing fantasy set amid verdant forests and majestic temples, Sir Frederick Ashton’s mythological love story unites the huntress Sylvia and a lovelorn shepherd with the divine intervention of the deity Eros. The splendid score by Leo Delibes was so admired by Tchaikovsky that he purportedly declared: had he known the music existed at the time, he would never have composed Swan Lake!


The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia
Metropolitan Museum of Art
June 20–Aug. 4

The Cyrus Cylinder is one of the most famous surviving icons from the ancient world. Excavated at Babylon in 1879, the Cylinder was inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform on the orders of the Persian king Cyrus the Great after he captured Babylon in 539 B.C. A unique aspect of the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum will be its display within the galleries of Ancient Near Eastern Art, where objects from the permanent collection—including the famous lions from Babylon—will provide a stunning backdrop.

More Than Honey
209 West Houston Street
June 12–25
Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. This is a strange and strangely moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms.