NYC Arts Picks

By Evan Mantyk
Evan Mantyk
Evan Mantyk
Evan Mantyk is an English teacher in New York and President of the Society of Classical Poets.
November 12, 2012 Updated: November 12, 2012
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Dancers from the New York Baroque Dance Co. will give a lesson and performance of Baroque Dance. (Courtesy of New York Baroque Dance Co.)



Cyrano de Bergerac
Tony Award-winner Douglas Hodge (“La Cage aux Folles”) stars in this production of the French classic, translated from the original rhyming verse by Edmond Rostand. The story follows Cyrano, a nobleman with a tremendous wit and an enormous nose. He is adored by all of Paris except for his true love Roxane. 2 hours, 30 minutes with one intermission, American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., now through Nov. 27, tickets: $42–$137,

Le Nozze di Figaro
First performed on May 1, 1786, Mozart’s classic comic opera tells the story of one mad day in which the servants Figaro and Susanna are wed. 3 hours, 32 minutes. Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English, German, Spanish, and Italian. Met Opera House, Lincoln Center, Now through Nov. 17, tickets: $20–$430,

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Un Ballo in Maschera
“Accompanied by a thrilling score, Verdi’s vivid characters grapple with life and love, betrayal and death…Marcelo Álvarez stars as the conflicted king; Sondra Radvanovsky is Amelia, the object of his secret passion; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is her suspicious husband.” 3 hrs. 24 min. Met Opera House, Lincoln Center, now through Dec. 14, tickets: $20–$440,

Masur Conducts Brahms
Kurt Masur conducts the New York Philharmonic in performances of Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello and Symphony No. 2. Cellist Carter Brey is featured. Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Nov. 17, tickets: $38–$125,

Masterworks Series at Bargemusic
With the East River and Brooklyn Bridge as the backdrop, violinist Mark Peskanov, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, and pianist Paul Ostrovsky perform Brahms’ Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 and Schubert’s Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 100, D. 929. Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge, Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m., tickets: $35,

Rosso Fiorentino and 16th-Century Florentine Drawing
The Morgan will present this exhibit “on the occasion of an important loan from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore: Rosso Fiorentino’s Holy Family with the Young Saint John the Baptist. Executed around 1520 and one of only three paintings by the artist in America, the Holy Family is the centerpiece of this rich and focused exhibition of drawings. This exhibition presents a rare opportunity for visitors to see a painting by this complex and mysterious Renaissance artist in the context of the broader current of mannerism of which Rosso was a leading proponent.” The Morgan Museum and Library, 225 Madison Ave., Nov. 16–Feb. 3, adults: $15, children under 12: free,

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique With the Monteverdi Choir
“In the hands of Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his period-instrument ensemble, Beethoven takes on a distinctive vibrancy and jubilant excitement that leaves audiences breathless. Last season, they brought four of Beethoven’s symphonies to Carnegie Hall, and on this concert they return with the Monteverdi Choir for the monumental Ninth and its celebrated Ode to Joy.” Beethoven’s Ninth will be on Friday and Saturday will be his “Missa solemnis.” Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.,

Baroque Ball Dance Lesson and Performance
“The company will present reconstructed and/or created in the Baroque style. Don’t miss this exclusive look into the talent and personalities shaping the future of Baroque dance. The evening begins with a Baroque dance lesson for beginners, followed by the performance of new works.” 92Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St., Saturday, Nov. 17, 8:30 p.m., $15 in advance / $20 at the door,

Joyce DiDonato: Drama Queens
Joined by Il Complesso Barocco, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato performs arias from Baroque operas sung by royal characters. A wide range of composers are represented, including Vivaldi, Handel, and Monteverdi. Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m.,

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Philharmonia Orchestra (Benjamin Ealovega 2010)

On Departing: Philharmonia Orchestra
Marking the end of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, “Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, his last completed work, is a profound and deeply personal contemplation of his own mortality and the death of his age. Yet, especially in its final moments, the symphony hints at a hopeful and peaceful vision that transcends the corporeal world.” Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Sunday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m., tickets: $35–$100,

New York Philharmonic Ensembles
Members of the New York Philharmonic perform works by Paganini, Beethoven, and Messiaen. The concert is 1 hour and 46 minutes long with one intermission. Merkin Concert Hall, Goodman House, 129 W. 67th St., Sunday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m., tickets: $34,

Civilitas Musicae: Polyhymnia
“In honor of the election year we will visit the opulent court chapels of Renaissance Europe presenting extraordinary music, composed by Europe’s foremost composers, for such politically charged events as: The Treaty of Nice, The State Funeral for Anne of Brittany, The Field of the Cloth of Gold, and not one but two Coronations—those of Holy Roman Emperors Maximilian I and Maximilian II. All performed along with a mass setting from Tudor England containing a secret message for Henry VIII.” The Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch, 552 West End Ave (entrance on W. 87th Street), Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m., tickets: $25,

Free: The Mannes Orchestra
The Mannes Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, with Ben Ringer conducting, and Prokofiev’s Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet, with Esther Yoon conducting. Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, Nov. 20, 8 p.m., this event is free,


Society of Classical Poets Poetry Competition
Founded in New York, the Society of Classical Poets is holding its first annual poetry competition. A prize of $1,000 and publication in the annual anthology of the Society will be given for a group of poems that incorporate meter and rhyme. All entries are considered for publication. Society president Evan Mantyk will judge. Submit three to five poems of up to 50 lines each by January 1, 2013. There is no entry fee. Visit the for complete guidelines, submit poetry to

Evan Mantyk
Evan Mantyk is an English teacher in New York and President of the Society of Classical Poets.