NYC Arts Picks: The Bamberg Symphony and More

May 18, 2012 Updated: May 28, 2012



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Pictured here in its native Bamberg, the acclaimed Bamberg Symphony will perform at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday, May 20. (Richard Haughton)



‘Giselle’–American Ballet Theatre

A romantic period ballet that brings to life the power of forgiveness. The peasant girl Giselle falls in love with a count, who is not free to marry her. Music by Adolphe Adam, and choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. Approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes. 

The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center
Now through May 21, times vary
Tickets: $20–$220


Georg Philipp Telemann’s soaring 1726 opera tells the Greek myth of Orpheus, whose charming voice leads his love, Eurydice, from the underworld. This version pays special attention to the character Orasia, Queen of Thrace, who is driven by jealousy for Orpheus’s affection. Three hours. 

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave.,
Tickets: $60–$150
May 17, 20
7:30 p.m. (1:30 on May 20)

‘La Grande Finale’ 

A dazzling all-French program combining works by Saint-Saëns and Chausson. Featuring Inon Barnatan and Juho Pohjonen on piano; Jessica Lee, Kristin Lee, and Elmar Oliveira on violin; Beth Guterman on viola; and Andreas Brantelid on cello

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Friday May 18, 7:30 p.m., Sunday May 20, 5 p.m.
Tickets: $27–$65

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Maria João Pires, called “one of the most celebrated and loved pianists on the planet” by The Telegraph, performs Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Under the direction of Charles Dutoit, the ensemble also performs the overture to “Ruslan and Ludmilla” by Mikhail Glinka and Ravel’s ballet score “Daphnis et Chloé.”

Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall
Friday, May 18, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20.50-$125

‘Liebeslieder Walzer’

A two-part ballet of waltzes for piano duet and vocal quartet set to poems by Friedrich Daumer (1800–1875) and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832). The dancers are joined on stage by the musicians and singers with everyone dressed in period ballroom costumes amid an intimate and elegant ballroom setting. Set to music by Johannes Brahms. The performance is 49 minutes and accompanying ballets vary depending on the night.

David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Friday May 18, 19, 20, and 22, times vary
Tickets: $29–$149

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Morris Jumel Mansion. (Katy Mantyk/The Epoch Times)


 Harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky

At the oldest house in Manhattan, Pechefsky will perform works by Francois Couperin’s rarely played 12th Ordre and the rediscovered E-Flat Partita by Bach’s star pupil, Johann Ludwig Krebs. 

Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace
Saturday, May 19, 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
Tickets: $25. Advanced registration required. Call (212) 923-8008

Schubert, Bartok and Dvorak – NY Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic will perform Dvorak’s “Carnival Overture,” Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 1, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Alan Gilbert conducts and Glenn Dicterow is featured on violin. 

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Saturday, May 19, 2 p.m.; Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 26, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $31.00–$118.00

Bamberg Symphony

Rooted in the World Heritage Site of Bamberg, Germany, the acclaimed Bamberg Symphony will perform Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 (“Tragic”), Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Webern’s Five Pieces, Op. 10. Jonathan Nott conducts and Christian Zacharias is featured on the piano.

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Sunday May 20, 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35–$77

The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Symphony Orchestra

From Tel Aviv University, Israel, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Symphony Orchestra performs Mozart’s overture and select arias from “Don Giovanni,” “Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major,” and Symphony No. 35, (“Haffner”), and Vivaldi’s Concerto in G Minor for Two Cellos, Strings, and Continuo.

Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
Monday May 21, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Prices not yet listed


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 Art of Stephen Scott Young

Forty of the exquisite watercolor paintings of living master Stephen Scott Young will be on view and sale at Christie’s. His acclaimed realist works capture in detail the spirit of the Bahamas, Florida, and coastal South Carolina through their people, landscape, and architecture.

Christie’s Private Sales Galleries, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, 20th floor
Exhibition: Now through June 11
This event is free

A Window on Nature: Art of Asuka Hishiki

These 35 watercolors depict plants and insects in superb detail and refreshing style. Artist Asuka Hishiki takes her inspiration from 18th century naturalist and scientific illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian. Hishiki writes, “I love to share the beauty and the simple and quiet moments.”

The Arsenal (in Central Park) 830 Fifth Ave.,
Now through June 6
Weekdays only, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Beauties of the Gilded Age: Peter Marié’s Miniatures of Society Women

These nearly 300 watercolor-on-ivory miniatures are portraits of women believed epitomize female beauty. They were commissioned by New York socialite Peter Marié, between 1889 and 1903, amid the rapid development and luxury of America’s Gilded Age. The fragile and rarely exhibited portraits will be displayed in four-month rotations.

New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
Now through July 8
Admission:$15, kids 7–13 $5, under 7 free

Patricia Watwood: Myths and Individuals

Patricia Watwood’s contemporary classic paintings, many of them masterful lifelike portraits, are on display at The Forbes Galleries. Watwood writes, “I chase what artists in the past have also chased—a celebration of the human form, a passion for and humility before nature, a belief that metaphor and narrative can help us puzzle out the mysteries of our time here on earth, and a belief in the emotional power of the common visual language of representation.”

The Forbes Galleries, 62 Fifth Ave.,
Now through June 9, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admission is free

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 Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan

Visit the Golden Age of Venice and its territories during the 16th century. This exhibit features drawings, books, maps, and letters dating back 500 years. Great masters featured include Paris Bordone, Vittore Carpaccio, Lorenzo Lotto, Jacopo Tintoretto, Titian, and Paolo Veronese.

The Morgan Museum and Library, 225 Madison Ave.,
Friday May 18 through September 23.
Adults: $15. 
Children under 12: Free


Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models

From a ship in a bottle to a massive World War II warship, this exhibit explores the art and craft of shipbuilding with variations. Drawn from the Intrepid Museum’s collection and loans from other institutions and collectors, the exhibit includes large-scale models of USS Constitution and USS New Jersey, a modeler’s workbench, and World War II nautical toys.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 12th Avenue and 46th Street
Now through July 8
Tickets: $24, $19 (ages 7–17), $12 (ages 3–6)

ABT Kids

The U.S.’s premier classical ballet company, American Ballet Theatre, playfully teaches children about ballet, through movement, costumes, music, and sets. The program includes short clips from the season. 

The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center
Saturday, May 19, 11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $25 

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