‘La Bayadere’–American Ballet Theatre
First performed by Russia’s Imperial Ballet in 1877, this Indian tale follows the tormented love between temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor. The gods’ justice ultimately prevails. A scene in the ballet, “The Kingdom of the Shades,” is among the most celebrated in classical ballet. Music by Ludwig Minkus, and choreography by Natalia Makarova. Approximately 2 hours and 42 minutes.
The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center
Now through May 28, times vary
Violinist Sergey Khachatryan
This young Armenian virtuoso will perform Beethoven’s Violin Sonata in A major (“Kreutzer”) and Bach’s Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin. Khachatryan won first prize in the VIII International Jean Sibelius competition in Helsinki in 2000, at the age of only 15, becoming the youngest person to ever do so. He is accompanied by his sister, pianist Lusine Khachatryan.
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A major (“Kreutzer”)
Bach: Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Wednesday May 23, 7:30 p.m.
Mozart’s Masterwork at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Amid the sublime setting of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the cathedral’s choir and orchestra will provide a secular concert, performing Mozart’s masterwork, Mass in C Minor, K. 427. The choir has performed for many heads of state and the secretary-general of the United Nations. Dr. Jennifer Pascual conducts.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 460 Madison Ave.
Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m.
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 26, 8 p.m.
New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra
Noted for showcasing emerging young conductors, soloists, and composers, the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 (“Linz”) and Borodin’s “In the Steppes of Central Asia.”
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
Thursday, May 31, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20, children $12
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
North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo
Called a jewel among Italian museums, the Accademia Carrara is closed for renovation, an unintended boon for New Yorkers. Because of the closure, the museum has been able to lend New York 15 masterpieces by Venetian and north Italian painters of the 15th and 16th centuries, including works by Bellini, Titian, and Lorenzo Lotto.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 15–Sept. 3
Tickets: $25, Children under 12 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
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.,
Now through September 23.
Children under 12: Free
Shipshape: 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)
‘Monkey King’: A Story from China
A children’s exhibit exploring the classic Chinese tale of the ‘Monkey King.’ The mischievous supernatural monkey decides to mend his ways by embarking on an epic journey across China to retrieve the Buddhist scriptures from India. For ages 4 and up.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan, The Tisch Building at 212 W. 83rd St.,
Ongoing, Tuesday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday until 7 p.m.
Admission: $11 for everyone over 12 months old
Governors Island Family Festival
Get off the mainland and take your kids to Governors Island, where they can enjoy music, theater, dance, arts and crafts, face painting, and maritime education. Featured performers include local kid friendly bluegrass band Astrograss as well as The Maybelles and Arm of the Sea Theater.
Nolan Park, Governors Island, ferry located near Staten Island Ferry
Saturday May 26, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
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