Arts & Culture

NYC Arts Picks

BY Evan Mantyk TIMEOctober 3, 2012 PRINT
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‘Carmen’: Met Opera

First premiering in 1875, this romantic tragedy by Georges Bizet features Anita Rachvelishvili as the wild beauty Carmen. Rising tenor Yonghoon Lee plays Don José, whose doomed love for Carmen destroys them both. Kate Royal is the loyal Micaëla and Teddy Tahu Rhodes sings the swaggering bullfighter Escamillo. Approximately 3 hours, 13 minutes. Sung in French, with Met Titles in English, German, and Spanish.

Met Opera House, Lincoln Center
Now through Oct. 18
Tickets: $30–$460

Madison Square Music: The Deadly Gentlemen

Led by acclaimed banjo player Greg Liszt, The Deadly Gentlemen is a blue grass band that describes itself as “epic folk and grasscore.” In addition to Liszt, the band includes Stash Wyslouch on guitar and vocals, Mike Barnett on fiddle and vocals, Dominick Leslie on mandolin and vocals, and Sam Grisman on double bass and vocals. Folk-pop group The Vespers will also perform.

Madison Square Park
Saturday, Oct. 6, 3–6 p.m.
This event is free.

Clavier Trio

Currently, the Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Texas at Dallas, the Clavier Trio, comprised of violinist Arkady Fomin, cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi, and pianist David Korevaar performs an all-Schubert program.

Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $40

‘Otello’: Met Opera

Premiering in 1887, Giuseppe Verdi retells the Shakespearean tragedy of the Moor Otello, a Venetian general and governor of Cyprus, who is tricked by his scheming, godless servant. Johan Botha sings the title role opposite soprano Renée Fleming as Desdemona. 3 hours, 1 minute. Sung in Italian, with Met Titles in English, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Met Opera House, Lincoln Center
Oct. 9–27
Tickets: $30–$450

Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York

Presented by the American Foundation for Bulgaria violinists Joanna Maurer, Jesse Mills, and Georgy Valtchev; violist Kenji Bunch; cellists Greg Hesselink and Inbal Segev; and pianists Anna Stoytcheva and Lora Tchekoratova perform works by Beethoven and Brahms.

Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20–$75

J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor

The Cathedral Choir and Orchestra perform one of Bach’s greatest works “Mass in B Minor.” Featured vocalists include soprano Amy Justman, mezzo-soprano Katie Geissinger, tenor Oliver Mercer, and baritone Kelly Markgraf.

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25–$45



Bernini: Sculpting in Clay

Great Roman Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) would begin his creative process by first making small clay models and drawings. About 50 of these models, chalk and pen sketches, three small-scale bronze statues, and a marble group of statues make up this exhibition.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Oct. 3–Jan. 6
Tickets: $25, Children under 12 free

‘Heart and Soul’: The Story of America and African Americans’

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An illustration by Kadir Nelson. (Kadir Nelson)

Forty exquisite oil paintings by Kadir Nelson from his 2011 award-winning children’s book “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” are on exhibit. Written from the perspective of a former slave, the story details the hardships and triumphs of African Americans. Nelson draws his artistic inspiration from Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, and Dean Cornwell.

Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd St.
Now through Oct. 20
This exhibit is free.




McGraw-Hill Carnegie Kids: Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower

Bring the kids, ages 3 to 6, to this interactive, 45-minute concert. Mitchell, who is the first children’s music artist signed to the Smithsonian Folkways label in this century, performs folk music with her husband Daniel Littleton and daughter Storey.

Hudson Guild, 441 West 26th St.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m.
This event is free, but RSVP is required: 212-760-9837.

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