NYC Events Picks: Emmanuel Ax: Homage to Schubert, ‘Simon Boccanegra’ at Met Opera

January 20, 2011 Updated: January 21, 2011

Emmanuel Ax: Homage to Schubert

Renowned pianists Emanuel Ax and Yoko Nozaki will perform some of Schubert’s most beloved works, including “Impromtu No. 3” and “Rondo” (for four hands) at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the piano performance will be accompanied by a violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

The Jan. 21 performance at 7:30 p.m. costs between $25 and $54. The Jan. 23 performance at 5 p.m. costs between $32 and $60.

‘Simon Boccanegra’ at Met Opera

In the mid-14th century in Genoa, Paolo, leader of the Plebian Party, pushes through the nomination of Simon Boccanegra as the doge of Genoa. A quarter of a century later, Boccanegra has exiled many of his political opponents, and his enemies conspire to overthrow him. This three-hour opera by Giuseppe Verdi at the Metropolitan Opera is sure to win over viewers’ hearts with its elaborate plot and lush portrayal of human ambitions.

“Simon Boccanegra” is running from Jan. 24 to Feb. 5. Ticket prices range from $25 to $420.

Love NYC Restaurant Week

As New Yorkers’ taste buds start to miss the good holiday feasts in December, NYC Restaurant Week is coming to the city from Jan. 24 to Feb. 6 to offer New Yorkers an opportunity to dine at some of the top restaurants for a fraction of the normal cost. In its 19th year, the dining celebration offers three-course, prix-fixe meals for $24.07 (lunch) and $35 (dinner). On NYCgo’s website you can make reservations at more than 300 participating restaurants. NYC Restaurant Week will have another round in summer 2011.

Franz Liszt Bicentennial at Carnegie Hall

In celebration of the bicentennial of Franz Liszt’s birth, leading Liszt scholar and artists will gather at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall to explore the life and work of this legendary Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, and teacher. The Jan. 29 program will start at 1 p.m. with the keynote address from Liszt biographer Alan Walker, which will be followed by performances and dramatic readings. The event will conclude with a panel discussion, scheduled for 5:10 to 6 p.m.

Admission is $22. For more information, visit www.carnegiehall.org .

Graceful Perseverance at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is featuring a rare exhibit of some of the most enduring trees in nature. Bonsai with twisted branches and gnarled trunks will be highlighted to demonstrate the challenges plants must face in unpredictable environments.

The exhibit will run from Feb. 2 to May 1. A reception on Feb. 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. will feature food tasting and Japanese folk dance performances.