NYC Events Picks for February-March 2011

By Evan Mantyk
Evan Mantyk
Evan Mantyk
Evan Mantyk is an English teacher in New York and President of the Society of Classical Poets.
March 4, 2011 Updated: March 4, 2011

Pompeii the Exhibit in Times Square

In a matter of two days, the ancient city of Pompeii was buried in ash by the neighboring volcano Mount Vesuvius. At the Discovery Times Square Museum you can experience the Roman metropolis before and after the catastrophic eruption 2,000 years ago. The exhibit includes the largest ever collection of body casts of those frozen in time by ash, and features a new, timelapsed representation of Pompeii starting from the moment of the explosion.

The Exhibit opened on Friday March 4. Tickets: $25 for adults, 19.50 for children (4-12). For more information visit

Les Arts Florissants Perform Rameau’s Ballets

Leading Baroque Opera performers, Les Arts Florissants will perform Jean-Philippe Rameau’s one-act operas, Anacréon and Pygmalion, at Starr Theater of Alice Tully Hall Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, both at 7:30 p.m. The France-based vocal and musical ensemble is dedicated to performing Baroque music on original instruments.

The more well-known of the two, Pygmalion tells the story of the sculptor who falls in love with his own sculpture and entreats the goddess Venus to bring his creation to life. The performances are approximately one hour and 55 minutes long, with one intermission.

Tickets: $60-75. For more information visit:

Symphony 9, Beethoven, National Chorale

Beethoven's monumental choral symphony—with the triumphal Ode to Joy—is considered one of the most powerful celebrations of man's freedom and faith ever written. The symphony will be performed by the National Chorale, considered New York’s premier choral company, at Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center on Sunday March 13 at 2 p.m. Copland’s “In the Beginning, Copland” will also be performed.

Tickets: $59-$128. For more information visit:

Concertos by Bach and Vivaldi at Miller Theater

Baroque ensemble REBEL will explore Vivaldi’s exceptional concertos and their influence on Bach, including his works for dueling harpsichords, on the stage of Miller Theater at Columbia University on Saturday, March 26, at 8:00 p.m. REBEL has earned an international reputation for their unique style and their virtuosic, expressive, and provocative approach to the Baroque and Classical repertoire.

Tickets: $35. For more information visit

Parent Seminar: Classical Chinese Dance

Learning classical Chinese dance is said to nurture the soul, build character, and teach self-discipline. The San Cai Academy Center, in Edison, N.J., will hold a seminar on Chinese Classical Dance for parents interested in enrolling their children on Saturday April 9, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The following day a demonstration and free trial class for children will be held Sunday April 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Edison is approximately a 45-minute drive from Manhattan.

For more information visit or call (732) 695-6088.


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