The celebrated Russian conductor Valery Gergiev always has a million things on the go, but this coming year he's also celebrating 25 years as leader of one of Russia's most venerated cultural institutions: the Mariinsky Theatre, the roots of which date back to the era of .... read more
Supporters and donors and artists who attended the Oct. 1 unveiling of the Atlantic Theater Company's newly renovated mainstage home in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan were treated to a private viewing of the troupe's new downstairs lobby, costume shop, green room and bathrooms. They also .... read more
Stage actors always seem to get the attention in New York. On Monday, it was the turn of the stages themselves to take a bow.
The Pearl Theatre had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate moving into its new home near Times Square, while .... read more
Devised to nest discreetly on the Beaumont's newly planted green roof, it seats just 112 people: a two-story, 23,000-square-foot glass box wrapped inside a grille of aluminum louvers that help screen out the sun. Like a bridge, the box manages the large span between Saarinen's giant .... read more
Karlheinz Stockhausen, a 20th-century composer who died in 2007, rejected traditional musical forms and often refused commissions, preferring to create his own avant-garde spatial works, which incorporate the physical space as a prime element. One of his more outlandish works is the "Helicopter String Quartet", an .... read more
The concert hall, the rock club, the opera house, the arena, the HD live stream - all have served to flatten sound. But it wasn't always thus, and needn't continue to be so. That was the moral of the New York Philharmonic's concert on Saturday, ".... read more
Those who think classical music needs some shaking up routinely challenge music directors at major orchestras to think outside the box. That is precisely what Alan Gilbert did on Friday night for an exhilarating concert with the New York Philharmonic in the Drill Hall of .... read more
Upon entering the cavernous Park Avenue Armory's awesome performance space, audience members had to walk around a tableau vivant consisting of several artistocratic actors who would reappear later during Mozart's Don Giovanni. This was the Phil's way of letting us know it was letting down .... read more
It was a happy sight - at least for ticketholders and presenters: people of all ages and stripes, from hipsters to seniors, lined up outside the Park Avenue Armory on a steamy summer evening pleading for tickets to Friday evening's sold-out "Philharmonic 360" concert by the .... read more
Despite the late hour, the sun wasn't setting over St. Petersburg as maestro Valery Gergiev welcomed 100 guests at 11 p.m. for a private inaugural concert at the new Mariinsky Theatre. Beyond the windows of what will be the staff cafeteria, the city's historic skyline shimmered .... read more
In 1960, Leonard Bernstein wanted to conduct the New York Philharmonic in a performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Gruppen, an extravagant piece that calls for three separate orchestras, each with its own conductor, arrayed in a horseshoe around the audience. But to pull it off, the orchestra .... read more
For the planners and builders of the Park Avenue Armory, the landmark structure that consumes a city block, bounded by Park and Lexington Avenues and 66th and 67th Streets, music was surely not among the chief concerns. Completed in 1881, the armory was intended to serve .... read more
In a way, the New York Philharmonic's "Philharmonic 360" program at the Park Avenue Armory is a classical music critic's summer escapist fantasy: The orchestra, freed from the formal atmosphere and mediocre acoustics of Avery Fisher Hall, moves across town to the cavernous armory to .... read more
The vigorously committed, cosmically inclined composer Karlheinz Stockhausen was never known for small gestures - nor is the Park Avenue Armory, the setting next weekend for a presentation of one of Stockhausen's major creations.
"There's certain work that needs us," said Rebecca Robertson, .... read more
Long considered one of the most traditional and risk-averse cities in the country, Washington D.C. is embracing innovative architecture and urban planning. Thanks to a new generation of enlightened local governance buoyed by on-going federal spending and related private development, which has kept the .... read more
Is it better to be wise or clever? Cleverness has been much in evidence lately at New York's Lincoln Center, that mid-century performing arts complex recently revived by a willfully witty matrix of interventions by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, whose delightful LED-stair-risers, paraboloid park, and subtle .... read more
The Vivian Beaumont Theater was probably the most admired of Lincoln Center's original buildings, which isn't saying much. But Eero Saarinen's theater, designed in association with the set designer Jo Mielziner and finished in 1965, has always had a serene, self-assured modernist grandeur to it, refreshingly .... read more
It's rising fast on the Stanford University campus: Bing Concert Hall, the $111.9 million venue that's scheduled to open the weekend of Jan. 11-12 with concerts by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Los Lobos.
Monday afternoon, journalists had a sneak preview of the .... read more
When the Spoleto Festival USA opened shop here in 1977, its performing spaces were a motley combination of revived old theaters, modern auditoriums and outdoor arenas. To some extent, that's how it still is, but in recent years the festival, the city of Charleston and private .... read more
Harmony atrium, a privately owned public space, was a defacto homeless shelter and small rock-climbing business. Lincoln Center sponsored the space with the true intention of creating a place for the public.
Wedged into Manhattan's dense fabric, the 7000 SF passageway serves as Lincoln .... read more