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@ 6 p.m.
"Life Upon the Wicked Stage": New Books in the Performing Arts
Life Upon the Wicked Stage: New Books in the Performing Arts Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music and Family
At twelve-years old, Ryan Speedo Green was placed in solitary confinement in Virginia's juvenile facility of last resort. At twenty-four, he won America’s most prestigious contest for young opera singers, and this fall he makes a starring debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Puccini’s La Bohème. Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music and Family is Daniel Bergner’s vivid chronicle of this triumphant journey, and it will soar into your heart, take hold, and inspire you in the way very few stori…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Fri, September 30
@ 6 p.m.
Rhapsody in Blue
International concert pianist Phillip Dyson plays works by Liszt, Rachmaninov, and George Gershwin. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission seating. Call 212.642.0142 for more detailed information. All programs a…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Fri, October 14
@ 7 p.m.
Theatre Library Association Book Awards
For over 40 years the Theater Library Association has honored great accomplishments in theater and film scholarship with its annual book awards. Join us for an exciting ceremony dedicated to this year’s award-winning authors. With readings, archive display, and special guests, the Library is proud to host this annual celebration of theatre, film, writing, and research. Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting September 14 (If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Mon, October 17
@ 6 p.m.
League of Professional Theatre Women: Oral History Project
A conversation with prominent women in theatre, as part of the League’s ongoing series which chronicles and documents the contributions of significant women in theatre. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission sea…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, October 18
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, October 20
@ 6 p.m.
Wild Lines: Jane Ira Bloom Plays Emily Dickinson
Jane Ira Bloom Award winning soprano saxophonist/composer Jane Ira Bloom presents the New York premiere of “Wild Lines,” her new work for jazz quartet and spoken word, inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Bloom’s reimagining of Dickinson was ignited when she learned that the poet was a pianist and improviser, reaffirming Bloom’s intuitive connection to the jazz-like quality of Dickinson’s writing. Join us for a collaboration across time between two pioneering women artists - one a 21st…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, October 22
@ 2:30 p.m.
I Only Have Eyes for You
Having previously performed her acclaimed one-woman shows Almost There and Take Me to the World at LPA, Leslie Fornino returns to the stage to share her quirky perspective about her journey finding romance and ultimately love. Always energetic and spirited, Leslie’s powerful stories through Broadway and pop tunes will take you on a wonderful and tuneful adventure!Vocalist Leslie Fornino Grubman sings songs of love, romance, and marriage. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer f…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, October 24
@ 6 p.m.
Lyrics by Lee
Steve Ross and Max St. James return to the Bruno Walter Auditorium with yet another in-depth excursion into the world of classic Broadway musicals. This time Steve and Max along with their illustrious guest stars proudly celebrate the achievements of legendary lyricist Lee Adams. Supported by some of the freshest young talent around, this distinguished group will perform songs from the canon of Lee and his life-long partner Charles Strouse including (but not limited to) numbers from “Bye, Bye,…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, October 25
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, October 25
@ 6:15 p.m.
White Light Festival, Sounds of India on Film: Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)
Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival presents immersive artistic experiences that illuminate the many dimensions of our interior lives. At the heart of this year’s festival is Sounds of India, a collection of music, dance, and film originating in and inspired by South India curated by choreographer Mark Morris. Experience the breathtaking visual storytelling of Bengali auteur Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy in a stunning new print presented together with Jean Renoir’s 1951 color masterpiece The Rive…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, October 25
@ 9:15 p.m.
White Light Festival, Sounds of India on Film: Aparajito (The Unvanquished)
Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival presents immersive artistic experiences that illuminate the many dimensions of our interior lives. At the heart of this year’s festival is Sounds of India, a collection of music, dance, and film originating in and inspired by South India curated by choreographer Mark Morris. Experience the breathtaking visual storytelling of Bengali auteur Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy in a stunning new print presented together with Jean Renoir’s 1951 color masterpiece The Rive…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Wed, October 26
@ 1 p.m.
The Dance Historian Is In
Moira Shearer
Moira Shearer Dance Historian David Vaughan will introduce and screen selections from the recorded legacy of this great ballerina, including the dance Frederick Ashton choreographed for her for the film The Story of Three Loves (1952). Seating is first come, first served. Program subject to change.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
K-12 Educators,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults,
Teachers
Wed, October 26
@ 6:15 p.m.
White Light Festival, Sounds of India on Film: The River
Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival presents immersive artistic experiences that illuminate the many dimensions of our interior lives. At the heart of this year’s festival is Sounds of India, a collection of music, dance, and film originating in and inspired by South India curated by choreographer Mark Morris. Experience the breathtaking visual storytelling of Bengali auteur Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy in a stunning new print presented together with Jean Renoir’s 1951 color masterpiece The Rive…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Wed, October 26
@ 8:45 p.m.
White Light Festival, Sounds of India on Film: Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)
Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival presents immersive artistic experiences that illuminate the many dimensions of our interior lives. At the heart of this year’s festival is Sounds of India, a collection of music, dance, and film originating in and inspired by South India curated by choreographer Mark Morris. Experience the breathtaking visual storytelling of Bengali auteur Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy in a stunning new print presented together with Jean Renoir’s 1951 color masterpiece The Rive…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, October 29
@ 2:30 p.m.
The Emily Dickinson Suite: A Chamber Recital in Words and Music
Reclusive and misunderstood during her lifetime, Emily Dickinson’s innovative, enigmatic verses have resonated with new generations of artists for over a century. Actress Alison Looman and an illustrious company of musicians, including ascendant soprano Katherine Whyte, acclaimed violinist Elmira Darvarova, harp virtuoso Mélanie Genin, and members of the Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, present a chamber recital of works inspired by the life and poems of Emily Dickinson.…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, October 29
@ 7 p.m.
Curtain Up Sing Along Show and Tell
To commemorate the opening of the Library’s new blockbuster exhibition Curtain Up, The Library presents a sing along show and tell, featuring beloved show tunes from the Tony Award and Olivier Award winning musicals of the last 40 years. Learn about the creation process of A Chorus Line, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, and other award-winning shows; see composer’s hand-written drafts, beautiful scenic and costume designs, and other fascinating artifacts from the Library’s collections; and sing al…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Mon, October 31
@ 6 p.m.
SONGBOOK: Broadway’s Future
A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, directed by John Znidarsic. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission seating. Call 212.642.0142 for more detailed information.…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, November 1
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Fri, November 4
@ 7 p.m.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game: The Story of Katie Casey, Suffrage, and Our National Pastime
During this historic campaign of the first female major party nominee for President, join us for an interactive cafe program on the surprising links between baseball, women's suffrage, and music, presented by The Red Skies Music Ensemble through their unique performance model of “Public Musicology.” See artifacts from early twentieth century women's suffrage, baseball, and the music that connects and illuminates them. Sing along to suffrage anthems and other famous hits of the era, including the…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Sat, November 5
@ 2:30 p.m.
Brahms Encounters: Inspired by Bach
New York Classical Players and The Library launch a new series of engaging “Encounters” concerts, celebrating the deeply spiritual, rustic, and brilliantly constructed music of Johannes Brahms. The Library proudly holds manuscripts of several Brahms’ masterworks, including his 1877 transcription for piano left hand of J. S. Bach’s monumental Chaconne in D minor. Enjoy an up-close viewing of Brahms’ masterful pen strokes. Hear impassioned, dynamic performances of Bach’s Chaconne from the Partita…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, November 7
@ 6 p.m.
Women Take the Stage: George Bernard Shaw and Women’s Rights
Join an artistic examination and celebration of a century of women’s rights expansion in New York. On November 8th 1917, exactly 99 years before Election Day 2016, New York became the first US state to legally allow women to vote. Kicking off a year-long celebration of this occasion, David Staller of Gingold Theatrical Group (producer of the juggernaut performance series, PROJECT SHAW) along with representatives from of UN Women for Peace, Amnesty International, and the National Coalition Again…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, November 8
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, November 10
@ 6 p.m.
Legacy
Songs of happiness, hope, and inspiration from such shows as Aladdin, Annie Get Your Gun, Bye Bye Birdie, Candide, Company, Easter Parade (the movie), Fosse, Funny Girl, George M!, La Cage aux Folles, Man of La Mancha, On A Clear Day, Once On This Island, Rent, The Wizard Of Oz (the movie), West Side Story, Wicked and Yentl (the movie), as well as Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," the duet version of "Happy Days Are Here Again/ Get Happy" made iconic by Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, and others…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, November 12
@ 2:30 p.m.
Silent Clowns Film Series
Chicago
Chicago (1927) Former Mack Sennett bathing beauty Phyllis Haver gives a spirited tour-de- force performance as Roxie Hart in this original film version of the much-adapted play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, of which the current revival of the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical take on the story is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Broadway. Produced, and directed without credit, by Cecil B. DeMille, this 1927 adaptation was considered lost until a print turned…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, November 14
@ 6 p.m.
Music from Yiddish Cinema
Hailed as “one of the finest American klezmer bands,” Metropolitan Klezmer performs an exhilarating range of musical treasures with astonishing agility and refreshing depth. One of the band’s specialties is the richly varied music found in vintage Yiddish film soundtracks. Join us for an evening of original klezmer arrangements performed live by the full octet, interpolated with scenes of both celebrated movies and lesser-known cinematic gems onscreen: Hasidic chant and sewing song from The Dybb…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, November 15
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, November 19
@ 2:30 p.m.
Strings in the Earth and Air - Music for Voice, Piano, and Strings
Mezzo-soprano Amy Gluck and Pianist and Composer Richard Pearson Thomas are joined by a string quartet for a concert of specially curated pieces featuring works by Handel, Debussy, Grieg, Kauder, Barber, and the New York Premiere of Singing like the larks, Mr. Thomas’ award-winning composition scored for piano quintet and based on the writings of Willa Cather. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lin…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, November 21
@ 6 p.m.
What the Eye Hears: Brian Seibert on the History of Tap
Brian Seibert, dance critic for The New York Times, comes to the Library to celebrate the release of What the Eye Hears, his authoritative account of the great American art of tap. Join Seibert on a virtual tour of the Library’s vast archive of historic tap performances on film and tape, from blackface minstrelsy, to jazz-age nightclubs, to twenty-first century Broadway. Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting October 21st (If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, November 26
@ 2:30 p.m.
Composers Getting Personal
Pianist, Benjamin Bradham plays a program of works by Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy. The selection focuses on the more personal aspects of the composer’s works. The Beethoven sonata opening the program, the poignant and ultimately triumphant No. 31 (Opus 110), has been described as the most personal and unique of his thirty-two sonatas. As for Chopin, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff, virtually the entirety of their respective outputs are intensely personal in expression and…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, November 28
@ 6 p.m.
SONGBOOK: Broadway’s Future
A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, directed by John Znidarsic. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission seating. Call 212.642.0142 for more detailed information.…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, November 29
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, November 29
@ 7 p.m.
Moves Like Fosse: An interactive celebration of the Fosse, Verdon Legacy with Dana Moore
Broadway performer, choreographer, and teacher Dana Moore is the keeper of the Fosse flame. Join us for an interactive evening honoring the legacies of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. Moore comes to the Library to teach Fosse’s signature style and gestures. See artifacts from the Library’s collections of Fosse shows, like Chicago, The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, and Pippin. Hear Moore’s memories of her studies with Fosse and Verdon, and take your own turn snapping fingers, rolling wrists, sinking hips…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Wed, November 30
@ 1 p.m.
The Dance Historian Is In
Violette Verdy
Violette Verdy Dance Historian David Vaughan will introduce and screen selections from the recorded legacy of this great ballerina. Seating is first come, first served. Program subject to change.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
K-12 Educators,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults,
Teachers
Sat, December 3
@ 1:30 p.m.
Mame!
Gotham Radio Theatre returns after their SRO performance of Ellery Queen with another classic character, Auntie Mame. The year is 1925, orphaned young Patrick Dennis is brought to New York to be raised by his eccentric Aunt, Mame. This “irreverent escapade” written by Patrick Dennis set records on the New York Times bestseller list. Adapted for the stage by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, it starred Rosalind Russell. Gotham’s production will include a live orchestra using music from the perio…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, December 3
@ 3:30 p.m.
Mame!
Gotham Radio Theatre returns after their SRO performance of Ellery Queen with another classic character, Auntie Mame. The year is 1925, orphaned young Patrick Dennis is brought to New York to be raised by his eccentric Aunt, Mame. This “irreverent escapade” written by Patrick Dennis set records on the New York Times bestseller list. Adapted for the stage by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, it starred Rosalind Russell. Gotham’s production will include a live orchestra using music from the perio…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, December 5
@ 6 p.m.
Mame!
Gotham Radio Theatre returns after their SRO performance of Ellery Queen with another classic character, Auntie Mame. The year is 1925, orphaned young Patrick Dennis is brought to New York to be raised by his eccentric Aunt, Mame. This “irreverent escapade” written by Patrick Dennis set records on the New York Times bestseller list. Adapted for the stage by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, it starred Rosalind Russell. Gotham’s production will include a live orchestra using music from the perio…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, December 8
@ 6 p.m.
Navidad Flamenca
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II thrills audiences with the rich holiday customs of the Spanish-speaking world, from Argentina and Mexico to Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Flamenco Vivo highlights the diversity of national traditions of music, carols, and dance, while also reflecting the broad influence of Spanish culture throughout the Americas. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one h…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Fri, December 9
@ 7 p.m.
Holiday Hula Party
Winter weather got you down? Join our hui! By day, Dara Faust is the shoe supervisor of the New York City Ballet. By Night, Faust has the kuleana (responsibility and privilege) of teaching for Nā Lehua Melemele, a New York City Hui (group, club, alliance) that is comprised of individuals who are joined or united by a common love of the hula. Faust comes to the Library to lead an interactive evening exploring the native art of Hawaiian dance, expressing all that we see, hear, smell, taste, touch,…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Sat, December 10
@ 2:30 p.m.
Holiday Songbook
A concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission sea…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, December 12
@ 6 p.m.
Holiday Songbook
A concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission sea…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
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