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Performing Arts
ICE at The Library: Collecting Sabrina Schroeder
Celebrated by critics and audiences around the world, The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created, experienced, and shared. When ICE comes to the Library, they offer more than concert, they involve the audience in a radical archiving experiment, where composers, performers, and audiences all share in the process of creating a new music work. For this first concert of a new ICE at the Library season, the imaginative and…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, October 21
@ 2:30 p.m.
In concert: Pianist, Phillip Dyson
International Concert Pianist Phillip Dyson, from London, England returns with another sensational show featuring some of the world's most popular and best loved Piano Classics, including: Rachmaninov Prelude in C sharp minor, Schubert Impromptu in G flat, Chopin Fantaisie-Impromptu, Fats Waller Alligator Crawl, Beethoven 'Moonlight' Sonata, Scott Joplin Bethena, excerpts from George Gershwin 'An American in Paris' .... and much more! A world class pianist and great entertainer performing to 'se…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, October 23
@ 6 p.m.
Across a Crowded Room
The Library for the Performing Arts presents culminating performances of the "Across a Crowded Room" Musical Theater writing workshop. After participating in a summer of masterclasses presented by the Library, teams of emerging theater makers will present live performances of their newly written, twenty-minute musicals, followed by feedback from established theatre professionals. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first serv…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, October 24
@ 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
Wed, October 25
@ 1 p.m.
The Dance Historian Is In
Michel Fokine
Eminent dance historian and critic Lynn Garafola will screen and discuss work by Michel Fokine, whom many consider to be the father of modern ballet. ALL RESERVATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM HAVE BEEN CLAIMED (All registered seats are released 10 minutes before the program begins, so seats may become available at that time. One hour before the program, a stand by line will form in the Library's third floor lobby.) Reserve your seat HERE starting September 25th, 2017. (If you need assistance with…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults
Wed, October 25
@ 6 p.m.
Poetry Society of America Celebrates 25 Years of Poetry in Motion
Since 1992, the Poetry Society of America and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority have joined forces to present poems in one of the most beloved public art programs in America. To celebrate the new anniversary anthology of 100 poems, many of the poets featured will gather to read their own contributions and favorites by others from The Best of Poetry in Motion: Celebrating 25 Years on Subways and Buses, including Aracelis Girmay, Major Jackson, Ada Limón, Jim Moore, Paul Muldoon, Ma…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, October 26
@ 6 p.m.
Something's Coming...Something Good: West Side Story Remembered
Filmmakers Dennis Grimaldi and Joey Dedio offer a rare insider’s view into the process of making a new documentary film that offers a fresh perspective on the original production of West Side Story, as told by members of the cast. Join a conversation with the filmmakers, plus the film's Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning director, Martin Charnin and other West Side Story cast members. See rare Library artifacts plus raw interview footage with West Side Story veterans, including Chita Rivera and…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, October 28
@ 2:30 p.m.
Jane Austen’s Music Library
With Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and other works, Jane Austen charmed her era and ours, while boldly blazing a trail that women writers continue to follow today. At home, it was music that fueled her literary creativity. She personally sang, played piano, and hand copied her favorite pieces of music. Now, through an innovative digital archive project at the University of Southampton, Austen’s music library has been shared with the world. The period instrument ensemble Broad…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, October 30
@ 6 p.m.
Songbook: Broadway's Future
A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists, sung by Broadway vocalists, and produced and directed by John Znidarsic. Presented in collaboration with Arts and Artists of the Future. 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 perm…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, October 31
@ 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 2
@ 6 p.m.
YFF @ NYPL: Young Filmmakers Foundation Celebration
Established in 1968 by the visionary arts educator Rodger Larson, the Young Filmmakers Foundation provided equipment, uplifted marginalized kids through the arts, and in some cases launched careers in cinema. From the very first years of the Foundation, the Library’s Reserve Film and Video Collection has been acquiring and preserving these youth-produced films. Join a gathering of YFF alums and past instructors, plus special guest of honor Rodger Larson. Through 16mm film screenings and recollec…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, November 4
@ 2:30 p.m.
Bernstein Findings: Copland's Keys
A collage of live performance, conversation, and historic document recitation illuminates a pivotal moment in Leonard Bernstein’s education. In 1938, Bernstein had his first exposure to American Modernism: learning Aaron Copland's Piano Variations, sitting at the keyboard with his Harvard philosophy professor, David Prall. The influence of Copland and Prall continued to guide Bernstein throughout his career as he became America’s maestro and paramount cultural ambassador. Hear recitations of Ber…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, November 6
@ 6 p.m.
League of Professional Theatre Women: Oral History Project with Daryl Roth
Daryl Roth, ten time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, joins a conversation Linda Winer, as part of the League’s ongoing series which chronicles and documents the contributions of significant women in theatre. Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting October 6, 2017. (If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Lincoln Center Plaza entrance, where volunteers will make a reservation for you, even if you do…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, November 7
@ 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 9
@ 6 p.m.
Rachna Nivas' Kathak Dialogue
Derived from the word katha, meaning "the art of storytelling," Kathak is one of India's most dynamic, classical dance-theatre traditions. Following in the footsteps of her guru, Pandit Chitresh Das, Rachna Nivas, one of the world's most celebrated contemporary Indian dancers, is using Kathak to dialogue with other world dance traditions. For this special Library program, Nivas offers an enthralling introduction to Kathak, with virtuosic musicianship, narrative movement, and expert interpretatio…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, November 13
@ 6 p.m.
Bernstein Findings: Lenny on the Town
The Library teams up with The New York Philharmonic Archives and Music from Copland House to present a sonic portrait of Leonard Bernstein’s spirited first years in New York City. In 1940, after graduating from Harvard and the Curtis Institute of Music, Bernstein moved to Manhattan, where he palled-around with Stella Adler and Marlon Brando, and accompanied Judy Holiday in Greenwich Village night clubs. By 1943, he was conducting The New York Philharmonic. Just one year later he had created the…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, November 14
@ 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 16
@ 6 p.m.
Anyone Who Had a Heart: The Burt Bacharach Songbook
Russian American pianist, Sasha Papernik, and her ensemble explore the songbook of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The program includes music influential to Bacharach's style, from the harmonic influences of Darius Milhaud to the bebop rhythms of Dizzy Gillespie and original music informed by Bacharach's legacy. Featuring Sasha Papernik (piano/vocals), Justin Poindexter (guitar/vocals), Kyle Saulnier (upright bass), and Will Clark (percussion). The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to of…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, November 18
@ 11 a.m.
Radio Maestro: Toscanini and NBC Symphony Orchestra
An astonishing 23,000 people requested tickets for the live-taping of Arturo Toscanini’s inaugural radio concert conducting the newly founded NBC Symphony Orchestra. On December 25, 1937, performances of Mozart’s “Great G Minor Symphony” and Brahms’ Symphony no. 1 were broadcast live from studio 8H into millions of households, uplifting a nation still struggling through the Great Depression. The library draws a sonic portrait of Christmas Day, 1937, with a presentation of Toscanini’s first NBC b…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Shelby Cullom Davis Museum, Vincent Astor GalleryAdults
Sat, November 18
@ 2:30 p.m.
The Joy of Noise
Bill Lewis returns to Bruno Walter Auditorium for another concert/cabaret offering. His unique arrangements will include the music of Purcell/Bucchino, Scheer/Morricone, Strauss and Chopin among others. 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…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, November 20
@ 6 p.m.
Pulsations: Ken Jacobs’ silent film Sky Socialist with electro-acoustic film score
Electro-acoustic composer, improviser and flutist Yael Acher “KAT” Modiano performs, live, a world premiere score to Ken Jacobs’ visionary silent film Sky Socialist (1964-65). Jacobs says that Sky Socialist “is a story of impossible love that emerges through the preoccupation with space and pattern shaping by way of camera-manipulation; my approach to film is that of a painter (abstract expressionist) rather than dramatist.” Reserve your seat HERE starting October 20, 2017.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, November 21
@ 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 25
@ 2:30 p.m.
The Greats: Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Ravel, and Liszt
Library perennial favorite pianist Benjamin Bradham returns to perform a program of masterworks by "the greats." Program: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Franz Liszt (1811-1886). The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admissio…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, November 27
@ 6 p.m.
Songbook: Broadway's Future
A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists, sung by Broadway vocalists, and produced and directed by John Znidarsic. Presented in collaboration with Arts and Artists of the Future. 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 perm…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, November 28
@ 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
Wed, November 29
@ 1 p.m.
The Dance Historian Is In
Doris Humphrey
A guest host will present the work of modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey. Reserve your seat HERE starting October 29, 2017.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults
Thu, November 30
@ 6 p.m.
Moving America: Katherine Dunham
In her new book, Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora, author Joanna Dee Das argues that Dunham was more than a dancer - she was a feminist intellectual and activist who used dance to fight for racial justice. Dunham saw dance as a tool of liberation, as a way for people of African descent to reclaim their history and forge a new future. Through her performances, through the schools she established in St Louis, Chicago, and New York, and through her diverse network of admirers, inclu…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, December 2
@ 2:30 p.m.
American Encounters: New Century Voices
The New York Classical Players launch a new season of “Encounters” concerts that explore the rich holdings of American chamber music in the archival collections of The Library for the Performing Arts. Each born in the first decade of the twentieth century, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber matured as composers, while our country endured two world wars and the Depression. Join us for an afternoon of archival display, friendly, informative conversation, plus performances of music that soothed a war…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, December 4
@ 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. Through music, carols and dance, highlights traditions united by a single language, reflecting the influence of Spanish culture throughout the Americas. Recommended Reading/Viewing: 1. Flamenco: passion, politics, and popular culture (Book) 2. Flamenco (DVD) 3. Flamenco: the art of flamenco, its history, and development…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, December 5
@ 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, December 5
@ 7 p.m.
Art to Share from Japan and South Africa
Join us for a second evening of casual conversation and communal creativity, celebrating the 10th anniversary of New York Foundation for the Arts' Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists. Japanese writer Meg Kaizu and South African costume designer Maureen Freeman share their immigration stories and their work, and lead a communal art-making activity. Reserve your seat HERE starting November 5, 2017.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Wed, December 6
@ 6 p.m.
Revise and Extend: Jane Alexander for Arts in America 
In October 1997, after four years fighting for federal government support of art in America, Jane Alexander resigned as chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts. During her Four-year term, as fierce critics worked to eliminate her agency, Alexander tirelessly championed the NEA’s cause through congressional hearings, television interviews, and appearances in communities across the United States. Twenty years later, the NEA is threatened again. Now untethered by office or protocol, Tony…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, December 7
@ 6 p.m.
Shelf Life: New Works, Made from the Archives
Culminating an intense semester of research and creative experimentation, New School University students, led by acclaimed saxophonist and composer Jane Ira Bloom, present new music and theater works inspired by and incorporating the Library’s archives. Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting November 7, 2017. Music Library Bronze statue of Mozart by Barrias (original in Vienna), presented to Music Library by Mrs. Sandor Harmati (If you need assistance with online re…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, December 9
@ 2:30 p.m.
Silent Clowns Film Series
The Cameraman
Buster Keaton’s first starring feature for MGM, The Cameraman (1928), finds him as a timid New York City tintype photographer who becomes a newsreel man with some help from pretty Marceline Day and Josephine the monkey. Partially shot in NYC, there’s great footage of 5th Avenue and Yankee Stadium. Charlie Chaplin opens the show for Buster in Behind the Screen (1916) where Charlie has his own troubles with movie making.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, December 11
@ 6 p.m.
History by Michael John LaChiusa
Michael John LaChiusa is a five-time TONY Award nominated composer, lyricist, and librettist for his Broadway productions of The Wild Party, Marie Christine, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. LaChiusa’s acclaimed off-Broadway musicals have been seen at The Public Theater and Lincoln Center, and include Giant, Queen of the Mist (Outer Critic’s Circle Award, Best Musical), See What I Wanna See, First Lady Suite, Bernarda Alba, Hello Again, Little Fish, First Daughter Suite, and Four Short Operas:…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, December 12
@ 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
Wed, December 13
@ 7 p.m.
Toscanini’s American Anthems
On December 13, 1941, in their first broadcast after the tragic bombing of Pearl Harbor, Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra presented a commemorative program of American music, including Barber’s mournful Adagio for Strings, Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” and Toscanini’s own rousing arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Listen to America in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack, with a radio collage featuring the December 13th NBC Symphony Orchestra broadcast, plus excerpts from the Bel…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Thu, December 14
@ 6 p.m.
The Chamberlain Brass
Take an exhilarating journey through four centuries of musical history, as The Chamberlain Brass celebrates the 175th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic. With exquisite musicianship and delightful narration, The Chamberlain Brass performs music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic eras, plus selections from the great American Songbook and jazz favorites.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, December 16
@ 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 of Tomorrow, 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 admi…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, December 18
@ 12 noon
Exhibition Programs
Lunch Time Tour: Leonard Bernstein at 100
Doug Reside, Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator for the Library's Billy Rose Theatre Division, leads a tour of the Leonard Bernstein at 100 exhibition, examining in detail Leonard Bernstein's theatrical works, including his breakout Broadway hit On the Town, his most revered masterpiece West Side Story, plus works from later in his career, such as 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Mass. Reserve your spot HERE starting November 18, 2017.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Shelby Cullom Davis Museum, Donald and Mary Oenslager GalleryAdults
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