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Sat, August 6
@ 1:30 p.m.
New York Opera Forum presents FIDELIO
NEW YORK OPERA FORUM presents a concert version of FIDELIO by Ludwig van Beethoven. 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 are subject to la…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, August 13
@ 2:30 p.m.
Silent Clowns Film Series
So This is Paris
So This Is Paris (1926) The overlooked Monte Blue, one of Warner Brothers’ big names of the 1920s, stars with Patsy Ruth Miller in this frothy confection directed by Ernst Lubitsch. After years in Germany Lubitsch had come to America in 1923 and established his “Lubitsch Touch” in Hollywood with films like this, The Marriage Circle (’24) and Lady Windermere’s Fan (’25). Another great director, Leo McCarey, guides Charley Chase through his misadventures in our two-reel opener Inno…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Wed, August 17
@ 9 p.m.
A New York Public Library/Mostly Mozart Trivia Concert, hosted by International Contemporary Ensemble
What happens when the expert curators and archivist of the New York Public Library for The Performing Arts plan a night-cap with performers from the Mostly Mozart Festival? The most imaginative, arts-focused FREE trivia night this city’s ever seen. Join hosts ICE (the International Contemporary Ensemble) for an interactive night of culture games, with three world premier performances; stupid musician tricks, where ICE members show off their craziest instrumental skills; prizes from Lincoln Cente…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman CenterAdults
Sat, September 10
@ 2:30 p.m.
Silent Clowns Film Series
A Gentleman of Paris
A Gentleman of Paris (1927) Adolph Menjou was the epitome of sophisticated comedy in the 1920s. After his star-making turn in Charlie Chaplin’s A Woman of Paris (’23) he went on to headline in Are Parents People? (’25), Service for Ladies (’27), and many others. This is one of the few surviving films of Harry d’Abbadie d’Arrast, an Argentine émigré who had been an assistant to Chaplin before going on with his own directorial career. First on the bill we have Stan Laurel and Tyler Brooke i…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, September 17
@ 2:30 p.m.
An Afternoon of Flute and Piano
Flutist Norman Dee and Pianist Josephine Chan Yung play works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Friedrich D. R. Kuhlau, Hugo Kauder and Gabriel Pierne. 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…
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
Thu, October 20
@ 6 p.m.
Wild Lines: Jane Ira Bloom Plays Emily Dickinson
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 century jazz music…
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
Vocalist Leslie Fornino Grubman sings songs of love, romance, and marriage. 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 are subject to last minut…
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
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, 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 Dickson. Experience Aaron Copland’s Tw…
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
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
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
Sat, November 19
@ 2:30 p.m.
Strings in the Earth and Air - Music for Voice, Piano, and StringsNew 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

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