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New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center Announce New Opera Initiative

The Importance of Being Earnest NY Philharmonic


Exciting news! The New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts today announced a new, multi-year initiative to present fully-staged productions of significant modern operas not yet seen in New York.

First up: the U.S. stage premiere of George Benjamin's Written on Skin, at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, August 11, 13, and 15, 2015, at the David H. Koch Theater. New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. "This new collaboration will allow the realization of creative ideals that have been important to me since coming to the Philharmonic — the sky’s the limit in terms of the productions of bold, modern operas that can come out of it," Gilbert said. (Last June a concert of Benjamin's music was part of the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL.)

The second presentation is the U.S. stage premiere of the Irish composer Gerald Barry’s opera The Importance of Being Earnest (above), based on Oscar Wilde’s comedy. It will be presented June 2 and 4, 2016, jointly as part of the second NY PHIL BIENNIAL and Lincoln Center’s 50th season of Great Performers at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. This production, which was premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, is directed by Ramin Gray and will be conducted by Ilan Volkov, leading New York Philharmonic musicians. 

A third production, slated for 2017, will be announced at a later date.

The collaboration arose from "a positive equivalent of a perfect storm," Jane Moss, Lincoln Center's artistic director, told The New York Times

She said that a confluence of events had led her to seek a teaming with the Philharmonic: her admiration of its pathbreaking semi-staged performances of Ligeti's opera Le Grand Macabre and Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen; her desire to bring Written on Skin to New York; and her search for top-flight orchestras.

Alan Gilbert, the Philharmonic’s music director, said that he considered the partnership a way to make good on a founding goal of Lincoln Center. “This is really true to that original vision, to be able to work together and to use the energy and the possibilities of all the different constituents and the people who are working all on the same campus,” he said.


Access to tickets for Written on Skin and The Importance of Being Earnest are guaranteed by purchasing a Producers Circle package from Lincoln Center. Email producerscircle@lincolncenter.org or call (212) 875-5466 for information. Single tickets will be available for purchase at a later date.

Lincoln Center Kitchen Opens in Avery Fisher Hall Lobby

Lincoln Center Kitchen Avery Fisher Hall NY Philharmonic

A new restaurant has opened in the lobby of our home, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.

Lincoln Center Kitchen is a seasonal American eatery headed by Chef Ed Brown and Executive Chef Daniel Anconetani.

According to Gothamite:

The duo are executing classic salads, roasted meats and Brown's noted finesse with seafood, all soundtracked by the music of the NY Philharmonic, which performs upstairs in the same space. On evenings when the orchestra plays, the music will be piped into the restaurant's dining room.

The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Lunch is served on Fridays and Saturdays if there is a matinee show. The phone number is (212) 874-7000.

Photo: Lincoln Center Kitchen

NOTE! Use Jaffe Drive During Columbus Ave. Repaving

Lincoln Center Construction NY Philharmonic 

Lincoln Center recently alerted us to some work the City will be doing that could affect your visit to Avery Fisher Hall.

Bottom line: Please don't drop people off, or be dropped off by your taxi or car, on Columbus Avenue in front of Lincoln Center. Instead, use Jaffe Drive, the new drive that branches right off of Columbus just south of Broadway and 65th Street. It's safe, dry, and accessible. In fact, we urge you to use it after the work is done!

The image below shows Jaffe Drive branching from Columbus and pointing directly at Avery Fisher Hall.

Jaffe Drive Lincoln Center

Here's the full information Lincoln Center distributed:

The City has advised of upcoming construction activity in connection with its 3rd Water Tunnel Project that will affect traffic conditions adjacent to Lincoln Center.

Beginning Monday, April 7th, City contractors will remobilize on Columbus Avenue to repave the street now that they are materially complete with construction in this area. They will proceed in phases over 6–8 weeks, beginning with the area between 63rd and 64th Street. There will be periods when this work will limit curb-side drop off areas in front of Lincoln Center on Columbus Avenue.

City contractors are also expanding their operations on 62nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue. This work will reduce the street width to accommodate one-way traffic only. Beginning Monday, April 14th, 62nd Street will operate west-bound only between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue. This is anticipated to last until the fall. There will be no material impact to our garage and concourse entrances and exits. Northbound traffic on Amsterdam Avenue will access the garage at 63rd Street. All vehicles exiting the 62nd Street ramps will be directed westbound.

In connection with the circulation change at 62nd Street, DOT is also modifying the one-way direction of 60th Street between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue to eastbound only for the same period.

If I Nominated You

Carousel

Live From Lincoln Center’s broadcast of the Philharmonic’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel has been nominated for three Emmy Awards: Outstanding Special Class Program, Outstanding Music Direction (by Rob Fisher), and Outstanding Choreography (by Warren Carlyle).

Check out this clip from the broadcast.

Photo by Chris Lee.

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