No Frills–Great Concerts–Low Cost

If you have never been to one of the People’s Symphony Concerts at Washington Irving High School, a New York icon, it’s time you did. Originally designed for students and workers in 1900, many of our friends and relatives have attended for decades. Today, it’s still fulfilling its function. (sidewaysnyc) The best of the best…

Levine and the Ring Take a Bow at Carnegie Hall

(simonbutler)For more than 40 years, we have been fans of James Levine and of his way with Wagner, especially the Ring of the Nibelungen. We have seen four Ring cycles with him (more than 20 hours of music in four operas each time) and have witnessed his growth into perhaps the most eminent Wagner conductor…

Nougatine and Juilliard

For Rory’s birthday, I treated him to the prix-fixe lunch at Jean-Georges’ more casual cafe, Nougatine, next door to its big sister in Trump Tower. When I say more casual, I am speaking strictly of the decor which is very gray, very silver, very chic, not the food, which is exquisite. Part of the fun…

Music For All at Alice Tully Hall

Here’s a guest post from my husband Rory. Last Saturday I attended the 2015 Namei International Music Festival Gala concert at Alice Tully Hall (allevents.in) to hear: the Dvorak Carnival Overture, the Grieg Piano Concerto, the Yellow River Piano Concerto, Liszt’s Totentanz, piano music based on Chinese song themes, Beijing Opera music arranged for banhu,…

Mozart (and Bach and Brahms) at Half Price–Who Knew?

If you haven’t visited the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway and 63rd Street,you may missed the signs (hard, but possible). On any day, you will find Lincoln Center offerings inside at half price such as for the Mostly Mozart concerts, which we bought, or  the much-acclaimed Strindberg’s Miss Julie in Russian at City Center. (We…

Phoenixes Rise at St. John the Divine

Just above 110th Street on Amsterdam Avenue, you will find the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which is, according to its website, “the largest Cathedral in the world, meaning a church that is also the seat of a Bishop.” Surrounded by Columbia University, City College, Manhattan School of Music and formerly Juilliard, it serves…