Alicia Zuckerman

  1. Sugarplums Everywhere!Here come the Nutcrackers, in endless variety.
  2. Heat Me UpThese highlights from Latin American Culture Week may help you imagine you were someplace warmer.
  3. All Keyed UpFor the second year of the “Keys to the Future” festival, the program expands fr […]
  4. Music for a SongPeoples’ Symphony Concerts continues its century-long tradition of supercheap tickets ($9—even less by subscription) to topflight events.
  5. Smooth OperationThe Silk Road Ensemble, founded by Yo-Yo Ma, begins a weeklong residency at the gorgeous Rub […]
  6. Girl TalkDie-hard fan or no, $750 for a Barbra Streisand stadium seat is madness. Two alternatives from the next generation.
  7. Break Out the FormalwearThree opening nights not to miss.
  8. Music for GreensA sonic treatment will transform the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden into Glacier Bay National Park, the Madagascar rain forest, and the […]
  9. The Met’s New ‘Hero’Tan is making his Met debut, conducting his own work—which stars Domingo, in the first role ever created for him at the Met.
  10. ‘Butterfly’ Takes Flight, on Opening NightPuccini’s Madama Butterfly, re-imagined by first-time opera director Anthony Minghella (known for The English Patient) and starring Cristina Gal […]
  11. Mixed-Media ArtistHip-hop poetry, piano solos, a Jon Stewart rant: To Vijay Iyer, it all sounds good.
  12. A Maximalist PartyAt 70, Steve Reich gets a birthday bash at nearly every cultural institution in town.
  13. In MemoriamOn the fifth anniversary of 9/11, concerts to honor those who were lost.
  14. Dancing on the EdgeThe Fringe Festival isn’t all about theater (though of course there’s plenty of that; see our picks). The summer staple’s dance and move […]
  15. What’s Old Is NewLincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival unveils four premieres to mark the composer’s 250th birthday and its own 40th.
  16. Eat, Drink, Be MerryMost of the time, opera is a strictly no-food-and-drink affair. Not this week.
  17. Ever-Changing-Mood MusicThe genre-busting cult musician Theo Bleckmann tries his hand at the great American songbook.
  18. Jazz It UpThe 92nd Street Y’s Jazz in July festival, run by the excellent pianist-arranger Bill Charlap, offers tributes to late greats by living greats.
  19. The Monster in the RoomAfter technical woes—and head trauma—Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal finally get a Vietnam allegory onstage. Just in time for Iraq.
  20. Free SocietyOne of the great perks of summer in the city is lots of free music and dance.
  21. Gotta Get AwayPicks from the Caramoor International Music Festival, beginning this week in […]
  22. Gimme Three StepsLa MaMa E.T.C. is bringing 50 brand-name dance troupes and choreographers to its thr […]
  23. Soul FoodMadison Square Park hosts the fourth annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party this […]
  24. In the Company of MenThe limber bodies of New York City Ballet’s “Diamond Project.”
  25. Deep Baritone: Dmitri HvorostovskyDmitri Hvorostovsky may be the opera world’s favorite baritone these days. Sixteen years after he was catapulted to stardom by winning the Cardi […]
  26. First StepsAmerican Ballet Theater’s spring season opens this week—with the usual roster of dancers we can’t take our eyes off.
  27. Diamond DaysSpring means the return of New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project, the extravaganza of new repertoire.
  28. The Next GenerationAs opera season winds down, unique new vocal music blossoms.
  29. Step 1-2-3The Joyce Theater’s 1-2-3 Festival puts top junior companies onstage together for op […]
  30. Passion PlayersBesides the big St. Matthew Passion at BAM this week, music all over town marks the Easter season.
  31. Who’s Filling In For James Levine?While the Met orchestra’s conductor is on the disabled list, five substitute conductors—usually booked years in advance—were coaxed into the pit.
  32. The Beat Goes On“Fest Forward: Hip-Hop Unbound,” a festival at NYU’s Skirball Center exploring the roots and future of the form, includes discussions, film, […]
  33. Life During WartimeKurt Vonnegut talks about his “desecration” of Stravinsky’s romanticized The Soldier’s Tale.
  34. Gang of FourThe eminently progressive, hip, and virtuosic Kronos Quartet collaborates in a festival with a […]
  35. Mark the DateEqual parts icon and iconoclast, Mark Morris celebrates his company’s 25th anniversary this month, and BAM is going all out.
  36. Passing the BatonThree on-the-rise American conductors come to town this week.
  37. Key Man: Daniel BarenboimAfter more than a decade as the hardest-working man in the classical-music business, the pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim may actually cat […]
  38. It’s a DateSome ideas for a musically memorable Valentine’s Day.
  39. Passion PlayersLincoln Center’s tribute to the intense Argentine-born composer Osvaldo Golijov kicked off last week. See
  40. The Public’s DomainThe Public Theater turns 50.
  41. Coloratura: Natalie DessayA year after undergoing surgery on her vocal cords for the second time, the French soprano Natalie Dessay is singing the role of Juliette opposi […]
  42. How the Ballets Russes Inspired Dance’s Great Leap Forward—And a New Film1. In 1909, Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev founds a dance company, Les Ballets Russes, in Paris. Performers include Anna Pavlova, George Bal […]
  43. Composer: Ricky Ian GordanRicky Ian Gordon’s latest song cycle, a 70-minute modern and personal take on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Euridice, stars soprano Elizabeth Fu […]
  44. Claire Danes Steps Out of the ShadowsAnd into a Wyeth painting.
  45. Conductor’s CounterpunchThe Baltimore Symphony fought her hiring. But Marin Alsop is still upbeat.
  46. Flight of FancyA soaring opera version of the French classic The Little Prince finally gets off the ground.
  47. Influences: Merce CunninghamThe choreographer on John Cage, The Golden Girls, and Mrs. Barrett’s tap class.
  48. Conversation: Philip Glass and Godfrey ReggioThe Koyaanisqatsi duo on their trippy trilogy and their new comedy.
  49. Joyful NoiseAvant-garde vocalist Iva Bittová takes New York, lending experimental music a small-town flavor.
  50. Choreographer: Mark Morris“If literal means there’s a turn on a trill, or you dance fast when the music’s fast and slow when the music’s slow, then fine, I’m guilty.”
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