Elsewhere in NYC: Morgan Library & Museum and New York Public Library

Elsewhere in NYC: Morgan Library & Museum and New York Public Library

Perfect places for the art of reading

In the bustling city of New York where everyone is in a hurry, the quiet spaces are especially precious. By a perfect coincidence these two libraries are situated a few blocks apart in midtown Manhattan. Both are the celebrated havens for those who appreciate the art and the history of the written words or are making the first steps in the world of books.

Elsewhere in NYC: Morgan Library & Museum and New York Public Library
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John Pierpont Morgan has been called the most influential financier in U.S. history. Between 1890 and 1913, his company was instrumental in the establishment of 42 major corporations including General Electric, International Harvester, AT & T, and the Atchison Topeka Santa Fe railway. He financially backed countless projects, including Thomas Edison’s Edison Electric Illuminating Company, as […]

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Its fascinating to think about the unity of  places dedicated to books. The libraries while very distinct in their characters, are wonderfully complementing each other.

While NY Public Library will rightly impress with its depth of material and expertise of people working there, Morgan Library offers a treasured  and well-researched collection of illuminated manuscripts, rare prints, music manuscripts, Renaissance paintings and Chinese porcelain. In addition to its exhibitions, Morgan Library holds music programs and lectures.  This summer there will be several concerts combining music performed by St. Luke Chamber Ensemble with the reading by a well-known literary master Adam Gopnik.

The NY Public Library is know for its premier series LIVE from NYPL. In May and June of this year the guest list includes Anselm Kiefer, a German painter and sculptor,  Alec Baldwinan American actor, and Phillip Glass, an American composer  to name just a few. It is a true cultural kaleidoscope!

Venue: Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, NY           Hours: click here

Venue: NYPL Schwarzman Building, 476 5th Avenue, NY                       Hours: click here

2017 Lincoln Center Festival: H’Sao Band Performance on July 28

2017 Lincoln Center Festival: H’Sao Band Performance on July 28

A cappella performance mixing melodies from Chad with modern world soul and jazz

2017 Lincoln Center Festival: H'Sao Band Performance on July 28
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This amazing Montreal-based band was formed in 2001 when three brothers teamed up with their childhood friend to start performing. Using only their voice at first and adding musical instruments later the group caught the attention of the music fans and gained popularity in Montreal, Canada. H’Sao style can be described as Afro-fusion or Afro-jazz defined by authentic vocal harmonies, electrifying rhythm and stunning dance.

Masterly mixing a cappella singing from their native Chad with the new world gospels, soul and jazz music the group had established itself on the music scene. It travels around the world participating in the prominent musical festivals and events from New Zealand and Australia to Europe, Asia and Americas. Their lyrics are addressing the issues of social justice, love and peace.

H’Sao concert in NYC is part of the Nomadic Knights series of Lincoln Center Festival. More information about their albums can be found here.


Venue: Stanley Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center, NY                                Date: July 28, at 8pm 

Beyond NYC: Daniil Trifonov, Piano at Caramoor in Katonah, NY

Beyond NYC: Daniil Trifonov, Piano at Caramoor in Katonah, NY

Powerful program for Summer Chamber music lineup

Beyond NYC: Daniil Trifonov, Piano at Caramoor in Katonah, NY
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Daniil Trifonov, 26-year-old Russian pianist, is already well known to the audiences around the world for his amazing technique and poetic sensitivity in delivering the most challenging programs. The selection of works for this year Summer concert at Caramoor is exactly in that category.

Trifonov became an international sensation in 2011 when he won the first prize in the Tchaikovsky competition.  From that time on he is a regular at major concert halls with dedicated fans eagerly anticipating his every performance. And he never disappoints. The New Yorker magazine in its review of this year performance at Carnegie Hall notes that Trifonov “creates furor”.

In the program at Caramoor, Trifonov starts with Schumann including Kreisleriana; followed by a selection of Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich and ending with  the movements from Stravinsky’s Petrushka. Expect a lot of energy and clarity in tone as these serious pieces require from a performer. Trifonov’s virtuosity and depth will delight you and make that night an affair to remember!

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Venue: Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, Katonah, NY                                       Date: July 9, 5pm