Selected Events (02/28) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, FEB. 28, 2015
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”  

The Mozart-Beethoven Connection   —  Classical Music    (2:30pm)   

Monk in Motion – Adam O’Farrill  —  Jazz    (7:30pm)    

Andy Bey    —  Jazz    (7:30pm)   (9:30pm)  

Music for Brunelleschi’s Dome  —  Classical Music   (6pm)  

Stile Antico: From The Imperial Court  —  Choral Music   (8pm)

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Feb.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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The Mozart-Beethoven Connection
Presented by the Con Brio Ensemble
Featuring violinist Paul Roczek, cellist Hamilton Berry, baritone Darian Worrell, and pianist Diana Mittler-Battipaglia.
NYPL for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium
2:30pm / FREE
The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to programs on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program.

Monk in Motion – Adam O’Farrill
Brooklyn native Adam O’Farrill is the grandson to legendary Afro-Cuban composer and arranger Chico O’Farrill. His father is pianist and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill. Adam won the ASCAP Herb Albert Young Jazz Composer Award and the ASCAP Gerswhin Award. Adam co-leads the O’Farrill Brothers Band with his brother, Zack, and has released two albums, Giant Peach and Sensing Flight. Adam O’Farrill will perform with his combo “Stranger Days” which includes Chad Lefkowitz-Brown (tenor sax), Stephan Crump (bass) and Zack O’Farrill (drums).

Monk-in-Motion: The Next Face of Jazz presents the top three winners of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St.
7:30pm / $25
212-220-1459

Andy Bey
“With his magnificent two most recent albums — “The World According to Andy Bey,” from 2013, and “Pages From an Imaginary Life,” from last year — Mr. Bey has consolidated his rare gifts as a jazz singer of deep patience and extravagant feeling, and a songwriter of intuitive mystery. He had a successful solo engagement at Minton’s near the end of last year, which makes this a repeat performance, though not necessarily a predictable one.” (Chinen-NYT)
Minton’s, 206 West 118th Street, Harlem,
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.,
212-243-2222, mintonsharlem.com.

Music for Brunelleschi’s Dome
The completion of The Duomo of Florence in 1436 marked a milestone in architectural history, while the structure later served as a focal point for several great composers.

Lucia Baldacci, organist of the Duomo of Florence, offers a recital of works associated with Brunelleschi’s architectural masterpiece. Repertoire will include works of Dufay, Frescobaldi, Zipoli, and others.

The concert will be preceded at 6pm by a lecture on Donatello and his context in Florentine Art History by Dr. Giovanni Matteo Guidetti, Art Historian and Guide to the City of Florence.
Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 122 West 69th St.
6pm / $35

Stile Antico: From The Imperial Court
Whether they’re performing at the BBC Proms or alongside rock icon Sting, the members of Stile Antico fuse rich expressivity with technical prowess that “never disappoints” (The Guardian). These masterful interpreters of Renaissance choral music return to Miller with a program that captures triumphs and tragedies from the Imperial courts of the Hapsburgs. Across the generations, in times of peace, victory, and sorrow, the era’s finest composers echoed the majesty of royal life with elegant and richly textured works.
Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th St. (btw 6th and 7th ave)
8:00pm / $35 – $50

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had a record 56 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art.

Here are a few current exhibition that TimeOutNY recommends:

Claudia Comte, No Melon No Lemon (until March 21, 2015)
imagesThis Swiss artist installs her elegant neomodernist sculptures within equally elegant environments consisting of neomodern paintings and wallpaper patterns. Her work visually name-checks the greats—Brancusi, Noguchi, Moore, Stella, Noland—unapologetically while bringing an added dose of rich, optically buzzy formalism to the proceedings.
Gladstone Gallery, 530 W 21st St.

Alec Soth, “Songbook” (through Mar. 21)
“The photographer takes a road trip through the heartland with black-and-white images of people (some posing formally for portraits, others caught candidly) and landscapes, all with the aim of capturing the “American community.”
Sean Kelly Gallery, Hudson Yards 475 Tenth Ave. (btw 36th/37th St.)
Tu-Sa // 11am-6pm

“Vis-à-vis” (last day)
“Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center—which “serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities”—has become something like Yale’s MFA program for outsider artists, grooming talents whose works are art-world–ready (the most famous example being Judith Scott, currently the subject of a Brooklyn Museum retrospective). This group show mixes CGAC contributors with insider artists, putting them on an equal footing with the likes of Huma Bhabha and Willem de Kooning (!). The results are as inside-out as they are outside-in.”
Andrew Edlin Gallery

“Santu Mofokeng: A Metaphorical Biography” (through May 23)
Photojournaism becomes art.
image-1“Since 2011, the New York outpost of Germany’s Walther Collection has been an important showcase for modern and contemporary African photography. Case in point: this excellent minisurvey of the work of Santu Mofokeng, titled, “A Metaphorical Biography.” It positions him as both a photojournalist and an artist concerned with questions of meaning and representation. Born in Johannesburg in 1956, Mofokeng began his professional career in the mid-1980s as a member of the photo agency Afrapix. In the turbulent decade leading up to apartheid’s end, he produced photo essays on South African townships, offering a more complex view of their inhabitants’ lives than the coverage found in the global media.

During the 1990s Mofokeng began to collect late-19th- and early-20th-century studio portraits of middle-class black South Africans. These became his 1997 slide show, The Black Photo Album/Look at Me: 1890–1950, in which intertitles provide biographical information on some of the subjects, while also questioning what their real-life experiences might have been.” (Anne Doran)
The Walther Collection, 526 W 26th St. (btw 10/11 ave)
We-Su // 11am-6pm

For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide (nycgo.com) Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view. Now plan your own gallery crawl.

TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm).

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 02/26 and 02/24.

 

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