On Tuesday, Harry Belafonte, legendary singer, actor, and tireless activist, died at the age of 96. His musical career spanned decades – he was dubbed the “King of Calypso” after the groundbreaking success of his 1956 hit, “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” – but his biggest contributions took place offstage, as an indispensable supporter and leader of the civil rights movement. We join the world in remembering his work and celebrating the life of this extraordinary man.
Read his obituary and watch highlights from his career on CNN.com
Here he is performing “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” right here at The Purchase PAC
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents
Late Night Rose: Beethoven, Rachmaninov, and Price
Livestream on Thursday, April 27, at 9pm
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in C major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, WoO 36, No. 3 (1785)
RACHMANINOV: Trio élégiaque in G minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello (1892)
PRICE: Quintet in A minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello
Featuring: Wu Qian, piano; Stella Chen, violin; James Thompson, violin & host; Matthew Lipman, viola; Dmitri Atapine, cello
Access the “Late Nigh Rose” live stream on chambermusicsociety.org
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents
Geneva Lewis, violin, and Evren Ozel, piano
Livestream on Thursday, May 4, at 7:30pm
SAY: Violin Sonata, Op. 7
BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 96
LILBURN: Violin Sonata
BARTÓK: Violin Sonata No. 1
2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant winning violinist Geneva Lewis joins forces with 2023 Avery Fisher Career Grant winning pianist Evren Ozel for a PCMS debut program offering masterworks by Beethoven and Bartók alongside Fazıl Say’s first violin sonata, a work suffused with Turkish motifs and dances.
Access the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society live stream on YouTube
Irvington Theater Arts Incubator presents
Dear Daughter Moon
When Mom is Mother Earth… Moon admires the lovely green on her mother’s surface, but how can she ever host life of her own? Dear Daughter Moon, an out-of-this-world new work from Lenny Hort, presents half a billion years of letters between two familiar characters as they try to stay connected. Sara Parcesepe and Valerie Stack Dodge co-star under Hort’s direction.
Lenny Hort is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a veteran of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, where he won a BMI Foundation Award for outstanding creative achievement. His play, A Little Something About My Powers was voted Best Play at the Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2022 Virtual Play Festival.
Arts Incubator showcases free, in-development works that invite you into the creative process. Share your feedback with the storytellers and submit your work to the series at firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch “Dear Daughter Moon” on the Irvington Theatre’s YouTube channel
Arts and Culture in Our Cities—The Role and Strength They Bring
A robust and lively conversation with some of the leaders in the New York metro area managing multi-million-dollar budgets and millions of patrons each year. This panel was pre-recorded live at Lincoln Center and discusses the role of arts and culture in cities, their resiliency, and their ability to bring people together in times of crisis.
Paula Zahn, Emmy-winning Anchor, Producer and Host, On the Case with Paula Zahn, Discovery channel
John Schreiber, President and CEO, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Shanta Thake, Chief Artistic Officer, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO, Ballet Hispanico
Daniel Weiss, President and CEO, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Watch “Arts and Culture in our Cities” on YouTube
WQXR and @NewYorkPhilharmonic present
The NY Phil Story: Made in New York
In a five-part podcast about the people, the music, and the city behind America’s oldest orchestra, host Jamie Bernstein takes you backstage and into the archives to hear the untold stories of the New York Philharmonic right from the very beginning. In each episode we’ll go behind the scenes of an iconic performance, speak to current Philharmonic musicians about how they carry on the orchestra’s legacy, and hear the music that inspired it all.
Listen to full episodes of The NY Phil Story on YouTube
Subscribe to The NY Phil Story wherever you listen to podcasts
Subscribe to WQXR on YouTube
Lincoln Center in partnership with the International Online Theatre Festival, Arlekin Players Theatre & (zero-G) Lab presents
Encore Screening: Just Tell No One
Live stream Saturday, April 29, at 1pm
Just Tell No One, from Ukrainian playwrights Natal’ya Vorozhbit and Oksana Savchenko (translated by Sasha Dugsdale and John Freedman with Natalia Bratus), reveals the human consequences of war. The piece illuminates a part of the world where an incomprehensible set of rules is at play, and people struggle to make sense of the complexity, with life-and-death consequences. This site-specific, multimedia reading immerses the audience in these human stories using dark humor, intimate moments, and images of conflict so exquisitely painful they can no longer be perceived as real.
Originally performed and streamed from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on March 6, 2023. Produced by Arlekin Players Theatre, Just Tell No One is part of Worldwide Ukrainian Play Readings, a project of the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD) HOPE Initiative, with support from BirdDog and the MART Foundation. This encore screening is presented by Lincoln Center as part of the International Online Theatre Festival.
FEATURING: Jessica Hecht, Bill Irwin, David Krumholtz, Nathan Malin, Will Manning & Tedra Millan
Just Tell No One contains material including sexually explicit language, violent language, and graphic images. It is recommended for adult audiences only. Viewer discretion is advised.
Watch the live stream of “Just Tell No One” on YouTube
Culture Picks celebrates the performing arts. In each post, PAC staff member Coni Guhl shines the spotlight on work by artists that you know and love from their appearances at The Purchase PAC, and offers recommendations about other performing arts events that you really should not miss. Experience them all!
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Photo: Harry Belafonte poses for a portrait during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Victoria Will)