What could be better than living in a neighborhood that combines the genteel comforts and amenities of artfully renovated prewar buildings with world-class cultural offerings? The Upper West Side luxury condos of The Astor are perched in a prime spot that offers easy access to amazing live performances throughout the year. This fall features a stellar line-up that’s sure please, regardless of your musical preference.
Jazz at Lincoln Center | 10 Columbus Circle The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by contemporary jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, is set to feature the work of American icons throughout its upcoming season, with some especially notable performances scheduled for this fall. On October 23rd-24th, preteen jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander from Indonesia will join Marsalis in a tribute to Thelonius Monk at Town Hall. The Jazz for Young People series will continue at Symphony Space on November 21st, when Marsalis and Company will retrace Duke Ellington’s evolutionary journey from Washington, D.C. to NYC. According to Marsalis, the 2015-16 season at Jazz at Lincoln Center will explore “the depth, beauty, diversity, and continuity of Jazz and American song.” Visit the Jazz at Lincoln Center website for more details: http://www.jazz.org/events/all.
Symphony Space | 2537 Broadway Located in a 100-year-old building built by Vincent Astor, Symphony Space is celebrating its home’s centennial this fall with a playful October 17th-28th series called Project Fifteen. Designed to explore developments in NYC and the arts since 1915, the series will kick off with three separate performances of 100 of Frank Sinatra’s best songs. Over the next few days and interspersed with presentations involving comedy, film, and literature, Project Fifteen will also feature a tribute to French cabaret singer Édith Piaf as well as pianist Jerome Kuderna performing Debussy classics. Throughout the fall, you can browse Project Fifteen’s multi-media exhibit Symphony Space, A Cultural Town Square at The New York Public Library for Performing Arts. Visit the Symphony Space website for more details on Project Fifteen performances: http://www.symphonyspace.org/events.
The Beacon Theatre | 2124 Broadway The Beacon Theatre is yet another Upper West Side cultural gem with a wide range of musical performances on tap this fall. Beginning September 12th with a show by Grammy award-winning Gipsy Kings, the autumn season at The Beacon goes on to feature an incredible variety of talent, from country singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris, the band Alabama, and mountain hillbilly-soul performer Sturgill Simpson to the blues-rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band, the incredibly prolific and talented Steely Dan collaboration, the inspiring Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, and the one and only Patti Smith. Visit the Beacon Theatre website for more details: http://www.beacontheatre.com.
Metropolitan Opera | 30 Lincoln Center Plaza Each of the Metropolitan Opera’s lavish productions is an immersive experience, and this fall’s performances promise to be as dazzling as ever. Productions of classic Italian operas including Verdi’s Otello (opening September 21st) and Puccini’s Turandot (opening September 23rd) will launch the renowned opera house’s 2015-16 season. Additional classics scheduled throughout the next few months include Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Puccini’s Tosca and La Bohème, and Verdi’s Rigoletto. Donizetti’s Anna Bolena is sure to please those who find the story of doomed queen Anne Boleyn impossible to resist, while soprano Marlis Petersen will send shivers down spines as she assumes the role of 20th-century composer Alban Berg’s famous femme fatale in Lulu.
David H. Koch Theater | 20 Lincoln Center Plaza Fans of diverse forms of opera will also enjoy two productions of Peking Opera, Legend of the White Snake and The Jewelry Purse, performed by the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts September 2nd and 3rd at the David H. Koch Theater, home of the New York City Ballet. Both based on ancient folk tales, these shows will demonstrate the full theatrical range of Chinese opera, which, unlike its Western counterpart, incorporates music, vocal performance, mime, dance, and acrobatics. They will also introduce acclaimed performer Zhang Huoding to U.S. audiences.
New York Philharmonic | 10 Lincoln Center Plaza The New York Philharmonic launches its new season on Thursday, September 24th with its Opening Gala Concert featuring internationally renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang. Additional highlights this fall will include the world premiere of a concerto for voice by composer Marc Neikrug, performances by world-class solo pianist Emanuel Ax, Young People’s Concerts, ensembles, and a mid-October tribute to African American vocalists such as contralto Marian Anderson and tenor George Shirley hosted by current artist-in-residence, bass-baritone Eric Owens. A celebration of Rachmaninoff featuring multiple artists November 10th-28th will fill out the New York Phil’s autumnal offerings.