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Classical in New York - May 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Classical in New York for the month of May 2017


: Closes 23rd May 2017

Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos joins the New York Philharmonic for a special series of recitals of Brahms' demanding Violin Concerto. One of the cornerstones of technical difficulty, the concerto requires a performer with great skill and talent to translate the elements of bravura, folk rhythm and tranquil passages. More info

: 9th May

Continuing his five-year tenure as the music director of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Yannick Nezet Seguin leads a recital of two marvellous works from two great composers, with an exciting appearance from the legengary Radu Lupu who lends his extraordianry skills to Mozart's stirring Piano Concerto No. 24, K. 491. More info

: 11th May

Fall in love all over again with Audrey, Fred and Cat with this very special movie screening of Breakfast at Tiffanys, accompanied with Henri Mancini's score performed live by the New York Philharmonic! The Academy Award-winning score, which also includes the iconic Moon River remains one of the top movie soundtracks of all time, and its live performance accompanied with a huge screen projection. Have yourself a classy evening with friends, loved ones or even by yourself! Audrey and Tiffanys are waiting.... More info

: Closes 9th May 2017

New York Philharmonic's lead maestro Alan Gilbert marks his farewell in 2017 with Beethoven's celebrated Ode To Joy, in a double program paired with Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw. Now considered to be Beethoven's greatest work, it is hard to believe that the Ninth was written off early on as inferior to his previous eight symphonies. It is often performed throughout the globe, and yet has lost none of it's power or gravitas, drama and feeling. More info

: 19th May

With his performances described as revelatory, Murray Perahia has remained a consistent and dominating presence in the classical world for over four decades, procuring his place amongst the greats with meticulous technique and scrupulous musicianship. The virtuoso pianist is widely known for his affinity for the Classical and early Romantic repertoire, including Mozart and Bach. More info

: 3rd May

Composed of 15 top soloists, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is one of the world's leading large jazz bands ensembles. Their current band leader (and artistic director) is the great Wynton Marsalis, famed trumpeter and composer, who has played with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Dizzy Gillespie. More info

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