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Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours. Located in the heart of midtown, the park is a hot spot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Workshops, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Spring Birding Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
City Walk |
It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It's where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It's here where the world's most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
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9:45 am
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City Walks, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Lower Manhattan Tour
Tour |
In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” Tours take place at 10am and 11am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
Film |
Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies. A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War. 120 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Films, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn (2006): Shot Down in the Vietnam War
Workshop |
The park speaks Brazilian Portuguese with instruction by inlingua. Learn a new language in these standalone beginner classes. Classes are not cumulative, so you may attend any class throughout the season without needing to play catch up.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:45 am
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Workshops, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Brazilian Portuguese Class
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Test your coordination and dexterity with juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Learn Juggling in the Park
Tour |
A docent-led tour of items on display, drawn exclusively from the Library’s collections, exploring the breadth and significance of this pivotal era. The tour last approximately 45 minutes and covers highlights of the show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Tours, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s: Guided Tour of the Exhibition
Concert |
Take a break for your soul. Musicians: Chelsea Chen, organ; Joseph Lee, cello.
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Organ and cello
Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Tour |
Join this tour to learn more about the history, architecture, and sculpture of Columbia and the Morningside Heights campus. Whether you're an amateur New York City historian or visiting campus for the first time, you will leave the tour knowing more about our storied past. Given that the tour route is outdoors, please be aware that tours are occasionally suspended due to inclement weather.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus
Workshop |
Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Lunchtime Meditation
Classical Music |
Program: Bach: Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben?, BWV 8 Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut, BWV 113 Trinity Baroque Orchestra and soloists from The Choir of Trinity Wall Street: Madeline Healey, Molly Netter, Melissa Attebury, Clifton Massey, Timothy Hodges, Brian Giebler, Paul An, and Jonathan Woody; Julian Wachner, conductor
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Bach at One Concert
Park Walk |
Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and ar chitectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, The Lake, and Strawberry Fields.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Park Walks, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Heart of the Park Tour
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Harlem Tour
Tour |
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Film |
Stars: Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant. A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite. 125 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Jean Negulesco's Humoresque (1946): Ill-Fated Love
Tour |
A docent-led tour of items on display, drawn exclusively from the Library’s collections, exploring the breadth and significance of this pivotal era. The tour last approximately 45 minutes and covers highlights of the show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Tours, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s: Guided Tour of the Exhibition
Tour |
In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Tours, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
Lecture |
The 13-year relationship between Tchaikovsky and his patroness Nadezhda von Meck, conducted entirely through letters, was one of the strangest stories in the history of Romantic music. Their spiritualized romance will be discussed within the context of music patronage in Russia, Tchaikovsky's conflicts about his homosexuality, his failed marriage, and von Meck's unflinching admiration for him and his music, with a detailed discussion of her role in the composition of the ballet The Sleeping Beauty. Speakers: - Anne Swartz, Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College - James Melo, Senior Editor at RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and musicologist with the Ensemble for the Romantic Century
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free
Lectures, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Love Spiritualized: The Epistolary Romance of Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meck
Staged Reading |
With oppressive regimes regenerating themselves by applying old practices commonly undertaken by dictatorships, the power of art remains to be an essential force that motivates the masses to resist and fight against the normalization of abusive practices. This is a mini-festival that aims to analyze and track the dynamics of oppression, discrimination, and abuse as portrayed by three significant playwrights from the U.S., England, and Egypt, in the second half of the 20th century. All readings will be followed by a talk. 5:30pm Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman (1964) A powerful one-act drama, Dutchman is set on a New York subway train, the play is a searing two-character confrontation that begins playfully, but builds rapidly in suspense and symbolic resonance. 6:30pm Harold Pinter’s One for the Road (1984) Considered by Frank Rich as Pinter’s “statement about the human rights abuses of totalitarian governments”. The play is set in a room, during the course of one day, where family of three–a father, mother, and a child–are interrogated and tortured. 7:30pm Salah Abdul-Saboor’s Night Traveller (1969) A black comedy set in a train heading to an unknown destination with three main characters: Narrator, Passenger, and Conductor. Throughout this absurdist narrative, the Conductor manipulates the Passenger’s identity by playing mind games and exerting oppressive practices.
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5:30 pm
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Staged Readings, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Re-Reading Oppression: One-Act Plays by Amiri Baraka, Harold Pinter, and Salah Abdul-Saboor
Tour |
The area around the High Line Park was a vital business district of New York City, supplying fresh fruits, French Cheeses and Russian caviar as well as fresh meats to City markets. The hustle and bustle of the streets induced the City to elevate the railroad trains delivering goods to the commercial buildings. When interstate truck traffic made the railway outdated, it fell into ruin, only to be regenerated as a park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Tours, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, High Line Tour
Book Reading |
Robert Kuttner is a journalist, writer, co-founder and current co-editor of The American Prospect, and one of five 1986 co-founders of the Economic Policy Institute. He will join with The New Yorker financial writer John Cassidy to discuss how global capitalism is responsible for the harm to workers’ prospects in the past few decades, rather than the usual suspects of trade, immigration and technological change--and how the backlash against the results is destroying democracy. To reverse this cycle, Kuttner argues for more democracy and less capitalism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Readings, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, American Prospect editor Robert Kuttner discusses his book Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?
Lecture |
While the conflict in Bosnia Herzegovina was widely known for the strategic rape of thousands of women, men were also victims of sexual violence, mainly in the various detention camps across the country. Thomas Osorio will provide an overview of how the judiciary has treated conflict-related sexual violence against women and men, based his wide expertise in the field. Heleen Touquet will critically examine the silence on male victims in the country in the current day, paying particular attention to service provision, court cases and publications on conflict-related sexual violence, noting that their absence in the public debate is linked to prevailing gender norms and masculinities. She will also discuss two recent documentaries in which male survivors have been given a voice and look at how conflict-related sexual violence is framed in these films.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:15 pm
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Lectures, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Post-Conflict Masculinities and Vulnerability: Researching Male Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in the Former Yugoslavia
Film |
Stars: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton. A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down. 82 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:15 pm
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Films, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Miguel Arteta's Beatriz at Dinner (2017): Class Clash
Talk |
Paradise Blue is the first production of Obie Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau’s Signature Residency. Directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Jitney), it is a thrilling and timely look at the changes a community endures to find its resilience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Talks, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Dominique Morisseau discusses her play Paradise Blue
Discussion |
A panel discussion with some of Broadway’s leading producers (Tom Hulce, Rick Miramontez and Susan Vargo) about how to launch a show, get it noticed and reviewed, and have a successful run.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussions, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Spotlight on Broadway
Discussion |
So you want to work on Broadway? Find out from Broadway’s leading producers what it takes to launch a show, get it noticed and reviewed, and what it takes to have a successful run. Guests: Tom Hulce, Producer and Director of Spring Awakening, American Idiot Rick Miramonetz, CEO, O&M PR Susan Vargo, Executive Producer, SpongeBob
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Discussions, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Tony-winning producer of Spring Awakening and American Idiot talks Broadway
Talk |
Wiman is the author, editor, or translator of ten books, including Hammer is the Prayer: Selected Poems (FSG, 2016), My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (FSG, 2013), and Stolen Air: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam (HarperCollins/Ecco, 2012).        
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Talks, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Spirituality in a Time of Disruption: A Talk with Author Christian Wiman
Poetry Reading |
A brilliant and candid exploration of gender and identity and a series of looks at a formative past. It’s part nostalgia, part confusion, and part an ongoing wondering: How do any of us achieve adulthood? And why would we want to, if we had the choice?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Stephen Burt reads from his book Advice from the Lights
Book Reading |
A veteran geologist recounts time spent studying Greenland's remarkable landscape during a series of six expeditions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, William E. Glassley reads from his book A Wilder Time
Lecture |
Born in Houston, TX, Moran earned a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Jaki Byard. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. Moran currently teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Lectures, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Jason Moran, Jazz Pianist, Composer, and Performance Artist
7:00 pm
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Plays, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Modern adaptation of a classic story
Classical Music |
Program: Graciela Paraskevaídis (Argentina, 1940–2017) Magma II (1968) for four trombones Jorge Sarmientos (Guatemala, 1931–2012) String Quartet no. 1, op. 37 (1966) Mariano Etkin (Argentina, 1943–2016) Entropías (1965) for two horns, trumpet, two trombones, and tuba; and Estáticamóvil II (1966) for string trio This concert will draw from the experimental chamber music composed in the 1960s by fellows at the Centro Latinoamericano de Altos Estudios Musicales of the Instituto Di Tella in Buenos Aires, which was a major meeting point for composers from Latin America. Composer Alberto Ginastera founded the center in 1962 and directed it until it closed in the early '70s.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Experimental Chamber Music Works
Tour |
For some performers, the show must go on… even after death! The Ghosts on Broadway Tour, led by a veteran New York City talent agent, will introduce you to these notorious theater legends who appear after the lights go dim. You’ll hear about the Broadway impresario who haunts the theater that bears his name. His apparition shows up on opening nights to congratulate the cast or “pinch” the leading ladies’ bottom. Jazz age parties are heard almost nightly from his long abandoned apartment over his theater.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Ghosts on Broadway Tour
Discussion |
On March 15, 1956, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady arrived on Broadway for the first of its 2,717 performances (the longest Broadway run of its time). Considered by many critics, scholars, and fans as “the perfect musical,” the show’s Tony Award–winning original Broadway production starred Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison as Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins. But the show’s life didn’t begin in New York and it certainly didn’t end when the original production closed. Through performance and conversation, New Yorker writer and host Adam Gopnik with guests including actors Kevin Kline and Melissa Errico and director André Bishop uncover the history of this landmark musical.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Discussions, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, My Fair Lady Hits Broadway: Performance and Conversation Featuring Actor Kevin Kline
Staged Reading |
This comedy by Caroline Prugh explores gender and sexual orientation themes as three women whose six decades of friendship is disrupted by the rumor of one woman’s love affair after 39 years of marriage. Refreshments served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Staged Readings, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Glorious Disaster: Three Women, Six Decades
7:30 pm
Regular: $30
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Concerts, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Musicians from the New York Philharmonic and more
Classical Music |
Program: DVORAK: String Quintet in G Major, Op.77 GIOVANINETTI: Three pieces for Duos and Trios SCHUBERT: String Quintet in C Major, D.956 Faculty Recital- Yibin Lin, Violin
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, April 30, 2018, 04/30/2018, Violin Works by Schubert and Dvorak
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Classical Music | Orchestral works by European composers

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Concert | Epic tribute concert to one of the greatest R&B singers

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