Allan Kozinn, wrote in today’s New York Times: “Winning the Chopin Competition early in his career did not stop the pianist Garrick Ohlsson from insisting on musical challenges from styles and periods outside his specialty...At the moment Mr. Ohlsson has Liszt on his mind, mainly because this season includes the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth, though he has been known to mine the Liszt catalog in nonanniversary years too. In the 1998-99 season he played a three-concert series at Lincoln Center juxtaposing Liszt with Beethoven, Bach and Schubert. In one installment he undertook the draining feat of pairing Liszt’s monumental B minor Sonata with Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations. He revisits the sonata next Sunday as part of a Liszt recital at the 92nd Street Y...”
When the 92nd Street Y launches its ambitious five-week-long project, on Jan. 9, it will mark a significant change in the way one of the city’s most esteemed arts institutions does its work. For the first time in its history, the Y’s Tisch Center for the Arts is drawing on nearly all of the resources of 92Y’s many departments to present an interdisciplinary series of programs that will include concerts, lectures, readings, classes, film screenings and dance performances.
For example, January 15 brings Following in the Footsteps, a a dance pick in The New Yorker‘s Goings On About Town. Following in the Footsteps is a free event. Join dance scholars Judith Brin Ingber and Judith Chazin-Bennahum for presentations about the legacy of Jewish figures in dance. The conversation and questions will be moderated by dance critic Mindy Aloff, beginning at 3 pm, followed by book signings and reception.
Learn more and get specially priced $18 tickets to the uptown 92Y events using this link (discount code: terezin18) or 2 for 1 tickets to Will to Learn: A Day of Talks Honoring the Great Minds of Terezin at 92YTribeca (discount code: tztwo).
Lupa Poliak performs Beethoven Sonata No. 7, 1st movement
Join us for an afternoon of free concerts at 92nd Street Y. At 2 pm in the Weill Art Gallery, Luba Poliak will perform works by J. S. Bach, B. Bartok, M. Ravel, R. Schumann and C. Debussy. Ms. Poliak is a 92Y School of Music Faculty member who offers private instruction for adults and children.
Then at 5:30 pm, again in the Weill Art Gallery, School of Music students will perform in the Young Artists in Recital series. We welcome friends, family and the community to attend these concerts which are always free. Hope to see you soon!
Paul Krugman: The Economic Crisis Will Permanently Scar New Graduates
Paul Krugman: “How long does it take you as an individual to recover from the fact that you happen to graduate from college into a bad job market? And the answer is forever. It scars your entire work career. You will never recover from the fact. So the kids that are graduating into the 2011 job market are never going to have the lives they should have had. And this is going on. At the moment, it does not look like the 2012 job market is going to be very much better than the 2011 job market. So this is a tragedy.
And the fact that our political system has basically turned its back on the whole problem, that none of the discussion in Washington is about how to create jobs. It’s all about who can be more aggressive about cutting spending; that’s something that’s gone terribly, terribly wrong.” --Paul Krugman with Jeff Greenfield at 92Y March 29, 2011. You can watch the full video on FORA.tv by purchasing a 60 day pass.
Flamenco Festival Will Dance Its Way Through New York City
Flamenco Fans take note: The Flamenco Festival will be spinning through New York City, turning the city “into a point of cultural encounter”, wrote Deflamenco.com:
This year, the program is doing a complete about-face in its concept, adapting its contents to a new kind of festival in which, above all, multiculturalism reigns with young up-to-date performers.
Compared to earlier editions, this one has a wide range of artistic visions. The program of the 11th edition is made up of a series of artists who share the common bond of Spanish culture, but who also have developed a divergent style and a different way of understanding flamenco, whether music or dance.
This year, 92nd Street Y will present two amazing programs in partnership with the Flamenco Festival.
Acclaimed flamenco dancer Leilah Broukhim will perform Dejando Huellas (Traces): A Sephardic Woman’s Ancestral Journey in Flamenco Dance on February 25. Created by Ms. Broukhim, this highly personal work is an intimate expression of Ms. Broukhim’s roots, her personal journey and the history of her people.
On March 5, Unterberg Poetry Center will present Words & Music: Federico Garcia Lorca, a poetry recital of Lorca along with the “Canciones Populares” interpreted by Gema Caballero.
Get a head start on the Flamenco Festival on January 14 with Flamenco Ole! – An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Dance, Music, Visual Art, Social Studies and Literacy.
You might know the name Emma Lazarus from the following lines of poetry that adorn the Statue of Liberty:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Turns out that Lazarus taught English to Russian immigrants at 92Y’s downtown branch in 1883 – the same year that she penned the famous sonnet “The New Colossus” – the very words that serve as Lady Liberty’s voice. That’s one small detail—and one of the few details of her life – that you won’t find in the smashing review from The New York Times earlier this week, of the Emma Lazarus exhibit now on view at (Lower Manhattan’s) Museum of Jewish Heritage.
It might be cold outside now, but springtime is approaching. As is the NYC Half-Marathon, on March 18. And while we are aware of the health benefits of running, less noted but just as important are the spiritual benefits. Writing in The Huffington Post, Michael Rossmann remarked on the “countless hours of solitude and silence” and the “meditative, steady pounding of feet—and especially when done in the beauty of creation,” when exploring the spiritual aspects of running. “Distance running, like the spiritual life,” he continued, “requires considerable discipline and a long period of training.” We bet Pico Iyer would find this perspective on running interesting.
92nd Street Y is an official Charity Partner of the NYC Half-Marathon. We are sponsoring a team of runners who will raise funds during the New York Roadrunners’ (NYRR) Half-Marathon on March 18. All the money raised by Team 92Y will go to our Youth Sports Scholarship Fund, giving youths from economically challenged families the opportunity to take part in the May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport’s wide-ranging health, fitness, sports and aquatics programs.
92Y has 10 guaranteed spots in the race. Find out more about requirements and benefits of joining Team 92Y, which include two months adult preferred membership at 92Y’s May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport.
The acoustic duo Aztec Two-Step has been making amazing music together since 1971. That’s when two individual singer songwriters, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman, joined forces after meeting in a coffee house in Boston. They took their name from a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem and recorded
the first song ever written about Jack Kerouac’s iconic American novel, On The Road.
“If you cared about the music,” legendary DJ Pete Fornatale said in the documentary above, “you were always on the lookout for that fresh new sound… but that also had the potential to lunch new careers. And I always viewed the debut album by Aztec Two-Step as one of those records.”
To commemorate their 40th anniversary year, 2012 brings the official release of Fowler & Shulman’s studio CD Cause & Effect. Listen here.
And on January 10, join Aztec Two-Step with NY1’s Budd Mishkin at 92nd Street Y for conversation of their extraordinary career and friendship. Use discount code ACOUSTIC to receive 30% off the ticket price!
Good News And Bad News For Those Concerned With Weight Gain Over The Holidays
There is good news and bad news for the 37% of you who cite weight gain as a top holiday pet peeve. A New England Journal of Medicine study [PDF] says that while the holiday weight gain typically does not exceed one pound, that one pound gained stays with you for the rest of the year! It’s as if it’s waiting to meet with next year’s holiday weight gain, which leaves researchers to conclude that holiday weight gain can be a long-term health issue.
We think the bad news gives you a good reason to visit the 92Y May Center Open House event on January 10. You can drop into our classes, see fitness demos, use our facilities, get free gifts, win prizes, and take advantage of our biggest membership discount of the year. Plus, you will receive three complimentary months added onto your new annual, adult membership if you are among the first 92 people to join! But most importantly, we can help you can get a 12-month head start on burning last month’s round of holiday feasts. Learn more, and see the Open House schedule of events [PDF].
Novelist Pico Iyer wrote a fascinating piece in The New York Times‘ Sunday Review section this weekend, titled “The Joy of Quiet”. Noting how pervasively communications technology has engrossed our lives, he writes of a coming luxury of quiet.
The urgency of slowing down — to find the time and space to think — is nothing new, of course, and wiser souls have always reminded us that the more attention we pay to the moment, the less time and energy we have to place it in some larger context. “Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries,” the French philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote in the 17th century, “and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.” He also famously remarked that all of man’s problems come from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
Searching for time away from being “connected”, friends of his, Iyer explained, “go on long walks every Sunday,” or forget their cellphones at home. Others “observe an ‘Internet sabbath’ every week, turning off their online connections” on the weekend. And speaking of his own quest for quiet and solitude, Iyer confides: “I’ve yet to use a cellphone and I’ve never Tweeted or entered Facebook. I try not to go online till my day’s writing is finished, and I moved from Manhattan to rural Japan in part so I could more easily survive for long stretches entirely on foot, and every trip to the movies would be an event.” Read the entire piece here.
Pico Iyer’s new book—on hauntedness, fathers and Graham Greene—is The Man Within My Head. Liesl Schillinger reviews it in The New York Times Sunday Book Review. The book demonstrates, she writes, “there’s fellowship to be found in the community of eloquent strangers, an eternal literary companionship.”
Hear more from Pico Iyer on February 9 at 92nd Street Y, when he appears at Unterberg Poetry Center with Rececca Solnit.
We’re curious, how do you find quiet and solitude in our wired life? Let us know in the comments.
Next up at 92Y Poetry: Words & Music: The Cornet Rilke with Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone / speaker and Shai Wosner, piano, on January 23. That’s followed by Péter Nádas on January 26.
In 1941, as the Nazis were rounding up Jews in occupied Bohemia* for deportation to the death camps, they established a “temporary holding camp” in Terezín, just north of Prague. Despite Nazi terror and the desperate conditions common to the ghetto, the Terezín internees produced for themselves a rich and creative cultural community, full of great music, art and educational activity.
This will include a panel discussion with Terezín survivors Zdenka Fantlová (seen in the video above) and Zuzana Justman on January 18. Along with Simon Broughton and Ruth Franklin, the panel will delve into one of the most moving and inspiring stories of the Holocaust era.
* Bohemia is the region now generally identified as the western part of the Czech Republic.
The Yosef (Joseph) story begins in Bereishit (Genesis) Chapter 37 and ends at the conclusion of the book of Bereishit. Yosef, the second youngest of Yaakov’s (Jacob’s) twelve sons, is hated by his ten older brothers. They hate him because their father favors Yosef and because of his dreams of becoming their leader. Eventually the dynamics between the brothers and Yosef become so negative that they throw him in a pit, after which he is sold into slavery and ends up in Egypt.
In Egypt, Yosef eventually rises from slavery to become the second most powerful person in Egypt, the Viceroy to the Pharaoh. In that capacity, he prepares Egypt to survive the impending famine he foretold. The famine reaches the land of Canaan and the brothers have to come to Yosef to get food for their family. The brothers do not know that Yosef is the Viceroy of Egypt. When they come before him they do not recognize him. He of course recognizes them.
Finally in Bereishit Chapter 45 Yosef reveals himself to his brothers. When he does this he says in line 3 “Ani Yosef, Ha’od Avi Chai”, “I am Yosef, is my father still alive?” It seems strange that this would be the first question that Yosef would ask his brothers upon revealing himself.
Yosef has been separated from his family for twenty-two years. For nine of those years he has been the Viceroy of Egypt with almost unlimited power. He had every resource in the world to contact his father and yet he made no effort to do so. Why now upon revealing his identity does he suddenly demonstrate such concern for his father in his opening line, “I am Yosef, is my father still alive?”