Classical music is a rich tradition with Greco-Roman, Egyptian and Arab roots. It developed in Europe, first in Italy, from popular music into church music and then chamber music for a privileged elite.
Classical music then broadened into music for a growing upper class, before jumping to America. Here it mixed with jazz, Hollywood and Broadway into a popular music again.
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Tue-Thu, Dec 17-19, 2019 DAVID GEFFEN HALL Lincoln Center, NYC
Friday, November 15, 2019 PURCHASE COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Purchase, New York ~ Discover the rich textures of Haitian music and dance in the jazz and classical arts at.'(T)HERE: A Global Festival of Art, Culture and Ideas – Haiti’ -¡New York Latin Culture Sponsor!
December 15, 2017 HELL’S KITCHEN, NYC ~ A Hell’s Kitchen holiday tradition at DiMenna Center for Classical Music
Classical Music Venues in NYC
Carnegie Hall has a long history as one of the world’s great classical music halls. Some of the energy moved to Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall and Metropolitan Opera House. Le Poisson Rouge is a Greenwich Village rock club, in a historic jazz space, that also presents contemporary classical music. National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn also presents interesting classical artists.
LINCOLN CENTER, NYC NYC’s grandest stage is home of the Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre
MIDTOWN, NYC Classical, jazz and pop concerts at one of the world’s most famous music halls, and Citywide ~ ¡New York Latin Culture Sponsor!
LINCOLN CENTER, classical music hall ~ Home of the New York Philharmonic
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC This legendary Jewish community center hosts talks, classical and jazz concerts, and the Harkness Dance Festival ~ ¡New York Latin Culture Sponsor!
129 West 67th St between Broadway & Amsterdam Lincoln Square, Manhattan
450 West 37th Street between Ninth & Tenth Ave Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
GREENWICH VILLAGE, NYC Eclectic night club in a historic space presents everything from classical to rock -¡New York Latin Culture Sponsor!
Classical Music Companies in NYC
The Metropolitan Opera is the biggest classical music organization in the United States. The New York Philharmonic has a world-class reputation. Orchestra of St. Luke’s is one of NYC’s leading chamber orchestras.
Bizet’s “Carmen” Thursday, April 2, 2020 JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ROSE THEATER Cancelled for COVID-19 Epidemic.
Monday-Sunday September to May METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE Lincoln Center, NYC – The busiest classical music organization in the U.S. is one of the world’s great opera companies.
September-June David Geffen Hall LINCOLN CENTER, NYC
Classical Music New Yorkers
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 – Lawrence, Massachussetts August 25, 1918
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 1pm nationalsawdust.org FREE
Guadalupe Inn Bushwick, Brooklyn Saturday, October 28, 2017
Classical Music World
Monday, April 20, 2020 METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE Lincoln Center
CARNEGIE HALL, ZANKEL HALL, Thu, February 21, 2019, French classical live music ~ The Catalan Spanish early music master plays a concert of French baroque music
Saturday, June 30, 2018 RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL Midtown, Manhattan
Saturday, April 7, 2018 CARNEGIE HALL WEILL RECITAL HALL Midtown, Manhattan
The Argentine conductor talks about conducting, Tango, the immigrant experience, and the ends of the world before conducting the world premiere of Martín Palmieri’s Tango Credo at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
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Zaira Meneses, Mexico’s “First Lady of the classical guitar” is guest soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, Thu, Dec. 8, 2016 at 7:30pm
Recent Classical Music in NYC
Free outdoor concerts Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island June 13-18, 2017
World premiere of Martín Palmeri’s Tango Credo conducted by Saul Zaks, paired with the Ariel Ramírez classic Misa Criolla at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center, Sun, Apr 30, 2017. SAVE 50%
The choir from Asturias, Spain sings a free chorale concert highlighting Spanish composers and arrangements at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown Fri, Mar 3, 2017
A celebration of music and arts from the Venetian Republic at Carnegie Hall and other venues February 3-21, 2017
Mejia, the President of Sony/ATV Music for Latin America and the U.S., is also a classical pianist and composer. His first album is “Preludes.”
December 4, 2012 HISPANIC SOCIETY Washington Heights, NYC The opera singer sang Spanish boleros for the Duchess of Alba (Goya) a lady of Spain, who watched coyly without saying a word -¡New York Latin Culture Sponsor!
Classical Music from Sacred to Profane
Classical music has Greco-Roman roots, although Egyptian precedents would place its origins in Africa.
Like most music around the world, classical music was developed for sacred ceremony.
What we now consider classical music arose from chant forms in the medieval Catholic Church.
String instruments played with a bow descend from the Arabic rebab. It looks a lot like the Chinese violins that people play in NYC subway stations. Islamic traders controlled the first trade routes between Europe and Asia. The bowed instruments come from somewhere in Asia.
Music for social dancing and modern music notation developed during the Italian Renaissance (roughly 1400-1600). The invention of the printing press in Germany around 1440 increased the music’s spread.
The Baroque Era (roughly 1600 to 1750) is the beginning of what’s called the “common practice period” which includes the Classical and Romantic eras. In this period, tonal systems were standard.
Johan Sebastian Bach is the Baroque archetype. There is also Vivaldi in Italy and many Italian composers. The music was chamber music played for an elite. The harpsichord was popular. Opera begins to appear.
In the Classical Era (roughly the 1750s to the 1820s), the piano replaced the harpsichord, musical forms standardized, and instruments developed into what we know today.
It was a time of German and Austrian dominance with Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven leading the way. Opera begins to develop.
The Romantic Era (roughly the 1800s to the early 1900s) was characterized by much more dramatic compositions.
Composers begin to break out of the structures of the Classical Era. Large symphony orchestras appear with a lead violinist. A rising middle class begins to enjoy classical music.
Wagner composes grand operas. Tchaikovsky writes grand ballets. Chopin stretches the form and starts to express himself before and after the beat. You have to feel the music to play it.
The Modern Era (roughly 1890 to the 1930s) leaves the standards of the common practice period behind. Life is changing rapidly, so tonal systems change and instrumentation changes. It’s still classical music, but instead of looking to a glorified past or an inward vision, the music spins out into the universe.
As life gets more urban, composers look to folk traditions for inspiration. Bartók starts making weirdly beautiful compositions.
The Jazz Age rises and American influences begin to enter the music. Classical, popular, Hollywood and Broadway traditions begin to blend together.
If classical music begins in African Egypt, now Africa is back in the game.
Composers like Stravinsky, Debussy and Gershwin stand out. Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of the early Latin Americans to enter the canon.
Post Modern Era
The world goes to war for a second time and the nuclear bomb blows apart all preconceptions. Europe is destroyed. It’s New York now.
Straight ahead jazz starts to swing and then jumps into bebop. Anything and everything can be music, including silence.
John Cage goes completely abstract. Philip Glass both stretches and compresses time frames. Laurie Anderson starts using trash technology to make music. Classical and pop music have completely blended together.
So here we are. We have all this great music to enjoy.