Valery Gergiev, the globetrotting conductor best known as the director of the Kirov Opera and Ballet and the Principal Guest Conductor of the Met Opera, is conducting tonight's performance at the New York City Ballet. A rare chance to hear a world class conductor in the NYCB pit. (I actually have tickets, but stupidly left them at home in Brooklyn. Sigh.) He'll be back on the podium tomorrow afternoon across the plaza for Tchiakiovsky's Eugene Onegin, which you can hear on air at 96.3FM. Or, you can go in person, and Scope this out during intermission.
OK, I've heard of name nights, but this is a first: if your name is "Alice" (or any variation of "Alice"), you can go to Alice Tully Hall on Feb 28 and pick up a pair of free tickets to any concert in April, prior to the hall's temporary closing for renovations. If you get there between 10 and 11, you'll also be entered into a raffle to win one of five pairs of tickets to the "Good Night Alice" gala concert on April 30.
This morning, I was deeply gratified to learn that Feast of Music received a kind mention in Alex Ross' long-running music blog, The Rest Is Noise. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Alex has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996, and has a book coming out this fall entitled The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, which he describes as, "a voyage into the labyrinth of modern music." Among his many outstanding essays and reviews, he wrote the most articulate and passionate defense of classical music I've ever encountered, "Listen To This" (2004), which places chamber and symphonic music in their proper context, indistinguishable in their impact on the listener from rock, jazz, hip-hop, or any other form of genuine music. His writing and advocacy are a major inspiration for me, and I am grateful for his support of this new venture.
Also, just a reminder that the Brooklyn Next Fest kicks back in high gear tonight. Highlights include: Opera on Tap at Barbes (7p) Alan Licht at Issue Project Room (9p), and Arturo O'Farril in two late night sets at Puppet's Jazz Bar.