Offenbach's 'Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the MET Opera, 2017-18 Season
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‘Les Contes d’Hoffmann’ Production for the MET Opera 2017-18 Season

Posted November 19, 2017 by Ellen Gilmer

The current Metropolitan Opera production of Les Contes d’Hoffman from composer Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), is expertly performed by an outstanding cast and the MET orchestra, led by conductor Johannes Debus. This production is richly empowered by the vibrant, excellent vocal and dramatic artistry of principal singers, Vittorio Grigolo, Erin Morley, Anita Hartig, Oksana Volkova, Laurent Naouri, Tara Erraught and Christophe Mortagne. This last opera from Offenbach combines a vibrant and varied score and libretto with engaging stage sets and three diverse storylines to present a production that is at once embodied with exotic elegance, blatant grotesqueness, depths of heartache and light-hearted humor. Genuine beauty is offset, then balanced with ill-intended sentiments, jealousies and calculated rivalries.

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‘Serene Moon’: Jiaoyue Lyu Performs Vibrant Guqin and Zhu Recital at Lincoln Center

Posted November 14, 2016 by Ellen Gilmer

In her recent concert in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center on Saturday evening, October 29, 2016, Jiaoyue Lyu enchanted and entranced her audience with a program rich in traditional Chinese poetic music selections. This enlightening concert was performed by Ms. Lyu on the ancient stringed instruments of Guqin and Zhu, both very significant in the traditions of Chinese music. Jiao’s exemplary affinity with and command of these fascinating instruments reveals their uniquely expressive and innately beautiful timbre and exquisite range of tonalities. As the evening progressed, she and her musician collaborators guided the concert with graceful expertise from ancient to contemporary music modes with the introduction of electronic amplification.

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Festival Images 2016 –  A Festival of Visual Arts

Posted September 14, 2016 by Dominique Schreckling

Festival Images 2016 – Vevey. Switzerland’s first biennale of photographic visual arts. International photography artists and young talented creators are exhibiting in surprising places outdoors and indoors: a promise to their visitors to experience a true photographic experience on a grand scale! The uniqueness of this festival is the unexpected design and implementation of tailor-made exhibitions for different venues; be it in traditional museums, on monumental facades of buildings or floating structures on the lake.

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Dinosaurs Invade NY At American Museum of Natural History

Posted September 4, 2016 by Len Rapoport

Our day trip to the American Museum Natural History in New York City. We visited many of the great Halls including the Fossils Hall and the Halls of Mammals. We saw their Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit and their 70 ton Titanosaur exhibit. Best Museum in the world and a must visit for everyone.

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Coney Island’s 34th Annual Mermaid Parade Oh My!!!!

Posted July 24, 2016 by Len Rapoport

Photos & Article, Video By Len Rapoport That tradition was brought back to life 34 years ago and the Mermaid Parade was born.  So it was with great delight and anticipation that my father and I were going to cover the parade again this year.  Our correspondents couldn’t make it but we decided we would […]

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NYC Easter Parade 2016 – Way Over The Top

Posted March 28, 2016 by Len Rapoport

Len Rapoport, IPA President covers New York City’s Easter Day Parade 2014. With a beautiful slide show of the beautiful Faberge Big Egg Hunt exhibit at Rockefeller Center, Len takes us on a photo tour of the parade, the people and the art. Watch the beautiful slide show that shows over 70 of the designer and artists egg creations and some of the energy and people strolling down 5th Avenue.

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New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade-You Don’t Have To Be Irish

Posted March 20, 2016 by Len Rapoport

The 2016 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 5th Avenue. IMPress Magazine with Andy Peeke and Len Rapoport covered the parade for IMPress Magazine an International Press Association publication. Over 150,000 marched in the parade and millions watched the parade in person and through broadcasts around the world. See our photos and video of this parade now.

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New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial To The Holocaust Is A Must Visit

Posted October 19, 2015 by Len Rapoport

Why My Visit Was Important suppose the older I get the more interested I am in my families history and that of the Jewish people. Since ancient biblical times the Jewish people have been persecuted.  They were slaves to the Pharaohs in Egypt, they were killed during the Russian pogroms of 1918-1922,  the Nazi holocaust […]

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New York City’s 9/11 Memorial Museum – A Magnificent Tribute And A Sobering Experience

Posted October 18, 2015 by Len Rapoport

From History.com… On September 11, 2001, at 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, […]

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