Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New York Philharmonic - The Groundling - Upcoming Entertainment Schedule

Wednesday==>Well, my loyal and faithful readers and followers out there in the hinterlands, wastelands and boondocks, why don’t we just skip the usual Big Apple weather report and get today’s blog posting started with ...

Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s entertainment event ...

A concert at Lincoln Center ...

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC @ Avery Fisher Hall - “Chinese New Year with Yo-Yo Ma.”

This was a totally enjoyable evening’s entertainment that was also very different from what you usually expect when the New York Philharmonic is on stage. The program had only one classical music number, Borodin’s "Polovtsian Dance," and the rest were Chinese works, mostly featuring traditional Chinese instruments.

The highlight was the U.S. Premiere of a work by Zhao Lin featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Tong, who played a Sheng. A Sheng is a mouth-blown wind organ, with at least 17 vertical pipes, that can produce a continuous sound.

Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Tong were outstanding and they received a roaring standing ovation and then rewarded us with a short encore number.

As might be expected, the audience was probably 60% Asian, with a lot of young people. I was totally impressed at how well-behaved the young kids were.

Another unusual aspect of the concert ... it was done without intermission, another thing that rarely happens at classical music concerts at Avery Fisher Hall. I am happy to report that the 90 minute program flew by.

Yes, I am so glad I was able to see this performance and I left Avery Fisher Hall in very good spirits.

Now ... moving on to tonight’s entertainment event ...

An Off Broadway show ...

7:00==>THE GROUNDLING - “After stumbling upon a small outdoor production of a Shakespeare play in Manhattan, Long Island landscaper Bob Malone is inspired to write a play about his troubled marriage. He hires two reluctant New York theatre professionals to spend a week at his home and stage the play in his garage with a cast of colorful locals.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This comedy/drama received a basically favorable review from The New York Times.

It is playing at the Axis Theatre at 1 Sheridan Square in The West Village, has a running time of 1:40, without intermission, and runs through March 8th.

In closing, your favorite blogger will now share with you loyal and faithful readers and followers his AWESOME entertainment schedule for the upcoming 6 days here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World ...

Wednesday - 7:00==>THE GROUNDLING (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

Thursday - 7:30==>NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC @ Avery Fisher Hall (concert - free ticket, subscriber perk)

Friday - 8:00==>NATIONAL CHORALE @ Avery Fisher Hall - “Celebration of American Music.” (concert - complimentary ticket)

Saturday - 3:00==>ONE DAY THE MUSICAL (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket); and,
7:30==>DEMETRI MARTIN @ Town Hall - “The Persistence of Jokes.” (standup comedy - full price ticket)

Sunday - 7:30==>THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Broadway - discounted Actor’s Fund ticket)

Monday - 2:00==>lunch at Le Cirque with Dian Crystal & Marty Kosarik; and,
8:00==>NEW YORK NOUVEAU @ Carnegie Hall - “Music with unique ties to the Big Apple.” (concert - complimentary ticket)

Yeah ... looks pretty AWESOME doesn’t it? But, remember ...

I report - you decide.

Oh ... I did some out-of-the-elements walking at Lincoln Center before my concert and that helped me get back on my 4+ mile daily walking schedule.

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.35  miles (or, 9,525 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>225.16 miles (average 4.09 miles per day)

Billi Pod
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”

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