Entertain me New York! Mostly Mozart and Dizzy’s Jazz

After my day in Central Park, i made my way to the Lincoln centre for an evening of serene entertainment! The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a 16 acre complex of buildings in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of New York City’s Upper West Side.

I headed to Avery Fisher Hall (2,738-seat symphony hall) which is the home stage of the New York Philharmonic and was this evening hosting the concert from the Mostly Mozart Festival. The Mostly Mozart Festival is a summer series of concerts that’s been going for 44 years. It revolves around the performance of many of ”

Mozart’s works and also a variety of musical works created after his death that were inspired and influenced by his genius”

The evening i attended was more focused towards works inspired by him than actual Mozart pieces. The festival’s resident orchestra, played works by Weber, Mendelssohn and Schumann, the last in a nod to his 200th birthday this year. To actually hear some Mozart I eagerly showed up an hour early for the pre-concert recital. I was joined by hundreds of others whose presence I later gathered was directly related to the performers more than the music. This was because they were no other than violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk, who were also the featured soloists in the orchestra’s program.

From left, Jeremy Denk, Joshua Bell and Louis Langrée, conducting the Mostly Mozart Festival orchestra,at Avery Fisher Hall

The presence of Mr. Bell, one of the world’s most popular classical musicians and a virtuoso refreshingly traditional, accounted for the boisterous crowd that attended the sold-out evening concert! I’d done well to snap up a single box ticket the previous day! Bell’s instrument is a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin called the Gibson ex Huberman, which was made in 1713 during what is known as Antonio Stradivari’s “Golden Era.” He paid just under US $4 million for it in 2003! In a lissome account of Mozart’s Sonata in B flat, i swooned to the admirable cohesion Bell and Denk have forged.

Joshua Bell

Presumably their performance also warmed them up for the main event:, The centerpiece of the evenings concert was Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings in D minor. It offered soaring melodies and ample opportunities for Mr. Bell and Mr. Denk to engage in racing solo lines and breathtaking duo passages.

Walking outside afterwards into the warm night air i had an “Ahhhhhhhhhhhh” moment and soaked up the area

Then I sat for a while, mesmerized by the changing silhouettes against the fountain

The following day after spending time (and a spot of money shopping ☺) in Soho

I made my way to the Time Warner Centre

Which is also the home of Dizzy’s Club

– named after the iconic trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, the club is part of the “Jazz at the Lincoln Centre Group”

Dizzy Gillespie doing what he did best

The evening was absolutely sensational! It was the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim performed by Trio da Paz, Joe Locke (vibraphone), Harry Allen (tenor sax) & Maucha Adnet (vocals). One of the most enjoyable performances I have ever seen! I say this because not only was the location amazing ( the performers are right in front of you, and large windows right behind the stage afford a spectacular view of Central park and the City)

the food (Southern style) and drink great but the performers! Ahhh the performers, they were just so genuinely enamored with what they were creating and feeding off each others positive energy, that their passion for the music was completely infectious and the whole audience was alive with the rhythm and melodies!

– that. Is entertainment

I would recommend this to anyone with a jazz inclination visiting the city! Make a reservation if you can, as they were sold out when i went. I was able to get a single seat on the bar which lines the room but after asking sweetly – i was able to join another couple (the lady was Australian – strange coincidence!) and sit RIGHT INFRONT of the musicians. Unforgettable.


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