Park Avenue Armory

Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

June 7–August 6

“breathtaking...
at once disturbing, thought-provoking, and playful”
–Architectural Digest

Pritzker Prize-winning architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and artist/activist Ai Weiwei explore the meaning of public space in our surveillance-laden world, referencing the story of Hansel and Gretel in which the children lose their way and feel a sense of menace in a space they know and trust.

Lawrence Brownlee, Myra Huang, and Jason Moran

Lawrence Brownlee, Myra Huang, and Jason Moran

August 9 & 11

“He sang with agility, elegance, and Rossinian style, tossing off high notes and roulades…this was a winning performance for an increasingly important artist.”
–The New York Times

Acclaimed bel canto tenor Lawrence Brownlee presents a progressive concert that bridges multiple historic period rooms, including a recital of lieder and art songs in the Board of Officers Room and a performance of jazz standards and American spirituals in the Veterans Room.

Blank Out

Blank Out

September 21–27

“A wonderfully fluent and effective piece of music theatre”
–The Guardian (UK)

Based on the life and work of South African poet Ingrid Jonker, this groundbreaking work by innovative composer and creator Michel van der Aa combines live action, innovative techniques of interactive film, and inventive music to consider the ways in which we reconstruct and deal with traumatic life events. Soprano Miah Person sings live, combined with replayed loops of herself and the voice of baritone Roderick Williams in 3D film to create haunting musical passages and ensembles and, in the process, an entirely new form of opera.

Sabine Devieilhe & Anne Le Bozec

Sabine Devieilhe & Anne Le Bozec

October 1 & 3

“irresistibly good…expressive and incisive, Devieilhe is in command of everything…”
–The Guardian (UK)

Coloratura soprano Sabine Devieilhe makes her North American recital debut with a program of French art songs that perfectly showcases the sheer beauty of her vocal virtuosity in the elegant and intimate Board of Officers Room.

Répons

Répons

October 6–7

“It’s gritty and rigorous, but also sumptuous and fanciful…the sheer visceral excitement of being caught in the middle was like nothing else in music.”
–The New York Times

Rarely staged in concert halls given its unconventional configuration of the space, Pierre Boulez’s spatial masterwork is written for and realized at the Armory by Ensemble intercontemporain and conductor Matthias Pintscher, who perform this emblematic work twice in succession each evening, with the audience changing seats in between to gain a new sonic perspective. This remarkable presentation marks the first performance in New York of a major work by Boulez since his death in early 2016.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Jay Campbell

Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Jay Campbell

October 9–10

“…there is astonishing artistry to complement her creativity. She plays most of the time barefoot onstage. Her body and her instrument and the music she makes all seem one. She is ever thrilling alive to the moment.”
–Los Angeles Times

Known for her energetic and passionate performances, "wild-child" violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is joined by cellist Jay Campbell to perform duos from a wide-ranging repertoire that showcase the pair's extreme styles of music making.

Rashaad Newsome

Rashaad Newsome

November 7

“[Newsome’s] work is irreverent and brazen. It is deeply referential. It is decisive. It is disruptive. It is king.”
–Forbes

Multidisciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome creates a site-specific work in the Veterans Room, bringing together video installation, collage, sculpture, and live performance to create a truly interdisciplinary experience in his ongoing exploration of questions around pedigree, gender, and race.

Barbara Hannigan & Reinbert de Leeuw

Barbara Hannigan & Reinbert de Leeuw

November 16 & 18

“Barbara Hannigan sings the songs of Erik Satie as if she’s sitting next to you, whispering and cooing across the kitchen table with sufficient breathiness, soft edges and exquisite spaciousness to match Reinbert de Leeuw’s sweet-melancholy piano chords.”
–The Guardian (UK)

Soprano Barbara Hannigan makes her U.S. recital debut with a duo of programs that showcase her versatility and superb musicianship, including an artfully curated look at the Second Viennese School and an exploration of the work of French composer Erik Satie.

Jo Lawry & Kavita Shah

Jo Lawry & Kavita Shah

November 21

“[Lawry is] an Australian jazz singer with a spring-like tone, a nimble technique and a grasp of shading and pacing…”
–The New York Times

Jazz meets folk while heartbreak meets humor in the sparkling original songs of Australian-born Jo Lawry, and Kavita Shah places seemingly eclectic songs, instruments, and artists in dialogue with one another to create a new type of jazz with global sensibilities in this thrilling double bill.

A Room in India

A Room in India

December 5–20

“it is a spectacle full of surprises…a joyful, funny, four hour show, even as it collides with the evil of our world…It is theater as Mnouchkine likes it: alive, dynamic, colorful, sung–danced, corporal and stylized”
–Le Monde

After astonishing Armory audiences in 2009, Ariane Mnouchkine and her visionary collective, Théâtre du Soleil, return for the North American premiere of this landmark new work, following the adventures of a touring French theater company stranded in India without a director while the world around them falls into disarray.

Support for Park Avenue Armory’s artistic season has been generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Marc Haas Foundation, the Leon Levy Foundation, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, and the Isak and Rose Weinman Foundation.

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