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Big arts in the big apple

Friday, May 11 – Saturday, May 12, 2018

New York, NY

Join us for Big Arts in the Big Apple!

We are offering three great educational and experiential programs. Enjoy one, two or all three programs!

The registration fee and ticket cost will depend on how many and which of the three programs you select.


Program 1: A Night at the Opera

Friday, May 11
Metropolitan Opera House & Opera Learning Center

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm: Backstage Tour
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: How Does a Singer Get to the Metropolitan Opera
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Performance of Cendrillon

Start your immersive operatic evening with a backstage tour of the world-famous Metropolitan Opera House.

Then, join UConn Professor Rod Nelman at the Metropolitan Opera Guild Opera Learning Center for a fascinating discussion on his journey to the Met. He will also perform from Rossini’s adaptation of the Cinderella Story and discuss similarities and differences between the various versions of the Cinderella tale in opera.

Last, you can enjoy an evening performance of Cendrillon, starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role.

Program 2: Art Hop in SoHo

Saturday, May 12
The James – SoHo

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Continental Breakfast
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: See Art SoHo

Artist and alumnus, Matt Jensen’s multi-disciplinary practice combines walking, collecting and rigorous site-specific explorations of landscapes. Take a walk with Matt as he shows you masterful works of art throughout SoHo. You’ll start at The James Hotel for a continental breakfast, where you can view some of the 120 pieces of art curated by Matt. Then, you’ll make your way to several SoHo stops along your journey including The Artists Space, The Drawing Center, and two exhibitions from the Dia Art Foundation collection (New York Earth Room and Broken Kilometer).

Program 3: Behind the Musical Theater Curtain

Saturday, May 12
The Metropolitan Opera Guild Opera Learning Center & The Ethel Barrymore Theatre

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: David Krane & Stephen Cole: The Road to Broadway, Off-Broadway and Hollywood…with a detour to Qatar and Dubai!
8:00 pm: Performance of The Band’s Visit

Take a journey through musical theater’s past, present, and future!

First, head to the Opera Learning Center, where celebrated master Broadway composer-librettist team of David Krane and Stephen Cole will join UConn Professor Ken Fuchs in creating a very special presentation of songs, stories, and anecdotes of Broadway history.

David Krane and Stephen Cole have both been in show business most of their lives, but it took an email the Emir of Qatar to bring them together professionally and ultimately as friends and collaborators. Their amazing careers have crossed and dovetailed and together they lived an adventure that Bing Crosby and Bob Hope wish they had filmed as a Road picture. In fact Stephen and David have lived and written the ultimate road picture, The Road to Qatar! Join them as they regale you with bits of their separate careers from Broadway, Off Broadway, Summer stock and Hollywood to the vast deserts of the Middle East. They will tell you a story you will not believe, but is totally true…and they lived to tell it!

Then, you can take in a performance of The Band’s Visit, winner of four Best Musical awards, at the historic Ethel Barrymore Theatre. UConn alumna Ruth Hendel is one of show’s producers.