By Roger Costa
The renowned and fun-essential Museum of Modern Art, MoMA has just re-opened their doors for the general public starting today. Located on 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, the ultra modern, 6-floors, 3 movie-theaters institution offers visitors the latest projects of visionary artists from all over the world, as well as Retrospective on major artists and their exuberant Collection with classic modern works. MoMA also hosts film Premieres, Festivals and re-discovered screenings, as well as concerts, dance shows and art installations.
MoMA will re-open under new hours for the first month, through September 27: from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday to the public; and from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Mondays for MoMA members only. Admission will be free to all visitors Tuesday through Sunday, through September 27, made possible by MoMA’s long-standing partner, UNIQLO. Among the most recent exhibitions, there are Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman with gorgeous paintings and sculptures, Sur Moderno exploring abstract art in South America, including Brazilian artist Lygia Clark, and the poems, writings and photobooks of Dorothea Lange. Go to https://www.moma.org/ for details and reserved tickets. Free Admissions for all ages thru September 27.
The historic concert venue will kick off its Fall 2020 Season with a list of fantastic artists and musicians, which will take place exclusively online on the Apollo’s Digital Stage. The season features a broad range of free virtual events, talks and concerts.
This year’s line-up will showcase new works by Wyclef Jean, a special Live Conversation celebrating the career of legendary Aretha Franklin, independent musical artists such as Stout, J. Hoard and Madison McFerrin, and the American Composers Orchestra will host An Evening of Sound, Voice, Poetry, and Healing. The Apollo will also host a 30th anniversary celebration with the screening of the cult classic “House Party” and more.
Grammy-winning Haitian-American rapper, musician, and actor Wyclef Jean will be the first artist to come to the Virtual Stage on Wednesday, September 9 at 8:00pm with a historic performance. Presented in partnership with ADCOLOR, the multi-instrumentalist will perform his iconic debut album, Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival live on the Apollo’s Main Stage with no audience and minimal crew. The special concert will be streamed on the Apollo’s Digital Stage and ADCOLOR’s virtual event site, and will feature Wyclef’s revolutionary mix of Haitian creole, rap, world music, and pop.
Go to https://www.apollotheater.org/digitalstage/ the exclusive virtual platform for details.
The celebrated and award-winning dance company Limón Dance Company is offering free dance classes through the last days of Summer. The event takes place on the grass in Bryant Park, 42nd Street and Avenue of the Americas. Classes are taught by members of the Limón Dance Company every Saturday in August and September.
On August 29th and September 12th, classes will be monitored by multi-talented dance instructor and choreographer Eric Parrand. Music will be provided by Greg Loewer. On September 19th, the dance show will be moderated by Brooklyn-born dancer Lauren Twomley, who is currently a major member of the company. Ryan Wolfe will be providing music for this occasion.
Students of all ages and Dance enthusiasts are welcome to join in, wearing exercise or comfortable clothes and shoes, or bare feet. Masks are mandatory this year, and the number of students will be limited. Pre-registration is not mandatory, but is advised. Walk-ups will be accepted if there is space.
Go to https://bryantpark.org/programs/moves-with-limon-dance and https://www.limon.nyc/ for details. Event is Free, Every Saturday morning.
Miami-born, New York City based composer and pianist David Chesky has just released a new album with Brazilian influences. “The Abreu Danzas”, recorded in March 2020 just before the world went under lockdown, is an homage to the late founder of Venezuela’s El Sistema program, José Abreu, and explores the energetic, rhythmic motifs of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music brilliantly mixed with a musical representation of the chaos and rapid pace of New York City.
The centerpiece of the album, “The Abreu Danzas,” is a ballet in five movements in homage to the late Jose Antonio Abreu, the founder of the El Sistema conglomerate in Venezuela. “Song of the Amazon,” sung by soprano Larisa Martínez, reflects Chesky’s love for, and personal connection to Brazil.
He’s also releasing a video Ballet “The Abreu Danza No 1,” performed by American Ballet Theater dancer João Menegussi. The YouTube video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C25h1s1I8T4
Go to https://davidchesky.bandcamp.com/album/abreu-danzas for details.