Friday, May 3 at 9:00 p.m.
Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris
Paul Taylor is the last living member of the pantheon that created America's indigenous art of modern dance. At an age when most artists’ best work is behind them, Taylor continues to win acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his recent dances as well as his classics. The world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company has set the global standard for contemporary dance excellence. Since the company’s founding in 1954, Mr. Taylor has choreographed 136 dances, many of which have attained iconic status and have been celebrated throughout the world.
Friday, May 10 at
Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings
The program is a compelling portrait of an inspiring and inventive musician whose virtuoso skills on the ukulele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential. Through intimate conversations with Shimabukuro (pronounced she-ma-BOO-koo-row), LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS reveals the cultural and personal influences that have shaped the man and the musician. On the road from Los Angeles to New York to Japan, the film captures the solitary life on tour: the exhilaration of performance, the wonder of newfound fame, the loneliness of separation from home and family.
Friday, May 17 at 9:00 p.m.
Great Performances at the Met
Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) makes his Met debut with a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. The new staging moves the opera’s tragic events from a decadent 16th-century Italian court to the glitzy, depraved setting of the Las Vegas strip circa 1960. Polish tenor Piotr Beczala sings the Duke, an amoral lounge singer whose entourage includes the world-weary comedian Rigoletto, sung by Serbian baritone Željko Lučić. German soprano Diana Damrau sings the role of the innocent Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter and the victim of the predatory Duke.
Friday, May 24 at 9:00 p.m.
Live From Lincoln Center
Audra McDonald: Go Back Home
Join five-time Tony Award-winner and series host Audra McDonald as she takes a turn as the featured performer, singing songs from her new album and other favorites in a special spring concert at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.