New York City is a haven of high notes and reverberating rhythms for music lovers of all types. Whether your passion is classical and opera, jazz clubs, rock and pop concerts, or funky street improv, you will find it all within the creative heartbeat of the Big Apple. Just a short walk or ride from your hotel, B&B or friend’s apartment, you can lose yourself in the resplendent grandeur, complex tempos or discordant strains of your favorite music mode or mania.
Enthralling Classical and Opera
On your next visit to NYC, enjoy an unforgettable evening at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on the city’s vibrant Upper West Side. See the fascinating Metropolitan Opera production of “Così fan tutte,” Mozart’s enthralling comedy of the sexes in updated carnival style. Experience a masterful concert of Bartók’s “Concerto for Orchestra” plus Debussy’s beautiful “Fantaisie” with piano soloist Leif Ove Andsnes at the New York Philharmonic. At the Vivian Beaumont Theater, delight in the current production of classic Lerner & Loewe musical “My Fair Lady,” the engaging attempt by linguist Henry Higgins to transform Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower seller, into a mannerly lady.
The jazz scene is alive and in top form in New York City. Your first choice of venues may be uptown or downtown, but one must-do is a night at the Blue Note in hip and historic Greenwich Village. In this vintage club, you can mix with true jazz lovers and those new to and curious about jazz. Catch outstanding sets by such well-known artists as vocalist Bobby McFerrin, the Bobby McFerrin Spirityouall band, bass player Ron Carter and The Duke Ellington Orchestra. As one of the best known and most popular jazz clubs in the city, the Blue Note has a timeless ambiance and sensibility.
Heading back uptown to the Lincoln Center neighborhood, pay a visit to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. At this West Side jazz hub, you can experience the ingenious vitality of such well-recognized names as the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, the Christian McBride Big Band and the Diva Jazz Orchestra. It will be a night long remembered.
Rousing Rock and Pop Concerts
Want to go wild with rock and pop madness and alternative genre extravaganzas? You will get to be part of it all in New York. Join the crowd to welcome Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden and Bruce Springsteen on Broadway this spring. Then, cheer for Lorde at Barclays Center. One event on the “To Die For” list is definitely a night out with alternative rock star Pink, back at Madison Square Garden.
You will be amazed by the array of concerts, shows, festivals and club dates in which the big names of rock, hip-hop and other genres push performances to a place way beyond your wildest dreams and expectations. As a fan of the contempo-rock-pop-and-alternative music scene in NYC, you can live it up as long as you can maintain a waking state or a reasonable facsimile thereof.
Funky Street Music
The street music scene in the Big Apple includes a wide spectrum of musicians and genres, ranging from classical strains of Bach on flute or keyboard drifting upward from the mysterious depths of the subway to curbside crooners and sidewalk saxophone-wailing sages. Of course, you will come across the occasional homemade washtub bass player or persistent percussionist pounding out rhythms on a cardboard box drum ensemble. There is something for everyone traveling to New York City–after all, this city is famous for offering up myriad music styles in a truly eclectic, charming and endless array. NYC is definitely a haven for music lovers of all styles, modes, eras and genres.