This evening performance is now SOLD OUT.

An Evening of World-Class Opera

The Glimmerglass Festival previews its 2016 season at The New York Botanical Garden with a personal appearance by Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello. This one-night-only performance will feature a wide range of musical styles presented by Glimmerglass's Young Artists Program. Selections include excerpts from Puccini's beloved La bohème; Sondheim's musical thriller, Sweeney Todd; and Robert Ward's Pulitzer Prize-winning setting of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, plus favorites from past seasons.

In addition to the performance, enjoy an evening viewing of NYBG's exhibition, Impressionism: American Gardens On Canvas, featuring an American Impressionist garden inspired by the alluring gardens that influenced iconic artists such as Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent. In the Art Gallery, view a beautiful complementary display of more than 20 paintings and sculptures by these famed artists and their contemporaries.

Evening Program:

6 p.m.
Doors open

6–7 p.m.
Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas Art Gallery Viewing

7–8:15 p.m.
Performance, Ross Hall, featuring:

  • Alison King, soprano
  • Zoie Reams, mezzo-soprano
  • Chaz'men Williams-Ali, tenor
  • Johnathan McCullough, baritone
  • Kevin Miller, pianist

8:15–9:30 p.m.
Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas Conservatory viewing

Refreshments will be available for purchase before the performance. No food or drink allowed in Ross Hall.

Image: The Glimmerglass Festival's 2015 production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Photo: Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival.

Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis is the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and a world-renowned trumpeter and composer. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12, entered The Juilliard School at age 17, and then joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and has since recorded more than 60 jazz and classical recordings, which have won him nine GRAMMY Awards.

In 1983 he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz GRAMMYs in the same year and repeated this feat in 1984. Marsalis is also an internationally respected teacher and spokesman for music education, and has received honorary doctorates from dozens of U.S. universities and colleges.

In 1997 Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields, which was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 2001 he was appointed Messenger of Peace by Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and he has also been designated cultural ambassador to the United States of America by the U.S. State Department through their CultureConnect program. Marsalis helped lead the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center's home - Frederick P. Rose Hall - the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, which opened in October 2004.

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