Previous Performances

Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Jay Campbell

October 9–10

“…there is astonishing artistry to complement her creativity. She plays most of the time barefoot onstage. Her body and her instrument and the music she makes all seem one. She is ever thrilling alive to the moment.”
–Los Angeles Times

Known for her energetic and passionate performances, "wild-child" violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is joined by cellist Jay Campbell to perform duos from a wide-ranging repertoire that showcase the pair's extreme styles of music making.

Répons: Artist Talk

October 7

Conductor Matthias Pintscher and Pierre Audi discuss composer Pierre Boulez and their realization of his spatial work in a live performance setting.

Répons

October 6–7

“It’s gritty and rigorous, but also sumptuous and fanciful…the sheer visceral excitement of being caught in the middle was like nothing else in music.”
–The New York Times

Rarely staged in concert halls given its unconventional configuration of the space, Pierre Boulez’s spatial masterwork is written for and realized at the Armory by Ensemble intercontemporain and conductor Matthias Pintscher, who perform this emblematic work twice in succession each evening, with the audience changing seats in between to gain a new sonic perspective. This remarkable presentation marks the first performance in New York of a major work by Boulez since his death in early 2016.

Sabine Devieilhe & Anne Le Bozec

October 1 & 3

“irresistibly good…expressive and incisive, Devieilhe is in command of everything…”
–The Guardian (UK)

Coloratura soprano Sabine Devieilhe makes her North American recital debut with a program of French art songs that perfectly showcases the sheer beauty of her vocal virtuosity in the elegant and intimate Board of Officers Room.

Blank Out: Artist Talk

September 22

Composer and director Michel van der Aa and collaborators discuss the creation of chamber opera and 3D film, Blank Out.

Blank Out

September 21–27

“A wonderfully fluent and effective piece of music theatre”
–The Guardian (UK)

Based on the life and work of South African poet Ingrid Jonker, this groundbreaking work by innovative composer and creator Michel van der Aa combines live action, innovative techniques of interactive film, and inventive music to consider the ways in which we reconstruct and deal with traumatic life events. Soprano Miah Person sings live, combined with replayed loops of herself and the voice of baritone Roderick Williams in 3D film to create haunting musical passages and ensembles and, in the process, an entirely new form of opera.

Artists-In-Residence: Open House

September 16

Join Armory artists-in-residence host a series of work-in-progress performances, presentations, and conversations in their studio spaces housed in the historic Company rooms on the Armory’s second floor.

Lawrence Brownlee, Myra Huang, and Jason Moran

August 9 & 11

“He sang with agility, elegance, and Rossinian style, tossing off high notes and roulades…this was a winning performance for an increasingly important artist.”
–The New York Times

Acclaimed bel canto tenor Lawrence Brownlee presents a progressive concert that bridges multiple historic period rooms, including a recital of lieder and art songs in the Board of Officers Room and a performance of jazz standards and American spirituals in the Veterans Room.

Wu Man & The Shanghai Quartet

June 20–21, 2017

“The pipa and the quartet achieved a kind of exuberant synergy together, as if each were leapfrogging over the other in a mad rush to expressive extremes, and when it ended, it ended too soon.”
–The Washington Post

The acclaimed Shanghai Quartet and pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso Wu Man unite to perform new works by contemporary Chinese composers.

Hansel & Gretel: Artist Talk

June 7, 2017

Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, and Ai Weiwei discuss the inspirations, ideas, and creative process behind their latest collaboration in a conversation moderated by Damian Woetzel.

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Support for Park Avenue Armory’s artistic season has been generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Marc Haas Foundation, the Leon Levy Foundation, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, and the Isak and Rose Weinman Foundation.