Previous Performances

De Materie: Matter & Spirit

March 24, 2016

WNYC personality John Schaefer engages director Heiner Goebbels, Columbia University Professor of Music George E. Lewis, and composer Missy Mazzoli in a conversation about the complexities of themes in DE MATERIE.

Louis Andriessen & Jason Moran

March 23, 2016

“Moran is like no other pianist at work. His improvisations are dynamic, eruptive, keyed to the compositions at hand.”
–Village Voice

Dutch contemporary composer Louis Andriessen is joined by pianist Jason Moran for an evening spotlighting these jazz influences as well as other improvisations. This artfully-curated set for two pianos gives a contemporary context to musical improvisation, moving this extemporaneous art form from its origins in the time of Bach and Beethoven to the modern age.

De Materie

March 22–30, 2016

“Epic … an unclassifiable hybrid of theatre, narration, singing, instrumental music and philosophical reflection … [with] absolutely compelling materiality”
–The Guardian (UK)

Visionary director Heiner Goebbels stages this monumental work in a highly-imaginative production that infuses the work's journey through a sequence of non-narrative tableaus with stunning visual imagery to help convey its meaning, with references to Mondrian and Madame Curie as well as floating zeppelins and a flock of sheep. The International Contemporary Ensemble takes on the sonically varied score.

Lindemann Young Artists Concert

March 8—10, 2016

Hear a preview of three of these soon-to-be opera greats from the program – soprano Clarissa Lyons, mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb, and tenor Kang Wang – in intimate evenings of song in the Board of Officers Room.

Jason Moran

March 7, 2016

“Jason Moran [is] shaping up to be the most provocative thinker in current jazz.”
–Rolling Stone

Having released nine of his own albums in addition to over 30 recordings with others, Moran has garnered international acclaim including a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Album in 2014. He inaugurates the Veterans Room with a performance of works for solo piano, commemorating the auspicious occasion with a live recording for future release.

Two Souls, Two Thoughts: The Art of African American History

February 26, 2016

“One ever feels his twoness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.”
–W. E. B. Du Bois

In collaboration with the Aspen Institute Arts Program, the Park Avenue Armory has gathered artists, writers and cultural commentators to share their unique, ongoing, and evolving engagements with African American history. Moderated by writer and podcast host Stacia Brown, participants include vocalist and composer Imani Uzuri, multi-media artist Jasmine Murrell, novelist and playwright Darryl Pinckney, photographer and professor Deborah Willis, and writer Carl Hancock Rux.

Roderick Williams: Swan Song

February 4—5

“Williams has an enviable reputation, thanks to his handsome vocal quality, open-minded approach to repertoire and warm, unaffected stage persona.”
–The Financial Times (London)

Baritone Roderick Williams makes his North American recital debut with a performance of Schubert’s 'Swan Song,' elucidating the songs with interspersed poetry and readings by Jenny Agutter for a poignant and heartfelt evening that could only be felt in the perfectly intimate setting of the Board of Officers Room.

Lisette Oropesa & John Churchwell

January 12—13, 2016

“… with blistering power and assurance, as well as a range of vocal colors and emotional shadings, [Oropesa] is one to watch.”
–The Boston Globe

Lisette Oropesa has been taking the opera world by storm. She performs a program of Spanish art songs as well as works by Schubert and Schumann, offering audiences the chance to get to know this star on the rise in one of the only spaces that could provide such an intimate encounter – the Board of Officers Room.

Igor Levit & Marina Abramovic: Goldberg

December 7-19, 2015

“We always project into the future or reflect in the past, but we are so little in the present.”
–Marina Abramović

Among his most beloved works, J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations is a towering keyboard masterpiece with a life of its own, with themes, harmonies, and contrapuntal strands of the musical sequence that await the creative imagination of both performer and listener to connect them. Igor Levit, who made his impressive North American recital debut at the Armory in 2014, interprets this classic composition in an installation created by seminal artist Marina Abramović.

Laurie Anderson: HABEAS CORPUS

October 2-4, 2015

“Anderson continues to imbue her work with a singular perspective that is both haunting and timeless.”
–The New Yorker

Iconic performance artist Laurie Anderson expands upon her work fusing storytelling and technology, creating an installation and performance piece that examines lost identity, memory, and the resiliency of the human body and spirit.

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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.