This Week on SundayArts: Il Trittico, Ballet Biarritz and More

Classic Arts Features   This Week on SundayArts: Il Trittico, Ballet Biarritz and More
This week's edition of SundayArts - the weekly arts showcase on New York's public television station Thirteen (WNET) - features the Metropolitan Opera's production of the beloved triple bill, Il Trittico, directed by Broadway's Jack O'Brien (The Coast of Utopia) and conducted by James Levine.

Airing Sunday, June 22 at 12 noon, the news program leads into a full broadcast of Puccini's popular triple-header. Up first is Il Tabarro, the dark tale of Parisian laborers and a tragic, adulterous affair. In Suor Angelica, a young nun finds salvation despite the efforts of her tormenting aunt. The broadcast concludes with Gianni Schicchi, the comic story of a lovable scoundrel who saves his daughter's upcoming marriage and ends up the richest man in town.

SundayArts News will kick off with a visit to Scandinavia House for a report on its From Another Shore: Recent Icelandic Art exhibit, followed by a look at Ballet Biarritz at the Joyce Theater and two other exhibitions‹Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Vietnam: A War Memorial, the film/video installation currently running at the Asia Society and Museum.

The SundayArts Profile segment will focus on the work of Ballet Hispanico. In this week's SundayArts "Choice," curators Roxana Marcoci and Klaus Biesenbach explore Take Your Time, an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art featuring works by Olafur Eliasson, whose latest site-specific piece, Waterfalls, will be installed in New York Harbor next week.

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SundayArts is Thirteen/WNET's on-air/online series through which arts enthusiasts everywhere can access the Big Apple's cultural best. New York's public television station has long partnered with the city's most celebrated cultural institutions, capturing and broadcasting their work on PBS.

Every Sunday at noon on Thirteen, SundayArts wraps insightful interviews, on-location features, profiles, and introductions around a showcased presentation. SundayArts News segments cover current cultural highlights while Curator's Choice briefs offer first-hand, insider reviews of highlights from shows and events around town. Profiles of cultural figures reflect the eclectic New York arts scene.

For those outside of Thirteen's tri-state viewing area, makes New York's cultural bounty accessible anytime, from anywhere. The video-rich new site features the latest arts news, interviews, and previews of SundayArts broadcasts. Contributing bloggers Elizabeth Vincentelli (Time Out New York), Adam Wasserman (Opera News) and cultural journalist Jennifer Melick add knowledgeable, lively dialogue to the site. Users are encouraged to email questions and comments to the host, artists and organizations.

Funding for SundayArts has been provided by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by The Lemberg Foundation.


Thirteen/WNET New York is one of the key program providers for public television, bringing such acclaimed series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Wide Angle, Secrets of the Dead, NOW With David Brancaccio, Expos_, Bill Moyers Journal, and Cyberchase to audiences nationwide. As the flagship public broadcaster in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, Thirteen reaches millions of viewers each week, airing the best of American public television along with its own local productions such as New York Voices, Reel 13 and SundayArts.

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