This Week on WNET/SundayArts: Alvin Ailey, Jonathan Biss and More

Classic Arts Features   This Week on WNET/SundayArts: Alvin Ailey, Jonathan Biss and More
This week's edition of SundayArts - with new hosts Philippe de Montebello and network news veteran Paula Zahn - covers a wide array of the city's offerings and leads into the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's production of Twelfth Night.

Airing Sunday, November 30 at 12 noon, the news program precedes the Bard's comedy of mistaken identity and love as it "unfolds onstage at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Hudson Valley at Boscobel, a stunning 19th-century estate, a group of dedicated and talented actors assemble to perform this Shakespeare classic."

The SundayArts News segment, with correspondent Christina Ha, will feature the following local events:

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at City Center
Opening December 3. Join the celebration as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, America's cultural ambassador to the world, marks its 50th anniversary of bringing African-American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to the world's stages.

The Asia Society: Art and China's Revolution
A groundbreaking exhibition that considers the artistic achievement and legacy of one of the most tumultuous and catastrophic periods in recent Chinese history: the three decades following the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. The exhibition brings together large-scale oil paintings, ink paintings, sculptures, drawings and artist sketchbooks, woodblock prints, posters, and objects from everyday life, many never before shown in the United States. It is the first exhibition to examine in-depth the powerful and complicated effects of Mao Zedong's revolutionary ideals on artists and art production in China.

Guggenheim Museum: Catherine Opie- American Photographer
Since the early 1990s, Catherine Opie has produced a complex body of photographic work, adopting such diverse genres as studio portraiture, landscape photography, and urban street photography to explore notions of communal, sexual, and cultural identity. From her early portraits of transgender people and performance artists to her expansive urban landscapes of cities like Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and New York, Opie has offered profound insights into the conditions in which communities form and the terms in which they are defined. All the while she has maintained a strict formal rigor, working in stark and provocative color as well as richly toned black-and-white. The exhibition gathers works from Opie's most important series in a major mid-career survey.

Piano Virtuoso Jonathan Biss at Carnegie Hall
On December 6th, the young virtuoso will join the internationally renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for a performance at Carnegie Hall before they collectively embark on a 2009 European tour that spans from Italy to Slovenia. The American pianist made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2001, and has since appeared with many of the foremost orchestras in the United States and Europe, making him one of the most highly regarded young pianists on the scene. He is a frequent performer at international music festivals, and gives recitals in major music capitals around the world.


SundayArts Profile will cover the encore presentation of "The Horse" at the American Museum of Natural History and present an interview with choreographer Bill T. Jones.

At 2:15 PM the SundayArts Choice program offers a mini-tour of The Frick Collection's Fragonard Room.

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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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