This Week on WNET/SundayArts: Israel Philharmonic 70th Anniversary Gala, Calling at LaMama and More

Classic Arts Features   This Week on WNET/SundayArts: Israel Philharmonic 70th Anniversary Gala, Calling at LaMama and More
This week's edition of SundayArts - the weekly cultural series on New York's public television station Thirteen (WNET) - leads into the Great Performances presentation of the Israel Philharmonic's 70th Anniversary Gala Concert.

Airing Sunday, September 7 at 12 noon, the news program precedes a special encore broadcast of the Israeli ensemble's monumental performance recorded at Tel Aviv's Mann Auditorium Dec. 26, 2006.

To open the concert Maestro Zubin Mehta, the group's music director for life, is joined by Pinchas Zukerman in a spirited performance of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1. The following musical celebration includes the orchestra going solo on Ravel's "choreographic poem" La Valse and Daniel Barenboim taking the keyboard for Brahms's first great orchestral work, the D-minor Piano Concerto No. 1.

Prior to the Great Performances, the SundayArts News segment will lead off with a report on the Museum of the City of New York's new restorations and expansions. The program will go on to cover the Mitchell-Innnes & Nash Gallery's presentation of Martha Rosie's art and Sculpture Center LI's exhibition of work by Martin Boyce and Ugo Rondinone, entitled We Burn, We Shiver. Further topics include the annual free Broadway on Broadway concert, Christie's first auction of the season and, finally, the new musical Calling premiering at LaMama E.T.C.

Photographer Rebecca Lepkoff is the subject of the SundayArts Profile. Beginning with Jacob Riis' photos of the slums on Mulberry Street in the 1890s, artists and reformers have long looked to the Lower East Side to inspire social statements about the culture and lifestyle of that era of New York. In the late 1930s, a young Lepkoff went out into the streets and took pictures of the people she saw. Her book, "Life on the Lower East Side," captures the neighborhood's pulse at that time in history.

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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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