The Greene Space Presents
The Greene Space wrapped up its 2011-2012 season and it has been an adventurous year. It's only fitting that we take a look back at just some of the highlights from the season. Join the conversation! Share your favorite moments from this past year on our Facebook page or in the comments section below..
- Morehouse College Glee Club 100th Anniversary Concert. Terrance McKnight—WQXR host and Morehouse College Glee Club alumnus—welcomed music director David Morrow and Glee Club members to New York for an evening of performance and conversation.
- WQXR Presents The Metropolitan Opera in The Greene Space. MET General Manager Peter Gelb previewed the season in conversation with Anna Netrebko and Deborah Voigt.
- The NEXT New York Conversation hosted by Farai Chideya explored THE REAL COST OF UNEMPLOYMENT – to individuals and families, personal and mental health, and to communities and the nation.
- Lopate and Locavores: Sustainable Seafood. Leonard Lopate discussed sustainable seafood with Carl Safina, president and co-founder of the Blue Ocean Institute, and Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin, a four-star restaurant specializing in seafood. The evening included an oyster shucking demo by Karen Rivara.
- Studio 360 Live: Tim Minchin, Cintra Wilson & Colson Whitehead. Kurt Andersen hosted a night of comedy, music and storytelling.
- WQXR Beethoven 32-Piano Sonata Marathon. An extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime event at The Greene Space, as WQXR presents all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas in a special 12-hour marathon.
- JS 30: Three Decades of John Schaefer. An evening of live music and heartfelt memories celebrating Schaefer’s inimitable contributions to the musical life of New York City. Angelique Kidjo emceed the event.
- A Christmas Carol: A Radio Drama. The novella has stood the test of time and is a timeless classic that still touches the hearts of audiences worldwide. Ebenezer Scrooge, was played by F. Murray Abraham.
- WQXR presented Lang Lang and Quintessenso Children’s Choir of Mongolia in a special Chinese New Year’s celebration featuring traditional folk songs and audience favorites.
- Battle of the Boroughs-Brooklyn. The Battle of the Boroughs kicked off it's 2012 season with 13 artists from all over Brooklyn.
- As part of The Greene Space's Global Salon series, Keiko Matsui performed her piece Forever Forever.
- Sharon Van Etten performed Live on Soundcheck.
- Women Box: Olympic Boxing is No Longer A Man’s Sport. Men have boxed in the Olympic games since the ancient Greeks adopted the sport more than two thousand years ago. Women, never. Hosted by Rosie Perez.
- For this special edition of Soundcheck, the Robert Glasper Experiment (featuring Casey Benjamin, Derrick Hodge, and Mark Colenburg) joined us in the Greene Space along with another "Black Radio" collaborator - Grammy-nominated R&B artist Bilal.
- Their Eyes Were Watching God. Directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, adapted by award-winning writer Arthur Yorinks, Phylicia Rashad, as narrator, Roslyn Ruff as Janie, Brandon Dirden as Tea Cake and Leslie Uggams as the Grandmother.
- WQXR Presented Rufus Wainwright in Performance and Conversation, exploring the classical side of the acclaimed singer/songwriter.
- The Terence Blanchard quintet performed during The Global Salon. The Global Salon: NEW ORLEANS (USA) was the climactic season finale of the Global Salon series, where reflections from each previously imagined region offered up a magical, spiritual energy of renewal and empowerment.
- WQXR radio host Terrance McKnight took Greene Space guests on a multimedia journey to the Harlem Renaissance, the burgeoning cultural era for African Americans that was the setting for Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes' ill-fated partnership. This included Randy Weston performing the piece he played at Langston Hughes’ funeral, “Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me.”
- The Greene Space presented a conversation on the new take on Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire starring Blair Underwood, as Stanley, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Stella, Nicole Ari Parker as Blanche, Wood Harris as Mitch and Director Emily Man.
- Women Writers on the Horizon with Alice Walker, Sonia Sanchez and Ruby Dee.
- An Evening With The Knights. One of New York’s most innovative and acclaimed new chamber orchestras, The Knights conclude their stay as WQXR’s ensemble-in-residence with a live performance in The Greene Space.
- Alan Ayckbourn’s Haunting Julia. Karin Coonrod, award-winning international theater artist, directed Ayckbourn’s compelling work, Haunting Julia: a ghost story about a girl musical prodigy with unfinished business.
- Punch Brothers. Kaki King. and Andrew Bird performed live during Soundcheck.
- Cameron Carpenter performs J. S. Bach's "The Great Fugue in G Minor" live on Q2 Music in The Greene Space.
- Preservation in New York: The Evolving Conversation. Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen led a conversation about the shape of New York present and future. His guests included Bonnie Burnham, president of the World Monuments Fund, Paul Goldberger, who has written about architecture and NYC for almost 30 years and teaches at the New School and David Mohney, a Professor of Architecture at the College of Design at the University of Kentucky.
- The NEXT New York Conversation: Wynton Marsalis.World renowned trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis joined us for the first time at The Greene Space in conversation with WQXR's Elliott Forrest.
- Inside Look: The Australian Ballet. This June, the acclaimed troupe celebrated its 50th anniversary in New York—starting with a preview in The Greene Space.
- The Ultimate Battle. The fans have spoken. The finalists from each borough faced off to see who would be named the best in New York! The Battle of the Boroughs started with 524 artists and it came down to one.
- The Shakespeare Marathon. The Greene Space presented a unique blend of excerpts from all 37 plays of the bard—the comedies, the histories, the tragedies—with actors and performance artists from all walks of life.