Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include GatherNYC: Lara St. John, Meredith Monk’s Cellular Songs, Ballet Flamenco Jesús Carmona, and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

    Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Manhattan

    Mon, Mar 12, 2018 - Sun, Jul 29, 2018

    Anchored by the encyclopedic holdings of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence, opening March 12, will illustrate the horticultural boom that reshaped much of the French landscape during the 19th century. As shiploads of exotic botanical specimens arrived from abroad and local nurserymen pursued hybridization, the availability and variety of plants and flowers grew exponentially, as did the interest in them. The opening up of formerly royal properties ...

    Meredith Monk’s Cellular Songs

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Mar 14, 2018 - Sun, Mar 18, 2018

    Meredith Monk’s newest music-theater work, Cellular Songs, premieres at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) Harvey Theatre March 14-18. The event marks Monk’s 11th production at BAM, which began with the 1976 presentation of Quarry. The new piece will be performed by Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble—Monk, Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Allison Sniffin and Jo Stewart.  Weaving voice with movement, light, instrumental music, film and a site-specific video installation, Cellular Songs is a continuation of Monk’s ...

    Violinist Jennifer Koh Presents “Limitless” Recital Series

    National Sawdust

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Mar 15, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    As one of National Sawdust’s ten curators for the 2017-18 season, violinist Jennifer Koh presents Limitless, a two-night recital series that celebrates the collaborative relationship between composer and performer through duo performances. This spirit of collaboration contrasts with the conventional notion today that composition and performance are discrete and detached parts of the musical process, while also re-connecting with an older, pre-modern tradition of composers as performers.  Ms. Koh has appeared with orchestras worldwide, including ...

    Ballet Flamenco Jesús Carmona

    New York City Center

    Manhattan

    Sun, Mar 11, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Jesús Carmona is a former dancer with Ballet Nacional de España. The flawless footwork and ballet-infused moves that make him a dynamo of a dancer translate masterfully to the work he creates for his own company. For the Flamenco Festival at City Center, Ballet Flamenco Jesús Carmona performs its emotionally charged Ímpetus, an interpretation of famous scores from Spain’s most beloved composers.

    GatherNYC: Lara St. John

    SubCulture

    Manhattan

    Founded by cellist Laura Metcalf and her husband Rupert Boyd, GatherNYC events treat guests to classical music performed by some of New York’s most celebrated artists. In addition, guests can enjoy a taste of the spoken word, as well as artisanal coffee and pastries. GatherNYC’s opening performance will be violinist Lara St. John, whose program will feature arrangements by Kreisler, a movement from Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, and selections from her Lavuta project, which can be ...

Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence

1000 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10028

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Anchored by the encyclopedic holdings of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence, opening March 12, will illustrate the horticultural boom that reshaped much of the French landscape during the 19th century. As shiploads of exotic botanical specimens arrived from abroad and local nurserymen ...

Meredith Monk’s Cellular Songs

651 Fulton Street

Brooklyn N.Y. 11217

Meredith Monk’s newest music-theater work, Cellular Songs, premieres at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) Harvey Theatre March 14-18. The event marks Monk’s 11th production at BAM, which began with the 1976 presentation of Quarry. The new piece will be performed by Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble—Monk, Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, ...

GatherNYC: Lara St. John

45 Bleecker Street

new york N.Y. 10012

2125335470

Founded by cellist Laura Metcalf and her husband Rupert Boyd, GatherNYC events treat guests to classical music performed by some of New York’s most celebrated artists. In addition, guests can enjoy a taste of the spoken word, as well as artisanal coffee and pastries. GatherNYC’s opening performance will be violinist ...

Ballet Flamenco Jesús Carmona

131 West 55th Street

new york N.Y. 10019

2125811212

Jesús Carmona is a former dancer with Ballet Nacional de España. The flawless footwork and ballet-infused moves that make him a dynamo of a dancer translate masterfully to the work he creates for his own company. For the Flamenco Festival at City Center, Ballet Flamenco Jesús Carmona performs its emotionally charged Ímpetus, an interpretation ...