A profile of the JACK Quartet, winner of a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant Award. And a look at the exhibition “Hudson Rising” on view at the New-York Historical Society through August 4, 2019.

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> COMING UP ON 'NYC ARTS' THE PROFILE OF THE JACK QUARTET.

WINNER OF A CAREER GRANT AWARD.

WE'RE REALLY INTERESTED IN NEW STYLES OF RHYTHM, NEW HARMONIES, NEW AESTHETIC MODES THAT ARE UNFAMILIAR AND KIND OF UNTESTED SOMETIMES.

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AND A LOOK AT THE EXHIBITION HUDSON RISING ON VIEW AT THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

THIS GREAT ADIRONDACK PHOTOGRAPHER SENECA RAY STODDARD CAPTURED BOTH THE BEAUTY OF THE ADIRONDACKS BUT ALSO HE CAPTURED WHAT THE LUMBERMEN WERE DOING AS THEY CHOPPED DOWN THE ADIRONDACK FORESTS.

THEN HE TURNED THESE PHOTOGRAPHS INTO A 200-SLIDE SHOW THAT HE COULD TAKE AROUND THE STATE AND USE IT TO ADVOCATE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE ADIRONDACKS.

FUNDING FOR 'NYC ARTS' IS MADE POSSIBLE BY --

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ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY MEMBERS OF 13.

'NYC ARTS' IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY FIRST REPUBLIC BANK.

FIRST REPUBLIC BANK PRESENTS FIRST THINGS FIRST.

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AT FIRST REPUBLIC BANK, FIRST REFERS TO OUR FIRST PRIORITY, THE CLIENTS WHO WALK THROUGH OUR DOORS.

THE FIRST STEP, RECOGNIZE THAT EVERY CLIENT IS AN INDIVIDUAL WITH UNIQUE NEEDS.

FIRST DECREE, BE A BANK WHOSE CURRENCY IS SERVICE IN THE FORM OF PERSONAL BANKING.

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IT'S STILL THE FIRST THING ON OUR MINDS.

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> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO 'NYC ARTS.'

THE CEREMONY FOR THIS YEAR'S AVERY FISHER CAREER GRANTS AWARD TOOK PLACE IN MARCH AT THE JEROME L. GREEN PERFORMANCE SPACE AT WQXR.

THESE INDIVIDUAL GRANTS OF $25,000 GAVE PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE AND RECOGNITION TO TALENTED INSTRUMENTALISTS WHO HAVE GREAT POTENTIAL FOR SOLO CAREERS.

THERE WERE FOUR RECIPIENTS THIS YEAR.

HENRY KRAMER, CHRISTINA AND MICHELLE NORTON AND THE JACK QUARTET, ACCLAIMED AS SUPERHEROES OF THE NEW MUSIC WORLD BY THE 'BOSTON GLOBE.'

THE QUARTET IS DEDICATED TO COMMISSIONING AND PERFORMING CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC.

THEY ALSO REVIVE THE WORK OF HISTORICALLY OVERLOOKED COMPOSERS.

AS A NONPROFIT, THEY'RE DEDICATED TO MUSIC EDUCATION, FREQUENTLY VISITING SCHOOLS AND TEACHING AT RESIDENCIES AND IF HE FEEL FESTIVALS.

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I THINK THAT WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE IS THAT WE'RE REALLY JUST ALL ABOUT EXPLORING THE STYLES AND IDEAS THAT ARE CHALLENGING THE FRAMEWORK THAT WE USUALLY APPROACH OUR INSTRUMENTS THROUGH.

SO WE'RE REALLY INTERESTED IN NEW STYLES OF RHYTHM, NEW HARMONIES, NEW AESTHETIC MODES THAT ARE UNFAMILIAR AND KIND OF UNTESTED SOMETIMES.

SO THAT CAN MEAN EXPLORING THINGS FROM THE PAST THAT PEOPLE AREN'T REPRESENTING IN CONCERT VERY MUCH, OR IT CAN MEAN COMPOSERS OF TODAY WHO ARE REALLY PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES AND LOOKING FOR NEW IDEAS.

RECEIVING THE GRANT IS VERY MEANINGFUL TO US, I THINK, BECAUSE FOR SO LONG WE FELT A LITTLE BIT ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSICAL MUSIC FIELD EVEN THOUGH WE COME FROM A CLASSICAL MUSIC TRADITION.

THIS IS SORT OF A SIGNAL TO US THAT LARGER CLASSICAL MUSIC INSTITUTIONS SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF NEW AND UNUSUAL AND WEIRD MUSIC.

AND WE'RE EXCITED TO USE THE ACTUAL GRANT ITSELF TO FUND A PROJECT THAT WE'RE JUST STARTING NOW CALLED THE FULCRUM PROJECT.

WE'RE GOING TO BE COMMISSIONING SIX COMPOSERS EACH YEAR WHO MAY NOT HAVE ACCESS TO WHAT OTHER INSTITUTIONS CAN OFFER.

WE'RE EXCITED TO SEE WHAT INDIVIDUAL VOICES COME OUT OF THAT AND BE EXPOSED TO THE HUGE RANGE OF STYLES AND IDEAS THAT THEY HAVE.

AND ALSO WE WANT TO USE OUR EXPERIENCE TO HELP THEM.

SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE IN CONTACT WITH YOUNGER COMPOSERS AND JUST CONTINUE THIS FLOW OF IDEAS.

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THE PIECES THAT WE PLAYED IN THE AWARDS EVENT ARE ALL IMPORTANT TO US.

THEY SHOW DIFFERENT SIDES OF WHAT WE EXPLORE AS MISSIONS.

THE FIRST PIECE EXPLORES RHYTHMIC STYLES OF THE PASS THROUGH THE LENS OF CHRIS'S IMAGINATION.

I GOT INTERESTED IN THIS WORK BECAUSE OF ITS INTRICATE RHYTHMS.

THERE'S THIS WHOLE STYLE OF MEDIEVAL WORKS WHERE COMPOSERS WERE REALLY EXPERIMENTAL WITH THE NOTATION AND THE RHYTHM.

COMPOSERS WERE DOING KIND OF WHAT COMPOSERS ARE DOING NOW.

AND THIS KIND OF EXPERIMENTATION AND THIS KIND OF LEVEL OF COMPLEXITY WASN'T REALLY SEEN FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS.

THE PIECE HAS TWO VOICES.

WHAT HAPPENS IS THEY KIND OF START IN THE SAME TEMPO AND THEN THEY START TO KIND OF DIVERGE INTO DIFFERENT TEMPOS.

ONE WILL BE PLAYING TRIPLETS, ONE WILL BE PLAYING DOTTED RHYTHMS.

THEY START TO GET FURTHER APART AND YOU START TO GET CONFUSED LIKE WHERE ARE WE AND THEN THEY START TO MELD BACK TOGETHER AGAIN AT THE CADENCES.

IT HAS A GROOVE TO IT BUT THEN THE TWO GROOVES START TO DIVERGE AND COME BACK INTO FOCUS.

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THEN THE PIECE BY AMY WILLIAMS.

OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH AMY WILLIAMS SORT OF CAME OUT OF THE BLUE.

SHE HAS RECEIVED A COMMISSION TO WRITE A WORK FOR ANOTHER STRING QUARTET THAT THEN DISBANDED.

SHE WROTE TO US.

SHE SAID I HAVE THIS GRANT TO WRITE A QUARTET, WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED.

WE DIDN'T KNOW HER AT THE TIME.

WE SAID, SURE, OF COURSE.

SHE WROTE A REALLY GREAT PIECE CALLED RICHTER TEXTURES.

IT'S NOT SO MUCH ABOUT THE REPRESENTATION OF THE MEANING OF THE PAINTING BUT MORE FOCUSED ON THE FORMAL QUALITIES OF IT.

WHAT DID THE ARTIST DO WITH THE BRUSH WORK AND HOW CAN THAT RELATE TO THE FORMAL QUALITIES OF THE MUSIC.

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ALSO A VERY GOOD FRIEND AND A LEGEND IN NEW YORK.

HIS WORK NECROCOMICON.

IT DOES FEEL LIKE THERE ARE MOMENTS IN THE PIECE WHERE YOU KIND OF BRIEFLY GLIMPSE INTO ANOTHER DIMENSION.

IT'S FULL OF ALL KINDS OF ALCHEMAIC --. ♪♪

IT'S FULL OF JUST REALLY TREACHEROUS TECHNICAL PASSAGES, OFTEN THAT ARE IN UNISON AT BREAKNECK SPEEDS, JUST GETTING FROM THE START TO THE END FULLY FOCUSED.

IT'S KIND OF A PHYSICALLY TAXING PIECE.

ON TOP OF MENTALLY VERY CHALLENGING TO KEEP TOGETHER.

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> NEXT, WE TAKE A TRIP TO THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE.

FOUNDED IN 1804 AS NEW YORK'S FIRST MUSEUM, ITS MISSION IS TO EXPLORE THE MULTILAYERED HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY AS WELL AS NEW YORK STATE AND THE NATION.

CURRENTLY ON VIEW IS HUDSON RISING, AN EXHIBITION THAT EXAMINES 200 YEARS OF ECOLOGICAL CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM.

CURATOR MARCY RIVER IS OUR GUIDE ON THIS JOURNEY ALONG ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST CELEBRATED RIVERS.

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HUDSON RISING IS AN EXHIBITION AT NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY THAT BEGINS IN THE 1820s WITH THE BEGINNING OF THE INDUSTRIAL ERA AND CONTINUES THROUGH TODAY.

WE START OFF THE EXHIBIT WITH EMPIRE.

IT'S A FIVE CANVAS SERIES PAINTED IN THE 1830s.

IT'S ONE OF THE TREASURES OF NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S COLLECTION.

COLE WAS ACTUALLY ONE OF THE FIRST AMERICAN LANDSCAPE PAINTERS.

IN EMPIRE HE DEPICTS THE RISE AND FALL OF A GREAT CIVILIZATION.

IT FALLS BECAUSE OF AVARICE.

AT THE SAME TIME THAT HE'S PAINTING THAT, HE'S ALSO LIVING IN THE HUDSON RIVER REGION AND HE'S THINKING ABOUT THE DEVASTATION OF THE REGION FROM LUMBERING AND OTHER INDUSTRIES.

THE HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL PAINTERS WERE LANDSCAPE PAINTERS, AMERICAN LANDSCAPE PAINTERS, LARGELY INSPIRED BY THOMAS COLE.

THEY'RE PAINTING FROM THE 1830s ON.

THAT'S EXACTLY THE SAME TIME THAT INDUSTRY IS REALLY GEARING UP ALONG THE HUDSON RIVER.

SO THEIR PAINTINGS ARE SOME OF THE REASONS THAT AMERICANS BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND HOW BEAUTIFUL THE HUDSON RIVER IS, BUT ALSO BEGIN TO THINK ABOUT HOW TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AGAINST THE RAVAGES OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

AND ONE OF THE PLACES THIS TAKES PLACE IS THE ADIRONDACKS BECAUSE THE ADIRONDACKS IS WHERE THE HUDSON ORIGINATES.

AND THE ADIRONDACK FORESTS PROTECT THE HEALTH OF THE HUDSON RIVER.

THIS GREAT ADIRONDACK PHOTOGRAPHER, A MAN NAMED SENECA RAY STODDARD CAPTURED BOTH THE BEAUTY OF THE ADIRONDACKS, BUT ALSO HE CAPTURED WHAT THE LUMBERMEN WERE DOING AS THEY CHOPPED DOWN THE ADIRONDACK FORESTS.

THEN HE TURNED THESE PHOTOGRAPHS INTO A 200-SLIDE SHOW THAT HE COULD TAKE AROUND THE STATE AND USE IT TO ADVOCATE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE ADIRONDACKS.

AND HE SHOWED THESE IMAGES TO THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATORS.

THAT LED BOTH TO THE CONSERVATION OF THE FORESTS AND THE CREATION OF A PUBLIC PARK.

ANOTHER STORY THAT THE EXIST TELLS IS ALL ABOUT THE PRESERVATION OF THE CLIFFS OF THE PALISADES.

IN THE 19th CENTURY PEOPLE NOT ONLY APPRECIATED THE PALISADES FOR THEIR BEAUTY BUTAPPRECIATED ROCK.

THE LEVEL OF THAT DEVASTATION AS WELL AS THE SOUND AND THE PHYSICAL SAFETY AS ROCKS FLEW THROUGH NEARBY WINDOWS CONVINCED A WHOLE ASSORTMENT OF PEOPLE TO BEGIN OPPOSING THE BLASTING OF THE PPALISADES.

THESE GRASSROOTS ADVOCATES GOT TOGETHER ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER AND CONVINCED THEIR RESPECTIVE GOVERNORS TO PASS A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE TAKING OF THAT LAND EITHER BY EMINENT DOMAIN OR PURCHASE.

SO AS OF 1900 THE PALISADES INTERSTATE PARK COMMISSION WAS FORMED.

AND THEN AN AMAZING PARK WAS CREATED WITHIN A DECADE.

IT WAS ALSO THE PLACE WHERE NATURAL SCIENCE STUDY BEGINS.

A WONDERFUL EFFORT CALLED THE TRADE SIDE MUSEUM WAS ESTABLISHED IN THE PALISADES.

THAT'S WHERE NATURE STUDY REALLY TAKES OFF AND THAT'S REPLICATED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO GROW THROUGHOUT THE YEARS OF WORLD WAR II AND AFTER.

SO BY THE 1960s THE POLLUTION IS REALLY A TERRIBLE PROBLEM.

PEOPLE ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THE RIVER ANY LONGER, BECAUSE IT'S JUST SEEN AS A SEWER AND A TRASH HEAP.

IN THE 1960s AN ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT WHICH HAS BEEN PHAROAH GROWING ALL ALONG IN THE HUDSON RIVER REGION REALLY TAKES OFF.

PETE SEEGER WAS A FOLK SINGER.

HE WAS ALSO A SOCIAL ACTIVIST.

HE LIVED IN THE HUDSON RIVER REGION.

HE LIVED IN BEACON.

HE DECIDES TO BUILD A BOAT THAT LOOKS LIKE A 19th CENTURY WOODEN CARGO SLOOP.

HE NAMED HIS SLOOP THE CLEARWATER.

THEY TOOK THE CLEARWATER OUT ON THE RIVER AND THEY BROUGHT AS MANY PEOPLE AS THEY COULD OUT WITH THEM AND THEY DREW ATTENTION BACK TO THE RIVER.

THOSE KINDS OF EFFORTS HELPED TO PASS NEW LAWS TO ENSURE THAT THE WATER WOULD BE CLEANED UP AND THEY TRIED TO KEEP IT CLEAN.

TO END THE EXHIBIT WE LOOK AT HOW PEOPLE ARE THINKING AND ACTING TODAY IN THE HUDSON RIVER REGION.

AFTER SUPER STORM SANDY, THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF STORM RECOVERY HIRED THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE FIRM SCAPE TO HELP WITH PROTECTING THE SOUTH SHORE OF STATEN ISLAND THAT WAS REALLY BADLY DEVASTATED DURING THE STORM.

SCAPE DEVELOPED AN IDEA CALLED LIVING BREAK WATERS.

SCAPE'S BREAK WATERS LINE THE SHORE OF STATEN ISLAND TO PROTECT THE COMMUNITIES AGAINST HIGH WAVES THAT MIGHT COME IN FUTURE STORMS.

BUT THESE BREAK WATERS ALSO OFFER NEW TERRITORY FOR HABITATS FOR LIVING QUATIC CREATURES AND THEY ENGAGE LOCAL RESIDENTS TO ENJOY RECREATION IN THESE NOW CALMER WATERS OFF THEIR SHORES.

THIS KIND OF CREATIVE THINKING AND ACTION CAN HELP US FACE ONE OF THE GREAT CHALLENGES OF OUR DAY WHICH IS OUR CHANGING CLIMATE.

THE HUDSON RISING EXHIBIT TAKES A LOOK AT HOW THE PAST CAN INFORM THE PRESENT.

SO THE HUDSON RIVER REGION WAS REALLY AN INCUBAOR FOR ENVIRONMENTAL THINKING AND ACTION OVER THE YEARS.

AND THAT'S THE STORY WE'VE TRIED TO CAPTURE.

IT'S ONE THAT WE THINK TODAY IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO CONCENTRATE ON.

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> HELD.

WELCOME TO LINCOLN CENTER.

ON JUNE 7th AND 8th THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WILL CLOSE THE SEASON WITH PORTRAITS OF AMERICA, A JAZZ STORY.

AS PART OF THE COLLABORATION, ORCHESTRA MEMBERS SPENT THE PAST YEAR EXPLORING CENTURIES WORTH OF AMERICAN ART FROM THE MUSEUM'S COLLECTION.

AND THEN EACH MUSICIAN SELECTED A SINGLE ARTWORK AS INSPIRATION FOR A NEW ORIGINAL COMPOSITION.

DURING THESE PERFORMANCES, THE ROSE THEATER WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO A UNIQUE ART GALLERY IN WHICH EVERY SONG WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY A VISUAL DISPLAY OF THE ARTWORK THAT INSPIRED IT.

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS, PLEASE VISIT JAZZ.ORG.

FOR EVEN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EVENTS AT LINCOLN CENTER, INDIVIDUAL THEIR WEBSITE AT LINCOLNCENTER.ORG.

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> I HOPE YOU'VE ENJOYED OUR PROGRAM.

GOOD NIGHT AND SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

> NEXT WEEK ON 'NYC ARTS' A VISIT TO THE GALLERY FOR A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE EXHIBITION, THE SELF-PORTRAITS.

ARTISTS ARE LIKE SEISMOGRAPHS.

THEY'RE REACTING TO THEIR SURROUNDINGS.

THIS WAS A VERY TUMULTUOUS TIME IN GERMANY AND AUSTRIA AND THEY'RE LOOKING TO BREAK FROM THE ACADEMIC TRADITION AND TO CREATE A NEW VISUAL VOCABULARY.

AND ANOTHER FEATURE PROFILE.

SCULPTURE OUTDOORS IS AT ITS BEST BECAUSE OF THE INTENSE SHADE AND SHADOW THAT DEFINES SCULPTURE AND AGAINST THE SOFTNESS AND QUALITY OF THE FOLIAGE AND THE SHIFTING OF CLOUDS AND THE CHANGING OF LIGHT, THE CHANGING OF SEASONS.

TO ENJOY MORE OF YOUR FAVORITE SEGMENTS ON 'NYC ARTS' VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT NYC-ARTS.ORG.

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WHERE ARE WE?

WE'RE AT A MOMENT TO TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED.

IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE WITH THE CURATOR OF THIS EXHIBITION FULL OF HOPE.

WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF SOME OF THE GREATER SCULPTURES BY ICONIC NAMES.

CLASSICAL AND MODERN DANCE ARE SO DIFFERENT.

I HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN BEFORE I CAN REALLY ARTICULATE THE DIFFERENCES.

WHEN I LISTEN TO THE LYRICS, I SUDDENLY THOUGHT THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE.

MY PICTURES RESIDE IN VERY INTIMATE, VERY PRIVATE MOMENTS.

MY PRIMARY WAY OF PLAYING THE PIANO IS BY IMPROVISING.

YOU ARE IN SOME RESPECTS ON SACRED GROUND.

A WOMAN CAME TO SEE ME PERFORM AND SAID HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY BILLIE HOLIDAY.

I THINK ONE OF THE ESSENTIAL THINGS WE LEARNED IS HE USED PENS TO SURPRISE HIS WORK.

YOU ARE SURPRISED WHEN YOU'RE DOING A PIECE THAT'S 100 YEARS AGO AND YOU THINK, OH MY GOSH, THIS COULD BE NOW.

YOU COME AND PRESENT SOMETHING AND YOU GET APPLAUSE.

GREAT, YOU KNOW?

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> FUNDING FOR 'NYC ARTS' IS MADE POSSIBLE BY --

THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AFFAIRS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY COUNCIL.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY MEMBERS OF 13.

'NYC ARTS' IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY FIRST REPUBLIC BANK.

FIRST REPUBLIC BANK PRESENTS FIRST THINGS FIRST.

AT FIRST REPUBLIC BANK, FIRST REFERS TO OUR FIRST PRIORITY, THE CLIENTS WHO WALK THROUGH OUR DOORS.

THE FIRST STEP, RECOGNIZE THAT EVERY CLIENT IS AN INDIVIDUAL WITH UNIQUE NEEDS.

FIRST DECREE, BE A BANK WHOSE CURRENCY IS SERVICE IN THE FORM OF PERSONAL BANKING.

THIS IS FIRST REPUBLIC'S MISSION FROM OUR VERY FIRST DAY.

IT'S STILL THE FIRST THING ON OUR MINDS.

> AND BY SWAN AUCTION GALLERIES.

SWAN AUCTION GALLERIES, WE HAVE A DIFFERENT WAY OF LOOKING AT AUCTIONS, OFFERING VINTAGE BOOKS AND FINE ART SINCE 1941, WORKING TO COMBINE KNOWLEDGE WITH ACCESSIBILITY.

WHETHER YOU'RE A LIFELONG COLLECTOR, A FIRST TIME BUYER OR LOOKING TO SELL, INFORMATION AT