Arts news highlights: “Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx” at NYBG; Orchestra of St. Luke’s, new Bach Festival, at multiple venues; “Culture and the People: El Museo Del Barrio, 1969-2019”; various Stonewall at 50 exhibitions and June Pride month events; “Oklahoma!” at Circle in the Square Theatre and “Hadestown” at Walter Kerr Theatre.

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Christina Ha: Welcome to The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

I'm Christina Ha with the NYC-ARTS news.

Founded in 1891, this 'museum of plants' spans some 250 acres and includes over a million living specimens in its collection.

I'm standing on what was formerly a lawn of green turf grass, just outside the Garden's Enid.

A Haupt Conservatory.

It's been completely transformed into a tropical paradise, inspired by the influential Brazilian artist, landscape architect and conservationist Roberto Burle Marx.

'Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx' is the Garden's largest botanical exhibition ever.

This Modernist Garden is a living tribute to the artist.

The graphic design of the path echoes the landscape architect's most famous work - the promenade on the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

A wall carved in relief was modeled on the artist's installation in the Banco Safra headquarters in Sao Paulo Majestic palms and curved beds of colorful plants are reminiscent of work he did for thousands of gardens.

Here you'll find bromeliads, elephant's-ears, colorful annuals and other plants characteristic of Burle Marx's pioneering designs.

In the Water Garden of the Conservatory Courtyard, the New York Botanical Garden's own hardy water lilies are joined by their Brazilian cousins.

Inside the Conservatory, you can discover more of the amazing diversity of the tropical rain forest.

'Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx' is at the New York Botanical Garden through September 29th.

The Orchestra of St. Luke's presents the first festival in New York completely dedicated to one of classical music's greatest composers.

The Bach Festival explores the work of the Baroque master and includes orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as dance performances.

Bernard Labadie and the Orchestra of St. Luke's lead the festivities.

Performances include the U.S.

premiere of Labadie's orchestration of the Goldberg Variations for Baroque ensemble at Carnegie Hall.

Intimate keyboard recitals featuring pianists Pedja Muzijevic and Pierre Hantalï will take place at the DiMenna Center for Classical music.

The festival also includes performances at the Manhattan School of Music of all six Paul Taylor dances set to Bach's music.

The programs of Paul Taylor American Modern Dance feature live musical accompaniment by OSL members.

El Museo del Barrio, the city's leading Latino cultural institution, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

El Museo was founded in 1969 in the area known as Spanish Harlem, or by its residents, simply as 'el barrio,' or 'the neighborhood.'

It was a response to the neighborhood's urgent need to see its own Puerto Rican art and culture acknowledged.

Today, the museum, located on the northern end of Museum mile, continues that mission by featuring the works of local as well as international artists.

'Culture and the People: El Museo del Barrio, 1969 - 2019' features more than 120 artworks by nearly 80 artists from its permanent collection, as well as a timeline of the institution's history.

The exhibition explores El Museo's roots in the community with works by and about Puerto Ricans born on the island and Nuyoricans from the neighborhood.

But it also highlights the museum's more expansive perspective.

These works embrace shared colonial histories, immigrant stories of resistance and resilience, and connections between Latino cultures.

New York City is marking the 50th anniversary of a raid on a gay bar known as the Stonewall Inn that sparked a six-day clash between police and civilians and ignited a movement.

Several exhibits around the city reflect on the history of Stonewall, and the wider history of LGBTQ communities in New York.

The Brooklyn Historical Society revisits pre-Stonewall life 'On the (Queer) Waterfront.'

It looks at the famous as well as the largely forgotten individuals who thrived along Brooklyn's waterfront from the 1800s through World War II.

Two exhibits focus on the tumultuous period of the 1960s and 70s through the work of photographers: The Museum of the City of New York looks at the movement through the lens of Village Voice staff photographer Fred W.

McDarrah, while the New York Public Library features the work of photojournalists Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies.

And the New-York Historical Society presents 'Letting Loose and Fighting Back' with a history of LGBTQ nightlife before and after Stonewall; 'By the Force of Our Presence' focuses on how lesbian and queer women contributed to the movement; and 'Say it Loud, Out and Proud' documents fifty years of parades, protests and activism.

Two of the most successful Broadway musicals this season rewrite familiar stories for contemporary audiences.

The classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical 'Oklahoma!'

marked its seventy-fifth anniversary this season.

The current Broadway production at Circle in the Square Theatre directed by Daniel Fish re-orchestrates and reimagines Oklahoma for the 21st century.

The music is stripped down, and the original choreography by Agnes de Mille revised, to present a more ambiguous view of the American dream.

'People will say we're in love...' . 'Hadestown' at the Walter Kerr Theatre tells a version of the Greek myth in which Orpheus journeys to the underworld to rescue his beloved Eurydice.

'I'm coming...' Singer-songwriter Analïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin transform this ancient love story into a genre-defying contemporary musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz.

'Living it up on top.'

And that's the NYC-ARTS news.

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From the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, I'm Christina Ha.