THIRTEEN’s NYC-ARTS to Feature A Conversation with Dr. Joseph Polisi, President of the Juilliard School in October
In a wide-ranging interview with NYC-Arts Co-Host Paula Zahn, Dr. Polisi reflects on his more than 30 years leading the world-renowned music, drama and dance conservatory
NYC-ARTS, THIRTEEN’s weekly arts and culture multi-platform showcase, brings arts lovers an all-access pass to the interesting, unusual and unique cultural offerings of the greater New York City region. On October 26, the series will feature the program’s co-host and New York Emmy winner Paula Zahn in conversation with Dr. Joseph Polisi, President of the Juilliard School.
Dr. Polisi will be stepping down from his role as Juilliard’s President in the spring of 2018, after a tenure of 34 years, the longest tenure of any leader of the esteemed institution.
One of the most renowned figures in the field of performing arts education, Dr. Polisi transformed many aspects of the Juilliard School, while continuing to advance the school’s reputation as one of the world’s most respected conservatories. During his tenure, he enriched the student experience by adding the school’s first dormitories, added the liberal arts to the curriculum, and most recently expanded the institution globally with the establishment of a campus in China.
“I didn’t think I’d last more than a year or two…” Polisi told Zahn. “So thirty years seemed out of the question…I feel it’s been important and good work,” he added. “Every year [I meet] a new group of extraordinary students – actors, dancers, and musicians who are white hot with passion about what they want to achieve in the arts…it is very restorative.”
The conversation also draws on topics from “The Artist as Citizen,” a collection of Polisi’s essays and other writings, among them the important connection between artistic excellence and social consciousness.
Co-hosted by New York Emmy Award winners Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn, with events around town reported by Ha, NYC-ARTS showcases both world-renowned and local, community-based arts organizations.
See below for a full detailing of October’s NYC-ARTS lineup.
The program airs on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN and is also available to stream on NYC-ARTS.org on Friday mornings. Encore presentations generally follow on Sundays at 12 noon on THIRTEEN; Sundays at 3 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21; and Sundays at 8:30 p.m. on NJTV.
Thursday, October 5
Weekly magazine providing the tri-state audience with a unique overview of the city’s unparalleled cultural offerings with co-hosts Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn. Guild Hall, a center of arts and culture located in East Hampton, New York, is the subject of week’s feature segment. The program also includes a profile of musician/composer, Vijay Iyer. Correspondent Christina Ha, based at the El Museo del Barrio, reports on the “NKAME: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón” exhibition on view there; the “Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York” exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York; Thomas Ostermeier’s production of “Richard III” at BAM; “Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection” on view at The Met Fifth Avenue; “Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914” exhibition at the South Street Seaport Museum; and New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival.
Thursday, October 12
Weekly magazine providing the tri-state audience with a unique overview of the city’s unparalleled cultural offerings with co-hosts Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn. The Museum of the American Revolution, located in Philadelphia, is the subject of this week’s feature/profile. The curator’s choice segment features the exhibition “War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics” currently on view at the American Folk Art Museum here in NYC. Correspondent Christina Ha, based at the El Museo del Barrio, reports on “uptown: nasty women/bad hombres” exhibition on view there; the Broadway opening of “Latin History of Morons,” starring John Leguizamo, at Studio 54; “Prince of Broadway” at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre; “Brooklyn Photographs” on view at The Gallery at BRIC House; and the New York premiere of “/peh-LO-tah/” by Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project at BAM.
Thursday, October 19
Weekly magazine providing the tri-state audience with a unique overview of the city’s unparalleled cultural offerings with co-hosts Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn. This week’s program features the New York debut of “The Exterminating Angel” by composer Thomas Ades at The Metropolitan Opera. The program will also highlight the Sonnet Project, an initiative of the New York Shakespeare Exchange which is commissioning a series of films exploring each of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets.
Thursday, October 26
Weekly magazine providing the tri-state audience with a unique overview of the city’s unparalleled cultural offerings with co-hosts Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn. This week’s program features Paula Zahn in conversation with Dr. Joseph Polisi, one of the most renowned leaders in the field of performing arts education. Correspondent Christina Ha reports on various arts events around town.
NYC-ARTS is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers.
Executive Producer: David Horn. Editorial Director: Joan Hershey. Supervising Producer: Mitch Owgang. Senior Producer: Bob Morris. For the digital platforms, General Manager: Dan Greenberg. Director of Digital Strategy: Joe Harrell.
NYC-ARTS is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and Swann Auction Galleries. Major funding for NYC-ARTS is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, the Jean Dubinsky Appleton Estate, Jody and John Arnhold, Ellen and James S. Marcus, The Lewis “Sonny” Turner Fund for Dance, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and the Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.
Visit the NYC-ARTS Web site at NYC-ARTS.org for additional information.
WNET is America’s flagship PBS station and parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21. WNET also operates NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its broadcast channels, three cable services (KidsThirteen, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings. WNET’s groundbreaking series for children and young adults include Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase as well as Mission US, the award-winning interactive history game. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Theater Close-Up, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and MetroFocus, the daily multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. In addition, WNET produces online-only programming including the award-winning series about gender identity, First Person, and an intergenerational look at tech and pop culture, The Chatterbox with Kevin and Grandma Lill. In 2015, THIRTEEN launched Passport, an online streaming service which allows members to see new and archival THIRTEEN and PBS programming anytime, anywhere: www.thirteen.org/passport.
NYC-ARTS aims to increase awareness of New York City’s nonprofit cultural organizations, whose offerings greatly benefit residents and visitors—from children to adults, and teenagers to senior citizens. NYC-ARTS promotes cultural groups’ activities and events to tri-state, national and international audiences through nonprint media, using new technologies as they develop. Through television, Web sites, mobile applications and social media, NYC-ARTS nurtures New York City’s position as a thriving cultural capital of the world, one that has both world-renowned institutions and those that are focused on local communities.