Celebrating NYC-ARTS, A Two-Hour Special

December 9, 2016

On Thursday nights at 8pm, NYC-ARTS provides an all-access pass to New York City’s many eclectic cultural offerings — from music, dance, and theater to museums and galleries, and from the classic to the contemporary. In the process, the weekly show makes a measurable impact on the institutions, artists and patrons of these metropolitan area treasures.

Co-hosted by New York Emmy Award winners Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn, with events around town reported by News Correspondent Christina Ha, the series – now in its eighth season — showcases both world-renowned and local, community-based arts organizations with its weekly broadcast and comprehensive website NYC-ARTS.org.

On Tuesday, December 13, the award-winning series presents its first-ever two-hour special, Celebrating NYC-ARTS, at 8pm.

Highlights include a feature segment at The Morgan Library & Museum, where the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is on display. On an equally festive note, Celebrating NYC-ARTS takes viewers inside the American Museum of Natural History for a look at the Origami Holiday Tree — a Big Apple holiday tradition for more than 40 years.

Celebrating NYC-ARTS will also feature encores of favorite profiles from the series. Philippe de Montebello visits The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a conversation with the co-curators of Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven.

In an inspiring interview with Paula Zahn, New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert — a lifelong New Yorker whose parents were musicians in the Philharmonic — talks about his path to leadership of the renowned orchestra.

“If there’s a thread through the decisions I’ve made, it’s been that I’ve been trying to find ways to connect what we do as musicians to people’s lives and also what we do as an orchestra to the city in which we perform,” he said.

NYC-ARTS acts as a bridge connecting arts lovers to the city’s arts and culture community.

“My family and I are longtime supporters of PBS, and we love NYC-ARTS in particular. We especially like hearing about art exhibitions and new theater productions — and the short segments are the perfect length to give us a taste of what’s out there,” wrote Jill Ratzan, a THIRTEEN member in New Jersey.

The benefits have proven to be a two-way street, with many featured artists and venues reporting the positive impact of an appearance on NYC-ARTS.

“It was a great pleasure to speak at length with Paula Zahn about my work at the New York Philharmonic and the challenges orchestras will be facing in the future. She is a passionate music lover and asked excellent questions,” Gilbert told THIRTEEN. “Classical music can sometimes fly under the radar of our very busy, digitally-obsessed culture, so getting prominent TV coverage for what we are doing is a very important way to engage a broad audience and invite them to participate in what we are doing.”

Young Soon Kim, Artistic Director of the Brooklyn-based White Wave dance company, wrote, “Thanks to NYC-ARTS for highlighting the Eternal NOW performance online and in your weekly program. Besides selling out our opening night, we also had a wonderful turnout for Friday and Saturday nights’ performances with standing ovations. What a great way to end our run!”

From ballet to Broadway, the Public Theater to Lincoln Center, experimental art to grand opera, this city has it all. Leap into the wonderful world of our local arts scene with NYC-ARTS!

Want More NYC-ARTS?

Miss an episode of NYC-ARTS? Watch it online anytime at nyc-arts.org. There you’ll find a treasure trove of information about area artists and arts institutions, as well as features that take you behind the scenes of landmark exhibits, including the Picasso Sculpture exhibit at MoMA, or a profile of New York City Ballet principal dancer Amar Ramasar.

You can also keep on top of the city’s busy cultural calendar with NYC-ARTS’ free weekly Top Five Picks e-mail spotlighting five events happening that week. Subscribe here. And stay connected via Facebook (facebook.com/NYCdashARTS) and Twitter (@nycarts).