TWO FREE EVENTS IN HISTORIC UPPER WEST SIDE CHURCHES THIS WEEK

This just in from Landmark West:

First Church of Christ, Scientist

Manhattan Piano Trio

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36 & Brahms’ Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8
TONIGHT, March 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
First Church of Christ, Scientist*
16 West 68th Street

Free admission

Hailed by critics as “a grand departure from the usual,” the Manhattan Piano Trio has quickly become one of the most creative, exciting, and dynamic young ensembles in the United States. With more than 500 performances since its inception in 2004, the Trio is one of the most active groups in the classical music scene, welcomed by enthusiastic audiences in over 35 American states, Italy, South African and Australia.

*The jewel of the church’s grand interior is the impressive glass dome, pictured in the header above.  First Church of Christ, Scientist, was designed by Frederick R. Comstock and built in 1899-1901.  Designated in 1990 as part of the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District.

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West-Park Presbyterian Church

Shakespeare’s Annunciation Parodies

Performed by the Dark Lady Players
Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 5 p.m.
West-Park Presbyterian Church*
165 West 86th Street

Free admission

The experimental Shakespeare ensemble the Dark Lady Players shows that four famous Shakespearean heroines – Juliet, Desdemona, Olivia and Ophelia – are all in part comic religious allegories for the Virgin Mary.  Watch them conceive in the 4 ways allowable in medieval theology, through the eye, mouth, ear and nose.  What was Shakespeare thinking of?

*West-Park Presbyterian Church’s chapel was designed by Leopold Eidlitz in 1884, and its church addition was designed by Henry Kilburn in 1890.  West-Park was designated a NYC Landmark in January 2010.

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