Neil Young, Zola Jesus, Valkyries, Easter, Serra: N.Y. Weekend

Neil Young
Neil Young performs at Farm Aid on Randall's Island in New York. He will be at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center on Sunday evening. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Before fleeing to Paris in 1933, Paul Dessau worked in German theater, film and music, and his lively choral piece, “Haggadah shel Pesach,” contains references to Jewish folksongs and cantorial singing.

The always interesting Leon Botstein conducts the U.S. premiere tonight at Carnegie Hall in a program called “Passover in Exile.”

8 p.m. at 7th Ave. and 57th St. Information: +1-212-247-7800;

Friday Noon

Holy Trinity Church offers the Liturgy of Good Friday at noon. The choir will sing the Passion according to John, as well as other seasonal music.

Then a procession of clergy and parishioners will carry a big cross through local streets, with stops for prayer and meditation at the New York Stock Exchange, the World Trade Center site and St. Paul’s Chapel.

74 Trinity Place. Information: +1-212-602-0800;

Friday Night

The 45-ton machine first seen in “Das Rheingold” lumbers back into view along with star soprano Deborah Voigt, divo Jonas Kaufmann, bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, plus assorted Valkyries and gods. Conducted by James Levine, directed by Robert Lepage and costing untold millions, “Die Walkure” is the hottest ticket in town.

Carb up -- the performance lasts just over five hours, assuming the machine is feeling well.

At the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, until May 14. Information: +1-212-362-6000;


The cherry trees are in bloom and the daffodils are in full flower. Time to visit the Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum’s architectural tribute to medieval Europe.

Don’t miss the 14th-century Italian crucifixion created in tempera and gold leaf on a wood panel by the Master of the Codex of Saint George, or the 10th-century ivory carving of “Three Holy Women at the Holy Sepulcher.”

On Saturday, you can also hear a capella group Pomerium sing Passiontide motets by Lassus, Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Byrd.

Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive; Information: +1-212-650-2290;

Head over to nearby New Leaf for a bloody Mary and Eggs Florentine on the patio.

One Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park. Information: +1-212-568-5323.

Saturday Night

Nika Danilova, the leading lady of darkwave band Zola Jesus, sings with an urgency bordering on hysteria.

The combination of Goth seriousness with new wave synths leaves a darkly optimistic impression.

Appearing with Zola Jesus at Bowery Ballroom is Naked on the Vague, an Australian pop-apocalypse band with hummable tunes about the end of the world.

6 Delancey St. Information: +1-212-260-4700;


Go to the Met after a walk through Central Park and see how Richard Serra pushed drawing into the realm of the monumental.

In the early 1970s, Serra worked on paper with ink, charcoal and lithographic crayon. Then he adopted black paintstick to create texture, and began making big installation drawings.

Attached directly to the walls, these giant voids suck out light and alter space perception.

“Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective” runs through Aug. 28 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Fifth Ave. at 82nd St. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Sunday Night

Neil Young rolls into Avery Fisher Hall in support of his new, heartfelt album, “Le Noise.”

The night will be a mix of older songs spiked with new material with Young on acoustic and electric guitars. His special guest is Bert Jansch.

You’ll likely hear “Peaceful Valley Boulevard,” “Hitchhiker” and the flamenco-inflected “Love and “War.”

Given that Young has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not once, but twice, he clearly does precisely as he pleases, so who knows where the night will go?

Lincoln Center, Broadway & 65th St. Information: +1-212-721-6500;

(With assistance from Katya Kazakina and Lili Rosboch. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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