Guild Hall Happenings

    Guild Hall will present a screening of the New York Philharmonic playing  live in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Saturday at 8 p.m. Conducted by Lorin Maazel, the concert opens with the philharmonic playing the American and North Korean national anthems at East Pyongyang’s Grand Theatre.
    The program also includes work by Wagner, Dvorak, Gershwin, Bizet, and Bernstein. According to the concert’s organizers, many concerns and doubts arose before departing to the most inaccessible country in the world. The music won out and won over the hearts and minds of its audience.
    When the John Drew Theater was renovated, Guild Hall decided to install a high-definition screening system with a state-of-the-art sound system. The programming began with the Met: Live in HD series of opera simulcasts on Saturday afternoons. It has continued with showings of the National Theatre’s plays in London.
    This year, Guild Hall has added classical orchestral concerts. From the Berlin Philharmonic, three concerts were chosen. The appeal of the Berlin Philharmonic series includes the internationally acclaimed orchestra, a variety of renowned conductors and concert halls, including ones in Berlin, Oxford, and Moscow. 
    This week’s screening costs $20, $18 for members. Tickets are available online or at the box office three hours prior to curtain.
    Guild Hall will also host its annual Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner on Monday at 6:30 p.m. The event will honor Jon Robin Baitz for literary arts, Bruce Weber for visual arts, Laurie Anderson for  performing arts, and Dina Merrill, who will receive a special award. Marshall Brickman will serve as master of ceremonies and a number of guest celebrity presenters will also be in attendance at the St. Regis Hotel rooftop ballroom in New York City. Tickets can be reserved with Guild Hall’s special events department or by e-mailing ckaller@
    On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the John Drew Theater, the Naked Stage will present a free staged reading of “Private Lives” by Noel Coward with Morgan and Tristan Vaughan as well as Lydia Franco-Hodges and Steve Hamilton.