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Things to do this week in NYC Apr 21-Apr 28: Music

April 21, 2012 - by CG Directory Editor
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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera
April 21, 2012 -

Natalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker's stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
April 21, 2012 -

PHILIP GLASS at 75 - Glass Chamber Works at The Temple of Dendur - Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 21, 2012 -

The Metropolitan Museum celebrates the 75th birthday of Philip Glass with an evening of his chamber music, performed by the composer with violinist Tim Fain. A rare opportunity to hear Mr. Glass perform some of his latest-and intensely personal-recent compositions in an unforgettable setting.

Mozart and Tchaikovsky - New York Philharmonic
Through April 21, 2012 -

Soul of Cuba - Sierra Maestra - The Town Hall
April 21, 2012 -

Cuba's famed Sierra Maestra, founded in 1976, has played a key role in Cuban traditional music. A leading guardian of the Cuban son tradition, the musical soul of Cuba and foundation of modern salsa, the ensemble has been a pioneer in reviving and now redefining this infectious dance music for new generations and reintroducing it into the Cuban mainstream. Its repertoire ranges from classics of the Golden Age to stirring new works and includes selections from its Latin Grammy-nominated album Sonando Ya (World Village).

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
April 21, 2012 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show.

Sam Sparro - Highline Ballroom
April 21, 2012 -

"Damn, that white boy can sing!" declared Chaka Khan about Sam Sparro, circa 1994. Born and raised in Australia as the son of a gospel singer, Sparro got his start singing in church before moving to Los Angeles with his family at age 10. After a period of traveling and trying unsuccessfully to launch his music career, he released his six-track EP Black and Gold in late 2007 on the independent Modus Vivendi Music label. The title track, and Sparro's popularity, quickly exploded in the United Kingdom, prompting critics to compare Sparro to legendary artists like Prince, The Gap Band, and Basement Jaxx. He quickly signed to Island Records, which released his self-titled debut album the next year, featuring the tracks "Cottonmouth" and a re-release of "Black and Gold." The album reached the top five on the UK Albums Chart, selling over 100,000 copies. "Black and Gold" also received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording. The next few years saw Sparro tour as a part of an inaugural Wonky Pop tour, collaborate with Basement Jaxx on the single "Feelings Gone," and work with the collective Chauffeur (featuring Theophilus London and Mark Ronson) on the cut "Soles on Fire." He has also released a new track of his own, "Pink Cloud," which featured a video directed by artist and designer Franc Fernandez, and recently collaborated with Adam Lambert on Lambert's upcoming release Trespassing. Sparro is currently putting the finishing touches on his own sophomore album Return to Paradise, due for release this spring.

Keith Sweat - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 21, 2012 - New York

Born in Harlem, NY, R&B and soul singer Keith Sweat once worked an ordinary job for the commodities market in the New York Stock Exchange. He sang at nightclubs until he was discovered in 1987. In November of that year, Sweat released his debut album Make It Last Forever, which sold four million copies. The biggest hit from this album was the chart-topping "I Want Her," and the title track from the album also hit No. 2 on the R&B charts. In addition to his efforts as a vocalist, Sweat has also been active as a producer and he hosts a nationally syndicated radio program entitled The Keith Sweat Hotel. His latest album, Ridin' Solo, dropped in 2010.

Rudresh Mahanthappa - Carnegie Hall
April 21, 2012 -

DownBeat Critics Poll and Jazz Journalist Association alto saxophonist of the year, Rudresh Mahanthappa presents the New York premiere of the Samdhi Suite in its complete form. This striking electro-acoustic work combines the complex melodic and rhythmic elements of Carnatic (South Indian) music with jazz in ways previously unheard. "Fusion has never sounded like this before" (All Music Guide).

New Edition 30th Anniversary Tour - Theater at Madison Square Garden
April 21, 2012 -

Legendary R&B group New Edition is hitting the road in celebration of their 30th Anniversary.

Musical Performance: NEW ANDALUCÍA: Flamenco Meets Arab Music - Alwan For The Arts
April 21, 2012 - New York

Alfonso Mugaburo Cid (Vocals, Flute and Cajón); Arturo Martínez (Guitar); Bárbara Martínez (Vocals and Dance); Ramzi Eledlebi (Percussion and Dance); Zafer Tawil (Oud, Violin, Nay, Kawala); Taoufiq Ben Amor (Vocals, Oud and Percussion). In 711 A.D., Arabs crossed Gibraltar into Iberia and for the next eight centuries a tremendous exchange would take place. Great minds, ideas and art would cross the strait back and forth and create a rich mix that transcended the boundaries of religion, ethnicity and language. It is in this esthemus, this land in between, that giants such as Averroes, Maimonides, Alfonso El Sabio and Zyriab would emerge. Thirteen centuries later, tonight's musicians strive to recreate this era through their music as immigrants in New York City. Both the time and the place of this encounter are significant as New York becomes the New Andalucia with an evening of convivencia during the Fería de Sevilla. Tickets: $20 General (*buy now) | $15 Members, Seniors, Students (*buy now) available at the door or online. (*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket) Doors open at 8:30 p.m. * * * * * About the Musicians: Alfonso Mugaburo Cid was born and raised in Seville, the heartland of Flamenco music. His mother, an amateur singer from Triana, a Flamenco enclave in Seville, and his grandfather, an aficionado of Flamenco were his earliest influences. Since 1987 he also participated in performances at of one the most significant Flamenco clubs in Andalusia, the Peña Flamenca Torres-Macarena. Since his arrival in New York in 1997, Alfonso has played with the majority of Flamenco artists throughout the country, performing and touring in the tri-state area, Washington D.C., Chicago, Detroit, Kentucky, Toronto, Ottawa, British Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and Spain. From 1990 to 1995 Alfonso studied at the Seville Conservatory of Music where he received classical training in flute and music theory and most recently with maestro Paco Taranto and the new talent of Rocío Márquez and Elena Morales at the Cristina Heeren Foundation for Flamenco Art in Sevilla. He released his first CD in 2006, Flamenco de vuelta e ida with his own Flamenco fusion project “Gazpacho Andalú.” Listen to Alfonso Cid Bárbara Martínez has been performing since she was a child, debuting as a singer at The Metropolitan Opera at 10 years of age. Born in Venezuela to a family of artists, including singer/actresses Libertad Lamarque and Morenita Rey, she spent her youth performing in opera, off-Broadway and film in New York City. Bárbara turned her focus to flamenco after graduating from Brown University in 1998 (B.A. Honors). She has danced with The Metropolitan Opera in Zeffirelli’s productions of Carmen and La Traviata, as a dance soloist in festivals at Lincoln Center, Town Hall and Symphony Space sponsored by the World Music Institute, and has sung for Pilar Rioja at El Repertorio Español in New York City. Bárbara also performs with Spirit of Sepharad, Pasión y Arte, Andrea del Conte Danza España, Sol y Sombra, Oscar Valero Company and Arts Flamenco. She is also a founding member of Fortuna Productions, which has staged a series of avant-garde musical plays by Amelia Arenas. Bárbara recently made her debut at Carnegie (Weill) Hall debut in her new Flamenco Latin Jazz project. Arturo Martínez began playing the electric guitar at the age of 13 in the tradition of Afro American music. In playing the guitar it was logical that he would be drawn to flamenco "the black music" of Spain, because of its Gypsy, Arab and Jewish influences. He has accompanied such famous artists as Jose Molina, Jose Greco, Chuni Amaya, Joaquin Fajardo, Concha Vargas, as well as Maria Alba, Pilar Rioja and Andrea Del Conte. He produces the annual New York Flamenco Festival at the Thiasos Restaurant in New York City, and was a consultant and co-producer for World Music Institute's two concerts of Traditional Flamenco music with renowned artists El Torombo and Concha Vargas. Listen to Arturo Martinez Ramzi Eledlebi is a versatile performer, dancer, and percussionist. He began his dance career in Lebanon studying with renowned choreographer Wadia Jarrar and the Caracalla dance company. Ramzi has traveled extensively as a sought-after performer of Middle Eastern folk dance, performing and teaching throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Not only does Ramzi impress audiences with his virtuosity, passion, and knowledge of Arab-word dances and their cultural context, he is also an accomplished percussion player and teacher of tabla, riq, and frame drum. In addition, he is a respected Arts and Education teaching artist and leads public programs throughout the East Coast as Artistic Director of Dance Around the World. Eldibi continues researching and studying dance and music forms and most recently has focused on music and dance of the Arabian Penisula. He is finishing a book which transcribes and analyzes the Penisula’s complex rhythmic patterns and song. Taoufiq Ben Amor is a Tunisian vocalist, percussionist and oud player. Taoufiq started learning percussion at an early age, then learned the Malouf (Andalusian repertoire) and sang with ensembles and choirs for many years. Fifteen years ago, he began studying the oud and the Arabic maqam system with various teachers such as Mohamed Labbad, Jamal Aslan and Simon Shaheen. For more than a decade, Taoufiq has been an active performer in the US and Canada and played in various venues including the Joseph Papp Theater, Symphony Space, Cooper Union, the Knitting Factory as well as several campuses. He is involved in several projects including fusion with North Indian, Afro-Brazilian and Iranian musicians. Taoufiq is also an educator, who does research and lecture on the subject and conducts workshops. He founded The Columbia Middle Eastern Music Ensemble and he produces Alwan's Festival of Sacred Music. Taoufiq is a Professor of Arabic at Columbia University. Zafer Tawil is a virtuoso on ‘oud, violin, and qanun, and a master of Arabic percussion. Zafer has performed in concerts across the country, including performances with numerous musicians ranging from Sting to Arab music virtuosos Chab Mami, Simon Shaheen, Bassam Saba and George Ziadeh, to avant-garde composer/performer Elliot Sharpe. He was a featured composer and performer in acclaimed director Jonathan Demme's Oscar-nominated film Rachel Getting Married and is composing and performing for Demme’s next film project, Zeitoun, based on Dave Eggers’ book about Abdulrahman Zeitoun’s post-Hurricane Katrina odyssey. Zafer has worked on many collaboration concerts involving classical Indian and Persian music as well as arab/jazz fusion. Born and raised in East Jerusalem, he has held workshops on Arab music at many institutions and universities across the United States. Listen to Zafer Tawil on

Connection Works - Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
April 21, 2012 - Brooklyn

Dear Friends, Please join us this Saturday, April 21 for this extraordinary event featuring WORKS with a chamber orchestra performing three premieres composed by Michel Gentile, Daniel Kelly and Rob Garcia. This unique event will prove to be groundbreaking in both format and scope for Connection Works. We hope to see you there!

Over the Stone - Avery Fisher Hall
April 22, 2012 - New York City

Over the Stone - Richard W. Weymuth, Guest Conductor; Haydn: St. Nicholas Mass; Kara Shay Thomson, Soprano; Doris Brunatti, Mezzo-soprano; David Guzman, Tenor; Stefan Szkafarowsky, Bass; Martin: The Awakening. Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra International and Distinguished Concerts Singers International. Karl Jenkins Over the Stone (Harp Concerto); Catrin Finch, Harp; Bryn Terfel, Special Guest. Tickets:

Washed Out - Highline Ballroom
April 22, 2012 -

Long adored and critically lauded in the blog world, Atlanta-based songwriter and producer Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, first came to prominence in the summer of 2009 after unassumingly posting a handful of bedroom-recorded tracks to his Myspace page from his family home in the seclusion of the tiny rural city of Perry, Georgia. "I'd been writing music on my own for three or four years previous to that," Greene explains, "mostly as a way to experiment with songwriting processes. Those were just the first I ever shared." 2011 saw Green release his debut full-length album, Within and Without. Featuring standout tracks like "Eyes Be Closed," "Amor Fati," and "You and I," the album garnered a 9 out of 10 rating from Spin Magazine, earned Pitchfork's coveted Best New Music tag, and was profiled by The New York Times. The disc peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 chart.

April 22, 2012 - New York

Travel Back to The '60s tonight for an evening of bubblegum rock at B.B. King Blues Club. Tonight's show will feature performances by Ron Dante, The 1910 Fruitgum Company, and special guest Joey Levine. Ron Dante is best known as the lead singer for the fictional cartoon band The Archies, as well as the one-hit-wonder group The Cuff Links. "Sugar, Sugar," The Archies' best-loved song, topped the Top 40 charts for weeks and was voted Song of The Year in 1969. "Tracy,". In addition to his vocal work, Dante has also served as a producer for Barry Manilow, Cher, Dionne Warwick, Pat Benatar, Irene Cara, Ray Charles, John Denver, and other major recording artists. The 1910 Fruitgum Company virtually exploded onto the national music scene in 1968 with its first single "Simon Says." The song quickly ascended the charts, and the album of the same name reached No. 2 in the U.S. and topped charts in the United Kingdom. The band followed up this initial success with another smash hit record, 1-2-3 Red Light (1968). By the time it released the Gold-certified record Indian Giver (1969), The 1910 Fruitgum Company had amassed a treasure trove of prototypical bubblegum rock to its now-legendary name.

Juilliard Baroque and Juilliard415 Perform Vivaldi - Corpus Christi Church
April 22, 2012 - New York

The Glories of Venice: Vivaldi Concertos on Music Before 1800's concert series Monica Huggett, leader/violin; Cynthia Roberts, violin; Robert Mealy, violin/viola; Phoebe Carrai, cello; Robert Nairn, double bass; Sandra Miller, flute; Gonzalo Ruiz, oboe; Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord. Chamber Concerto in F Major, RV 97; Flute Concerto in G Minor, RV 107; Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major "La Notte", RV 501; Concerto for Two Horns in F Major, RV 538; Flute Concerto in D Major "Il Gardellino", RV 428; Concert for Oboe and Bassoon in G Minor, RV 545; Concerto per la solennità di S. Lorenzo in D Major, RV 562. The star performers of Juilliard Baroque and the students of Juilliard415 play diverse Vivaldi concertos that feature exotic instrumentation and unusual affects. Examples are a viola d'amore accompanied by muted horns and oboes, a flute imitating a goldfinch, and a bassoon conjuring up the night. A violin concerto closes the concert with a full string orchestra, horns and oboes. Juilliard Historical Performance in partnership with Music Before 1800 Tickets $27.50-$45 available on Music Before 1800's website ( or call (212) 666-9266

Manon - Metropolitan Opera
April 23, 2012 -

Anna Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.

What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow - Cole Porter Songs - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
April 23, 2012 -

Composer, conductor, commentator, and author Rob Kapilow makes music appreciation inevitable in the beloved What Makes It Great? series, now in its fifteenth season, which features performances by some of today's leading artists illuminated by Kapilow's lively, insightful discussion.

Pianist/Composer Michael Brown, Winner of William Petschek Recital Award, Presented in Alice Tully Debut - Alice Tully Hall
April 23, 2012 - New York

Pianist, composer, and Juilliard alumnus Michael Brown has won Juilliard’s 31st annual Willima Petschek Recital Award and will be presented in his Alice Tully Hall debut on Monday, April 23 at 8 PM. The program features Albeniz’s “Iberia,” Book 1 (excerpts); Debussy’s “Etudes,” Book 2; Schubert’s Sonata in D Major, D. 850 “Gasteiner;” and his own composition, “Constellations and Toccata (2012).” Tickets at $30 and $15 available beginning March 19 at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office or through CenterCharge. Half-priced student tickets available.

Pianist/Composer Michael Brown Makes Alice Tully Debut - Alice Tully Hall
April 23, 2012 - New York

Pianist, composer, and Juilliard alumnus Michael Brown has won Juilliard's 31st annual William Petschek Recital Ward and will be presented in his Alice Tully Hall debut on Monday, April 23 at 8 PM in a program featuring works by Albeniz, Debussy, Schubert, and his own composition, "Constellations and Toccata." Tickets are $30 and $15 at Alice Tully Hall box office or through CenterCharge (212-721-6500). Half price tickets for students and seniors available.

KEIKO MATSUI - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 24, 2012 - New York

Pianist Keiko Matsui is an icon of contemporary jazz. With over 1.2 million units sold in the U.S. alone and sold-out appearances at concert halls across the world, she is one of the most recognized artists in the genre. Her elegant piano melodies and gentle jazz grooves have enormous appeal and never disappoint her loyal fan base, which she has cultivated with over 20 albums and hundreds of stunning live shows. In addition to being a world-renowned musician, Matsui is also an active humanitarian, supporting the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, the National Marrow Foundation, the United Nations World Food Programme, and efforts to provide relief to Japan after the recent earthquake and tsunami. After a brief hiatus from recording at the end of the last decade, she released her latest album, The Road, early in 2011.

The Sound of Music (in concert) - Carnegie Hall
April 24, 2012 -

Join us for a special one-night-only performance of the classic Broadway musical and worldwide phenomenon that continues to warm our hearts, decades after its debut in 1959. Follow the von Trapp family through the Alps with Rodgers & Hammerstein's timeless score that includes "Edelweiss" and "Do-Re-Mi." The Sound of Music is sure to be a magical evening of enchanting, memorable music at Carnegie Hall.

Hoodie Allen & Wax - Highline Ballroom
April 24, 2012 -

The 23-year-old New York-based rapper and songwriter, Hoodie Allen, has always been an emcee who understands the importance of connecting with audiences through his lyrics. A purveyor of summertime anthems, he has gained notable buzz on the internet for his unique genre-blending style, unafraid to sample from the unconventional norms of hip-hop. Joined by Allen will be Wax, describing his music as a mix of Johnny Cash and Jay-Z. Rapper Wax (aka Michael Jones) actually began his musical career as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the six-piece band MacGregor, touring the US and releasing two albums in the first half of the '00s. In March of last year, Wax signed to Def Jam Recordings and quickly released Scublife (2011), a mixtape hosted by DJ Skee and Dale Firebird that featured singles like "Dispensary Girl" and "Two Wheels."

La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera
April 25, 2012 -

Natalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker's stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

Rush Hour: Mozart and La Mer - New York Philharmonic
April 25, 2012 -

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
April 25, 2012 - New York

The new Amateur Night season is underway with a whole new line-up of eager contestants who compete for the winning title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000! Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone! Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.

Richard Goode - Carnegie Hall
April 25, 2012 -

Eminent American pianist Richard Goode guides the audience through music by Schumann and Chopin, two unmistakable voices of 19th-century Romanticism. Kinderszenen and Kreisleriana are definitive examples of Schumann's scintillating and fantastical style, and Chopin's Ballade No. 3 displays a rhapsodic musical language that Goode plays "with perfect diction and understated elegance" (The Washington Post).

April 25, 2012 - New York

"I'm sixty-one years old now, Lord I never thought I'd see 30," Nick Lowe sings on "Checkout Time," a song from his first new studio album in over four years, 'The Old Magic,' set for September release on Yep Roc. The line cuts right to the quick. For though he spent his 20s "busy not fitting into three successive movements: pub rock, punk and new wave" (NY Times), Lowe has mined fertile new creative ground in recent years and the eleven tracks on 'The Old Magic' dig deeper still. As NPR observes, "Few musicians get better with age. Nick Lowe is an exception." Nick Lowe's last album, 2007's 'At My Age,' was hailed as "utterly fantastic" by the Village Voice and tallied his best single-week sales of the Soundscan era. Since then, Yep Roc has reissued Lowe's long-unavailable first two albums 'Jesus of Cool' and 'Labour of Lust,' to great acclaim. In 2009, Lowe gave his first headlining performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Later this month he will play the Meltdown and Glastonbury festivals in the UK, with autumn U.S. tour dates to be announced soon.

Suzanne Vega & Duncan Sheik - Highline Ballroom
Through April 26, 2012 -

Suzanne Vega - Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world's best-known halls. In performances devoid of outward drama that nevertheless convey deep emotion, Vega sings in a distinctive, clear vibrato-less voice that has been described as "a cool, dry sandpaper-brushed near-whisper" and as "plaintive but disarmingly powerful." Duncan Sheik - Duncan Sheik broke through in the late '90s with his Top 20 single "Barely Breathing," off his Gold-certified eponymous debut album (1996). After this runaway success, he spent much of the subsequent decade taking a breather from the usual rock singer-songwriter rituals. His focus was on albums that broke with pop music conventions, including Humming (1998), Phantom Moon (2001), Daylight (2002), and White Limousine (2006). Together with Steven Sater, he also penned the music for the Broadway sensation Spring Awakening, which won him two Tony Awards and a Grammy. Tonight, he performs with neo-folk legend Suzanne Vega, with whom he collaborated on the 2011 theater production Carson McCullers Talks About Love.

Sandrine Piau - Susan Manoff - Carnegie Hall
April 26, 2012 -

Sandrine Piau -- a French soprano whose crystalline expressivity "sends shivers down your spine" (Guardian) -- and pianist Susan Manoff present an eclectic and fascinating program of song, including mainstays like Faure's "Les berceaux" and Strauss's "Morgen," 20th-century songs by Britten and Poulenc, and four contemporary pieces by Vincent Bouchot.

April 26, 2012 - New York

The title of the third Punch Brothers disc for Nonesuch, borrowed from one of their new songs, is more an exhortation than a taunt. Who�s Feeling Young Now?, produced and engineered by Jacquire King, contains some of the most exhilaratingly direct, sonically daring performances the group has ever recorded. As the five members, ranging in age from their mid-20s to early 30s, have matured together on the road and in the studio, their approach to writing and performing has, conversely, become looser, simpler, and, in a sense, more unaffectedly youthful.

The Makropulos Case - Metropolitan Opera
April 27, 2012 -

Count on a tour-de-force performance from Karita Mattila in Janácek's absorbing drama of a diva's supernatural fight against her destiny. Czech expert Jirí Behlolávek conducts.

Colin Hay - The Town Hall
April 27, 2012 -

Colin Hay may best be known as the lead singer for Men At Work, the platinum selling Australian band that topped worldwide charts in the 80's with anthems like "Overkill", "Down Under" and "Who Can It Be Now?" Hay's justifiably proud of his place in pop history, but since moving to Los Angeles in 1989, he's made 11 solo albums, and is confident that his latest, 2011's Gathering Mercury, is the best of the lot.

K'JON - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 27, 2012 - New York

The turning point came for K'Jon while writing music in a Los Angeles hotel room. After a decade of working hard, K'Jon's ship finally came in with the release of his full-length major label debut I Get Around in 2009. The disc is a superb collection that features nods to both his contemporaries, including Kem and Robin Thicke, and his predecessors, like fellow Detroit native Marvin Gaye. While K'Jon's music is well suited to Detroit's ballroom culture, the appeal is much wider. Whether you're holding up the wall in a Brooklyn club, roller-blading in Santa Monica, or two-stepping in Chicago, K'Jons music fits. It speaks across generations too. "A woman left a comment on a website," he muses. "She said she was 58 and she loved my music. And then of course, I perform in the clubs and there are teenagers and young adults singing along. In this industry, they want you to pick a demographic. But sometimes, your audience chooses you. And that's a great feeling." Look for that great feeling to continue when K'Jon releases his next album, Moving On, in April.

Eddie Trunk & Q104.3FM Present APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION GUNS N' ROSES Tribute - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 27, 2012 - New York

Whether you were lucky enough to see Guns N' Roses in their heyday supporting their debut album Appetite for Destruction (1987), in all of their grandiose indulgence on the Use Your Illusion tour, or in a performance by the current lineup (billed by some as "Hired Guns N' Roses") in support of Chinese Democracy (2008), all fans of Guns N' Roses are welcome to celebrate the music that revitalized mainstream rock. Appetite for Destruction, the ultimate Guns N' Roses experience, has been performing the music of Guns N' Roses for 15 years, selling out venues throughout the Northeast. The band has twice performed on the same bill as ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke and with current keyboardist Dizzy Reed, and it has headlined at B.B. King Blues Club for five consecutive years.

Pavel Haas Quartet - Carnegie Hall
April 27, 2012 -

The Pavel Haas Quartet culminates a vigorous two-week tour of the United States with an evening of works by Russian and Czech masters at Carnegie Hall. The program includes Smetana's String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, "From My Life," which the composer called, "a tone picture of my life, my youthful leanings toward art and the Romantic atmosphere."

The Philadelphia Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
April 27, 2012 -

Hear one of the most distinctive conductors of our generation lead one of America's most distinctive orchestras in the world's most distinctive hall. Sir Simon Rattle takes the podium to lead The Philadelphia Orchestra in Brahms's Symphony No. 3 -- which he recorded to great acclaim in 2009 with the Berliner Philharmoniker -- as well as Schumann's majestic Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish," and Webern's quicksilver Six Pieces, Op. 6.

Divine Ricochet - Cold Cave - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
April 27, 2012 - New York

A three-part series of live music accompanying the John Chamberlain: Choices retrospective, on view at the museum through May 13, 2012. Produced by Sam Brumbaugh, Special Events Consultant, and Bronwyn Keenan, Director of Special Events, the series takes its thematic cue from the poetic fusion, chaotic riffing, explosive color and sublime assemblage that characterized Chamberlain's work.The series title Divine Ricochet is borrowed from a 1991 work by Chamberlain and features the artist's signature use of wordplay. A great lover of music, Chamberlain pushed boundaries as he explored abstraction, rhythm, harmony, and dissonance, providing a vibrant context for contemporary musical experiments in the Guggenheim rotunda. Heirs to the synthpop noir of New Order, Throbbing Gristle, Soft Cell, and Muslimgauze, Cold Cave are an experimental electronic pop group from Philadelphia and New York who make melodic synthscapes with driving beats. Celebrating the contradictory beauty of the human condition, Cold Cave acknowledges the dark roots of synthesizer music as well as its potential for making electronic pop. The songs on their debut album Love Comes Close (2009) have an immediacy that belies thought-provoking titles like The Laurels of Erotomania and The Trees Grew Emotions And Died. In this way they mark the transitional moment when synthesizer music went from a subversive device for sound collagists to a serious commercial force. Live, they are cerebral and savage, yet sweet and seductive.

La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera
April 28, 2012 -

Natalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker's stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

Lisa Batiashvili Plays Mozart - New York Philharmonic
Through April 28, 2012 -

Bang on a Can: 25 Years - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
April 28, 2012 -

In 1987, Bang on a Can came into existence in a SoHo art gallery with a marathon festival of mostly unknown music. In the 25 years since then, it has grown into a veritable new-music institution, touted by the San Francisco Chronicle as "the country's most important vehicle for contemporary music." In celebration of Bang on a Can's 25th anniversary -- and its long history of performing here -- Lincoln Center presents this landmark three-part evening. Bang on a Can: 25 Years opens with Tire Fire, a blend of ancient tradition and modern technology, and the signature piece of Gamelan Galak Tika. The irrepressible Asphalt Orchestra, an offshoot of Bang on a Can, will then perform the New York premiere of a new work by composer-drummer Tatsuya Yoshida, founder and primary force behind the progressive rock duo Ruins. The evening closes with Field Recordings, a major new eight-composer multimedia project that uses film, found sound, and archival audio and video to build a bridge between the seen and unseen, the here and the absent, the present and the past.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
April 28, 2012 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show.

Ludo - Highline Ballroom
April 28, 2012 -

Trying to get a handle on Ludo's music is a little like forcing six blind men to describe an elephant having felt just one side of it. Listen to "Whipped Cream," the first single from the band's 2010 Island Records/Island Def Jam Music Group release Prepare the Preparations, and you hear what co-founding member, vocalist and songwriter Andrew Volpe, dubs "'70s butt-rock," delivered with a deadpan, tongue-in-cheek irony even Weezer would appreciate. Perhaps that's the best way to describe Ludo: simple, genuine and down-to-earth, but smart. This band can be funny, but also dead serious about its craft -- in all, a rock 'n' roll band for the post-modern 21st century.

FELIX CAVALIERE'S RASCALS - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 28, 2012 - New York

Felix Cavaliere is perhaps best known for his association with the Young Rascals in the '60s. Early in 1965, he formed the band with the additions of Dino Danelli, Eddie Brigati, and Gene Cornish. The group quickly attracted the attention of Sid Bernstein and was signed with Atlantic Records. From 1965 through 1969, The Rascals were one of the biggest groups in the country, releasing hits including the Cavaliere-sung "Good Lovin'," "Groovin'," "A Girl Like You," "A Beautiful Morning," and the chart-topping "People Got to Be Free," as they evolved from blue-eyed soul (a term coined to describe them) to pop psychedelia and jazz fusion. By the early '70s, the group had mutated into an impressionistic jazz-rock outfit. Although it continued to record, the band ultimately disbanded in 1972 after the release of its final album, Island of Real (1972). Tonight he takes the stage at B.B. King Blues Club with his Rascals, performing all the blue-eyed soul hits audiences know and love.

The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella FINALS - The Town Hall
April 28, 2012 -

The 16th season of the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella culminates in this final event with an incredible lineup of performances! Out of the hundreds of groups who apply to compete, only seven have advanced to this event, where they will compete for the title of International Champion. Our a cappella singers aren't necessarily music students, but they know very few limits to their repertoire, singing covers and reproducing instrument sounds using only their own voices. The a cappella phenomenon has truly swept the nation as vocal music becomes part of America's cultural vocabulary through Glee, The Sing Off, and other pop culture exposure.

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies - American Museum of Natural History
Through June 24, 2012 - Upper West Side

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies, an exhibition of more than 20 sets of striking large-format prints, showcases advanced imaging technologies used by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and reveals once-hidden, intricate details of both natural phenomena and cultural artifacts. The exhibition features images that were created in pursuit of scientific knowledge but also resulted in visually arresting art. It explores how such imaging technologies -- including infrared photography, scanning electron microscopy, and computed tomography (CT) -- make it possible to examine and analyze a range of specimens at levels of detail previously unimaginable, advancing science and providing new insights into the visual splendor of the universe.

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