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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.

L'Etoile - New York City Opera
Through April 03, 2010 -

This sparkling comic opera was a favorite of Stravinsky, Debussy, and Ravel. Director Mark Lamos creates a witty, stylish production of a rare operatic gem, befitting this zany caper about a madcap king, an astrologer, and a hapless peddler.

Aida - Metropolitan Opera
April 03, 2010 -

The Met has assembled a cast of powerful voices to match Aida's epic scale, which in this grand production uses every stage lift in the house. Shanghai-born soprano Hui He makes her Met debut in the title role, with Dolora Zajick as her rival for the affections of Salvatore Licitra's Radames. Carlo Guelfi is Amonasro, and Paolo Carignani conducts.

La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera
April 03, 2010 -

Angela Gheorghiu recreates her famous portrayal of Verdi's most engaging heroine. Franco Zeffirelli's production features James Valenti as Alfredo and Thomas Hampson as Germont. Leonard Slatkin conducts.

Harbortown Revue Tavern Concert - Historic Richmond Town
April 03, 2010 - Staten Island

Award winning songwriter Bob Wright performs songs about our Island and its harbor environs, joined by a coterie of musical friends.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
April 03, 2010 -

Every Saturday night, the Highline combiniesg the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. 21 & over. Doors at 10:30pm, show at 11pm. $20. RSVP to [email protected]

Jonathan Coulton with Paul + Storm - Highline Ballroom
Through April 03, 2010 -

Between 2005 and 2006 Jonathan Coulton wrote, recorded, and published a new song every week as a free podcast project called "Thing a Week." This year-long experiment produced 52 consistently well-written and solidly produced songs, and he soon became an internet sensation. Jonathan's songs cover unusual topics not often heard in music and tend to make even the most jaded listeners excited about music again. A number of Jonathan's songs have become full-fledged internet hits. Coulton releases all his music under a Creative Commons license that allows for legal file sharing and copying, as well as non-commercial derivative works. His worldwide community of fans has rallied around him to generate airplay on hundreds of podcasts, create a library of music videos, and arrange gigs around the United States. Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:00pm. $23 adv, $25 at door.

Alex Han LIVE at the IRIDIUM with Special Guest, Eldar - The Iridium Jazz Club
Through April 03, 2010 -

Presented by Revive Music Group: Alex Han, Alto and Soprano Saxophones; Eldar, Piano/Keyboards; Armando Gola, Bass; Louis Cato, Drums. 22 year old saxophonist, Alex Han, has been steadily gaining attention as an emerging artist to watch in 2010. With numerous performances across Europe, Asia and North America, Han has become most recognized for his current work as the young saxophonist of the Tutu Revisited Tour (The Music of Miles Davis) for multi-GRAMMY Award Winning bassist and producer, Marcus Miller. (Miller is perhaps best known for his collaboration with Miles Davis and has appeared on over 500 recordings including those by Luther Vandross, Grover Washington Jr., David Sanborn, Roberta Flack, Carly Simon, McCoy Tyner, Bryan Ferry, Billy Idol., et al).

Since the age of 11, Han has performed with many other well-respected artists including Paquito D'Rivera, Jon Faddis, Joe Lovano, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Terri Lyne Carrington, Mike Stern, Kenny Baron, Rufus Reid, George Duke, Joey DeFrancesco, Patrice Rushen and Lewis Nash.

Recently making his home in Manhattan, Han is now performing at venues around the City.

For more information, please visit www.alexhan.com.

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Eldar

At 23, pianist and Sony Classical recording artist, Eldar Djangirov, brings an intriguing variety of bebop, hard bop, post-bop and swing influences to his work.

The acoustic pianist (who also plays electric keyboards but is essentially straight-ahead in his approach) has been greatly affected by the clear, crystalline playing of Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Keith Jarrett, and Ahmad Jamal; like those musicians, he can be quite lyrical (sometimes in an impressionistic way).

But he has also shown his appreciation of Oscar Peterson and Red Garland's funkiness at times, and his other influences range from McCoy Tyner to Bud Powell to pre-bop master Art Tatum.

Despite having recorded for Sony Classical, Djangirov is not a classical-oriented musician -- straight-ahead jazz is definitely his main focus. But like many jazz musicians, he has been influenced by the European classical tradition and can bring some of the Euro-classical vocabulary to his improvisations.

Since signing with Sony Classical in 2004, Djangirov recorded his third album, titled Eldar [Sony]; the album boasts John Patitucci on bass and Michael Brecker on tenor sax and was released in March 2005. Two years later Eldar released Re-Imagination, which saw the pianist stretching out into solo acoustic piano and even electronica territory. His latest album Virtue, was released in 2009.

Brother Joscephus + The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra - New Orleans Easter Brunch - Highline Ballroom
April 04, 2010 -

Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution is a 12-piece explosion of Love, Righteousness and New Orleans soul. The best feel-good gospel-style music without the bothersome "subservience to Jesus" part. Throw in a liberal amount of Ray Charles/Al Green/Otis Redding soul, a big tip of the hat to N'awlins and some good ol' roots rock and you've got a perfect gumbo simmered to righteous perfection! Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez! Doors at 12:00pm, Show at 1:00pm. $12.50 adv, $15 at door.

Easter Sunday Gospel Brunch - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 04, 2010 -

On any Sunday you can visit with the Choir and enjoy a soul-food brunch at BB King Blues Club, New York City. Here the Choir brings their experience of Harlem and the Black Church to Times Square in a foot stomping, hand clapping show for fans from around the world. The home-style "all you can eat" southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir's joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage. The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is the most famous gospel choir in America and a pre-eminent gospel choir world-wide. It travels the globe, sharing its joy of faith through its music, & raising funds for children's charities. The Choir was founded in 1986 by Allen Bailey, who got the idea for the Choir while attending a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Cotton Club in Harlem. The Choir presents the finest singers & musicians from Harlem's Black Churches & the New York/Tri-State area. Two shows - Doors 10:30am, Show 11:30am; Doors 1:30, Show 2:30. $40 adv, $42.50 door. * Ticket price includes show, brunch, tax + tip.

Hay Jude - A Rockabilly Tribute to the Beatles - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 04, 2010 -

HAY JUDE bring a Sun Records-inspired atomic wildness of the music of the Beatles, but they don't stop with the band's early rockabilly tracks like "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" and "Honey, Don't." They also dare to tackle songs from "Sgt. Pepper," "Revolver," "Mystery Tour" and beyond, messing with tempos, adapting horn and string parts for guitar and bass, improvising, riffing and occasionally reinterpreting. Imagine Elvis Presley singing "I Am The Walrus," for example, "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" as a heartbroken lover's suicide note or "Lady Madonna" as a rockabilly rave-up and you'll smell the Hay. Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $10 adv, $15 door. VIP Booth for 4: $100 // VIP Booth for 6: $150.

Hamlet - Metropolitan Opera
April 05, 2010 -

Simon Keenlyside and Natalie Dessay bring their extraordinary acting and singing skills to two of Shakespeare's unforgettable characters. When this production, directed by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser, opened in London at Covent Garden, The Independent called Keenlyside's Hamlet, "a revelation - thrilling throughout." Dessay plays the volatile Ophelia, whose extended mad scene is among the greatest in opera. Louis Langree conducts.

Popa Chubby CD Release Show - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 05, 2010 -

Popa Chubby's music, forged in the toughness that is New York City, takes blues to the cutting edge, where it highfives its contemporary cousins rock, rap, and hip hop. With his razor sharp, biting guitar, vocals from the gut, and top-notch skill as a songwriter, Popa Chubby artfully combines the rootsiness of blues with the more modern urban elements of today's popular music. Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $25 adv, $30 door. VIP Booth for 4: $180 // VIP Booth for 6: $270.

Daniel Hope CD Release Show - Highline Ballroom
April 05, 2010 -

British violinist Daniel Hope has toured the world as a virtuoso soloist for many years, and as the youngest ever member of the Beaux Arts Trio during its last six seasons. He is renowned for his musical versatility and creativity and for his dedication to humanitarian causes. Hope performs as soloist with the world's major orchestras and conductors, directs many ensembles from the violin, and plays chamber music in a wide variety of traditional and new venues. Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm. $20.

Lower Manhattan Goes Scottish - British Garden at Hanover Square
April 05, 2010 -

Lower Manhattan will be filled with the sound of Scottish music. 6pm Concert - British Garden at Hanover Square with McTalla Mor, Laura McGhee, A Whisky Kiss "unplugged" and the New York Scottish Pipes & Drums. 7pm - Music continues along Stone Street's with performances at Ullysees and Becketts.

Die Zauberflote - Metropolitan Opera
April 06, 2010 -

Mozart's opera comes to life in Julie Taymor's transcendent production, with a superb ensemble cast, including Nathan Gunn as the bird-catcher Papageno. This mystical fairy tale is presented in its full-length German version.

John Cowan - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 06, 2010 -

Bluegrass, Newgrass, Gospelgrass, Rock N' Rollgrass...true innovators like John Cowan break boundaries and personify innovation. John's ability to take audiences on a musical journey through multiple genres has made him one of the most unique vocal artists of his generation. Doors at 6pm. $15.00 Advance, $18.00 Day of Show.

Tinhouse and the Rumpus Present: A Night Together - Highline Ballroom
April 06, 2010 -

Featuring: Authors Sam Lipsyte and Colson Whitehead, Comedian Michael Showalter, This American Life's Starlee Kine with music by Jeffrey Lewis. Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm. $10 adv, $12 at door.

La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera
April 07, 2010 -

Angela Gheorghiu recreates her famous portrayal of Verdi's most engaging heroine. Franco Zeffirelli's production features James Valenti as Alfredo and Thomas Hampson as Germont. Leonard Slatkin conducts.

Apollo Amateur Night - Apollo Theater
April 07, 2010 - Harlem

A phenomenal success since its founding, Amateur Night has always lured audiences with the thrilling prospect of discovering new talent. At 75, Apollo Amateur Night continues to demand and reward greatness, as performers vie to become the next Apollo legend.

Tommy Castro featuring Joe Louis Walker + Debbie Davis - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 07, 2010 -

A gifted lead guitarist firmly in touch with his lyrical voice, Castro writes an alluring blend of straight ahead blues and Memphis-style soul. While he has his own definable sound, Castro calls to mind great blues-rock players such as Billy Gibbons of Z.Z.Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan and even Duane Allman. Door 6pm. $25 Advance, $30 Day of Show.

Die Zauberflote - Metropolitan Opera
April 08, 2010 -

Mozart's opera comes to life in Julie Taymor's transcendent production, with a superb ensemble cast, including Nathan Gunn as the bird-catcher Papageno. This mystical fairy tale is presented in its full-length German version.

Janelle Monae - Highline Ballroom
April 08, 2010 -

Janelle Monáe is an R&B, Soul, and Futuristic Rock Wonder/Singer. In late 2007, Janelle Monae signed with Sean "Diddy" Combs' label, Bad Boy Records via her own recording label, The Wondaland Arts Society. Through the joint venture, Monáe will follow up the suite with Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition), heralded by the album's first single "Many Moons" and in stores on August 12th, 2008. Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 9:00pm. $15.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven's Last Night 2010 - Radio City Music Hall
April 08, 2010 -

On a late night in the spring of 1827 the city of Vienna is experiencing the largest lightning storm in its long history. Within a large disheveled room, Ludwig Von Beethoven is slumped over his piano and on the piano sits the just completed manuscript for his Tenth Symphony. It is his final, and he is certain, his greatest work. As the clock strikes midnight, Mephistopheles appears to collect the great composer's soul. Looking into the abyss of eternity Beethoven is horrified but the devil has an offer and the bargaining begins... So begins TSO's inaugural performance of "Beethoven's Last Night" in its entirety. TSO will be debuting songs that have never been performed live. Having just been named one of Billboard's "Top 25 Touring Artists of the Decade" and coming off their massively successful Winter Tour, which played to over 1.2 million fans, TSO is not wasting any time and is gearing back up for the road. Bringing it back to where it all started, TSO is taking this engagement out on a limited 31 city run performing for the first time in years in an intimate theatre setting.

Hamlet - Metropolitan Opera
April 09, 2010 -

Simon Keenlyside and Natalie Dessay bring their extraordinary acting and singing skills to two of Shakespeare's unforgettable characters. When this production, directed by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser, opened in London at Covent Garden, The Independent called Keenlyside's Hamlet, "a revelation - thrilling throughout." Dessay plays the volatile Ophelia, whose extended mad scene is among the greatest in opera. Louis Langree conducts.

George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 09, 2010 -

George Clinton is the single most influential figure in the history of funk, the mastermind behind both Parliament & Funkadelic. He revolutionized R&B during the '70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-'60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the '70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums. Doors at 6pm. $37.50 Advance $42.00 Day of Show.

The Rocket Summer - Highline Ballroom
April 09, 2010 -

Texas native Bryce Avary, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist mastermind behind The Rocket Summer, has accomplished enough for someone a lot older, as he prepares to release his second Island Records release (and fourth overall), Of Men and Angels, the follow-up his major label debut, 2007's Do You Feel. Since launching his career as a 16-year-old with the independently released The Rocket Summer EP, a name he took from a Ray Bradbury short story, Bryce has toured around the world, selling out venues not just in the U.S., but Canada, the U.K. and Japan, while playing such noted events as U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival, Scotland's T in the Park, Japan's Summer Sonic Festival, Austin City Limits, SXSW, Bamboozle, Cornerstone and the 2007 Vans Warped Tour. Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:00pm. $15.

Queen Aaminah - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
April 09, 2010 -

Neo-soul singer Queen Aaminah rules over thick caramel beats, fretless bass grooves, and her own languorous voice, which has been featured in the company of Mary J. Blige, Dave Matthews, and countless others. Catch her at BAMcafe Live doing tracks from her impressive, self-produced debut album, Love Reigns. Free.

La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera
April 10, 2010 -

Angela Gheorghiu recreates her famous portrayal of Verdi's most engaging heroine. Franco Zeffirelli's production features James Valenti as Alfredo and Thomas Hampson as Germont. Leonard Slatkin conducts.

Die Zauberflote - Metropolitan Opera
April 10, 2010 -

Mozart's opera comes to life in Julie Taymor's transcendent production, with a superb ensemble cast, including Nathan Gunn as the bird-catcher Papageno. This mystical fairy tale is presented in its full-length German version.

Dirdy Birdies Jug Band Tavern Concert - Historic Richmond Town
April 10, 2010 - Staten Island

The World's Most Dangerous Jug Band! Wandering minstrels that have been together since 1965 (!), their repertoire includes traditional jug band tunes, gospel, folk, and doo-wop with homemade instruments and tight vocal harmonies. Pre-paid reservations only with credit card.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
April 10, 2010 -

Every Saturday night, the Highline combiniesg the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. 21 & over. Doors at 10:30pm, show at 11pm. $20. RSVP to [email protected]

Cactus - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 10, 2010 -

"CACTUS - The American Led Zeppelin." -- Those are tall words, but that is in fact what people were saying about Cactus when this first "Super Group" hit the scene in 1970. Cactus flamed out brightly after only four albums at the end of 1972. With rockers such as Van Halen, Monster Magnet, Kings X., Billy Sheehan, David Coverdale, Kid Rock, and Ted Nugent having been documented in interviews as fans of the loud and proud '70s sensation. Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $26 adv, $30 door. VIP Booth for 4: $184 // VIP Booth for 6: $276.

Mana Tokuno - Pianist - Weill Recital Hall
April 10, 2010 -

Pianist Mana Tokuno has received wide-spread acclaim for her sensitive and insightful interpretations and her brilliant virtuosity. Just to name a few awards: First Prize winner of the prestigious Competition Internationale, Leo Sirota Award, special Award for Schubert Interpretation and she also participate in both the Daniel Barenboim and Leon Fleischer Masterclasses at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Tokuna will perform works by Francis Poulenc, Beethoven, Schuman and world Premiere performance of Boston College professor Thomas Oboe Lee's "Tokuno Toccata," composed for Ms. Tokuno. This is a performance not be missed!

Mana Tokuna - Pianist - Weill Recital Hall
April 10, 2010 -

Pianist Mana Tokuno has received wide-spread acclaim for her sensitive and insightful interpretations and her brilliant virtuosity.. Ms. Tokuna will perform works by Francis Poulenc, Beethoven, Schuman and world Premiere performance of Boston College professor Thomas Oboe Lee's "Tokuno Toccata," composed for Ms. Tokuno .This is a performance not be missed!

Madama Butterfly - New York City Opera
Through April 18, 2010 -

New York City Opera's Emmy Award-winning production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly by Mark Lamos conjures all the romance of this tragic saga of a faithful geisha and a reckless American naval officer in a beautiful and beloved staging.

Cars, Culture, and the City - Museum of the City of New York
Through August 08, 2010 -

The first exhibition to explore New York City's century-long relationship with the car, marking the 100th anniversary of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA). The exhibition features visionary drawings and models; historic photographs, films, and advertisements; and a wealth of car memorabilia to tell this fascinating, yet untold, story.

Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 15, 2010 -

Birthday celebrations and concomitant themes of longevity are pervasive in Chinese art of the Ming and Qing dynasties. A recurring scene of a splendid reception at the residence of a wealthy family, represented in a lacquered screen, a set of embroidered hanging scrolls, and a porcelain vase, shows the eightieth birthday gathering for the Tang-dynasty general Guo Ziyi, a popular figure of long life, wealth, and honor. Longevity is also encoded in peaches, cranes, immortals, and flora and fauna of many kinds, sometimes forming sophisticated visual word play expressing wishes of long life for the honoree. The exhibition will draw together works in many media from the Museum's collection to illuminate these auspicious themes.


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