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Things to do this week in NYC Dec 3-Dec 10: Music

December 3, 2011 - by CG Directory Editor

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.

CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS: Medieval & Baroque Treasury - Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
December 03, 2011 - New York

A sold-out holiday tradition, EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK draws from its several Christmas albums - produced in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art - to present a sampling of favorites from its impressive compendium of seasonal gems. EM/NY’s chamber choir of male voices will be joined by a trio of instrumentalists to present medieval procession conducti and dances to early baroque caroles and noels.

Rodelinda - Metropolitan Opera
December 03, 2011 -

Sensational in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth's much-heralded production, Renée Fleming reprises the title role. She's joined by Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl, and Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.

Faust - Metropolitan Opera
December 03, 2011 -

With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod's classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn't be better served. Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. A later run features two other first-tier Fausts: Roberto Alagna and Joseph Calleja, with Ferruccio Furlanetto stepping in as the devil. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success.

Tori Amos - Beacon Theatre
Through December 03, 2011 - New York

Performing in bars and clubs since the age of 13, Tori Amos has since evolved into one of the most respected and inspiring live performers. Touring relentlessly since 1991, the stage has always been one of the fundamentals of her career. Rolling Stone voted her one of the best live performers of all time. Tori will be releasing a new album, Night of Hunters, her first record since 2009's Abnormally Attracted to Sin, this September. The album will have a markedly classical thrust to it. "I have used the structure of a classical song cycle to tell an ongoing, modern story," Amos says. "The protagonist is a woman who finds herself in the dying embers of a relationship. In the course of one night she goes through an initiation of sorts that leads her to reinvent herself allowing the listener to follow her on a journey to explore complex musical and emotional subject matter." All this sounds very much like a rock opera, so we can only hope for some good interstitial spoken-word acting scenes.

Tudo Isto E Fado - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through December 03, 2011 -

With smoldering intensity and a yearning heart, Tudo Isto É Fado peers into the poetry and seductive sounds of Fado, Portugal's soulful national song style in a special two-day presentation. December 2 features exquisite performances from Lisbon's finest musicians, tracing the roots of Fado through the Portuguese guitar and a multigenerational vocal ensemble, coupled with the US debut of Camané, a powerhouse vocalist and the leading male Fadista of his generation. December 3 offers a glimpse into the future of Fado and Portuguese regional music with the sprightly pop music of Deolinda, an acoustic quartet from Lisbon, and Amália Hoje, who recasts the beloved songs of "Queen of Fado" Amália Rodrigues with fresh arrangements that combine orchestral pop, rock, and electronica.

Ambrose Akinmusire Big Band - Carnegie Hall
December 03, 2011 - Manhattan

Blue Note recording artist Ambrose Akinmusire brings his Big Band—including Marcus Strickland, Justin Brown, Isaac Smith, and Sean Jones—to Zankel Hall for its world-premiere performance.

A Chanticleer Christmas - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 03, 2011 -

Chanticleer's sumptuous blend of voices rings in the holiday season with profound, peaceful, and joyous music. Unreserved seating. This concert is presented in front of the Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche in the Medieval Sculpture Hall.

Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 03, 2011 -

Celebrate the holiday season with a rousing evening of gospel music, spirituals, anthems, and Christmas carols. Founded in 1979, the Ensemble has performed at Carnegie Hall for the Korean Sacred Choral Festival, at the Beacon Theater with the critically acclaimed Three Mo' Tenors, and performances of the highly popular Nativity at the United Palace Theater sponsored by the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Ensemble has also performed for former South African president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and made its debut with the New York Philharmonic in the Emmy-nominated Live from Lincoln Center excerpts from Porgy and Bess.

Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 03, 2011 -

Celebrate the holiday season with a rousing evening of gospel music, spirituals, anthems, and Christmas carols. Founded in 1979, the Ensemble has performed at Carnegie Hall for the Korean Sacred Choral Festival, at the Beacon Theater with the critically acclaimed Three Mo' Tenors, and performances of the highly popular Nativity at the United Palace Theater sponsored by the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Ensemble has also performed for former South African president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and made its debut with the New York Philharmonic in the Emmy-nominated Live from Lincoln Center excerpts from Porgy and Bess.

Mahler's Symphony No. 10 - New York Philharmonic
Through December 03, 2011 -

 

Apollo Music Cafe: An Evening of Suite Soul - Carmen Rodgers, Kenny Wesley - Apollo Theater
December 03, 2011 - New York

The Apollo Music Café is Harlem's new night spot where music genres from the Apollo's heritage – R&B, hip hop, soul, jazz, pop, funk, and rock – are transformed by cutting-edge artists in a stylized lounge space. A double-dose of Neo-Soul. DC newcomer Kenny Wesley has a four-octave range, the tenderness of a crooner and the grit and stamina of a rock star. Carmen Rodgers dazzles with her smooth voice, emotive lyricism and compelling mix of R&B, jazz and soul. Her latest release, Bitter Sweet, has garnered world-wide acclaim. Curated by Marko Nobles, InJoy Enterprises. $20. Bar & food, 9pm; show, 10pm.

Niva the Soul Diva at Club Groove - Club Groove
December 03, 2011 - New york city

Singing sensation Niva the Soul Diva and her band of allstarz will be performing at club grove, the elite venue for the best R&B soul music. Niva will be performing her own brand of hip hop, R&B Soul as well as some Soul classics. Niva is the artist that has the voice everyone is talking about. Club Groove also features great food and drinks as well.It's a guaranteed great time!!!!

Pardon My French Special Edition - J'adore
December 03, 2011 - New-York

This Saturday December 3rd join us for the new residency of Pardon My French Saturdays at the newly opened J'adore Nightclub with music by DJ Amadeus Alongside DJ Brian Morse The night will also feature an amazing drummer and our exotic dancers. Doors will open at 10pm - please arrive early to avoid long waits and be sure to get on the guest list or reserve a table in advance via email to [email protected] - we will be enforcing a chic dress code with a tight door. 17th st and 6th ave.

Musical Performance: From Spain: JAVIER RUIBAL - A Magical Journey Through the Music of Andalusia - Alwan for the Arts
December 03, 2011 - New York

Distinguished by an innovative style that combines the rhythms and cultures of flamenco, the Maghreb, Sephardic music, jazz and the Caribbean, and with vocal qualities that allow him to move freely and without inhibition in a constant, harmonious flow, the iconic singer, composer and guitarist Javier Ruibal, considered one of Spain's national music treasures, makes his debut at Alwan in an enchanting concert of original songs reflecting the many diverse influences of his native Andalusia.

Cappella Pratensis - Sounds of Salvation: Music for a 15th-Century Bruges Merchant - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 04, 2011 -

Dedicated to St. Donatian, patron saint of the city of Bruges, this polyphonic mass composed by Jacob Obrecht in 1487 was commissioned by the widow of Donaas de Moor, a wealthy furrier who died in 1483, for an annual memorial at the Church of St. James. This thoughtfully researched and well-documented mass will be the centerpiece of a program by the Dutch a cappella group Cappella Pratensis, acclaimed for its historically informed performances of 15th and 16th-century polyphonic music. The ensemble has released a filmed reconstruction of this mass on an award-winning DVD.

Enrico Macias - The Town Hall
December 04, 2011 -

The Algerian French singer and musician performs.

Live at NYBG Concert Series - A Classical Concert of Holiday Favorites - New York Botanical Garden
December 04, 2011 - Bronx

A beautiful harmony of string and wind instruments by a trio led by Conrad Harris gets you into the spirit of the season. Classics and recognizable holiday favorites fill the program. Your ticket includes an after-hours viewing of the Holiday Train Show.

Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays - Beacon Theatre
December 04, 2011 - New York

Featuring: Cyndi Lauper, Norah Jones, Lou Reed, Rosie O'Donnell, Carson Kressley, Amy lee, Chely Wright, Skylar Grey, Vanessa Carlton, Angelique Kidjo, Harvey Firestein, Deluka, Debbie Harry, Alan Cumming, Cassandra Wilson and Clay Aiken. **Guests are subject to change Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund today announced a star-studded benefit concert on December 4th at New York City's historic Beacon Theatre to help raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth homelessness. "When I first learned that up to 40 percent of all homeless youth in this country identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender I was shocked and saddened," remarked Lauper, co-founder of the True Colors Fund. "For far too long homeless youth have not received the attention, resources and funding necessary to bring an end to this epidemic. My hope is that through this inspiring evening of music and comedy we can raise awareness and much needed funds to help these young people." It is estimated that 20 percent to 40 percent of all homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, yet of the general youth population, only 3 percent to 5 percent do the same. The True Colors Fund is committed to doing what it can to raise awareness about this issue and develop resources to help these young people, most of whom are homeless due to family conflict. Lauper was inspired to help after meeting an extraordinary group of young homeless gay and transgender people at a photo shoot several years ago. Already a longtime advocate for the LGBT community and equality, she co-founded the True Colors Fund in 2008 as a first step in this effort. Last year, the True Colors Fund launched the Give a Damn Campaign to educate the straight community about the many issues, especially youth homelessness, impacting the LGBT community and inspire them to get involved. Furthering her personal commitment to this issue, this past September the True Colors Residence was opened. In partnership with the West End Intergenerational Residence and her manager, Lauper co-founded this 30 studio apartment permanent housing building that is the first in New York dedicated to serving LGBT homeless youth. 100% of the net proceeds from "Home for the Holidays" will benefit the True Colors Fund so that Lauper and the organization can continue to further its mission to help homeless LGBT youth. In addition to Platinum Sponsor Deutsche Bank, other sponsors of "Home for the Holidays" include American Airlines and Van Gogh Vodka. Additional support provided by the Human Rights Campaign.

Madama Butterfly - Metropolitan Opera
December 05, 2011 -

Anthony Minghella's breathtakingly beautiful staging returns with Patricia Racette and Liping Zhang alternating as the tragic heroine. Robert Dean Smith and Marcello Giordani share the role of the faithless Pinkerton and Placido Domingo conducts.

Holiday Cheer for WFUV: A Benefit Concert Featuring: Mavis Staples, The Head and The Heart, and Dawes - Beacon Theatre
December 05, 2011 - New York

Join FUV for an unforgettable evening of music. Bigger venue and amazing artists! WFUV's 7th annual "Holiday Cheer for 'FUV" at the Beacon Theatre. Starring Mavis Staples, The Head And The Heart and Dawes. It's our annual benefit event with proceeds going directly to WFUV.

An Evening With Corey Taylor of Slipknot - Highline Ballroom
December 05, 2011 -

Corey Taylor has a lot to say, which is precisely why millions affectionately know him as "The Great Big Mouth." The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman never minces words either on record or on stage, and that's what has solidified him as one of hard rock's most important singers. Taylor's words have helped carry Slipknot and Stone Sour to multi-platinum status, solidifying both bands as veritable pop culture presences. From Slipknot's Grammy-winning "Before I Forget" to radio hits such as Stone Sour's "Through Glass," Taylor's voice and lyrics continue to resonate with fans worldwide. However, he's only begun to truly say what's on his mind. Combining a cathartic, chaotic growl with an undeniable and unforgettable melodic sensibility, Taylor created with Slipknot a sound that the world had never heard, instantly clicking with a generation of fans on the band's now-legendary 1999 eponymous debut, featuring songs like "(sic)," "Wait and Bleed," and "Surfacing." Subsequent releases included the band's most critically acclaimed album, 2004's Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses, and All Hope Is Gone (2008), which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200. In the midst of Slipknot's immense popularity, Taylor also had a chance to resurrect Stone Sour - a band he had formed before joining Slipknot. The group's 2002 self-titled debut prompted a worldwide tour, and "Bother" became a bona fide crossover hit. Subsequent releases Come What(ever) May (2006, featuring "Through Glass" and "Sillyworld") and Audio Secrecy (2010, featuring "Say You'll Haunt Me") revealed the breadth of Taylor's songwriting talents. Despite their immense popularity, Slipknot and Stone Sour in fact reveal only a small sliver of Taylor's expressive potential. "If I choke myself off, I'm not going to be able to live and breathe this. I can't just be the angry guy in Slipknot or the dark guy in Stone Sour. People have to hear the other music as well because it's a big part of the story." In addition to his music, Taylor recently released his literary debut, Seven Deadly Sins (2011) - a personal, poignant, and twisted take on what it means to sin. He also sat behind the board producing Walls of Jericho's 2008 EP Redemption, and he's written with both Halestorm and Rev Theory. He even hosted the 2009 and 2010 Kerrang Awards alongside Anthrax's Scott Ian. Even after he has produced so much amazing material, fans can take comfort that Corey Taylor will never run out of things to say.

Faust - Metropolitan Opera
December 06, 2011 -

With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod's classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn't be better served. Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. A later run features two other first-tier Fausts: Roberto Alagna and Joseph Calleja, with Ferruccio Furlanetto stepping in as the devil. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success.

A Chanticleer Christmas - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 06, 2011 -

Chanticleer's sumptuous blend of voices rings in the holiday season with profound, peaceful, and joyous music. Unreserved seating. This concert is presented in front of the Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche in the Medieval Sculpture Hall.

Paul Winter, saxophone - Paul Sullivan, piano - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 06, 2011 -

The premiere of a unique and intimate holiday concert by the Grammy-winning soprano saxophonist Paul Winter, accompanied by his longtime colleague and pianist. Unreserved seating. This concert is presented in front of the Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche in the Medieval Sculpture Hall.

The Roots Present: an undun performance... - Highline Ballroom
December 06, 2011 -

Amidst The Roots' busy schedule, from performing as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to recently fronting a Pre-Emmy Awards jam session, the legendary crew has returned with their latest musical creation, a new album entitled undun (Island Def Jam). Set for release on December 6, 2011, undun marks the first conceptually-based album from The Roots and quickly reaffirms the creativity of the outfit notorious for pushing the envelope. The album's first single, "Make My" featuring Big K.R.I.T., dropped on November 1st on iTunes. In addition to their new album, The Roots are set to perform in New York City on November 29th and 30th and December 6th at the Highline Ballroom. undun is an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999). Through the use of emotives and Redford's internal dialogues, the album seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out "on the corner." Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disoriented - postmortem - and attempting to make sense of his former life. As he moves through its pivotal moments, he begins to deconstruct all that has led to his (and our own) coming undun. Formed in 1987 in Philadelphia, PA, the legendary Roots Crew consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone), James Poyser (electronic keyboard), and Mark Kelly (electronic bass). Having previously released 12 projects, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys, most recently for Best R&B Album for Wake Up! (2010), Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Hang on in There" (with John Legend), and Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance for "Shine." Additionally, in 2009 The Roots, named one of the greatest live bands around by both Spin and Rolling Stone, became the official house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where they currently perform every Monday - Friday.

Rodelinda - Metropolitan Opera
December 07, 2011 -

Sensational in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth's much-heralded production, Renée Fleming reprises the title role. She's joined by Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl, and Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
December 07, 2011 - Manhattan

For the first of its two nights at Carnegie Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by violinist Janine Jansen, whose elegance has made her a hit with audiences since she first rose to fame for her 2005 Four Seasons recording. Together, they perform Mozart's "Turkish" Concerto on a program that also includes Brahms's final symphony.

Riverside Symphony Season Opener: 'Have You Heard...?' - Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
December 07, 2011 - New York

Prepare yourself for a riveting season opener featuring the New York premiere of Donald Crockett's Antiphonies, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in D minor, performed by the young virtuoso Yevgeny Kutik, and Haydn's exquisite Symphony No. 83 in G minor “The Hen”.

Juilliard Artist Diploma in Performance Recital Series: BALAZS RUMY, clarinet - Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater
December 07, 2011 - New York

Wednesday, December 7 at 8PM in the Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater at Juilliard. Featuring works by Aaron Copland, Elena Ruehr, Conrad Cummings, Steve Reich, Meyer Kupferman, George Gerswhin, and Paul Schoenfield. Limited FREE seating; no ticket required. Call (212) 769-7406 for further details.

Dr. Lewis Lockwood with the Attacca Quartet - Paul Hall
December 07, 2011 - New York

Musicologist Lockwood discusses Beethoven’s “Late Stages” revealed in the Autograph Manuscript of the “Scherzo”: Beethoven’s String Quartet in E-Flat, Op. 127 including performance and hi-resolution projections from the Juilliard Manuscript Collection. In Juilliard’s Paul Hall on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30 PM. FREE tickets available beginning November 28 at the Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.Juilliard.edu.

ROMA! The Band - LIVE - Work In Progress (W.I.P.)
December 07, 2011 - New York

“If you haven’t been to Roma!, you haven’t lived.” - Michael Musto. ROMA! One guy who sings. Four girls who play. But that’s just the tip of the Titanic-sinking iceberg that is Roma!, one of the newest and most original rock bands to rise from the steamy streets of the city that never sleeps. With a sound that falls somewhere between The Velvet Underground and Queen – and a neo-noir look that’s equal parts Federico Fellini and Raymond Chandler – Roma! is poised to crack the mainstream with their flamboyant brand of art rock. Featuring an exotic cast of characters that includes breakout transgender actress Jamie Clayton (HBO’s Hung and VH1’s TRANSform Me), Roma!’s live show is punctuated by vaudeville, burlesque, silent film, and an assortment of props that range from real weapons to gorilla suits. With only a handful of shows under their collective garter belt, Roma! is already drawing crowds by the hundreds at top New York City venues like Highline Ballroom and Santos Party House. In the words of iconic Village Voice columnist Michael Musto: “If you haven’t been to Roma!, you haven’t lived.” Roma!’s 19-track debut The Wild Party chronicles the tragicomic goings-on at a Lower East Side house party in the Roaring Twenties. Produced by British ex-pat David Barratt (David Bowie, Robert Plant, Yellow Note) and based on the scandalous 1927 epic poem of the same name by Joseph Moncure March, The Wild Party is a punk rock opera that’s every bit as cinematic, sexually explicit and campy as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Making cameo appearances on the skits between songs are downtown celebrities like the aforementioned Clayton and Musto, plus reality TV star Jeffrey Williams (2011 winner of Bravo’s The Fashion Show). “We’re a New York band telling a New York story,” explains Roma!’s singer and founder, Stiletto. “Even though The Wild Party is technically set in the 1920s, it could just as easily be taking place anytime between then and now. The more New York changes, the more it stays the same.” To stream ROMA!’s album, go to romalabanda.com and click on "The Wild Party." More info is available at facebook.com/RomaTheBand.

La Boheme - Metropolitan Opera
December 08, 2011 -

Franco Zeffirelli's vivid Met production returns with Hei-Kyung Hong and Hibla Gerzmava sharing the role of Mimì and Dimitri Pittas as Rodolfo. Susanna Phillips is the flirtatious Musetta.

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
December 08, 2011 - Manhattan

Together, Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony with "a white-knuckle tension and a real sense of a wild and tragic story recounted with enthralling detail, vivid color, and pace" (The Times, London). With Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto, performed by pianist Emanuel Ax, also on the program, this will be an evening of epic proportions.

Madama Butterfly - Metropolitan Opera
December 09, 2011 -

Anthony Minghella's breathtakingly beautiful staging returns with Patricia Racette and Liping Zhang alternating as the tragic heroine. Robert Dean Smith and Marcello Giordani share the role of the faithless Pinkerton and Placido Domingo conducts.

In the Footsteps of Babur: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the Mughals - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 09, 2011 -

This program features new music developed from an artistic collaboration supported by the Aga Khan Music Initiative. Inspired by visual images and literary descriptions of exuberant music-making in the Mughal courts, the Music Initiative brings together musicians from Afghanistan, India, and Tajikistan with the aim of merging their talents, traditions, and musical instruments to create new sounds.

Anthony Hamilton - Apollo Theater
December 09, 2011 - New York

Live Nation and the Apollo Theater present Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Anthony Hamilton live in concert at the Apollo. The artist will sing from his catalog of multi-platinum albums such as Comin' from Where I'm From, Ain't Nobody Worryin', Point of It All and the forthcoming Woo.

The Soft Parade - A Tribute to the Doors - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 09, 2011 - New York

The Soft Parade is revered worldwide as THE premier Doors tribute show. They recreate, with stunning accuracy, the primal, poetic atmosphere of a vintage Doors concert. The Soft Parade has toured 20 countries, been joined onstage by original Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and has performed hundreds of concerts worldwide. Their impeccable reputation and loyal international following has enabled them this year to celebrate their 21st Anniversary.

Robin Thicke - Highline Ballroom
December 09, 2011 -

When you go to see a therapist, the first thing you might do is check his credentials. And Robin Thicke has got a whole wall's worth of accolades to recommend him. He's won three Grammys. He's written and produced for Michael Jackson, Lil' Wayne, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Marc Anthony, and Jennifer Hudson, and he has ultimately contributed to over 40 gold and platinum records by other artists. His breakthrough single, "Lost Without You," and album, The Evolution of Robin Thicke (2006), both joined the platinum club themselves. He's toured with Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, and Maxwell. And, in maybe the ultimate sign of pop-culture validation, he's been a guest on Oprah Winfrey's show three times. Is that board-certified enough for you? If so, it may be time to submit to Thicke's fourth and most recent album, Sex Therapy: The Session (2009). The disc takes a substantially different tack than any of his previous records, both musically and thematically. For the first time, Thicke leavens his classic soul sound with more contemporary R&B, rock, electronic, and hip-hop influences and collaborators. He reflects on the career journey that led to this album: "After making my attempt at Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with my first album [2003's A Beautiful World], my second album [2006's The Evolution of Robin Thicke] being a very heartfelt, spiritual expression, and the last album [2008's Something Else] being an ode to my favorite '70s music, this new album is really a testament to the hip-hop and soul music that has shaped [me] and my generation." Thicke has certainly stayed busy since releasing Sex Therapy. Following in the footsteps of his wife, actress Paula Patton, he recently began taking on some television and film acting work. He also continues to collaborate regularly, including a featured appearance on Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester's first single "Somebody to Love," spots on recent albums by Rick Ross and R. Kelly, and ongoing collaborations with old pal Lil' Wayne. Despite all that side work, Thicke is hardly neglecting his own music career. He just released the title track off his upcoming album Love After War, which is set to drop December 6th.

Musical Performance: The Other Point of View - Alwan for the Arts
December 09, 2011 - New York

Although all of the musicians in The Other Point of View share a jazz background, their music is not that. It's simply an expression of everything that's inspired them in their own musical journeys. So among the many influences, you'll hear Indian music, African, Brazilian, Palestinian, Greek, American, Iraqi... but in the end, it's just music that each of these 4 composers has loved, and wanted to share with you.

Rodelinda - Metropolitan Opera
December 10, 2011 -

Sensational in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth's much-heralded production, Renée Fleming reprises the title role. She's joined by Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl, and Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.

Faust - Metropolitan Opera
December 10, 2011 -

With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod's classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn't be better served. Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. A later run features two other first-tier Fausts: Roberto Alagna and Joseph Calleja, with Ferruccio Furlanetto stepping in as the devil. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success.

Hot Tuna - Beacon Theatre
Through December 10, 2011 - New York

Begun as an acoustic spinoff of the Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna eventually became the full-time focus of founding members Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen, emerging as a popular touring act of the 1970s. The two were lifelong friends, growing up together in Washington, D.C., and playing in the group the Triumphs. After high school, guitarist Kaukonen and his government-service parents relocated to the Philippines, but he returned to the U.S. in time for the advent of psychedelia, landing in San Francisco and co-founding the Airplane in 1965. Bassist Casady joined not long after, and together they helped lead the group to massive success during the late 60's.

Karita Mattila, Martin Katz - Carnegie Hall
December 10, 2011 - Manhattan

In 2004 and 2008, Karita Mattila stunned New York in the lead role in Strauss's Salome at the Met, her performance revealing a "courage, intensity and emotional nakedness" (The New York Times) rarely seen on the opera stage. At Carnegie Hall this season, she brings the same power and passion to songs by Poulenc, Debussy, Marx, and Aulis Sallinen.

Pacifica Quartet - Beethoven String Quartets - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 10, 2011 -

 

Joshua Bell Plays Tchaikovsky - New York Philharmonic
Through December 10, 2011 -

 

Apollo Stars of Tomorrow: An Amateur Night Special - Apollo Theater
December 10, 2011 - New York

The legendary Apollo Theater lights up the holiday season with a special edition of its signature program featuring winners from the Child Stars of Tomorrow segment of the Amateur Night competition. With special guests Iconic Boyz. Stars of Tomorrow performers are Alyssa White, Austin Paul, Jr., Angel Innis, Lianah Sta. Ana, Tiffany Obi, Micaela Diamond, Amari Key, Zaccheus and Solomon Hicks.

A Peter White Christmas - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 10, 2011 - New York

For nearly two decades, Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop, and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience. Born in 1954 in Luton, a small town north of London, White learned his first chords on an acoustic guitar and had decided by his late teens that music was his calling. Barely a year after his first professional gig, he joined Al Stewart's band as a keyboardist for a 1975 tour and contributed to the album Year of the Cat, which became a huge hit for Stewart in 1976. The tour and the album marked the beginning of a 20-year association with Stewart. In the '80s, White also contributed to the launch of Polish singer Basia Trzetrzelewska's illustrious career, playing on her 1987 debut album Time and Tide.

LeibyaFair Live! Release Party - Sullivan Hall
December 10, 2011 - New York

Come celebrate the release of LeibyaFair Live!, the new album from Leibya Rogers, folksinging alter ego of comedian Mindy Raf, at Sullivan Hall at 7pm on Saturday, December 10. Leibya will perform such hits as “Regret,” “Womyn With a Y,” and “My V.”

The Waverly Consort - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 11, 2011 -

Each holiday season, the Waverly Consort's thirteen-member ensemble, under the direction of Michael Jaffee, performs The Christmas Story on tour. This beloved program includes vocal and instrumental hymns, processionals, antiphons, and Mass compositions from the 10th to the 15th century. These compositions, arranged as a narrative, evoke the liturgical calendar for Advent and Christmastide. Rooted in music manuscripts and illuminated miniatures of the Middle Ages, the program premiered at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1980.

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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