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February 20, 2010 - 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.

Ariadne auf Naxos - Metropolitan Opera
February 20, 2010 -

Strauss's dual gifts for groundbreaking modernity and classical elegance come together in a smart and fanciful production. The great Swedish diva Nina Stemme makes a rare appearance in the title role and Sarah Connolly as the Composer. Kirill Petrenko conducts.

La Boheme - Metropolitan Opera
February 20, 2010 -

Anna Netrebko stars in the most popular opera in the repertory. Piotr Beczala, who signaled his arrival as a top lyric tenor in last season's Lucia di Lammermoor, sings his first Met Rodolfo in Franco Zeffirelli's legendary production. Gerald Finley is Marcello, opposite Nicole Cabell and Ruth Ann Swenson alternating as Musetta.

All Balanchine: Liebeslieder Walzer, Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 - New York City Ballet
Through February 20, 2010 -

One of the greatest 20th-century artists, Balanchine created a ballet repertory stunning for its sheer diversity. The four couples of Liebeslieder Walzer take the waltz to extraordinary heights in a rapturous evening of romance set in an elegant ballroom. A sparkling display of ballet classicism, Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, is Balanchine's tribute to his Imperial Russian heritage.

'Blue Harvest' Tavern Concert - Historic Richmond Town
February 20, 2010 - Staten Island

Featuring some of New York City's hottest acoustic musicians, this bluegrass band combines rich harmonies and fiery instrumentals to create real honest-to-goodness homespun music that everyone will enjoy. Pre-paid reservations only with credit card.

Leslie Uggams - The Allen Room
February 20, 2010 -

Uggams has been captivating audiences of stage, screen and TV since her debut at the age of 6. As a child she opened for acts including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington at the Apollo Theater, then appeared at age 15 on Name That Tune on television, catching the eye of Mitch Miller. Impressed with her vocal ability, Miller put her on Sing Along with Mitch and she entered American pop culture history, becoming the first African-American to be a regular on a national, prime-time series. Uggams went on to Broadway, earning a Tony for Hallelujah, Baby! and accolades for her work in On Golden Pond, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes and King Hedley II. She had her own musical variety show on CBS in 1970, was Emmy-nominated for her role as Kizzy in Roots, won an Emmy for her show "Fantasy" on NBC, and appeared in numerous feature films. Uggams has not stopped – she tours the country appearing with major symphony orchestras and records in her splendid voice, most recently On My Way to You - The Songs of Marilyn and Alan Bergman. Two shows: 8:30 & 10:30pm.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
February 20, 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 info@4kent.com

Juilliard Orchestra's Only Carnegie Hall Appearance This Semester - Carnegie Hall
February 20, 2010 -

The Juilliard Orchestra makes its only Carnegie Hall appearance this semester on Saturday, February 20 at 8 PM, when the School’s Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies, James DePreist, leads the orchestra in a program including Richard Strauss' beloved tone poem, Ein Heldenleben, as well as performances of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Major, Op. 55 with Juilliard student soloist Oliver Jia, and Sinfonia No. 1 by Swedish composer Daniel Börtz.

Tickets are priced at $25 (parquet, 1st and 2nd tiers) and $10 (dress circle and balcony), but they are HALF-PRICED for students and seniors at the Carnegie Hall Box Office. Full-price tickets are also available through the Carnegie Hall Box Office, via CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or purchased online at www.carnegiehall.org.

Approach to Innovation - The Juilliard School
February 21, 2010 -

Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb is the special guest interviewee, with Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi, Sunday, February 21 at 2 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater (155 W. 65th Street). They discuss Mr. Gelb's approach to innovation and change at the world-famous opera house, with a question/answer session finale. This FREE, public event is part of an otherwise alumni-only day of panels, seminars, and a career expo comprising Juilliard's Alumni College, 2010: Performing Arts in the 21st Century: Examining Change and Taking Charge. The day is aimed at providing crucial career guidance and information for Juilliard's dance, drama, and music alumni and is open to current Juilliard students as well. A range of topics includes practical information about new directions in performing arts and creative, entrepreneurial ways to navigate these challenging times. Also that day, Juilliard holds a Career Expo with representatives from various service organizations, such as Actors’ Equity, Career Transition for Dancers, The League of American Orchestra, and others.

Dr. Polisi’s interview with Mr. Gelb is open to the general public, and FREE tickets will be available beginning February 8 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

La Fille du Regiment - Metropolitan Opera
February 22, 2010 -

New king of the high Cs Juan Diego Florez reprises his headline-grabbing performance in the comic hit from the 2007–08 season. Diana Damrau makes her Met role debut as Marie. Kiri Te Kanawa returns to the Met stage in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; and the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

Attila - Metropolitan Opera
February 23, 2010 -

Riccardo Muti, a champion of the Verdian tradition, makes his Met debut with one of the composer's rousing early operas. This story of civilization's encounter with barbarism is explored in a new production by director Pierre Audi. Some of the brightest lights in contemporary design, including Miuccia Prada and the architecture team of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron (the 2008 Beijing Olympics "Bird's Nest" stadium), have created the costumes and scenery. ldar Abdrazakov sings the title role, joined by Violeta Urmana, Ramón Vargas, and Carlos Alvarez.

Furthur: Phil Lesh & Bob Weir - Radio City Music Hall
Through February 24, 2010 - New York

Fans can expect Lesh & Weir to push the musical envelope with jaw-dropping improvisations and loving renditions of Grateful Dead classics, with an all-star band that includes keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and percussionist Jay Lane (RatDog), drummer Joe Russo (Benevento - Russo Duo, Trey Anastasio), and guitarist John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra).

La Boheme - Metropolitan Opera
February 24, 2010 -

Anna Netrebko stars in the most popular opera in the repertory. Piotr Beczala, who signaled his arrival as a top lyric tenor in last season's Lucia di Lammermoor, sings his first Met Rodolfo in Franco Zeffirelli's legendary production. Gerald Finley is Marcello, opposite Nicole Cabell and Ruth Ann Swenson alternating as Musetta.

Apollo Amateur Night - Apollo Theater
February 24, 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.

Starlight Music Series: Mark Berman Jazz Trio - Top of the Rock
February 24, 2010 -

Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center hosts its celebrated live music program, the Starlight Music Series, on Wednesday evenings, February 10th – February 24th, from 6-8 PM. Access to the musical event is included with the purchase of a Top of the Rock ticket. Visitors can enjoy live music and a glass of wine or refreshing beverage provided by Rock Center Café as they take in the stunning, 360-degree panorama of New York City. Wine and other beverages will be available for purchase.

Black Eyed Peas - Madison Square Garden
February 24, 2010 - New York

Three-time Grammy Award-winning recording artists The Black Eyed Peas will take the stage at Madison Square Garden. They will be joined by special guests Ludacris and LMFAO. Their latest tour will support their multi-platinum #1 album The E.N.D. and it also marks the first time that the group -- will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie -- is united for a North American headline tour since their 2006 Monkey Business world tour.

Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi: An Early Music Benefit for Haiti at Trinity Church - Trinity Church
February 24, 2010 -

Steven Fox, Trinity Wall Street's Acting Director of Music, leads the Trinity Choir, Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Trinity Wall Street Choristers in Early Music works by Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi in a benefit concert for Haiti at Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street in Lower Manhattan) on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30 PM. This program of High-Baroque choral masterworks features a late version of Vivaldi's Magnificat written for girls' voices at the Pieta; Bach's sublime motet, Komm, Jesu, komm; and Handel's early Roman cantata, Dixit Dominus. Admission is $20 for general seating; $10 students and seniors; children 12 and under are free.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.trintywallstreet.org/tickets or at the Trinity Church gift shop located on Broadway at Wall Street.

In addition to the proceeds from this concert, a special donation page has been set up on Trinity’s website, www.trinitywallstreet.org/haiti, to provide funds for Trinity’s mission in Haiti – the work of the Seminary and the Sisters of St. Margaret, as well as links to Episcopal Relief & Development's Haiti Fund and Partners in Health Earthquake Relief. Special, clearly marked collection boxes have been set up at the entrances of Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel for those who would like to give in person. Trinity will be providing updates on the needs of both missions in the coming days and weeks at www.trinitywallstreet.org.

Libation w/Ian Friday & Jihad Muhammad - Sullivan Room
February 25, 2010 -

Libation is All About Love! Global Soul and Movementsoul unite to end February 2010 on a lovely note. On Thursday, February 25th, Libation's Ian Friday will be joined on the decks by special guest DJ Jihad Muhammad! Jihad is a 16-year veteran DJ/Producer out of Newark. One of the bright lights in a strong stable of DJ's holding down the Global Soul/Deep House scene in New Jersey, Jihad has spread his adoration for dance music and its culture all over the globe. Check out this interview he gave in London: http://www.offthemeters.com/videos/jihad-muhammad-interview/

Along for the soulful sojourn are sexy party hosts Afro Mosaic Soul, talented guest visual artist Brian Life and the cast of the acclaimed Off-Broadway production All About Love.

Written and directed by Donysha Smith, All About Love just ended a successful run at the Paradise Factory Theater on the Lower East Side. To celebrate their final bow, the cast of the show will reconvene at the mecca of Global Soul and party with the Libation family.

Libation is the central destination for Global Soul Music, but you don’t have to wait to go to the Sullivan Room to get the Libation experience. Put a lil' Friday in your life everyday with Ian Friday presents: Libation Global Soul Session Volume 1. This latest release on Ian's Tea Party Music is #3 on Traxsource. To sample and/or purchase, please visit: http://www.traxsource.com/index.php?act=show&fc=tpage&cr=titles&cv=48411&alias=downloads

Libation provides NYC nightlife with soaked clothes and refreshed souls! It has been named the Top Party for 2009 by F.A.M.E NYC and was listed as a staff pick by Giant Step as one of the best parties of 2009.

Witness the Libation for yourself at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxwLlfMcXfo.

Join the Libation Facebook Group at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Libation-Party/58953104710?ref=ts

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John Mayer - Madison Square Garden
Through February 26, 2010 - New York

Seven-time Grammy Award winning musician John Mayer arrives at Madison Square Garden in support of his first studio album in three years, Battle Studies.

98.7 KISS FM's Super 70s Soul Jam - WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
February 26, 2010 - Manhattan

Groove to the hits of The Stylistics, The Emotions, Heatwave, The Blue Notes, Main Ingredient, The Delfonics, and Carl Carlton. For ONE NIGHT ONLY, this revival of R&B, Disco, & Soul will take Manhattan by storm.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Metropolitan Opera
February 26, 2010 -

If you're a fan of spectacular singing and great comic timing, you won't want to miss Barlett Sher's hit production. Diana Damrau brings her sparkling soprano to the role of Rosina, with Lawrence Brownlee and Franco Vassallo as her partners in comedy.

The Juilliard Orchestra - The Juilliard School
February 26, 2010 -

Conductor Jeffrey Milarsky leads the Juilliard Orchestra in the School's annual evening of world premieres by Juilliard student composers on Friday, February 26 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater (155 West 65th Street). The program features five new works for orchestra: Niccolo Athens' Marche Militaire and Berceuse; Michael Gilbertson's Wingspan; Hyeon-Joon Sohn's Piano Concerto; Jude Vaclavik's Torque; and Conrad Winslow’s Ceilings in Your Eyes.

Each year, two outside judges, who are respected professional composers and whose identity isn’t revealed to the students or faculty, select four winning works from the 10-15 scores they receive. The main restriction is that the piece must not have received a public performance prior to the date of the concert. This year, the judges decided to select five works for the concert.

FREE tickets are available beginning February 12 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office located at Juilliard, 155 West 65th Street. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM – 6 PM. For further information, call the Juilliard Box Office at (212) 769-7406 or visit the Web site at www.juilliard.edu.

Attila - Metropolitan Opera
February 27, 2010 -

Riccardo Muti, a champion of the Verdian tradition, makes his Met debut with one of the composer's rousing early operas. This story of civilization's encounter with barbarism is explored in a new production by director Pierre Audi. Some of the brightest lights in contemporary design, including Miuccia Prada and the architecture team of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron (the 2008 Beijing Olympics "Bird's Nest" stadium), have created the costumes and scenery. ldar Abdrazakov sings the title role, joined by Violeta Urmana, Ramón Vargas, and Carlos Alvarez.

La Boheme - Metropolitan Opera
February 27, 2010 -

Anna Netrebko stars in the most popular opera in the repertory. Piotr Beczala, who signaled his arrival as a top lyric tenor in last season's Lucia di Lammermoor, sings his first Met Rodolfo in Franco Zeffirelli's legendary production. Gerald Finley is Marcello, opposite Nicole Cabell and Ruth Ann Swenson alternating as Musetta.

'Johnson Girls' Tavern Concert - Historic Richmond Town
February 27, 2010 - Staten Island

This energetic all-woman a cappella group specializes in maritime music. Their repertoire includes songs of Afro-Caribbean, Irish, Anglo-American, Italian & French Canadian influence; songs of the inland waterways, of fishing, mining & much more. Pre-paid reservations only with credit card.

Festival de la Independencia Dominicana - Theater at Madison Square Garden
February 27, 2010 -

The lineup will feature: Johnny Ventura, Fernando Villalona, El Torito, Los Hermanos Rosario, Tono Rosario, Ruby Perez, plus a very special guest yet to be announced.

Celtic Woman - Radio City Music Hall
Through February 27, 2010 - New York

The international sensation Celtic Woman returns to Radio City Music Hall with their brand new tour: Songs From the Heart! The awe inspiring vocalists Lisa, Chlo�, Lynn and Alex along with the mesmerizing Celtic violinist Maairead continue to capture the hearts of fans across the country. Their critically acclaimed new television special, CELTIC WOMAN - SONGS FROM THE HEART, filmed live from Powerscourt House and Gardens in Ireland, is a blockbuster on PBS. Come see Celtic Woman with their 6 piece band and the Aontas Choir perform unique renditions of Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary hits. CELTIC WOMAN - SONGS FROM THE HEART promises to be a live concert event that you and your entire family will never forget!

Richmond County Orchestra presents Classics to Rock - College of Staten Island Center for the Arts
February 27, 2010 -

The Richmond County Orchestra presents violinist Akiko Kobayashi, winner of RCO's Musicians Contest Competition and "Not from Concentrate" a local ska/rock band.

Tks are $20 advance $25 @ door $5 for students. For advance price call 212-729-4792 before 2/20. If you cannot attend this very special one time event and would like to make an online tax deductible donation, please visit www.richmondcountyorchestra.org and click on donate.

Ben Vereen to Host 2010 Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition - World Financial Center – Winter Garden
February 27, 2010 -

In honor of Black History Month, the Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition is once again set to rock the World Financial Center. Each year, Pathmark invites top choirs from around the country to NYC to compete for $10,000 in prizes. Highlighting this year's event will be Tony Award winning actor, singer and dancer Ben Vereen, who will serve as host for the day’s festivities. This exciting FREE event allows music lovers of all ages to enjoy inspirational bands, fine soloists and sweet harmonies as hundreds of singers join together to showcase their musical talents.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
February 27, 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 info@4kent.com

A-Cello-Rhumba at Rockwood - Rockwood Music Hall
February 27, 2010 -

Erin Hall and her cello, who together are known as "Erin And Her Cello," will be performing A-Cello-Rhumba at Rockwood with Aya Kato on piano, Christa Van Alstine on clarinet, Mike McCurdy on percussion, backup singers Anna Marquardt and Adam Enright, and Kevin Kelly on accordion. "Their" music is difficult to categorize, but it has elements of jazz, 50s pop, French pop, and certainly a lot of "quirkiness."

Jerry Lee Lewis - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 27, 2010 -

The man behind such hits as "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire" performs at BB King Blues club & Grill. He was rock & roll's first great wild man and also rock & roll's first great eclectic. His television appearances and stage shows were legendary for their manic energy, and his competitive nature to outdo anyone else on the bill led to the story about how he once set his piano on fire at set's end to make it impossible for Chuck Berry to follow his act. Nobody messed with the Killer. Doors at 6pm, show at 8pm. $125.00 Advance/$130.00 Day of Show. General Admission Seating - First come, first seated. Reserved VIP booths on floor available for 4 and 6 people - $175 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 people costs $700 - A booth for 6 people costs $1050.


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