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February 26, 2011 - 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.

The Saint of Bleecker Street - Dicapo Opera Theater
February 26, 2011 -

Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti, unashamed of theatricality and tonal melody, ranks as one of the most original and popular 20th century opera composers. Writing his own librettos, Menotti has ranged far in the subjects he has chosen for his operas, from a police-state nightmare (The Consul) to the tragedy of a woman caught between reality and an incredible world beyond (The Medium) to the hugely successful Christmas TV opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. Menotti's The Saint of Bleeker Street, written in English and dating from 1954, is the story of a simple young girl in New York's Little Italy who is blessed (or afflicted) with the stigmata and hears voices and sees visions. Her protective brother Michele, who is also a convinced atheist, thinks his sister needs hospitalization, but he cannot stop their neighbors from believing his sister to be a saint. An opera of high theatricality! This new production will be directed by Michael Capasso and conducted by Maestro Mazzagatti. $50.

Emanuel Ax, piano - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 26, 2011 -

Pianist Emanuel Ax, whose playing is continually "fresh and alive" (The New York Times), explores his love of Schubert in three varied concerts. This series is curated and performed by Ax himself, spanning chamber music, works for solo piano, and a selection of lieder. 7:30pm.

Armida - Metropolitan Opera
February 26, 2011 -

Renee Fleming revisits Rossini's powerful but conflicted sorceress in the Met's new production directed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman. Lawrence Brownlee is Rinaldo, the object of Armida's love and revenge.

Iphigenie en Tauride - Metropolitan Opera
February 26, 2011 -

Susan Graham, Placido Domingo, and Paul Groves reprise their starring roles in Gluck's masterful interpretation of the Greek myth. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and Seattle Opera.

Flower Power Creative & Sid Bernstein Presents George Harrison Celebration Concert Starring Roberta Flack - New York Society for Ethical Culture
February 26, 2011 -

Flower Power Creative and Sid Bernstein are hosting a public concert celebrating the late “quiet Beatle,” George Harrison in honor of his 67th birthday. Grammy Award winner Roberta Flack will be headlining the evening performing popular Beatles songs along with six talents from New Jersey and New York: The Doughboys, The Grip Weeds, The 253 Boys, Lou Volpe, The Wyld Olde Souls, and Something. For more information, please visit flowerpowercreative.com

The World in Queens Series: New Reggae Soul - Meta and The Cornerstones - Jamaica Performing Arts Center
February 26, 2011 -

Meta and The Cornerstones blend Afropop, hip-hop, rock, and soul with a mixture of French, English, Wolof, and Fulani vocals, creating a unique reggae and soul sound. With powerful lyrics and joyful melodies, they create exciting music that transcends borders and language barriers.

Co-presented with the World Music Institute

RONY SEIKALY - Pacha NYC
February 26, 2011 -

Saturday February 26 Pacha NYC presents ...

RONY SEIKALY

You know him for pounding the boards – now he’s rocking the decks. Former NBA star Rony Siekaly loves music like he loves basketball, and is touring the world as a DJ. With big-name supporters like Erick Morillo (who released Rony’s first mixed compilation, “House Calls,” on his label Subliminal), and a dreamy trance- and tribal-infused house sound, he’s racking up the miles and the high-profile gigs. Come check out the towering talent at his Pacha NY debut. CHECK OUT THE MICRO-SITE for Music, Videos & more info: http://pachanyc.com/ronyseikaly/

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Dumpster Tequila Presents: Groundhog Time! - The Player's Theatre Loft
February 26, 2011 -

After an 18 month run at The Creek and The Cave, Dumpster Tequila is proud to bring our monthly show to Manhattan's beautiful Player's Theatre Loft. We're joined this month by indie improv darlings Identity Theft and a very special reunion of one of UCB Theatre NY's most beloved Harold Teams: DeCoster! With amazing host, storyteller John Flynn!

So come join us as we celebrate our new show and new venue!

Stephen Sondheim does it, but it takes him years. Andrew Lloyd Webber does it, but it takes him years, then his cats erase it from his piano. Dumpster Tequila does it on the spot! Dumpster Tequila creates a 30 minute musical based off of one audience suggestion. All the music is made up, all the lyrics are made up, all the dialogue is made up, and sometimes we dance a little, that's made up too!

Chris Dukes - Ace of Clubs
February 26, 2011 -

If his voice sounds familiar, that's because you've heard him sing on commercials for major corporations like GE, Kodak, F.Y.E., and "The Home Depot Anthem." Chris and his band will be peforming songs from his new album "Greater Than Me," his latest collection of radio-ready rock anthems and ballads.

La La Brooks of the Crystals - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 26, 2011 -

Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=208 $25 in adv, $30 day of show Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 & 6 people $45 per ticket - Must buy entire booth A booth for 4 = $180 A booth for 6 = $270 General Admission Seated Show First Come, First Seated Dolores LaLa Brooks was a member of the legendary girl group The Crystals and is best known as the lead vocalist on their hits Then He Kissed Me and Da Doo Ron Ron. Brooks was the second youngest of 11 children, born to a full-blooded Native American mother and an African-American father. She once told an interview of her mother and laughed, "I knew she was different when she couldn't comb my hair. She told me to ask a neighbor to do it. I have my father's kinky hair." Brooks first displayed her talent by singing gospel music in church. At age seven, she took part in her siblings' gospel group called the Little Gospel Tears, where they sang in Brooklyn. While attending P.S. 73, she was discovered in an after-school program by Dolores "Dee Dee" Kenniebrew and her mother, who invited her to join the Crystals as a replacement for a departing member. Brooks accepted this invitation. After leaving the Crystals, she married jazz musician Leo Morris (also known as Idris Muhammad) in 1966; the union brought two sons and two daughters. Shortly thereafter, she converted to Islam with him, going under the name "Sakinah Muhammad." She then helped him write and record his material over the years. In 1968, she appeared in the original Broadway production of the musical Hair, where she performed the song "Aquarius." She would later appear in the Broadway show Two Gentlemen of Verona in 1971. She also toured with and recorded for various artists (such as the Neville Brothers, Bobby Womack and Isaac Hayes), made short appearances in films, and contributed songs to different movie soundtracks (including the 1970 film Cotton Comes to Harlem). In 1971, she reunited with Dolores "Dee Dee" Kenniebrew, Mary Thomas, and Barbara Alston as the Crystals and toured and performed in rock-&-roll revival shows. Their touring lasted until 1973 when the members decided to devote their time to their families. In 1983, she and her family moved to London, England where she and Morris continued their careers in music. In 1990, they moved to Vienna, Austria where she continued singing and writing songs with Morris and also hosted a local radio show; they lived in Vienna until 1997. Andrew Edge sang backing vocals her on her BMG (Austria) CD LaLa Brooks & Friends in 1994.[1] In 1999, she and Morris separated but have remained on good terms since then. Brooks moved back to the United States at the turn of the century and currently resides in New York City.

Rasputina - Highline Ballroom
February 26, 2011 -

Doors and show at 11:30pm $15 adv, $20 at doors ** 18 + ** Seminal cello-driven trio Rasputina presents their seventh album, 'Sister Kinderhook'. Rasputina directress, Melora Creager recorded it whilst pregnant in the Hudson Valley just last summer. She and Brian Kehew (Moog Cookbook, Fiona Apple, Air) mixed it in Los Angeles with a newborn in the studio. This album finds Melora expressing a thematic fantasy of Colonial Federalism. Subject-wise, she also touches on feral children (Snow-Hen of Austerlitz), the Anti-rent Wars of 1844 (Calico Indians), and Early American portraiture (The 2 Miss Leavens), not to mention the theory that giants were indeed real, but killed each other off in a self-genocidal holocaust (A Holocaust of Giants). Sister Kinderhook is a return to Rasputina's early, more organic sound. Melora produced and engineered the thing at her homestead in the country. Hudson, NY is home to many fabulous female artists that gained notoriety in the 1990's, including Melora, Melissa Auf Der Maur and M'Shell N'Degeocello.

Alwan Festival of Sacred Music presents: Naji Youseff: Maronite & Melkite Hymns and Chants - Alwan for the Arts
February 26, 2011 -

A master of expressive vocal ornamentation, Naji Youssef’s voice is reminiscent of the Lebanese jabali (mountain) style exemplified by such masters as Wadi’ Assafi. In tonight's performance, the Lebanese-born tenor and cantor performs the traditional chants and hymns of the Byzantine Catholic Melkite and Maronite liturgy.

Alwan Festival of Sacred Music presents: Naji Youseff: Maronite & Melkite Hymns and Chants - Alwan for the Arts
February 26, 2011 -

A master of expressive vocal ornamentation, Naji Youssef’s voice is reminiscent of the Lebanese jabali (mountain) style exemplified by such masters as Wadi’ Assafi. In tonight's performance, the Lebanese-born tenor and cantor performs the traditional chants and hymns of the Byzantine Catholic Melkite and Maronite liturgy.

Young People's Chorus of New York City - Carnegie Hall
February 27, 2011 -

Carnegie Hall's Family Concert series continues on Sunday, February 27 at 1:00 p.m. with a Carnegie Hall Family Sing featuring the Young People's Chorus of New York City led by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez. Pre-concert activities for this family concert begin one hour before the performance and are free to all ticket holders.

Mahler Revisited – Mahler Symphonies - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 27, 2011 -

Maestro Valery Gergiev returns with the illustrious Londoners in February 2011 for three programs of Mahler symphonies. To mark two Mahler anniversaries -- the 150th of his birth in 2010, and 100th of his death, in 2011 -- Gergiev will conduct all of Mahler's symphonies during the coming season, concluding with the London Symphony Orchestra, with Symphonies No. 7, No. 3, No. 9 and the Adagio, from Symphony No. 10.

SYZYGY NEW MUSIC presents 'PLUGGED IN' - Galapagos Art Space
February 27, 2011 -

SYZYGY NEW MUSIC presents PLUGGED IN, an evening-length exploration of contemporary electro-acoustic composition. Presenting an eclectic cross-section of approaches and aesthetics, the program features world premiers by Jakub Ciupinski and Danielle Schwob, as well as performances by Tristan Perich with Loud Objects, Jakub Ciupinski (Gesture Controlled Music) and the Syzygy New Music Ensemble. Described as “one of 2009’s most promising new groups” by Sequenza21, SYZYGY NEW MUSIC is dedicated to the curation of innovative new concert works. Syzygy works with a roster of accomplished instrumentalists and imaginative composers, seeking always to maintain a high artistic standard. Not wishing to be defined by one particular musical aesthetic, the group aspires instead for diversity within its programming, favoring artists who are not afraid to be bold in their creative choices.

PROGRAM: Tristan Perich with Loud Objects —Intermission— The SYZYGY NEW MUSIC Ensemble Mehr Licht, Danielle Schwob World Premiere (Live Electronics Version) Rapture, Anna Clyne Observations, Tristan Perich Honest Music, Nico Muhly Red River, Mason Bates —Intermission— Inkubator, Jakub Ciupinski World Premiere Gesture Controlled Music performed by the composer

Jesse Cook - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 27, 2011 -

Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/schedule/moreinfo.cgi?id=4742 Doors at 6:00PM, Show at 8:00PM * General admission seated show - First come, first seated - Standing room at the bar. Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 + 6 people - $50 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 = $200 - A booth for 6 = $300 Jesse Cook knows a thing or two about frontiers. Over the course of a dozen years and numerous best-selling albums, the virtuoso flamenco guitarist has explored the outer limits of popular music, breaking new ground with each successive recording. In the past, Cook has blended African percussion, Cajun accordion, classical cello and pop vocals with his own rumba flamenco style to create a thrilling, multi-textured global hybrid. And he's traveled far afield from London to Cairo to collaborate with some of the worlds best musicians. Cook's adventurous approach to music began at a young age, when trips to Europe to see his father exposed him to a variety of exotic sounds including the music of the legendary Gipsy Kings, with whom he shared a now famous jam session on a rooftop in the French city of Arles. After releasing his independent debut Tempest in 1995, Cook was signed to Narada Records and has since sold more than one million albums worldwide and won a Juno Award for 2000's Free Fall album. His tours, from concert halls to appearances at major events like the Montreal Jazz Festival, are typically sold-out affairs. And reviewers routinely praise what one critic called his uncompromising musicality and ferocious guitar prowess.

School of Rock - Highline Ballroom
February 27, 2011 -

Best of Season Show Doors at 11:00am, Show at 11:30am $15 With more than a decade of successful experience teaching music, School of Rock is the national leader in music education for kids from age 7 to 18. Students learn from professional musicians in an interactive environment combining weekly private lessons and structured group rehearsals with the ultimate goal of performing live in front of real crowds.

Minnesota Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
February 28, 2011 -

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to Carnegie Hall on Monday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. with a program featuring Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major with Lisa Batiashvili and Sibelius's Symphony No. 6 in D Minor and Symphony 7 in C Major.

Lucia di Lammermoor - Metropolitan Opera
February 28, 2011 -

Natalie Dessay returns to her triumphant portrayal of the fragile heroine in the Met's hit production. Also starring Joseph Calleja.

Yellow Matter Custard - A Tribute to the Beatles - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 28, 2011 -

MIKE PORTNOY (DREAM THEATER) PAUL GILBERT (MR. BIG/RACER X) NEAL MORSE (SPOCK'S BEARD/TRANSATLANTIC) KASIM SULTON (UTOPIA/TODD RUNDGREN) Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=222 Doors at 6:00PM, Show at 8:00PM $30.00 Advance, $30.00 Day of Show * Standing Room Only * Limited General Admission Seating Available - First Come, First Seated Yellow Matter Custard is a Beatles tribute supergroup consisting of Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Transatlantic, OSI, Liquid Tension Experiment, Liquid Trio Experiment Avenged Sevenfold), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock's Beard), Paul Gilbert (Racer X, Mr. Big) and Kasim Sulton (Utopia, Todd Rundgren, Meat Loaf). They take their name from a lyric in "I Am the Walrus", by The Beatles: "Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog's eye". More a project than a band, they performed only twice: on May 17, 2003 at Upper Montclair, New Jersey and May 18, 2003 at B.B. King's Blues Club, New York. The latter performance was recorded and released as the double CD One Night in New York City later that year, on the Radiant Records label.

The Philadelphia Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
March 01, 2011 -

On Tuesday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m., Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform their second of three Carnegie Hall concerts this season with a program featuring the New York premiere of James MacMillan's Violin Concerto with Vadim Repin, along with Berlioz's Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E Minor.

Armida - Metropolitan Opera
March 01, 2011 -

Renee Fleming revisits Rossini's powerful but conflicted sorceress in the Met's new production directed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman. Lawrence Brownlee is Rinaldo, the object of Armida's love and revenge.

Dave Mason from Traffic - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 01, 2011 -

Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=250 Doors at 6:00PM, Show at 8:00PM $28.50 Adv / $32 Day Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 & 6 people $48.50 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 = $194 A booth for 6 = $291 General Admission Seating First come, first seated At age 18, the Worchester England native teamed up with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood to form the legendary band Traffic. At 19, Mason penned the song "Feelin' Alright". This song has since become a rock and roll anthem, having been recorded by well over 48 artists, the best known version being Joe Cocker. The group's profound influence over rock music remains unquestioned even today. Mason departed from the group after their second album. In 1969 Dave headed for the USA to pursue a solo career. He struck gold with the album "Alone Together", which is considered a rock classic. This was followed by five albums for CBS/Sony including "Dave Mason" and "Mariposa De Oro", four of which received gold albums. "Let It Flow", which has gone well over platinum, contained the classic "We Just Disagree", a top-ten single! In addition to performing to sold-out audiences, Mason performed on a number of albums such as The Rolling Stones' "Beggars's Banquet", George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass", Paul McCartney's "Listen To What The Man Said" and Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland". One of the songs from the "Ladyland" album, "All Along the Watchtower", featured Dave playing acoustic guitar. This song, written by Bob Dylan, remains a big favorite in Dave's live show! In October of 1993, Dave Mason formally joined the legendary group Fleetwood Mac and spent two years touring with them around the world. The band completed and album for Warner Brothers called "Time", which was released in October 1995, and features Dave's lead vocals on songs including "Blow By Blow" and "I Wonder Why". Dave Mason's career spans over 37 years and has encompassed producing, performing and song writing. Not to mention being one of rock's great guitar players! Along with his induction as a founding member of the group Traffic into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, he is currently putting the finishing touches to a brand new solo album.

Peter Abraham presents Francis Dunnery Band - Highline Ballroom
March 01, 2011 -

featuring David Sancious, Tony Beard, and Jamie Bishop Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:45pm $18 Adv, $20 at doors Francis Dunnery is impossible to pigeon hole. Hailed by Melody Maker Magazine as 'the most interesting man' in Rock and Roll. After spending much of his life as a British Rock Star, being chosen to lend his guitar playing skills for such respected artists as Robert Plant, Santana, Yes, Lauren Hill, John Mellencamp and Ian Brown, Dunnery hit the middle of life with a bang and was forced inward. He has spent the past twenty five years not only pursuing his incomparable music career but also studying, philosophy, psychology and astrology. The Francis Dunnery concert experience is a complete one-off show that will have you laughing, crying, thinking and knowing all at the same time. Dunnery's style can be brash and down to earth yet he's capable of singing achingly, beautiful music that penetrates the soul. Many have said Dunnery's concerts are life-changing and unlike anything they have experienced before.

Prazak Quartet - Carnegie Hall
March 02, 2011 -

The Pražák Quartet performs a program on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. of Beethoven's String Quartet in F Major, No. 1; Janá?ek's String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters;" and Schubert's String Quartet in D Minor, "Death and the Maiden."

Making Music: James MacMillan - Carnegie Hall
March 02, 2011 -

Following the premiere of James MacMillan's Violin Concerto on March 1, Carnegie Hall's Making Music series focuses on Mr. MacMillan's work on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. with an all-MacMillan program featuring the US premieres of both his Horn Quintet with horn player Eric Ruske and the Brentano String Quartet, and Mr. MacMillan conducts Raising Sparks featuring mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and The Zankel Band. Also on the program is MacMillan's Piano Sonata performed by Inon Barnatan. Carnegie Hall's Director of Artistic Planning, Jeremy Geffen will moderate a conversation with the composer.

Iphigenie en Tauride - Metropolitan Opera
March 02, 2011 -

Susan Graham, Placido Domingo, and Paul Groves reprise their starring roles in Gluck's masterful interpretation of the Greek myth. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and Seattle Opera.

Anthony David - Highline Ballroom
March 02, 2011 -

Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm $12 Adv, $15 at doors Anthony David is half bluesman, half soul singer, but he was actually raised on hip-hop. After serving with the 82nd Airborne, the Desert Storm veteran picked up the guitar for the first time at age twenty-one, when he landed in Atlanta following his Army stint. At the same time, he met India.Arie, who has become a friend and a musical cohort. After her Acoustic Soul album -- which includes "A Part of My Life," written by David -- went double platinum and garnered seven Grammy nominations, he followed her on tour, released two independent albums of his own, and then became the first artist signed to Arie's new label, Soulbird (under Universal Republic). Acey Duecy, his first album for that label. Why the name Acey Duecy? It's a compilation of his two independent works, represents two different sides of the same artist. Plus, Acey Duecy is Anthony David's nickname.

John Waite - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 02, 2011 -

Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=209 Doors at 6:00PM, Show at 8:00PM $25 Advance, $30 Day of Show General Admission Seated Show First Come, First Seated Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 & 6 people $45 per ticket - Must buy entire booth A booth for 4 = $180 A booth for 6 = $270 JOHN WAITE is an extraordinary vocalist, songwriter and frontman in his own right, as well as with mega pop band THE BABYS and rock supergroup BAD ENGLISH. John Waite cut five albums and had numerous top 40 hits with The Babys before moving to New York to go solo during the early 1980s. His first album, Ignition, boasted the MTV/rock radio staple Change. In 1984, he found himself at Number One on the hit parade with Missing You. The song topped the international charts. Twenty years on, this classic remains a radio staple around the globe. He also hit the top of the charts during a two-album tenure with the pop/rock super group Bad English. The bands No. 1 single When I See You Smile sparked sellout concert tours and a succession of Billboard Hot 100 hits. But when the groups spark was gone, Waite packed his bags and returned to life a solo songsmith. During the Nineties and early Zeroes, John has refused to live on former glory. He prefers to balance his life between singing on stage, composing and recording honest, heartfelt solo albums. He has written and recorded several songs for Hollywood movies. For kicks (and perhaps honor as a diehard Beatles fan), he even enjoyed a brief stint on a recent Ringo Starr concert tour. John Waite has plenty to offer on his new album, The Hard Way. Beyond the addictive title cut lie some terrific pop/rock tunes.

Romeo et Juliette - Metropolitan Opera
March 03, 2011 -

Angela Gheorghiu and Piotr Beczala play the doomed lovers in Gounod's supremely romantic opera. Placido Domingo conducts.

Melissa auf der Maur - Highline Ballroom
March 03, 2011 -

Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm $12 adv, $14 at doors Melissa Auf der Maur (MAdM) was born and raised in Montreal, Canada with a fine arts education focusing on Music and Photography. From 1994-1999 she was a member, songwriter and bass player of the international rock band Hole, culminating in the Billboard and Grammy nominated album "Celebrity Skin" released in 1998. In 2000 she joined the Smashing Pumpkins for their farewell world tour. In 2004 "Auf der Maur", her first solo album, was released by Capitol Records/ EMI worldwide. The album featured esteemed guest appearances by members of Queens of the Stone Age, NIN and A Perfect Circle. She has toured and collaborated with bands and members of QOTSA, Marilyn Manson, The Cure, Indochine, NIN, Muse, Ric Ocasek and more. She has exhibited her photography in New York, Montreal and Tokyo and her photos have been published in magazines such as: Spin, Nylon, American Photo and Harper's Bazaar.

American Composers Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
March 04, 2011 -

Music Director George Manahan and the American Composers Orchestra wrap up their 2010–2011 Orchestra Underground series with a program titled Playing It Unsafe on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. which features composers selected from a national search for their willingness to experiment and stretch their own musical sensibilities while testing the limits of the orchestra. Composers and their specific program details to be announced.

The Saint of Bleecker Street - Dicapo Opera Theater
March 04, 2011 -

Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti, unashamed of theatricality and tonal melody, ranks as one of the most original and popular 20th century opera composers. Writing his own librettos, Menotti has ranged far in the subjects he has chosen for his operas, from a police-state nightmare (The Consul) to the tragedy of a woman caught between reality and an incredible world beyond (The Medium) to the hugely successful Christmas TV opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. Menotti's The Saint of Bleeker Street, written in English and dating from 1954, is the story of a simple young girl in New York's Little Italy who is blessed (or afflicted) with the stigmata and hears voices and sees visions. Her protective brother Michele, who is also a convinced atheist, thinks his sister needs hospitalization, but he cannot stop their neighbors from believing his sister to be a saint. An opera of high theatricality! This new production will be directed by Michael Capasso and conducted by Maestro Mazzagatti. $50.

Lucia di Lammermoor - Metropolitan Opera
March 04, 2011 -

Natalie Dessay returns to her triumphant portrayal of the fragile heroine in the Met's hit production. Also starring Joseph Calleja.

Super Diamond - Highline Ballroom
March 04, 2011 -

Doors at 8:00pm, Show at 9:00pm $22 adv, $25 at doors After assembling a band of truly kindred spirits, Surreal Neil and Super Diamond began to perform regularly in San Francisco and then all over the U.S., and something quite wonderful happened: People turned out in large numbers to see them, and returned again and again and again... Thank you!

The Delfonics - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 04, 2011 -

*TWO SHOWS* Early Show Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=347 Late Show Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=348 $26 Adv, $30 Day * General Admission Seated Show - First Come, First Seated Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 + 6 people - $45 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 = $180 - A booth for 6 = $270 Among the first purveyors of the smooth, orchestral sound that would come to typify Philadelphia soul, the Delfonics established themselves as one of the quintessential soul groups of the late 60s and 70s and created some of the most notable songs of that era. Formed in the early 1960s in Philly by brothers William "Poogie" and Wilbert Hart and schoolmate Randy Cain, the Delfonics established a reputation as a solid young vocal group and William Hart as a fine young songwriter. They signed with local Cameo-Parkway Records and released a number of singles on that label and on small MoonShot Records, none of which received much attention outside of Philadelphia. Then the group became one of the early acts to team with young producer/arranger Thom Bell, and the combination struck immediate pay dirt on Bell Records. They hit both the Pop and Soul top five in 1968 with the Bell/William Hart composition "La La Means I Love You," a now-classic soul ballad highlighted by Hart's plaintive falsetto lead. More hits followed over the next few years, including the memorable "Ready Or Not Here I Come," "You Got Yours And I'll Get Mine" and their other top ten Pop hit, "Didn't (I Blow Your Mind This Time)," which won the 1970 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance. Cain left the group in 1971 and was replaced by Major Harris (who later scored a #1 solo hit with "Love Won't Let Me Wait"). Bell also stopped working with the Delfonics about this time due to his increasingly busy schedule as well as creative differences with the group. The Delfonics continued to hit the lower ends of the Soul charts through the mid-70s, when Harris left for a moderately successful solo career. Over the next 30 years, the group split and reconnected, often with varying combinations of former members (including Harris, Cain, each Hart brother) and others. In 1999, William Hart teamed with Harris and former Futures member Frank Washington (now the lead singer for the Spinners) to record Forever New on Volt Records, working with producer Preston Glass (who seems to have produced virtually every classic soul group over the past decade). It received some critical notice but failed to chart. Currently, Will Hart, with new members Greh Hill and Joe Branch, tours as the Delfonics Review. Will Hart also continues recording as a solo artist, most recently releasing an album in late 2005 called Fonic Zone.

SHARAM - Pacha NYC
March 04, 2011 -

Not too many DJ/producers span times and trends like Sharam. As half of Deep Dish during the heyday of New York house, he made tribal magic, injecting vocal anthems with the same kind of drum-heavy heft as the dance floor bangers; then transferred into the progressive era without missing a step, reminding us to “respect and honour our mothers” as the 2000s got dark. As a solo artist, Sharam maintained his songcraft and matched the party-starting sound of the day, sending up hits like “Party All The Time” and the most recent Mach series, which features surprisingly sad vocal “Fun” and a star turn from Shakira on “M.I.T.T.” Come check out one of dance music’s true troubadours.

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St. Louis Symphony - Carnegie Hall
March 05, 2011 -

On Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m., Music Director David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony return to Carnegie Hall with a program including Ralph Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Thomas Adès's Violin Concerto, "Concentric Paths" featuring Leila Josefowicz; and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, "Pathétique." A pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. with David Robertson in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning at Carnegie Hall.

Bon Jovi - Madison Square Garden
March 05, 2011 -

As Bon Jovi's No. 1 tour closes out 2010 with concerts in Spain, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, the iconic band will ring in 2011 with newly announced worldwide dates including three shows at Madison Square Garden.

Armida - Metropolitan Opera
March 05, 2011 -

Renee Fleming revisits Rossini's powerful but conflicted sorceress in the Met's new production directed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman. Lawrence Brownlee is Rinaldo, the object of Armida's love and revenge.

Iphigenie en Tauride - Metropolitan Opera
March 05, 2011 -

Susan Graham, Placido Domingo, and Paul Groves reprise their starring roles in Gluck's masterful interpretation of the Greek myth. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and Seattle Opera.

Randy Newman - The Town Hall
March 05, 2011 -

Over a course of 40 years, Newman has combined sophisticated orchestrations and indelible melodies with story-song lyrics that veered between the unabashedly romantic and the sarcastically humorous.

Apollo Music Cafe - Future Now, with Tuan X, Karma Mayet, Gregory Porter, Gina Breedlove - Apollo Theater
Through March 05, 2011 -

In this metaphorical mash-up of young, contemporary vocalists, artists and acts flow one into another, combining poetry, song, rhythm, harmony, breath, beat, and movement.

CIRCA - NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Through March 05, 2011 -

The exhilarating and physically astonishing Australian Circa performs its self-titled remix CIRCA - a compilation of three of the company’s most acclaimed and engaging main-stage works. The company’s sophisticated sensibility combines extreme circus skills with dance, movement and acrobatics. Explosive encounters, dynamic group scenes and achingly beautiful solos abound. Brisbane-based Circa has established itself as a center of excellence in contemporary circus, where movement is at its most adventurous and dangerous and where precision and timing is everything. Circa’s signature style combines physical beauty, formidable circus skills and an immersive and integral use of sound, light and projection. The result is a new kind of circus, at once poetic, sensual and immense.

Romeo and Juliet - NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
March 05, 2011 -

Rediscover one of the world’s most enduring stories with your family - a tale of tragic romance between the son and daughter of feuding households - in an easy-to-follow adaptation created especially for young people. Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare's most thrilling and popular plays, confronts each new generation with its passion and force. NYU Steinhardt's Program in Educational Theatre has become a leader in bringing Shakespeare and his plays to schools and community organizations throughout New York City with its Shakespeare Initiative including the touring company, Shakespeare to Go.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
March 05, 2011 -

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 info@4kent.com. 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.

Oleta Adams - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 05, 2011 -

Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=128 TWO SHOWS! Doors at 6:00PM, Show at 7:30PM & Doors at 9:30PM, Show at 10:00PM $20.50 Adv, $25 Day General Admission Seating First come, first seated Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 & 6 people $50 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 = $200 A booth for 6 = $300 Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album Circle of One (which went Platinum), and the impassioned hit single "Get Here" (the Brenda Russell composition that became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War) Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. Her success, nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross, has been solidified by four Grammy nominations and a seemingly bottomless well of creative energy. Oleta will be adding to her musical legacy with the release of a new secular album, Let's Stay Here, on April 21st of this year. Although Oleta has had the opportunity to work with many fantastic producers over her career, she decided to produce this album herself in addition to writing eight of the ten songs. Let's Stay Here is a creative and evocative project with a soulful jazz influence and songs that project many tantalizing thoughts. The songs weave through many a journey including a seductive love affair, vacation bliss, an abusive relationship, forgiveness, as well as a cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" which was featured on a recent Buick commercial television ad campaign. A long-time resident of Kansas City, Kansas, where she has found sanctuary from the turmoil of the entertainment industry, Oleta Adams also remains anchored by her upbringing in the Pacific Northwest. The youngest of three girls and two boys, Oleta spent her formative years in Seattle before traveling over the mountains at age six to Yakima, Washington, an idyllic town of 60,000. She first demonstrated her budding vocal gifts in the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church where her father served as minister. By the time Oleta was eleven, she was directing and accompanying four choirs, having already established herself as a piano prodigy. She credits her further musical development in junior high school to Lee Farrell, "the brilliant Julliard-trained teacher and voice coach who changed my life." School provided another outlet for Oleta Adams: the theatrical stage. In her senior year she broke barriers and traditions as the star of Hello Dolly! admitting that "early on I realized the pleasures of being a big fish in a small pond." Turning down the chance to pursue an operatic career as a lyric soprano, along with a scholarship to Pacific Lutheran University, Oleta instead spent a summer in Europe before heading to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. One demo tape and $5,000 later, she discovered that the disco movement had deafened music executives. Oleta's gospel-flavored voice was not "in." With the help of Coach Lee Farrell she wound up in Kansas City, where she launched her career playing piano bars, hotel lounges and showrooms. Oleta quickly became a local institution, with her own billboard and a regular gig at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Celebrities from every musical genre caught her act, including Eartha Kitt, Cab Calloway, Air Supply, Gino Vanelli, Yes and Billy Joel. Finally serendipity came in the form of the British band Tears for Fears, whose frontmen Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith asked her to appear on their 1989 "The Seeds of Love' album, video and European tour. Proving that good things come to those who wait, upon her return to the U.S. Oleta signed a record deal for her first solo album in 1991. With seven CDs, including secular, gospel, a Christmas album, and soon the eighth, Let's Stay Here, worldwide acclaim and over two-and a-half million albums sold, Oleta's musical odyssey continues - spiritually and creatively. For this consummate artist- composer-producer-musician, many goals remain on the horizon.

Rock Showcase - Webster Hall
March 05, 2011 -

Jon Chattman’s thecheappop.com welcomes Deluka, Brooklyn’s rising electronica-punk band, Boston rockers New Collisions, and others for an evening of live music at The Studio at Webster Hall. Some proceeds to benefit the Music Conservatory of Westchester. 8:00pm. $12 online and at the door. Age: 19 and up.

Alwan Festival of Sacred Music presents: Roopa Mahadevan: Devotional Music of South India - Alwan for the Arts
March 05, 2011 -

Carnatic music is believed to have evolved over the last 4,000 years and is based on ragas (arias in a melodic scale) and talas (rhythmic cycles). Its rhythmic intricacy captivates first-time listeners, as does its spiritual tradition of improvisation. Don't miss the captivating voice of carnatic singer Roopa Mahadevan in her Alwan debut, a sound that encapsulates this spiritual music of South India.

CHUS and CEBALLOS | The Miami Preview Party - Pacha NYC
March 05, 2011 -

C&C are back with a new vocal for your dancing pleasure: A Stereo remix of Oscar G’s finger-wagging “I’m Moving On” that’s perfect for Pacha – and as a warm-up for all the moving and grooving you’ll be doing this month down in sunny South Beach. The Iberican dons will also provide their sultry mix of drums and rhythm to keep your temperature up right until your plane lands. Then they’ll let Miami take over. GUESTLIST: $10 Admission before 12 midnight http://www.pachanyc.com/guestlist_030511.html

GET TICKETS http://pacha-nyc.clubtickets.com/us/2011-03/05/chus-and-ceballos-pacha-nyc Doors 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500

Pacha NYC 618 W.46th St. http://www.pachanyc.com/

The Nightingale and Other Short Fables - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through March 06, 2011 -

A theatrical alchemist who combines music, movement, and song into invariably mesmerizing productions, Robert Lepage (Lipsynch, 2009 Next Wave; the Metropolitan Opera's new Ring cycle) returns to BAM with The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, a brilliant assemblage of works by Stravinsky (Ragtime, Pribaoutki, The Fox, and others) bound together by an inspired mix of pan-Asian puppetry, opera, acrobatics -- and 20,000 gallons of water. The centerpiece of this work is Stravinsky's ingenious take on Hans Christian Andersen's tale of an emperor's curiously songful bird, The Nightingale. Lepage reimagines the opera as an aquatic fantasy, transforming the orchestra pit into a luminescent lagoon teeming with half-submerged singers, puppet-piloted boats, and lashing dragons. All the while, impervious to the commotion, the diminutive protagonist soars.

Neil Totton presents NY Soul Sensation - New World Stages
Through March 13, 2011 -

"Neil Totton presents NY Soul Sensation", a singing competition based in the truth that soul music has the power to transform and change lives by vocalist digging deep down with themselves to pull out performances that touch and captivate an audience. With Trevor Allen (Groove, Cafe Wha?, and bass player to the stars) serving as musical director and Neil Totton as host and a special guest mentor each week.Mentors to include: Recording Artist, Lea Lorien and Robin Clark, Broadway's Marva Hicks, Aisha DeHaas and Mykal Kilgore, and Vocal Genius, Marlon Saunders. This competition is going to be inspiring and good for the soul. 12 competitors have been chosen for the five week competition and ready to compete for the grand prize of $500, a song produced by a NYC producer, and a co-host spot for Sunday Soul Sessions at the Time Out Lounge following the competition. Out of the 12 contestants no one will be eliminated from the competition each week. The winner will be based on audience ticketed votes. Each contestants will be mentored by theatre and music industry professionals. THERE ARE NO JUDGES IN THIS COMPETITION. The competition is based on growth and evolving as a performer each week.

Week 1-Motown and the 60's

Week 2-70's, Disco, and Funk

Week 3- 80's, 90's, and today

Week 4- Love Songs

Week 5- NY Soul Sensation Grand Finale

Flamenco Show on Saturday Nights - Meson Asturias
Through June 15, 2011 -

See Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino at Meson Asturias restaurant on Saturday nights! Flamenco singing and dancing with LIVE music- great for the whole family. Shows at 9PM and 11PM. #7 to 82nd St. (at Roosevelt), or E, F, R to Roosevelt Ave. (at 74th). For reservations: 718-446-9154. NO COVER.

Private Lessons in Flamenco Guitar - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Study Flamenco guitar with Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino, whether you're a beginner or an experienced player looking for a great teacher! His classes focus on strengthening your playing by achieving the correct right and left hand techniques, and increase your understanding of Flamenco within the context of dance and singing accompaniment. With over 30 years of professional experience, Basilio offers an incredible mix of traditional and modern styles and techniques, and is also able to work with written music or tablature. Fluent in Spanish, he has lived and worked in Spain and accompanied many well known artists throughout his career. To learn more, visit http://www.flamencolatino.com/class.htm. A single one-hour class is $70. A 4-pack is $200 ($50/hour), paid in advance. If you do a trial lesson at $70, but decide to continue studying, you may upgrade to a 4-pack; however, you must pay a the prorated balance of $130 within one week of the trial lesson. Open time slots include weekday and weekend afternoons and some evening time. Also, Group Guitar classes in cante accompaniment now available for intermediate level guitarists. Tues. 8-9:30. $20 for single class, 4-pack for $70. You must interview by phone or in person, and reserve space in class.

Lessons are held at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th Street, 4th fl. Call Basilio at 212-399-8519

Flamenco Guitar Group Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

FLAMENCO GUITAR GROUP CLASSES on Wednesday nights at Flamenco Latino Studio with Basilio Georges. Level 2-Beginner (Spanish guitar facility and/or some flamenco background required. Audition may be necessary.), Wed. 7-8:30 pm -Technique, technique, technique -Basic compas patterns in various toques -Basic letra accompaniment, chords, in some toques -Learn to use falsetas you already have, and play them in rhythm. Level 1-Introductory/Basic Beginner (Some knowledge of chords very helpful), Wed. 8:30-10 pm. -Slow-paced class -Essential hand positions -Basic Technique -Basic Flamenco forms. Price $70 for 4-pack, $20 individually. Credits can also be applied to Mon. Cante class, 8:30-9:45 pm. Credit cards accepted. Email or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Flamenco Singing Group Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Flamenco Latino offers a group Cante Class with Alfonso Cid (mixed students). Work on forms such as tangos, sevillanas, fandangos, alegrias, bulerias. Will include review of both Manuel Gago material and Alfonso Cid material. Mondays, 8:30-9:45 pm, new 4-pack of classes for $70.00! (ONLY $17.50/class!) Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.


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