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

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.

Kelly Clarkson - Radio City Music Hall
January 21, 2012 -

Since bursting onto the music scene 10 years ago, Kelly Clarkson has released 5 studio albums (Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted, Stronger), sold over 20 million albums worldwide, 10 million albums in the US and has had 9 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She is the recipient of 2 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 2 MTV Awards, 1 Country Music Award and 11 Billboard Awards.

Tosca - Metropolitan Opera
January 21, 2012 -

Patricia Racette won plaudits when she first sang the title role at the Met in 2010. Now she returns with Roberto Alagna and Aleksandrs Antonenko alternating as her heroic lover, Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze and James Morris share the role of Scarpia.

The Enchanted Island - Metropolitan Opera
January 21, 2012 -

In one extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world's best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare. In The Enchanted Island, the lovers from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of The Tempest. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels (Prospero) and Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax) as the formidable foes, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand. The dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Satyagraha and the Met's 125 anniversary gala).

Alan Gilbert and Lang Lang - New York Philharmonic
Through January 21, 2012 -

Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel) - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through January 21, 2012 -

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jeff Mangum--the effusive frontman of 90's indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel--comes to BAM for a solo show in the Howard Gilman Opera House. Known for his hard-strumming style that melds dream-drenched imagery with gritty hymns to togetherness, Mangum takes the stage for what will surely be a standout evening.

The Smithereens - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 21, 2012 - New York

Brandishing heavy guitars and an unabashed fetish for British Invasion Pop, The Smithereens carved their niche on album rock radio and earned a reputation as a great concert attraction with sizzling pop songs including: "A GIRL LIKE YOU" "ONLY A MEMORY" "BLOOD & ROSES" "BEHIND THE WALL OF SLEEP" "HOUSE WE USED TO LIVE IN" "TOP OF THE POPS" "DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS"

Michael Cerveris: An Idea of South - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
January 21, 2012 -

What this night will be, very simply, is a great singer doing great songs. Cerveris, long a favorite of Stephen Sondheim having starred in Sondheim's musicals Assasins (Tony Award), Sweeney Todd, Road Show, and Passion, also has an entire other career as an indie singer/songwriter and guitarist. He can sing pretty much anything, from German lieder to Italian love songs to Tommy in The Who's rock opera of the same name. Playbill.com has described him as "arguably the most versatile leading man on Broadway." On January 21st he will present "An Idea of South," a genre-defying recital/cabaret/hootenanny of songs ranging from the Carter Family and Johnny Mercer to Vic Chestnutt and Samuel Barber with guest musicians from New Orleans.

Thomas Hampson - Song of America - Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 22, 2012 -

This panorama of American song features music by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Francis Hopkinson, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Virgil Thomson, and others.

All-Brahms Recital with Frank Peter Zimmermann - New York Philharmonic
January 22, 2012 -

GROOVE BUFFET Classic R&B, Motown & Soul Revue - Lucille's
January 22, 2012 - New York

Paying homage to soul legends, Groove Buffet has an extensive song library from which it crafts each show's set list, providing an entire night of material featuring the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Al Green, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, and many more. Founded solely on passion for the music, Groove Buffet has become one of the best classic R&B, Motown, and soul acts on the East Coast. The band captures the true spirit of what this music is all about, motivating people to get up and dance to each and every song it performs.

Digital Underground - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 22, 2012 - New York

Digital Underground is an alternative rap group from Oakland, California. Although the band has seen a steadily rotating cast throughout its career, its leader has always been Greg "Shock G" Jacobs (also known as Humpty Hump). Shock G formed Digital Underground in 1987 with Jimi "Chopmaster J" Dright of Berkeley, California, and Tampa hip-hop radio DJ Kenneth "Kenny-K" Waters. The band built most of its music from Parliament-Funkadelic samples and developed a similarly weird sense of style and humor, highlighted by Shock G's outrageous costumes and the whole band's parade of alter egos. This distinctive style set the band apart from the prevailing hardcore and gangsta rap sounds of the late '80s and early '90s. Following the release of the "Doowutchyalike" single and video in the summer of 1989, Digital Underground's popularity skyrocketed with the release of "The Humpty Dance," off the band's debut album Sex Packets (1990). The success of this single pushed the album to platinum status by the end of the year. This is an EP Release (1991), the group's second album, launched the career of noted emcee Tupak Shakur. 1991 also saw the release of the gold-selling album Sons of The P, which featured the hit single "Kiss You Back." Subsequent releases included The Body-Hat Syndrome (1993), Future Rhythm (1996), and Who Got the Gravy? (1998). Digital Underground toured almost every year from 1990 until 2008, performing hundreds of live shows in Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, and the U.S. Although Shock G and Ron "Money B" Brooks appeared on every album during the band's tenure, various characters and voices from around the U.S. have made guest appearances, including David "DJ Fuze" Elliott and Jeremy "J-Beats" Jackson. The group's latest studio effort and first release in 10 years, Cuz a D.U. Party Don't Stop!, dropped in May 2008. Continuing the tradition of the band's previous releases, the disc featured newcomers Element, Young Fifth, Liz Suwandi, and Choice Cuts.

Ensemble ACJW - Carnegie Hall
January 22, 2012 -

Ensemble ACJW performs a Carnegie Hall Family Concert on Sunday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m. presented by the Weill Music Institute. A pre-concert activity will take place one hour before the performance and is free to all ticket holders.

Matt Haimovitx & Chris O�Riley - Shuffle.Play.Listen - Highline Ballroom
January 22, 2012 -

In September 2011, cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O'Riley released Shuffle.Play.Listen - a boldly imaginative double album that blurs the boundaries dividing classical and pop music. The album unites Haimovitz, a groundbreaking, Grammy-nominated cellist, with O'Riley, the host of NPR and PBS's popular weekly radio and television series From the Top. The two performers, each a superstar in his own right, come together to plumb the virtuosic and lyrical possibilities of their instruments in an expansive two-disc set from Oxingale Records. All the arrangements for cello and piano were made with O'Riley's signature passion and finesse and realized with Haimovitz's uncompromising artistic depth. The collection spans an incredibly vast stylistic range, featuring tracks from composers like Stravinsky, Janacek, and Piazzolla on the first disc and artists like Arcade Fire, the Cocteau Twins, Radiohead, and A Perfect Circle on the second. Haimovitz and O'Riley also display their considerable improvisational skills in several tunes, including their nine-minute uncut interpretation of John McLaughlin's "A Lotus on Irish Streams." One of the most anticipated collaborations of the 2011-2012 season, Haimovitz and O'Riley will tour extensively in major concert series and university residencies throughout the US. In addition, each continues to tour exhaustively as a solo artist in recital and as a concerto soloist. Shuffle.Play.Listen embraces a new kind of listening public that mixes Wagner with Lady Gaga on their iPods, exploring new sounds and moving comfortably between genres. Classical music lovers and adventurous music connoisseurs alike will want to shuffle, play and listen!

Iris Ornig Quartet - 55 bar
January 22, 2012 - New York

Iris Ornig is a very talented composer, arranger and bass player. Her music is captivating and full of contrast. Her approach to jazz is straightforward, combining inventive, wistful melodies. She is surrounded by the best New York musicians: Jon Irabagon on sax, Helen Sung on Fender Rhodes, Jerome Jennings on drums. No cover! www.irisornig.com

Collie Buddz - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 23, 2012 - New York

Hailing from the isle of Bermuda, Collie Buddz has done something that, while not impossible, once seemed very implausible: he's become the most buzz-worthy current reggae artist of the past few years. In the summer, 2007, his self-titled Columbia Records debut album stormed the charts, entering the Billboard Reggae Chart at first position. He quickly became an international star when this album went on to debut across the world at the top of charts from Japan to Germany. Critically speaking, Buddz's debut was a monster. Speaking of his first single, an undeniable summer anthem titled "Come Around," Source Magazine proclaimed, "This 24-year-old shotta has got an anthem spreading across the seas," and Hip Hop Weekly said, "Collie Buddz is one of the most firmly grounded voices you may ever encounter." Having performed everywhere from Madison Square Garden to Dubai, Buddz is the definition of an international recording artist. The stamps in his passport are a reflection of a worldwide love for reggae and Carribean culture. Buddz has performed everywhere from Madison Square Garden to Dubai, performing his unique blend of hip-hop, soca, and dancehall in tours throughout Germany, France, England, Japan, North and South America, and the Caribbean. In spite of averaging an almost year-round tour schedule since 2007, he's also preparing to release his sophomore album in the near future. Since splitting with Columbia Records in 2008, Buddz has formed his own independent record label, Harper Digital, and has been working with his longtime management group, Mojiza Management. The Harper Digital Team is already grooming the label into a full production house and artist development business. Humble as always, Buddz simply says: "I love to make music and the satisfaction is in having other people from all over the world enjoy it. I live out of a suitcase and I wouldn't have it any other way." Having recently released the free mixtape Playback EP and facing a non-stop touring schedule with his band The New Kingston Band, Buddz has just one quick stop before hitting the road yet again. He's got to stop by the embassy and pick up more page inserts for his passport.

Smoke DZA & SpaceGhostPurrp - Highline Ballroom
January 23, 2012 -

SMOKE DZA - Hip-hop is just a hobby for some, but for Smoke DZA, it's a way of life. Though his musical journey is not far removed from his early days in Harlem, DZA has recorded with the likes of Asher Roth, Big K.R.I.T., Devin the Dude, and Curren$y, to name a few. In the past few years he has released a steady stream of mixtapes to critical acclaim, including Substance Abuse (2009), Substance Abuse 1.5: The Headstash (2010), George Kush Da Button (2010), and one of his most recent projects, T.H.C. (The Hustler's Catalog) (2011), which is quickly making its way around the internet. DZA credits his longevity to creating laidback, honest music that people can vibe to, and to always staying true to the art of hip-hop. With all of the disposable music threatening the culture of an art form he is trying to help preserve, Smoke DZA is a welcome breath of fresh air that will make you grateful for the contact high. SPACEGHOSTPURRP - Muney Jordan, aka SpaceGhostPurrp, is an underrated rapper and hip-hop producer who has recently ascended to prominence in the underground hip-hop community. A child of the '90s who hails from Miami, FL, he counts as his influences Three 6 Mafia, UGK, DJ Paul, Eazy E, and DJ Screw. About his sound, LA Weekly recently declared: "It sounds as though he's sunk a creaky, abandoned arcade into a sea of thickened cough syrup. Yet just as easily, he rockets you out of that ominous oblivion with the kind of ricocheting bass lines born only in the South." His releases include NASA The Mixtape (2010) and BLVCKLVND RVDIX 66.6 (2011).

Tosca - Metropolitan Opera
January 24, 2012 -

Patricia Racette won plaudits when she first sang the title role at the Met in 2010. Now she returns with Roberto Alagna and Aleksandrs Antonenko alternating as her heroic lover, Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze and James Morris share the role of Scarpia.

Chinese New Year: Lang Lang - New York Philharmonic
January 24, 2012 -

Saxophonist Joe Lovano makes his debut with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
January 24, 2012 - New York

Grammy Award winning saxophonist Joe Lovano joins the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, conducted by James Burton III, on Tuesday, January 24 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. He performs big band arrangements of many of his own compositions, originally written for various ensembles. Among the albums he will draw from include: “Trio Fascination (1998),” “52nd Street Themes,” and his big band and symphony orchestra, “Symphonica (2008).” FREE tickets will be available beginning January 10 at the Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Johnny Winter - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 24, 2012 - New York

Johnny Winter is a guitar hero without equal. Signing to Columbia records in 1969 in what has been called the largest solo artist deal of its time, he immediately laid the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues. Constantly shifting between simple country blues (in the vein of Robert Johnson) to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock, Winter has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock. Throughout the '70s and '80s, he was the unofficial torchbearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. ??Growing up in a rough-and-tumble town populated by oilfield wildcatters and shipyard workers, Winter formed his first band, Johnny and the Jammers, in 1959 at the age of 15. His big breakthrough came a few years later in 1968 when Rolling Stone writers Larry Sepulvado and John Burks featured him in a piece on the Texas Music scene, which prompted a bidding war among labels that Columbia eventually won. Winter's self-titled 1969 disc announced loudly that there was a new guitar-slinger on the national scene. He stayed with Columbia and its boutique Blue Sky label for more than a decade, turning out such well-received platters as Johnny Winter And (1970), Still Alive and Well (1973), and John Dawson Winter III (1974). He also helped to introduce blues giant Muddy Waters to another generation of listeners by producing and playing guitar on the Grammy-winning Hard Again (1977), as well as the Grammy-nominated I'm Ready (1978), Mississippi Waters Live (1979), and King Bee (1981). Winter joined Alligator Records in 1984, and when he released Guitar Slinger later that year, it was widely hailed as his best (and bluesiest) album ever; it charted in both Billboard and Cashbox as well as earning a Grammy nomination. The next year, the powerhouse follow-up Serious Business won Winter his second Grammy nomination. Third Degree, his final Alligator release, came out in 1986. Today, Winter is enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold-out audiences worldwide even after a long life full of honors and accomplishments. He recently enjoyed another Grammy nomination for I'm A Bluesman (2004), and he celebrated the release of his newest album, Roots (2011), at B.B. King Blues Club in September. Performing now with a renewed vigor and fire, to say that Winter is "back" would be an understatement. In fact, he never left - he's just better than ever.

The Enchanted Island - Metropolitan Opera
January 25, 2012 -

In one extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world's best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare. In The Enchanted Island, the lovers from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of The Tempest. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels (Prospero) and Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax) as the formidable foes, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand. The dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Satyagraha and the Met's 125 anniversary gala).

Sweet Georgia Brown - Lucille's
January 25, 2012 - New York

Sweet Georgia Brown is known as a real sassy lady. As described in Ralph Cooper's book, she is "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas!" Brown is a blues singer, yes, but she's so much more. It's blues, it's R&B, but most of all, it's a party! Taught by the vocal coach, Margaret Haynes, Brown developed her skills as a jazz and pop vocalist, eventually leading her to win the legendary Amateur Night at the Apollo Talent Show. The victory prepared her for a professional career as a vocalist. Brown began with pop and jazz tunes, but she soon discovered that she preferred to sing blues songs. Cast as a vocalist in the Broadway hits Eubie and Bubbling Brown Sugar, she was at the start of a successful career as a blues vocalist. Starring as Bessie Smith in An Evening at the Cotton Club, she toured throughout Europe entertaining audiences with her high-energy performances of jazz, blues, and gospel tunes. Once you experience Sweet Georgia Brown live, you will never forget it, simply because she is really entertaining and a lot of fun. She gets up close to her audience, and you may even end up on stage with her! Her rich history includes performances with Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Fathead Newman, KoKo Taylor, and Stanley Turrentine. She is truly one of the last real Harlem diva blues queens.

Thunder 106 Presents Hunter Hayes - Highline Ballroom
January 25, 2012 -

Among the many extraordinary things about Hunter Hayes, the multi-talented musician, writer, producer, and performer, perhaps what is most astonishing is that in truth, he's just getting started. Already he has accomplishments beyond most musicians' wildest dreams: singing "Jambalaya" with Hank Williams Jr. in front of 200,000 people (garnering 15 million YouTube views) at the age of four; appearing with Robert Duvall (who gave Hayes his first guitar) in The Apostle at the age of six; playing with Johnny and June Cash, and Charlie Daniels at a BBQ; performing for President Clinton, and many more. You might say that he's lived a charmed life. But those experiences are simply the natural result of Hayes's enormous talent, one that's been there from the beginning as though a gift from God, and one that he's always conscious to be in service to. Born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, Hayes has been making music since about the time he learned to walk. He took up the guitar at age six, and his ability to learn virtually any instrument (including bass guitar, drums, keyboards, and more) quickly became evident. Songwriting and performing soon became second nature to Hayes as well, who in just his short life has shared the stage with the likes of Taylor Swift, Hank Williams Jr., Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Keith Urban, and Lady Antebellum. In 2011, Hayes released his eponymous debut album for Atlantic Records, toured with superstar Taylor Swift, kicked off his first ever headlining tour, made his national network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman, and made his Grand Ole Opry debut. The world at large now has the opportunity to see this prodigiously talented artist, a young man who respects the gift his talent is and has already learned how to give it the honor it commands. "I don't know if I'm worthy of being considered [someone] 'carrying the torch,' but I would love to be told that by somebody someday," he says. "A lot of the decisions I make are from answering the question, 'Are we doing it for the right reasons'" I want people to say about me, 'I know he's making music because he loves it.'"

Antony & The Johnsons - The Museum of Modern Art Presents: Swanlights - Radio City Music Hall
January 26, 2012 -

The Museum of Modern Art has commissioned artist/musician Antony to conceive, produce, and perform a large-scale concert and performance event, Swanlights, with Antony and the Johnsons, on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall. Featuring a 60-piece orchestra, the performance piece is conceived as a new commission especially developed for the January 26 performance, and an evolution of the highly acclaimed The Crying Light, which was presented at the Manchester Opera House for the 2009 Manchester International Festival. Envisioned as a meditation on light, nature, and femininity, Swanlights includes songs from all four of Antony and the Johnsons' albums (self-titled, I am a Bird Now, The Crying Light, and Swanlights), set to symphonic arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, and Maxim Moston. It is produced in collaboration with light artist Chris Levine, lighting designer Paul Normandale, and set designer Carl Robertshaw. Swanlights is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large of The Museum of Modern Art and Director of MoMA PS1. "Antony is a singer, songwriter, composer, playwright, director, photographer, draftsman, and collagist--a true creative mind, in every sense," said Mr. Biesenbach. "Antony's tremendous talents are brought together in spectacular performances, where lighting, costume, and of course an other-worldly voice, unite to create a truly transcendental experience for the audience. MoMA is thrilled to commission a special performance by Antony and the Johnsons at Radio City Music Hall." An award-winning musician and performer, Antony has collaborated with a wide-ranging group of artists and musicians including Bj?rk, Boy George, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, CocoRosie, and Lou Reed, and has performed with major symphony orchestras around the world. Following its acclaimed presentation at the 2009 Manchester Festival, the group's performance of The Crying Light was included in the exhibition 100 Years (version #2, ps1, nov 2009) at MoMA PS1, which was organized by Mr. Biesenbach and RoseLee Goldberg, Performa Director and Curator. Last summer, Antony was the musical director and a performer in the critically lauded The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, directed by Robert Wilson. An accomplished visual artist, Antony has exhibited drawings at Palais Des Beaux Arts in Belgium, Isis Gallery in London, Accademia Albertina in Turin and the Triennale in Milan. Antony's drawings will be exhibited at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in January 2012, curated by James Elaine. Tickets to Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights will go on-sale to the public on Saturday, November 12, at 10:00 a.m. via Ticketmaster phone charge at 1-866-858-0008, and online at www.radiocity.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are $35.00 to $70.00. A limited number of VIP packages will be available for $95.00, which include premium seating and a copy of the Swanlights publication (Abrams Image). All ticket and package prices subject to applicable fees and service charges.

William Christie conducts Juilliard415 in free concert - Alice Tully Hall
January 26, 2012 - New York

William Christie, harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist, and teacher, conducts Juilliard415 on Thursday, January 26 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program features excerpts from Purcell’s dramatic opera, “The Fairy Queen,” and Rameau’s 1749 opéra-ballet, “Les Fêtes d’Hébé.” Juilliard415 will be joined by singers from Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. FREE tickets available beginning Jan. 12 at the Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further info, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Pretty Things Peepshow - A Vintage Vaudeville-Style Burlesque Sideshow - Highline Ballroom
January 26, 2012 -

The Pretty Things Peepshow features a unique blend of sexy circus sideshow stunts as well as burlesque and vaudeville acts in a new genre of entertainment called "Broadville." This combination of hot broads performing a new and exciting brand of vaudeville has been sweeping the nation, and the Pretty Things Peepshow is on the forefront of this entertainment revolution. Come and see for yourself what happens when the talented temptresses perform acts of skill and seduction!

Ellen Kaye Sings Sensuous Ice Wine: songs for dark winter nights - The Metropolitan Room
January 26, 2012 - New York

Singer and entrepreneur Ellen Kaye brings her trademark, unusual repertoire and ebullient personality to the Metropolitan Room for three concerts January 26, February 2 and February 29. The shows will feature music from her recently released albums, Ice Wine: songs for Christmas & dark winter nights and 3AM - the dogs, the milkman and me. With Musical Director and arranger, Ethan Fein, Kaye will navigate both the dark and lighter side of life, genre bending as she digs into material from the best of the 20th and 21st centuries' songwriters including: Annie Lennox, Dar Williams, Bruce Springsteen and Rickie Lee Jones among others. This dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker's sense of humor, irony and outrage was born in the nooks and crannies of The Russian Tea Room, which her family owned in its heydey from 1947 to 1996. Kaye works a showroom like she's at a party with old friends.

Götterdämmerung - Metropolitan Opera
January 27, 2012 -

With its cataclysmic climax, the Met's new Ring cycle, directed by Robert Lepage, comes to its resolution. Deborah Voigt stars as Brünnhilde and Gary Lehman is Siegfried—the star-crossed lovers doomed by fate. James Levine conducts.

Making Music: David Lang - Carnegie Hall
January 27, 2012 -

In October 2007, Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices premiered David Lang's little match girl passion; only a few months later, it won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for music. On this concert, part of the Making Music series that focuses on today's leading composers, Hillier and his acclaimed vocal group return to perform Lang's poignant work, followed by some of today's most exciting independent rock musicians who give the New York premiere of a newly composed companion piece.

Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble: “We’ve Got Rhythms” - Nuyorican Poets Cafe
January 27, 2012 - New York

Described as “. . . a cross-cultural collaboration that spins & grooves” by the New York City Jazz Record, Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble is an imaginative and tight quintet that churns out an intoxicating brew of in-the-pocket grooves and reverent soulful performances of original compositions and arrangements in various jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and neo-classical styles. The Heritage Ensemble has recorded three albums. Its most recent is "A Fresh Take" (MEII Enterprises 2011), a follow-on to "Celebrations" (MEII Enterprises 2010). Both albums have received critical acclaim in domestic and international press. Later this year Eugene Marlow's MEII Enterprises indie label will release "Obrigado Brasil" a set of 10 Marlow originals inspired by the music and culture of Brazil. The Heritage Ensemble's January 27th encore performance at the Nuyorican will include charts from "Obrigado Brasil" and its last two albums. The quintet includes: award-winning founder/leader/arranger/pianist Eugene Marlow, multi-Grammy and Latin-Grammy nominee drummer Bobby Sanabria, Phi Beta Kappa bassist Frank Wagner, NEA Performance grantee saxophonist Michael Hashim, and Nuyorican virtuoso percussionist Cristian Rivera. More about Eugene Marlow and The Heritage Ensemble at www.eugenemarlow.com.

Cowboy Mouth - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 27, 2012 - New York

Cowboy Mouth is New Orleans rock 'n' roll. Annually presenting roughly 150 shows, releasing nearly a dozen records, and featured on TV shows and radio stations everywhere, the band has been seen and heard by millions of fans worldwide. For more than 15 years, the members of Cowboy Mouth have preached and shouted at the top of their lungs the joys of being alive and the joys of being in and from New Orleans, sharing a slice of Mardi Gras heaven with fans around the world. As frontman Fred LeBlanc has said, "If The Neville Brothers and The Clash had a baby, it would be Cowboy Mouth." Cowboy Mouth's releases include two records on MCA, one on Atlantic, and several on its own Cowboy Mouth Records label. Known for its legendary live shows, the band has performed for over nine million fans to date, headlining at major festivals and venues around the country. The band has also made several film and television appearances, including a performance in the Steven Soderburgh film The Underneath and appearances on MTV, VH1, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Late Show with Craig Kilborn. The group's numerous tours have included expeditions with friends in Hootie and the Blowfish, Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel, and Better Then Ezra. Cowboy Mouth's latest full-length studio release is Fearless (2008), which includes some of the band's most popular live songs: "Anything," "Disconnected," "Belly," and "Tell the Girl Ur Sorry." The track "I Believe" has also become a sleeper hit after being picked up for airplay by several large country stations. In addition, the band recently released a live concert DVD titled The Name of the Band is Cowboy Mouth. Shot at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, it's one of Cowboy Mouth's finest performances, capturing the excitement, energy, and top-notch musicianship of the band's live show in front of a thousand screaming fans.

Coeur de Pirate, Leif Vollebekk - Highline Ballroom
January 27, 2012 -

Coeur de Pirate is the solo project of award-winning singer, songwriter, and pianist B�atrice Martin. After a brief stint as keyboardist with the now-defunct December Strikes First, Martin briefly joined the Montreal-based indie pop band Bonjour Brumaire as a vocalist and pianist. She left in 2008 to record and release her debut album Coeur de Pirate. The album won national and international acclaim, propelled by an unexpected gift courtesy of YouTube. Francis Vachon, a photographer from Quebec City, used the album cut "Ensemble" as the soundtrack to a time-lapse video of his nine-month-old son. This immensely popular clip showcased her music to millions of new fans, earning her praise from Good Morning America, The Globe and Mail, and Perez Hilton, among many others. The album has since sold over 600,000 copies worldwide. North American and European tours followed, gaining her legions of fans in France and Germany. Martin then went into the studio to record a duet with Julien Dor� and collaborated on the Coca-Cola theme song for the Vancouver Olympics, "Open Happiness," with Jay Malinowski and Kardinal Official. She also recorded a duet with David Usher ("Everyday Things"). Two Felix Awards followed in 2009 and 2010, and she won a 2010 Victoire de la Musique Award for Original Song of the Year. Coeur de Pirate has also been nominated for a Juno and long-listed for the Polaris Prize. Now, after several additional high-profile collaborations and a prominent voiceover spot as the voice of a Smurfette in the major motion picture The Smurfs, Coeur de Pirate recently released her highly anticipated sophomore effort, Blonde (2011). The first single "Adieu" is a sophisticated pop mini-masterpiece. Featuring rolling waves of bass and drums supported by Martin's pixie-dusted vocals, the track is a bouncing melody of keyboards, guitar, and handclaps, kissed with a hint of menace.

Tosca - Metropolitan Opera
January 28, 2012 -

Patricia Racette won plaudits when she first sang the title role at the Met in 2010. Now she returns with Roberto Alagna and Aleksandrs Antonenko alternating as her heroic lover, Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze and James Morris share the role of Scarpia.

The Enchanted Island - Metropolitan Opera
January 28, 2012 -

In one extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world's best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare. In The Enchanted Island, the lovers from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of The Tempest. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels (Prospero) and Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax) as the formidable foes, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand. The dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Satyagraha and the Met's 125 anniversary gala).

Kayhan Kalhor - kamancheh - Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 28, 2012 -

An evening of traditional Persian music. Three-time GRAMMY nominee Kayhan Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh (a Persian bowed string instrument). He has studied the music of Iran's many regions, in particular those of Khorason and Kordestan, and has toured the world as a soloist with various ensembles and orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de Lyon. He is co-founder of the renowned ensembles Dastan, Ghazal: Persian & Indian Improvisations and Masters of Persian Music. Kayhan Kalhor has composed works for Iran's most renowned vocalists Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri and has also performed and recorded with Iran's greatest instrumentalists. He has composed music for television and film and was most recently featured on the soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth in a score that he collaborated on with Osvaldo Golijov. Kayhan is a member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project and his compositions appear on all three of the Ensemble's albums.

Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Ravel - New York Philharmonic
Through January 28, 2012 -

GIGANTOUR Featuring Megadeth With Motorhead, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil - Theater at Madison Square Garden
January 28, 2012 -

Gigantour featuring Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil will be one of the heaviest shows of the year - don't miss the metal!

Aimee Mann - Carnegie Hall
January 28, 2012 -

From her work in the 1980s with MTV favorite 'Til Tuesday through her acclaimed solo discs Whatever and I'm With Stupid in the '90s, Aimee Mann has always been at the forefront of contemporary songwriters, known for her clever, literate, and insightful songs.

Lenny Kravitz - Radio City Music Hall
January 28, 2012 -

Rock star Lenny Kravitz takes the stage of Radio City on Saturday, Janaury 28. Expect to hear songs from his upcoming album, Black and White America.

WFUV Presents Diego Garcia, Emily Greene, Monica Lionheart - Highline Ballroom
January 28, 2012 -

Born in Detroit to Argentine parents in the late 1970s, Diego Garcia immersed himself in the sounds of Iggy Pop and MC5 at an early age. Music carried him throughout childhood until his cardiologist father moved the family back to Tampa, FL, when Garcia was a young teenager. By age 14, Garcia got himself an acoustic guitar and started writing songs. As he approached college life at Brown University in 1996, music was still calling him despite his course load in economics. During his junior year, he realized he wanted a career in music instead. He left for New York City upon his 2000 graduation and began to look for musicians, eventually playing with the band Circus for a brief time. A year later, he formed Elefant with bassist Jeff Berrall, guitarist Mod, and drummer Kevin McAdams. Since the band broke up in June 2010, Garcia has embarked on a solo career. His music fuses the sounds of visionaries like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and Bryan Ferry with the romanticism of troubadours like Roberto Carlos and Julio Iglesias. With lush string arrangements, delicate Spanish guitars, and a distinctly Latin flavor, the sound is worlds apart from Elefant. What remains constant, however, is the romantic within. This fresh sound and ubiquitous romanticism are on full display on Garcia's solo debut Laura, released earlier this year. The first single from the album, "You Were Never There," has caught ears across the country and has been featured as both the iTunes "Single of the Week" and the Starbucks "Pick of the Week." About the single, RCRD LBL declared: "'You Were Never There' is today's aural aphrodisiac - a gentle flush of guitars and strings, yelping hooks, and love-worn lyrics." Since its release, Laura has shot up the charts, becoming one of the top 15 Alternative albums on iTunes - a harbinger of the great music to come from this talented artist.

Kobi Peretz - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Through January 29, 2012 - New York

Israeli pop star Kobi Peretz is a late offspring of a family with 10 brothers and sisters. He was born in Kfar Shalem, Tel-Aviv, and today lives in Holon. His father, Amram (Peti Armo), was a famous Moroccan singer that regularly performed in the royal palace for King Hassan II. Peretz started performing at the age of 16 and released his first album, A Life Mistake, in 1992. He followed up this debut with a run of acclaimed releases, including You Are Like Fire (1995), The Creator (1997), The Arrow of Love (1999), Living Like I Want To (2000), Confuse Him (2003), Crazy About You (2004), All That I Have (2006), How Much Love (2008), and more. Among Peretz's most-loved songs are his hits "How Much Love" (the most-played love song on Israeli radio in 2007, according to ASCAP), "Confuse Him," "All My Strength," "The One In My Life," "You Are Like Fire," "I Love You," "Needing You," "Maybe," "At Nights," and "Together," his duet with Ishtar that won the title Duet of the Year at the Big Apple Music Awards. In February 2010, he made Israeli cultural history after performing in Nokia Hall - a performance whose success and musicianship were unprecedented. The performance resulted in a celebrated live album, Live in Nokia Hall, released in 2011. Peretz has a large, loyal audience of fans that have accompanied him throughout his career. His music receives constant radio play, and he makes frequent television appearances. He began his career as a "crying" artist and is now one of the most prominent stars of Israeli pop music.

Sounds Re-Imagined: John Cage at 100 - The Juilliard School
Through February 03, 2012 - New York

Juilliard's FOCUS! 2012 Festival celebrating the centennial of John Cage opens on Friday, January 27 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater with an all-Cage program. On Monday, January 30 at 8 PM, also in Sharp Theater, Daniel Druckman leads the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble in works of Cage, Cowell, and Harrison. The Festival continues with chamber works on Tuesday, January 31 at 8 PM in Sharp Theater; Wednesday, February 1 at 8 PM in Paul Hall featuring vocal, chamber, and solo works by Cage; and Thursday, February 2 at 8 PM in Paul Hall with vocal, chamber, and solo works by Cage. The Festival concludes on Friday, February 3 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall with the New Juilliard Ensemble led by Joel Sachs. FREE tickets available at the Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Petula Clark - Feinstein's at Loew's Regency
Through February 04, 2012 -

FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed "Best of New York" by New York Magazine and "an invaluable New York institution" by The New York Post, will continue its 2011-12 season with the debut engagement of Two time Grammy Award winning singing legend, actress and songwriter PETULA CLARK. Making her first New York nightclub engagement since the 1970s, Ms. Clark will perform her chart-topping pop hits like "Downtown," "I Know A Place" and "My Love," as well as highlights from her stage and screen roles in Sunset Boulevard, Blood Brothers and Finian's Rainbow. Ms. Clark's show at Feinstein's will run from January 24 to February 4, 2012. Prior to New York, she will perform at the Casino De Paris Theatre on November 7, for her first Paris concert in two years. Immediately after her run at Feinstein's, she will fly down under for a 15 day concert tour of Australia.

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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