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January 29, 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.

Discovery Day - Franz Liszt - Carnegie Hall
January 29, 2011 -

Carnegie Hall celebrates the 200th anniversary of composer Franz Liszt's birth, beginning with a Discovery Day that explores the life and work of this legendary figure through panel discussions, talks, and performances on Saturday, January 29 at 1:00 p.m. Participants include leading Liszt scholar and biographer Alan Walker, Director of Artistic Planning at Carnegie Hall Jeremy Geffen, and others to be announced.

Tosca - Metropolitan Opera
January 29, 2011 -

Luc Bondy's dramatic new production returns, with Sondra Radvanovsky singing the title role for the first time at the Met. Also starring Violeta Urmana, Marcelo Alvarez, Salvatore Licitra, Falk Struckmann, and James Morris. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, and Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich.

La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera
January 29, 2011 -

Willy Decker's strikingly beautiful production, a hit when it premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 2005, arrives at the Met with soprano Marina Poplavskaya starring as opera's most fascinating heroine. Matthew Polenzani plays Alfredo with Andrzej Dobber as his father; Gianandrea Noseda conducts Verdi's timeless tragedy. Original production of the Salzburger Festspiele; with thanks to De Nederlandse Opera.

Iron & Wine - Radio City Music Hall
January 29, 2011 -

Iron and Wine will be taking the stage at Radio City Music Hall on January 29, 2011, for one night only.

Special Guest Edie Brickell will also be performing.

Iron and Wine, the principal recording/performing vehicle for current Austin, TX resident Sam Beam has, since 2002, released three full-length albums, a handful of EPs and singles, plus the collaborative In the Reins EP with Calexico. An incredibly prolific songwriter, Sam has built each album from a wealth of recorded material. Many of the songs not found on individual Iron and Wine releases later surfaced in live performance and in various limited-edition compilations. Up till now, any fan would find it difficult to track down these rarities.

Collecting songs ranging from out-of-print to never-before-released, Around the Well spans Iron and Wine's earliest sessions which yielded the band's debut (2002's The Creek Drank the Cradle) through material recorded for 2007's The Shepherd's Dog. The double-disc Around the Well collection is broken up into two sections. The first half is an assortment of hushed home recordings, unedited and raw, and the second highlights moments captured in the confines of proper studios with the help of other musicians, friends and engineers.

The album's title comes from a line in the song "The Trapeze Swinger," a fan favorite which was written for and included in the movie In Good Company. Three more songs written and recorded for the film finally make their appearance here as well: "Belated Promise Ring, "God Made the Automobile" and "Homeward, These Shoes." Around the Well also brings together hard-to-find covers such as The Flaming Lips' "Waitin' for a Superman" and New Order's "Love Vigilantes," along with one of Iron and Wine's earliest originals, "Sacred Vision," which appeared on a compilation for Sound Collector magazine.

Christine Ebersole - Cafe Carlyle
Through January 29, 2011 -

The Carlyle Hotel (Erich Steinbock, Managing Director) welcomes two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole to the legendary Cafe Carlyle for her fourth engagement in the iconic New York venue. Beginning Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 (and playing through Saturday, January 29th), Ms. Ebersole, whom Stephen Holden of The New York Times has called "a goddess formed out of the ectoplasm in screwball heaven -- a dizzy, curly headed blonde with a soprano whose wheeling vibrato evokes Jeanette MacDonald with a whiff of helium," will present an all new program -- an eclectic musical evening on the subjects of Hollywood, family, and aging. John Oddo (Musical Director) will lead a quartet. Tony Award-winner Scott Wittman directs.

Ms. Ebersole received the 2010 Nightlife Award for "Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist in a Major Engagement" for her critically-acclaimed 2009 Cafe Carlyle engagement at the 8th Annual Nightlife Awards ceremony in January. The Cafe Carlyle is located in The Carlyle Hotel - 35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue. The performance schedule is: Tuesday-Friday at 8:45 PM with an additional show on Saturday at 10:45 PM. There is a $75 music charge for the Tuesday-Friday performances ($40, bar) and an $85 music charge ($50, bar) for the Friday and Saturday performances. Dinner is served from 6:30PM. For reservations please call 212-744-1600. For additional information please visit

Musical Performance: An Evening of Indian Classical Sitar Music with Ikhlaq Hussain - Alwan for the Arts
January 29, 2011 -

A virtuoso sitarist from a centuries-long line of influential musicians of the Delhi Gharana, master sitarist Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain has followed in the footsteps of his forefathers, captivating audiences worldwide with his highly artistic sensibilities and skillful playing.

A Hobo's Paradise - Chicken Hut
January 29, 2011 -

Come live the easy life off the fat of our good land with Swimming Cities at the Chicken Hut as we ramble all night with raucous, foot-stompin, soul-shaking, life-affirming, live tunes at the BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN, A Hobo's Paradise. Featuring a live free-to-enter banjo pick-off with hobo-rection-o-meter, a whiskey fountain (free until 10pm), cigarette trees, the biggest pot of slumgullion you ever did see, a first class box car lounge, lemonade springs, hobo awards, dumpster jumping for fabulous prizes and a late-night dirty dance floor with DJ Dirtyfinger.

Music Salon @ the cell Presents Brazilian Guitarist João Luiz & Trio Virado - the cell
January 29, 2011 -

João Luiz & Trio Virado (Music for guitar, viola and flute) – Critically acclaimed Brazilian guitarist João Luiz performs works from renowned composers including John Dowland “Larchrimae Paven,” Joaquin Malats “Serenata Espanola,” Jaoquin Rodrigo “Fandango” and Leo Brouwer “La ciudad de las Columnas.” After intermission, João is joined by Jen-Hsuan Liao (viola) and Min Hee Kim (flute) for a concert featuring works from Hispanic composers including Leo Brouwer “Paisagens, Retratos y Mujeres,” Sergio Assad “Menino,” and Astor Piazzolla “Three Tangos” (arranged by João Luiz).

BoB Quarterly - Gramercy Theatre
January 29, 2011 -

BoB Quarterly: A Celebration of NY Music "When Musicians Compete... Everyone Wins!" BoB is a seasonal event. BoB features 10 hand-picked up-and-coming bands competing for a slew of prizes including: free studio time, equipment, and exposure in popular NYC media outlets. A panel of unique judges will determine the winner based on: Quality Of Music - Originality Of Sound - Crowd Reaction

Artist lineup: American Darlings - Clinton Curtis - The Clubs - Cosmolingo - Curtana Sharon Kenney- Mavis “Swan” Poole and Soul Understated - Pana Thought So - Emily Warren & The Betters

Robert Plant and The Band of Joy - Beacon Theatre
Through January 30, 2011 -

Rounder Records is excited to announce that Robert Plant has confirmed a 15-date North American tour. Beginning January 18th in Asheville, NC, this will be the first tour on these shores since the triumphant release of his latest album, Band of Joy, which Rolling Stone magazine in its four-star review called 'sweet, elegant folk that still swings like Satan's barn door.' The touring band will once again be the same that made the record: Patty Griffin, vocals; Darrell Scott, multi instrumentalist/vocals: Byron House, bass/vocals; Marco Giovino, drums and percussion/vocals, and co-producer Buddy Miller, guitar/vocals. North Mississippi Allstars will be supporting on all the dates. The full itinerary is listed below.

The response to Band of Joy has been glowing. Time called the new album 'smoldering,' while Entertainment Weekly noted that Plant 'sounds vocally re-energized.' Spin described the songs as 'moonshine-soaked country blues with a gospel undercurrent,' and American Songwriter claimed that the record 'reveals another side of Plant's persona, and touches on all the places he's been while simultaneously pointing to an appealing, restless future.' The Washington Post hailed, 'Plant has nuance and subtlety to match his power and range,' while the New York Times raved that the performances on Band of Joy are 'consistently surprising.' At radio, the album's single 'Angel Dance' has been growing at Triple A steadily since its release. It's been Top 10 since August, Top 5 since September, and #1 for the last two weeks and counting.

The MET Chamber Ensemble - Carnegie Hall
January 30, 2011 -

On Sunday, January 30 at 5:00 p.m., Artistic Director James Levine and The MET Chamber Ensemble perform their second and final Carnegie Hall concert this season with a program featuring Brahms's Serenade No. 2 in A Major, as well as music by three iconic 20th century American composers who passed away in 2009: Leon Kirchner's Music for Twelve; George Perle's Serenade No. 1 for Viola and Chamber Ensemble; and Lukas Foss's Time Cycle for soprano, clarinet, cello, percussion, and piano-celesta with guest artist, soprano Jo Ellen Miller.

Joshua Bell, violin - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
January 30, 2011 -

For over two decades, Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking playing. He will play a solo recital at Lincoln Center in January 2011. Bell came to national attention at age 14 in a highly acclaimed orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A Carnegie Hall debut, the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a recording contract further confirmed his presence in the music world. Today, he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader. His more than 30 recordings include acclaimed Sony Classical CDs of the concertos of Beethoven and Mendelssohn (both featuring his own cadenzas), Sibelius and Goldmark, and the Grammy Award-winning Nicholas Maw concerto.

Peoples Symphony Concerts: Helene Grimaud, piano - The Town Hall
January 30, 2011 -

Hélène Grimaud's career has become truly global, establishing a regular pattern of musical collaborations at the highest level in leading music centres. She has appeared with all the most important orchestras of the world playing with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouw Orchestra, all the London orchestras, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Münchner Philharmoniker, as well as all the great North American symphonies.

Funny Fiction with Jill Eikenberry and David Rakoff - Adelphi University
January 30, 2011 -

Symphony Space returns to the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AU PAC) to present Selected Shorts: Funny Fiction on Sunday, January 30, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY. L.A. Law star Jill Eikenberry and actor/writer David Rakoff will perform live readings of classical and contemporary works including Dorothy Parker’s classic story “But the One on the Right” and the hilarious adventure “The Valetudinarian” by Joshua Ferris (selected for The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” best writers of 2010). This performance will be recorded from Adelphi University for broadcast on Public Radio International (PRI) and Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts series.

Jill Eikenberry won the Golden Globe for her role as Ann Kelsey on L.A. Law. She is also an Obie Award winner and five-time Emmy nominee. Ms. Eikenberry has appeared on Broadway, in film, and was featured on such TV hits as Law & Order, Numb3rs, and Judging Amy. David Rakoff is an openly gay actor, essayist, and journalist who has been a frequent contributor to PRI’s This American Life. In addition to appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Mr. Rakoff is a prolific freelance writer and has been a regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Outside Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. His writings on a wide and eclectic range of topics have also appeared in Business 2.0, Harper's Bazaar, Slate, Spin, The New York Observer, Vogue, and Wired among other publications.

Selected Shorts is an award-winning WNYC public radio program featuring the readings of spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers hosted by Isaiah Sheffer. Symphony Space affirms that, “Whether we present stories around a lively theme, the favorite works of a guest author or a special collaboration with a museum or publication, each Selected Shorts event is a unique night of literature in performance.” Many other stars of the stage and screen have participated in past performances of Selected Shorts such as Michael Cerveris, Stephen Colbert, Mary-Louise Parker, and Denis O’Hare. Publishers Weekly stated that, “These entertaining stories will provide much-needed comic relief to combat winter’s coming chill and other adversities.” Individual tickets for this event are on sale now and are only $25. Student discounts are available. For more information on Symphony Space, visit To learn more about AU PAC’s 2010-2011 season, please visit or call the AU PAC Box Office at (516) 877-4000. About Adelphi University: Adelphi University, chartered in 1896, was the first institution of higher education for the liberal arts and sciences on Long Island. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 41 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

JUMPIN’ JUNIPER presents SUZI SHELTON - BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange
January 30, 2011 -

Join local Brooklyn favorite Suzi Shelton as she returns to the stage at Brooklyn Arts Exchange along with rockin’ NYC guitarist Steve Elliot and special guest Albert Elias for a musical concert full of fun! A well-equipped playspace is available in conjunction with the performance. Children and their grown-ups are free to take a break and return to the show at any time. The playspace remains open until 1:00 pm.

ADMISSION: In advance/online : [] $12 per adult (includes one child)/$7 per additional adult or child At the door: $15 per adult (includes one child)/$8 per additional adult or child Children under 2 FREE

For more info, visit :

Through January 30, 2011 -

Started in 1991, YOUTHWORKS is a unique yearly opportunity for young people (ages 7- 18) to imagine, create, and perform their own original performance work at BAX. Year after year we are amazed at the journey these young artists go through from orientation to performance. First, the young artists organize their ideas and figure out ways to get them out of their head and into a performance setting. The artists continue by finding form to their work, and wrap up by working on their performance skills and adding production elements like costumes and lighting. Professional artists work as coaches to guide these aspiring young artists through this 8-week creative process that begins in the BAX studios. These coaches volunteer their time and assist the young artists by giving feedback, asking questions and supporting these original works. Past performances have included plays, dances, poetry in performance, original songs and a movie short. Pieces have been solos, group pieces and have even included a father/daughter collaboration! The culminating performance is fully produced (with lights, sound and stage manager) and takes place in our theater space. For more information, go to Tickets: $5 For reservations call 718-832-0018.

Balé Folclórico da Bahia - NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Through January 30, 2011 -

Direct from Bahia in northern Brazil comes this irresistible 25-member troupe known for its explosive drumming, frenzied dancing and irrepressible energy. Its display of Bahian folkloric dances of African origin. This year’s program, Sacred Heritage, was created for the group’s 20th anniversary and features dances in honor of the gods (orixas) of the Yoruban candomblé religion, the dramatic capoeira (martial arts) and maculele warrior dance, the exhilarating samba reggae, and the company’s masterpiece, Afixiré (“dance of happiness”).

eighth blackbird - Carnegie Hall
January 31, 2011 -

Innovative new music ensemble eighth blackbird performs on Monday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. with a program including Missy Mazzoli's Still Life with Avalanche; Pierre Boulez's Dérive 1; Philip Glass's Music in Similar Motion, Philippe Hurel's …à mesure; Thomas Adès's Catch; and Stephen Hartke's Meanwhile, Incidental Music to Imaginary Puppet Plays.

La Boheme - Metropolitan Opera
January 31, 2011 -

The world's most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production. Maija Kovalevska stars as Mimi, Peter Mattei is Marcello, and four extraordinary tenors alternate in the role of Rodolfo: Piotr Beczala, Joseph Calleja, Ramon Vargas, and Vittorio Grigolo, fresh from his triumphant Covent Garden debut.

Simon Boccanegra - Metropolitan Opera
February 01, 2011 -

Dmitri Hvorostovsky takes on the landmark title role of Simon Boccanegra for the first time at the Met. James Levine leads the Met forces, including Barbara Frittoli, Ramon Vargas, and Ferruccio Furlanetto.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Carnegie Hall
February 02, 2011 -

On Wednesday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m., pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs an all-Liszt recital as part of Carnegie Hall's celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Franz Liszt.

Carolina Chocolate Drops - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 02, 2011 -

This group plays the sound of the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, a sound in which the lead melodic instrument is the banjo, played by Rhiannon Giddens. The fiddle, which often serves as lead in Appalachian music, follows the banjo. The spare but often propulsive sound is embellished by a variety of percussive instrumentation - "the insanity factor," as singer and multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons calls it - the jugs and bones and even the human beat-boxing of vocalist-fiddle player Justin Robinson. Their repertoire is centered around the traditional music of the early twentieth century but also includes more contemporary interpretations and original material. As Robinson says, "Tradition is a guide, not a jailer. We play in an older tradition but we are modern musicians."

Nixon in China - Metropolitan Opera
February 02, 2011 -

"All of my operas have dealt on deep psychological levels with our American mythology," says Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams, whose most famous opera has its Met premiere. "The meeting of Nixon and Mao is a mythological moment in world history, particularly American history." Acclaimed director and longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars makes his Met debut with this groundbreaking 1987 work, an exploration of the human truths beyond the headlines surrounding President Nixon's historic 1972 encounter with Mao and Communist China. Baritone James Maddalena stars as Nixon, a role he created to widespread acclaim. Nixon in China, Sellars says, "shows you what opera can do to history, which is to deepen it and move into its more subtle, nuanced, and mysterious corners." This production was originally created by English National Opera.

Bebel Gilberto - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 03, 2011 -

As a member of bossa nova royalty – she is the daughter of João Gilberto and Mi?cha – Bebel Gilberto has taken classic Brazilian bossa nova rhythms and mixed in modern electronic pop to create a warm, sexy sound all her own. Her latest release, All in One, mixes original songs with imaginative covers. The songs thump with irresistible beats or soothe with soft rhythms, and they all are about the wonders of love.

La Boheme - Metropolitan Opera
February 03, 2011 -

The world's most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production. Maija Kovalevska stars as Mimi, Peter Mattei is Marcello, and four extraordinary tenors alternate in the role of Rodolfo: Piotr Beczala, Joseph Calleja, Ramon Vargas, and Vittorio Grigolo, fresh from his triumphant Covent Garden debut.

National Theatre Live: King Lear - NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
February 03, 2011 -

An aging monarch. A kingdom divided. A child's love rejected. As Lear's world descends into chaos, all that he once believed is brought into question. One of the greatest works in Western literature, King Lear explores the very nature of human existence: love and duty, power and loss, good and evil. Sir Derek Jacobi and Michael Grandage continue their collaborative efforts, having previously worked together on The Tempest, Don Carlos and Twelfth Night. National Theatre Live brings you the best of British theatre, broadcast from London to a world-wide audience via satellite to over 300 venues in 22 countries around the globe.

Joan Osborne: Love and Hate – A Song Cycle - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 04, 2011 -

Osborne is a music adventurist, someone who is curious about all kinds of music and who writes and performs all kinds of music – from rock to country to soul and R&B. She has received eight Grammy nominations and continues to seek new musical muses. With Jack Petruzzelli she has written and produced an emotionally-charged song cycle entitled Love and Hate which combines music, dance and film to expose those two most vivid emotions.

Linkin Park - Madison Square Garden
February 04, 2011 -

Rock band Linkin Park will be bringing their A Thousand Suns World Tour to Madison Square Garden on February 4.

The alternative rockers have won two Grammy Awards, and have sold over 50 million albums worldwide. Their fourth and latest album A Thousand Suns was released in September 2010.

Don Pasquale - Metropolitan Opera
February 04, 2011 -

Anna Netrebko returns to the role that made her a Met star, with Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo. Music Director James Levine conducts.

Dadap Family featuring Yo-Yo Ma's sister perform Classical with Filipino Folklore Influence - the cell
February 04, 2011 -

The Dadap Family – The Dadap-Ma Guitar & Violin Duo, husband and wife team Michael Dadap and Yeou-Cheng Ma (Yo-Yo Ma's elder sister), is joined by daughter, and cellist, Laura Dadap for a night filled with music ranging from classical (Paganini, Giuliani, Villalobos, Tarrega) to contemporary, with a strong influence from Filipino folklore.

February 04, 2011 -

Cin-M-Art Space 43, located at 43 Murray Street, will host the NYC debut for The Legendary RT and Sredni and Friends February 4 at 8:00 PM. The Blues/Jazz Blues/NY Blues ensemble, led by Arthur Hine (The Legendary RT), features Sredni Vollmer (The Band) on mouth harp and vocals, Pete Rose on guitar, Karmik Mike Stein on drums and Bob Arkin on bass. Arthur Hine, aka RT, has been a quiet background influence in American recorded music for over 40 years. Along the way he had a record company (Armtrac Records), managed one of the greatest unknown bands in history (Sneaky Cookin'), and wrote songs for various artists, such as Howie Wyeth and Marianne Faithful. Raspy-voiced and grey-bearded, he is a "surprise baby," re-entering Blues performance after a 30 year lay-out. He has been taking Woodstock venues by storm with a combination of ironic lyrics, catchy tunes and off beat rhythms. A living legend and world renowned harmonica player, Woodstock artist Sredni Vollmer is primarily remembered as the talented, versatile and humble harmonica player/vocalist who accompanied Rick Danko in concerts by The Band and in duo performances with Danko. He co-wrote and recorded the Philadelphia International hit song "No-Tell Motel" with Don Covay and recorded with Leslie West (Mountain), Rick Danko, Kinky Freedman, Colin Linden and many others. Sredni also performed on stage with Hot Tuna, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Bob Dylan, and has been a member of groups like the Woodstock Mountains Revue and Sunshine and the Flashbacks. The ensemble's material includes Blues, Jazz Blues, original tunes and some covers (Beatles, Joe Cocker, Fred Neil, Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs, Jimmy Reed, Bob Marley). For more information, visit:

Cin-M-Art Space is a grassroots NYC collective, curating and nurturing indie music, cinema and art. Its Murray Street location is just a few blocks away from the old Knitting Factory (attempting to fill the void left by Knitting Factory when they moved to Brooklyn.) ABOUT THE LEGENDARY RT AND SREDNI (IN ARTHUR HINE'S WORDS) "I was born in da Bronx. A good day there was hanging out in the woods that surrounded the Bronx Zoo or writing by the side of the Bronx River or Lake Agassiz (lol). Then I discovered that a subway train could take me to another universe, and as a young teenager, I felt drawn to Greenwich Village. There, I ran into another kid from Brooklyn, Ned Carter (Edward Edelman), a folk and classical guitarist, who taught me how to play. We would play in Washington Square Park or the local coffee houses like The Rafio, The Fat Black Pussy Cat, Rienzi's, The Third Side Cafe, The Basement, The Cafe Wha? and others; Ned sang folk songs and I read my Beat Poetry. We would go to the Village Vanguard, the Five Spot, the Jazz Gallery, or Gerdes Folk City and catch sets by Thelonious Monk, Yusef Lateef, Sonny Rollins, John Lee Hooker, Dave van Ronk or the Rev, Gary Davis...all of whom infected my brain and influence my music still.

"In the afternoons, we would hang out in Wasington Square, Izzy's (Israel Young) Folklore Center, or one of the stoops on MacDougal Street. We would listen to or play with, Richie Havens (and Splivy), Mike Manne, David Blue (Cohen), Karen Dalton, Dino Valenti, John Sebastian Jr., Bobby Dylan, Freddie Neil, Tom Paxton, Bob Gibson, Tim Hardin and many others who passed through the NY Folk and Blues Revival of the 1960's. "I grew up and started a record label, Armtrac Records, a music company, ROHO Music, a band, Sneaky Cooking and, after Marianne Faithful showed me the difference between a poem and a song, I began writing songs. After accumulating bad trips, with Columbia Records, drugs, band members dying...I forsook NY and the music scene and opened a gift store in the middle of nowhere with my wife, Kim. We raised two great kids, Naomi and Noah, outside the chaos which is the music scene. "The kids are now grown and I was wood-shedding in my kitchen, and A.J. Weberman asked me to open his reprise of a Be-In in Central Park (NYC). After my set, someone from The Villager (a local newspaper) asked me who I was. I did not think fast enough or clever enough and so I became RT. After playing Frankie D's intermission at Olive's in Nyack for about a year, I made a CD (Potpourri) and added Frankie's intro: the best solo act I ever heard (LOL; he is prone to hyperbole!), the legendary RT. That is how I became The Legendary RT. "Sredni had played with Sneaky Cooking, (as did Michael and, occasionally Randy, Brecker, Mick Ronson, Rob Stoner, Howie Wyeth, Doane Perry, Tony Caniff, Angie Howell (Barton), Jocelyn Brown, Rona Wyeth Barrow, Chrissy Faith; we played with Stuff (Cornell Dupre), Orleans, Stormin' Norman et al. He went on to play with The Band, Don Covay, Rick Danko, Otis Rush, Corky Lang, Leslie West, Danny Kalb, Dr. John, Mick Ronson, Kinky Friedman, Mississippi Fred McDowell, NRPS, Buddy Cage, Gene Clark, Paul Butterfield, Rashid Ali, Hot Tuna, Happy Traum, Andy Bobinson, and others...When I found out he still lived near Woodstock, we got together. The result is The Legendary RT and Sredni and Friends, whose music you will find here and on youtube and in a venue near you soon."

The Cleveland Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
Through February 05, 2011 -

The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst bring two programs to Carnegie Hall this February. First, on Friday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m., they offer a program that includes the New York premiere of Toshio Hosokawa's Woven Dreams along with Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and R. Strauss's Ein Heldenleben. The following evening, Saturday, February 5 at 8:00 p.m., they appear with guest pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performing Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor on a program that also includes Wagner's Overture to Tannhäuser and Bartók's Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta.

Anika Noni Rose - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 05, 2011 -

While Tony Award winning actress Anika Noni Rose has distinguished herself in film (Dreamgirls, Disney's The Princess & The Frog), television (The Good Wife, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency), and on Broadway (Caroline, or Change, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), this American Songbook concert will be her New York solo concert debut. She will bring with her the voice, beauty, sass and grace that has marked her career thus far.

Enrique Iglesias - Madison Square Garden
February 05, 2011 -

Spanish singing sensation Enrique Iglesias will take the stage at Madison Square Garden on February 5.

The international superstar has recorded four Spanish studio albums and four English studio albums since 1995. He has sold over 55 million albums in both languages. His latest album, Euphoria was released in July 2010. It is Iglesias's first bilingual album.

Nixon in China - Metropolitan Opera
February 05, 2011 -

"All of my operas have dealt on deep psychological levels with our American mythology," says Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams, whose most famous opera has its Met premiere. "The meeting of Nixon and Mao is a mythological moment in world history, particularly American history." Acclaimed director and longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars makes his Met debut with this groundbreaking 1987 work, an exploration of the human truths beyond the headlines surrounding President Nixon's historic 1972 encounter with Mao and Communist China. Baritone James Maddalena stars as Nixon, a role he created to widespread acclaim. Nixon in China, Sellars says, "shows you what opera can do to history, which is to deepen it and move into its more subtle, nuanced, and mysterious corners." This production was originally created by English National Opera.

Simon Boccanegra - Metropolitan Opera
February 05, 2011 -

Dmitri Hvorostovsky takes on the landmark title role of Simon Boccanegra for the first time at the Met. James Levine leads the Met forces, including Barbara Frittoli, Ramon Vargas, and Ferruccio Furlanetto.

Robyn - Radio City Music Hall
February 05, 2011 -

International recording artist Robyn will take the stage at Radio City Music Hall on February 5.

The Swedish pop star has been on the music scene since her breakout hit Show Me Love in the late nineties. Her latest album Body Talk is set to be released on November 22, 2010. It is the last album from her trilogy album set Body Talk, featuring Body Talk Pt. 1 and Body Talk Pt.2 , also released in 2010.

Ansambl Mastika - Songs and Dances for Life NONSTOP - CD Release Party - Barbes
February 05, 2011 -

Ansambl Mastika, Brooklyn’s favorite electric Balkan band, presents the release of their second album, Songs and Dances for Life NONSTOP. Come drink a glass of slivovica and help celebrate on Feb 5th, 10 pm-midnight at Barbes, our favorite venue in New York City.

As a paean to the gritty energy and mettle of life in New York City, the album Songs and Dances for Life NONSTOP captures the fervor of the music that Ansambl Mastika calls the New Balkan Uproar. Still drawing influence from the myriad styles of Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East, the rapturously funky grooves and the ardent melodies of the New Balkan Uproar now embrace traditional and original lyrics, transcending simple instrumentalism and forging a sound that pulsates with life . . . NONSTOP.

the cell Presents Peter Flint Trio & Joao MacDowell Trio, Accordion Chamber Music & Brazilian Songs - the cell
February 05, 2011 -

One magical night of music from two unique trios! The Peter Flint Trio – Peter Flint (accordion) and Avian Orchestra musicians, Arash Amini (cello) and Andrew Sterman (woodwinds), perform an eclectic assortment of accordion chamber music. While the Joao MacDowell Trio – Joao MacDowell (guitar), Jeremy Lamb (cello) and Uka Gameiro (percussion), perform a concert of beloved Brazilian songs and chosen originals.

AsianInNY and Greater Chinatown Community Association Host Lunar New Year Celebration - Chinese Community Center Auditorium
February 05, 2011 -

AsianInNY and Greater Chinatown Community Association, is pleased to host the 2011 Lunar New Year on Saturday, Feb 5th with a night of amazing Asian performers including a comedian, martial artists, dancers, singers and two of the most promising Asian fashion designers! With exciting performances, good music, incredible drinks and fabulous runway fashion shows, this is going to be a night to remember to start the Lunar New Year – the year of the Rabbit! For more info:

Jazz Pianist Michika Fukumori Every Tuesday in February - The Bar Lounge at the Kitano New York Hotel
Through February 22, 2011 -

This February, the Kitano New York will continue its young pianist showcase with Japanese jazz pianist, Michika Fukumori who will be performing in The Bar Lounge. Shows will be held at 8-11 p.m. each Tuesday during the month, including February 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd. There is no cover charge or food & beverage minimum for the Michika Fukumori performances at the Bar Lounge. Michika Fukumori’s innate musical talents were evident from her early childhood. Born in Mai, Japan, Fukumori began playing the piano at the age of 3 and composing her own music at the age of 6. She graduated from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music and began playing jazz professionally at venues throughout Tokyo. However, in 2000 Fukumori traveled to New York in hopes of further cultivating her talent. She achieved her master’s degree from the City College of New York in 2003 and since has been performing at some of the city’s most well-known jazz venues. This February the Kitano New York invites music lovers to see Fukumori showcase her refined jazz talent every Tuesday at the Bar Lounge.

Winter Starlight Music Series - Top of the Rock
Through February 23, 2011 -

Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center ( will host live music throughout the month of February as part of the Winter Starlight Music Series. The Music Series will take place on Wednesday evenings, February 2nd - February 23rd, from 6:00PM - 8:00PM at Top of the Rock, 30 Rockefeller Plaza between 5th and 6th Avenues on the 67th floor observation deck. Visitors can enjoy live music while taking in the breathtaking, 360-degree panorama of New York City. Wine, champagne and other refreshments will be available for purchase from Rock Center Caf? during all performances. The Winter Music Series will also include an additional, extended performance on Valentine's Day Monday, February 14th from 6:00PM - 9:00PM. Top of the Rock invites you and your loved one to spend the evening overlooking New York's most romantic views while listening to the vocals of Peter Bradley Adams.

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 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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