Things to do this week in NYC Jun 13-Jun 20: MusicJune 13, 2009 - by CG Directory Editor
Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.
Britten's War Requiem - New York Philharmonic
An instant masterpiece when it premiered at the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral, the shattering impact of this unflinching cry against war is delivered in all its power by two orchestras, two choruses, a trio of exceptional soloists, Lorin Maazel, and the New York Philharmonic.
Adam Matta & Friends - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
BAMcafé celebrates Muslim Voices with a weekend of free concerts featuring New York-based Muslim artists engaged in both traditional and innovative approaches. Composer/producer Adam Matta is a beatboxing tour de force, blending hip-hop, electronic, jazz, and traditional Middle Eastern music into a unique and driving sound. Performing with his friends Dr. Fawzia Afzal-Khan (spoken word/voice), Nihan Devecioglu (voice), Noah Hoffeld (cello), Remi Kanazi (spoken word), Eyal Maoz (guitar), and Kenny Muhammad The Human Orchestra (beatbox), this second night of Muslim Voices in BAMcafé is sure to impress. 9:30pm.
Qawwali Gospel Creation - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
With its pulsing drums and harmoniums, arduous incantations, and euphoric choral refrains, nothing induces a state of spiritual intoxication quite like Qawwali, a 700-year-old tradition of hypnotic Sufi praise music. Qawwali Gospel Creation unites one of the genres revered torchbearers, Pakistani singer Faiz Ali Faiz, and his ensemble with African American gospel music -- a music tradition equally steeped in cathartic song -- in a joint evening with renowned pianist/singer Craig Adams and the Voices of New Orleans, raising the spirit in ecstasy. 8pm.
A Masked Ball - Brooklyn Lyceum Theatre
Brooklyn Repertory Opera performs Verdi's "A Masked Ball" on Friday, June 5th at 7:30 PM, Sunday, June 7th at 3:30 PM, Friday, June 12th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, June 14th at 3:30. "A Masked Ball" is set in a small present day European kingdom. Act I opens with Riccardo (Edgar Jaramillo, Francis Liska) reviewing a list of his guests for an upcoming masked ball. He is delighted to see Amelia (Tracy Adele Cooper, Kathleen Keske) on the list because she is the woman he loves. Unfortunately, Amelia is also the wife of his friend and advisor, Renato (Jay Gould, Charles Karel). Renato, upon arriving tries to tell Riccardo about the growing conspiracy ahead of him but Riccardo refuses to listen. Riccardo, disguised as a fisherman, arrives at fortune-teller Ulrica's (Gulnara Mitzanova, Nicholas Tamagna) cave. Amelia arrives and confesses that she is tormented for her love for Riccardo. Ulrica tells her to gather a magic herb for the cure. After she leaves, Riccardo has his palm read by Ulrica, who tells him that he will die by the first person who shakes his hand. Renato arrives and Riccardo is amused when they shake hands in greeting, revealing Riccardo's identity to everyone. Act II opens with Amelia being surprised by Riccardo and the two finally declare their love for each other. Renato arrives unexpectedly so Amelia covers her face with her veil, and Riccardo leaves after learning from Renato that conspirators are pursuing him. When the conspirators arrive and Amelia realizes her husband would rather fight with the conspirators than break his promise to escort her back to town, she reveals her identity. Renato assumes that Amelia and Riccardo have been involved in an adulterous love affair. Act III opens with Renato intending to kill Amelia, then changes his mind and with the conspirators plans to murder Riccardo. Oscar, the page, (Alyssa Bowlby, Pamela Scanlon), arrives with an invitation to the Masked Ball. At the ball, Renato shoots Riccardo in anger and the wounded Riccardo discloses that although he loved Amelia, she never broke her marriage vows. Riccardo bids farewell to his friends and his country as he dies. The opera is conducted by Stephen Francis Vasta and Conrad Chu. Tickets for "A Masked Ball" are $20.00 for adult, $10.00 for students and seniors, and $5.00 for unemployed with a UI stub. Group rates are also available. The Brooklyn Lyceum is located at 227 4th Ave, Brooklyn, New York (located on the corner of President Street and 4th Avenue). It is accessible via the R Subway at the Union Street stop. For reservations or more information, call (866) 469-2687 or visit www.bropera.org.
Free for All at Town Hall - The Town Hall
Recently named the 2008 Gramophone Artist of the Year, two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is celebrated for her innovative interpretations, captivating stage presence and emotional sophistication. For over a decade, extensive international performances and recording activities have confirmed Hahn's place as one of the most sought-after artists on the concert circuit.
Broadway by the Year - 1970 - The Town Hall
Featuring songs from Applause, Company, Purlie, Two by Two, Minnie's Boys, The Rothschilds and more. Created/written and hosted for The Town Hall by Scott Siegel with musical direction by Ross Patterson
Regina Spektor - Beacon Theatre
Regina Spektor takes the stage. She will be joined by special guest Little Joy, a band that includes Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes and Rodrigo Amarante of Los Hermanos.
Earth, Wind & Fire / Chicago - Madison Square Garden
Music legends Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago will take the stage together again at Madison Square Garden.
Andrew Bird - Radio City Music Hall
Armed with a violin, an electric guitar, a glockenspiel, and a sampler, Bird's shows achieve a rare mixture of both spontaneity and precision, and his unnatural whistling ability has set him apart as a truly unique artist.
Andrea Bocelli - Madison Square Garden
The popular opera singer performs.
Smoky voiced singer Madeleine Peyroux performing in support of her newly released album, Bare Bones. Peyroux has crafted her best album yet, an artistic breakthrough that finds her sublime voice wrapped around a collection of songs that she helped craft from their inception, marking her evolution as a songwriter.
JVC Jazz Festival - Bebel Gilberto - The Town Hall
Grammy-nominated bossa nova singer Bebel Gilberto returns to The Town Hall as part of the 2009 JVC Jazz Festival.The daughter of Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto, Bebel sings breezy bossa nova with acoustic guitars, Latin tones and electronic flourishes in both English and Portuguese. Tickets: $50 and $45. 8pm.
Nioka Workman - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Acoustic and electric cellist Nioka Workman's sound is delicate yet confident, ethereal yet robust, as she saunters from sensual soul to improvisational jazz. She has composed and arranged works for Alvin Ailey II and Omega Dance Company, and performed with India.Arie, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Cassandra Wilson's 'Traveling Miles' orchestra, along with many other notable stars and groups. Her fine pizzicato and sensual bow strokes set Nokia apart from traditional musicians, and her innovative melodies confirm her renown. 9pm.
TamarRaqs Summer Solstice Hafla - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Back to celebrate the summer solstice, Tamar hosts a night of Raqs Sharqi, or bellydancing. Bringing new steps and innovative moves every time she visits, Tamar will perform with dancers Oreet and Amantha, who bring with them their own rich repertoire of movement. Their mesmeric gyrations and sensual swivels keep time with the North African and Middle Eastern melodies of World-beat group Sounds of Taraab, also performing this night. 9pm.
3 MO' DIVAS - Apollo Theater
3 MO' DIVAS is an exciting musical journey celebrating the amazing versatility of the female voice. The theatrically staged, critically acclaimed concert is a magnificently entertaining evening performed by some of the most phenomenal talent the world has to offer. It follows the great success of Broadway writer/director Marion J. Caffey's international hit Three Mo' Tenors. 3 Mo' Divas will perform an amazing 10 styles of music, including Opera, Broadway, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Soul, Disco, Rock & Roll, Spiritual & Gospel. 2 & 8pm.
Stars of Tomorrow - Hudson River Park
Enjoy music from Bach to Bebop as students from both the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and Mannes College The New School for Music perform. Tuesdays, June 2nd – August 18th
Sunset on the Hudson - Hudson River Park
Enjoy the gorgeous sunset and mellow sounds of New York's acclaimed Guitar Man David Ippolito while relaxing on this spectacular grass covered pier that stretches 900 feet into the majestic Hudson River. Fridays, June 5th – August 21st
The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong: 'In the Cause of Happiness' - Jazz at Lincoln Center
This exhibition features large-scale images of collages created by Armstrong from clips of photographs, news stories, postcards, letters, telegrams and other materials that Armstrong artfully affixed to the boxes of his vast private collection of audio tapes. Tues.-Sun., 10am-4pm & 6-11pm; Mon., 6-11pm. Free.