Things to do this week in NYC Jun 20-Jun 27: MusicJune 20, 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.
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.
The Emerson String Quartet stands alone in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: thirty acclaimed recordings since 1987, eight Grammy Awards (including two for Best Classical Album, an unprecedented honor for a chamber music group), three Gramophone Awards, the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and cycles of the complete Beethoven, Bartók, and Shostakovich string quartets in the world's musical capitals, from New York to London to Vienna.
Beyonce - Madison Square Garden
The pop star performs on her I Am... tour.
Maazel Conducts Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand - New York Philharmonic
More than 300 performers fill an expanded stage in the crowning performance of Lorin Maazel's acclaimed Mahler cycle. "Deeply impressive and continuously exciting," wrote The New York Times of Maazel's Mahler with the Philharmonic. "Clearly, he should keep the Mahler coming."
URB ALT Festival - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
URB ALT (Underground Railroad Broadcasting Alternatives) has endorsed revolutionary music and artistic expression for over a decade, and BAM welcomes their annual festival again this year. Kicking off the weekend on Friday night are BAMcafé Live favorites The MuthaWit Orchestra, who marry soul, rock, and world in a heady musical union; gospel-cum-punk quartet Paris Suit Yourself; and multimedia duo AuntKeke, performing their digital cabaret. Saturday, co-hosted by Salakida Kali, features folkcore guitarist Otto Fischer, and digital musician Oh My Goodness, and additional special guests.
Juan Luis Guerra y 440 - Radio City Music Hall
Juan Luis Guerra, Dominican singer-songwriter and self-producer, and his band 440 are superstars throughout the Latino world. Guerra is currently promoting the first single of his new album. The song, entitled "The Key to My Heart" is a Mambo with tropical fusions.
Gordon Lightfoot - The Town Hall
The singer and songwriter who achieved international success in folk, country, and popular music performs.
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.