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June 6, 2009 - by CG Directory Editor

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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

The Complete Brandenburg Concertos: Bach, Kernis, Copland and Boléro - New York Philharmonic
June 06, 2009 - Manhattan

Each a gem in its own right, Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos are more than just masterpieces of the Baroque, they rank among the finest compositions of all time (even making it onto the Voyager spacecraft). Enjoy all six of these diverse and glorious works together in one season, performed by musicians from the New York Philharmonic in solo roles.

Ultimate Doo-Wop Show - Beacon Theatre
June 06, 2009 -

As seen on PBS, this is the ultimate gathering of Doo-Wop performers. Between them, they've sold over 80 million records and recorded some of America's most recognizable classic hits.

Jay Rodriguez and the Sofrito Latin Jazz Unit - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
June 06, 2009 - Brooklyn

Since early childhood, saxophonist Jay Rodriguez has been honing his talent with the likes of Miles Davis, Tito Puente, James Brown, Prince, and even Tupac Shakur. His sound is as diverse as his collaborators, and he swings gracefully from jazz to Latin to funk to hip-hop. The musical director/founder of Groove Collective, one of NYC's hottest fusion bands, Rodriguez' expert playing, composing, and arranging, have earned him two Grammy Award nominations. 10pm.

The Complete Brandenburg Concertos: Bach, Kernis, Copland and Boléro - New York Philharmonic
June 09, 2009 - Manhattan

Each a gem in its own right, Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos are more than just masterpieces of the Baroque, they rank among the finest compositions of all time (even making it onto the Voyager spacecraft). Enjoy all six of these diverse and glorious works together in one season, performed by musicians from the New York Philharmonic in solo roles.

PJ Harvey and John Parish - Beacon Theatre
June 09, 2009 -

PJ Harvey and John Parish perform songs from their new album A Woman A Man Walked By as well as their previous collaboration Dance Hall at Louse Point.

The Decembrists - Radio City Music Hall
June 10, 2009 - Manhattan

The rock group performs.

Elvis Costello and The Sugarcanes - Beacon Theatre
June 10, 2009 -

Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes -- featuring Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Mike Compton, Dennis Crouch and Jeff Taylor -- perform.

Fleetwood Mac - Madison Square Garden
June 11, 2009 - Manhattan

Fleetwood Mac brings their Unleashed: Hits Tour 2009 to Madison Square Garden.

Michael Feinstein and Cheyenne Jackson - Feinstein's at Loew's Regency
Through June 12, 2009 - Manhattan

The first joint engagement of the club's founder Michael Feinstein and critically acclaimed Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson. Their new duet show, "The Power Of Two," features pop songs, classic standards and songs from Broadway shows like The Pajama Game, City Of Angels and Finian's Rainbow. The two stars, who sold out individual appearances at the club earlier this season, are collaborating onstage for the first time.

Britten's War Requiem - New York Philharmonic
Through June 13, 2009 - Manhattan

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)
June 13, 2009 - Brooklyn

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)
June 13, 2009 - Brooklyn

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.

Stars of Tomorrow - Hudson River Park
Through August 18, 2009 - New York

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
Through August 21, 2009 - New York

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
Through September 26, 2009 -

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.


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