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Things to do this week in NYC Mar 10-Mar 17: Music

March 10, 2012 - 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.

Khovanshchina - Metropolitan Opera
March 10, 2012 -

Mussorgsky's other great Russian epic features an ideal Russian and Georgian cast: Olga Borodina, Vladimir Galouzine, Ildar Abdrazakov, Anatoli Kotscherga, and George Gagnidze. Kirill Petrenko conducts.

Don Giovanni - Metropolitan Opera
March 10, 2012 -

Mariusz Kwiecien brings his youthful and sensual interpretation of Mozart's timeless anti-hero to the Met for the first time, under the direction of Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage and with Fabio Luisi conducting. A troupe of refined Mozartians appears in this new production, including Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Ramón Vargas, and John Relyea. Gerald Finley steps into the title role later in the season, and Andrew Davis also conducts.

Pacifica Quartet - Beethoven String Quartets - Metropolitan Museum of Art
March 10, 2012 -

The Modern Beethoven: Symphonies No. 8 and 4 - New York Philharmonic
March 10, 2012 -

Songs of the Persian Mystics - The Town Hall
March 10, 2012 -

Mohammad-Reza Lotfi, one of the greatest living masters of the tar and setar lutes, has been a major figure in the past 40 years in revolutionizing Persian traditional music. His innovative approach of combining the classical with folk elements in his compositions and performances has revitalized an ancient tradition. In this rare New York appearance, Lotfi is joined by the Shayda Women's Ensemble, providing a unique opportunity to hear female performers of classical Persian music.

St. Louis Symphony - Carnegie Hall
March 10, 2012 -

Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with David Robertson in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall. Karita Mattila joins David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony for a performance of Quatre Instants, which Kaija Saariaho wrote specifically for the Finnish soprano. When Mattila premiered the work at the 2003 Ekenäs festival, critics called the performance "irresistible" (Le Monde). Paired with Stravinsky's Firebird, it's a concert you can't miss.

Jon Anderson of YES - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 10, 2012 - New York

Jon Anderson has been the lead singer of Yes, one of the most long-lived and successful rock acts in history, for more than four decades (give or take a few respites when the drama got too thick). Perhaps more than any other element in this progressive rock flagship, it is Anderson's vocals that instantly identify what you're hearing as Yes music - a complex, giddy, positive amalgamation of rock's fire and classical music's grace. In 1989, Anderson and other former Yes members formed the group Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe (ABWH), and soon reunited with the then-current members of Yes. He remains one of the few people in rock that continues to espouse the same cool values that came out of the '60s social movements around the globe. Over 40 years after the founding of Yes, he still believes steadfastly in the power of music to change the world for the better.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
March 10, 2012 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to [email protected] The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show.

Dresden Philharmonic - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
March 11, 2012 -

An orchestra that has been led by the likes of Brahms and Tchaikovsky performs Beethoven's Fifth Sympony, and is joined by extraordinary cellist Gautier Capucon for Dvorak's Cello Concerto.

Celtic Woman - Radio City Music Hall
March 11, 2012 -

Internationally acclaimed vocal phenomenon Celtic Woman has announced their brand-new North American tour in support of their new CD/DVD release, BELIEVE. Their breathtaking new show, BELIEVE, features the all-female singing sensation performing classic Irish tunes, such as 'The Water Is Wide,' 'Green Grow the Rushes,' 'A Woman's Heart,' and 'The Parting Glass,' timeless pop anthems such as 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and 'Sailing,' and inspirational songs including 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and 'Ave Maria,' with their signature Celtic Woman twist, under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes.

GROOVE BUFFET Classic R&B, Motown & Soul Revue - Lucille's
March 11, 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.

R&B Spotlight - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 11, 2012 - New York

R&B Spotlight is excited about presenting the next great R&B star to the world. Talented artists have come in from all over the globe to showcase their gifts as part of this event. Everyone from Aretha Franklin to Anthony Hamilton has graced the B.B. King stage, and now R&B Spotlight is providing the same platform for other up-and-coming R&B acts to follow suit.

Marc Perrenoud Trio Concert - The Allen Room
March 11, 2012 - New York

Hailed as “remarkable” by Jazzman (France) and “always masterful” by All About Jazz, Marc Perrenoud is one of the most acclaimed Swiss jazz musicians of his generation. For his first New York appearance, the 30-year old pianist-composer brings his trio to the Allen Room to celebrate the release of their third album, Two Lost Churches (March 2012). Along with Marco Müller on double bass and Cyril Regamey on drums, he will perform compositions that defy convention while honoring the tradition of great jazz. The trio’s repertoire will also include Perrenoud’s own compositions. This performance is part of ThinkSwiss: Genève Meets New York, A Festival of Global Ideas Born in Geneva, March 6-12, 2012. RSVP required: [email protected] Cost: Free and open to the public

Legendary Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards Ft. Members of Georgia Satellites, Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd & John Fogerty - Highline Ballroom
March 11, 2012 -

Don't miss legendary Rolling Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys performing with an all-star cast of musicians, including Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites), Steve Gorman (The Black Crowes), Robert Kearns (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Michael Webb (John Fogerty, Poco) & Chark Kinsolving (Mike Farris, Spoonful). You may not know that you already love his music, but you do. Many of the greatest rock hits of the past five decades bear the unmistakable thumbprint of one of America's most accomplished rock 'n' roll icons: Bobby Keys. In fact, it's impossible that any fan of popular music could be unfamiliar with the trademark sound and swaggering soul of the Texas-born saxophone player. From humble roots as an uncredited performer with Buddy Holly and Dion ("The Wanderer") to album-defining contributions with the Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers (1971), Exile On Main Street (1972)) and his work with each of the four Beatles and Elvis, his illustrious career has led him from studio to stage all across the globe. It's shaping up to be another incredible year for Bobby Keys, and with the help of the Suffering Bastards, it's clear that this year will undoubtedly be just another zenith in a roller coaster ride of a life that's simply too good to be true.

L'Elisir d'Amore - Metropolitan Opera
March 12, 2012 -

Donizetti's melodic classic is well served by a quartet of bel canto stars: Juan Diego Flórez and Diana Damrau are the unlikely lovers, Mariusz Kwiecien the vainglorious sergeant, and Alessandro Corbelli the dispenser of the elixir.

The Black Keys - Madison Square Garden
March 12, 2012 -

The rock group performs, with opener Arctic Monkeys.

Lunasa - Highline Ballroom
March 12, 2012 -

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lunasa is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental band of recent times. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade. The band's self-titled 1997 debut became an immediate bestseller in Ireland, and since its release the group has become one of the most sought-after bands on the international Celtic music scene.

51st Young Concert Artists Presents Violinist Benjamin Beilman - Merkin Concert Hall
March 12, 2012 - New York

BENJAMIN BEILMAN, violin, First Prize, 2010 Montreal International Competition. YEKWON SUNWOO, piano, Featuring the premiere of "once" by CHRIS ROGERSON, YCA Composer-in-Residence. PROGRAM: MOZART: Sonata in E-flat Major, K.302; STRAUSS: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18; CHRIS ROGERSON:"once" for violin & piano (premiere); PROKOFIEV: Sonata for violin solo, Op. 115; KREISLER: Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta.

Khovanshchina - Metropolitan Opera
March 13, 2012 -

Mussorgsky's other great Russian epic features an ideal Russian and Georgian cast: Olga Borodina, Vladimir Galouzine, Ildar Abdrazakov, Anatoli Kotscherga, and George Gagnidze. Kirill Petrenko conducts.

The Modern Beethoven: Symphonies No. 8 and 4 - New York Philharmonic
March 13, 2012 -

Morgenstern Trio - Carnegie Hall
March 13, 2012 -

One of the most exciting new chamber groups from Europe, the Morgenstern Trio is blowing audiences away with its magnetic virtuosity, sparkling energy, and organic unity. For its Carnegie Hall debut, the German piano trio carves out masterfully crafted works by Mozart, Ravel, and Brahms. After the performance, come have a free drink and meet the musicians at our Salon Encores.

Vetusta Morla - Highline Ballroom
March 13, 2012 -

Hailing from Tres Cantos in Madrid, Spain, alternative rock outfit Vetusta Morla formed in the summer of 1998. The band achieved success quickly, recording its first award-winning demo in early 2000 and making it to the finals of Moratalaz's Rock Contest in 2001. After several lineup changes and additional demos, the band completed its first EP, Mira ("Look"), at Heatroom Studios in Madrid in 2005. Vetusta Morla has never been one to adhere to convention, and this disc represents an intriguing next step in the evolution of this chart-topping band.

Don Giovanni - Metropolitan Opera
March 14, 2012 -

Mariusz Kwiecien brings his youthful and sensual interpretation of Mozart's timeless anti-hero to the Met for the first time, under the direction of Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage and with Fabio Luisi conducting. A troupe of refined Mozartians appears in this new production, including Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Ramón Vargas, and John Relyea. Gerald Finley steps into the title role later in the season, and Andrew Davis also conducts.

Amateur Night at the Apollo: Broadway! - Apollo Theater
March 14, 2012 - New York

For this special edition of Amateur Night at the Apollo, the line-up of contestants will base their performances on Broadway shows and musicals. Winners of this event will move on to the regular Amateur Night season where they will compete for the winning title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000! Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone! Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.

L'Arpeggiata - Carnegie Hall
March 14, 2012 -

With a host of guests—including vocalist Lucilla Galeazzi, soprano Raquel Andueza, and clarinetist Gianluigi Trovesi—L'Arpeggiata performs improvisations and music from the Baroque, alongside the traditional South American folk music featured in their upcoming album Los pajaros perdidos.

The Drunk Diet: Book Release Party - Highline Ballroom
March 14, 2012 -

Join Luc Carl as he celebrates the release of his new book The Drunk Diet, with music by The Rock 'n' Roll Review, featuring The Dirty Pearls, Brian Newman, and Luc Carl & Breedlove, as well as a performance by Kelle Calco & The Boys. The show will be hosted by Georgie Seville and will feature emcee Murray Hill, door bitch Niko, DJs Ian Eldorado, Steve Shout, and Omri S. Quire, and live go-go girls. And of course, the rock 'n' roll dress code will be strictly enforced: dress sexy! Not your ordinary diet book, The Drunk Diet is simply a year in the life of author Luc Carl. His memoirs of a year in which he went from being an out of shape, bloated asshole, to the sexiest, most delightful man on the planet. You will not find any "do this, don't do that" in The Drunk Diet. This is simply one ordinary rock 'n' roller's story, filled with awe-inspiring, hilarious accounts of his day-to-day life. Join him on his journey to lose 40 pounds, without giving up his principles of being a hard-drinking party maker. The Drunk Diet is a memoir of his trials and tribulations to get in shape while partying every night. Laugh and be inspired while he takes you on his hilarious conquest to become the sexiest man on earth.

Macbeth - Metropolitan Opera
March 15, 2012 -

As the doomed couple, Thomas Hampson and Nadja Michael deliver the vocal fireworks of two of Verdi's most challenging roles, Hampson for the first time at the Met and Michael in her company debut.

The Magnificat - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
March 15, 2012 -

Music on Period Instruments. All-Bach program.

BRIDGES TO PEACE celebrating Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel - The Town Hall
March 15, 2012 -

The Idan Raichel Project - Idan Raichel, the architect of this unique project is a keyboardist, producer and composer who burst onto the Israeli music scene in 2003. He changed the face of Israeli popular music offering a message of love and tolerance. With an entrancing blend of Ethiopian and Middle Eastern flavors coupled with sophisticated production techniques and a spectacular live show, The Idan Raichel Project has become one of the most unexpected success stories in Israeli music worldwide. Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel (SCMCI) is a 250 bed, comprehensive pediatric hospital -- the only one of its kind in Israel, the Middle East, and beyond. From initial planning, the intention was to insure that the hospital would distinguish itself not only as an institution of medical and academic excellence, but also as a Bridge to Peace. This dual vision remains a hallmark of SCMCI. Medical Development for Israel, Inc., (MDI) is the US-based charity raising needed funds and creating a network of support for Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel.

L'Elisir d'Amore - Metropolitan Opera
March 16, 2012 -

Donizetti's melodic classic is well served by a quartet of bel canto stars: Juan Diego Flórez and Diana Damrau are the unlikely lovers, Mariusz Kwiecien the vainglorious sergeant, and Alessandro Corbelli the dispenser of the elixir.

L'Arpeggiata - Carnegie Hall
March 16, 2012 -

With a host of guests—including vocalist Lucilla Galeazzi, soprano Raquel Andueza, and clarinetist Gianluigi Trovesi—L'Arpeggiata performs improvisations and music from the Baroque, alongside the traditional South American folk music featured in their upcoming album Los pajaros perdidos.

The New York Pops - Patti Austin Sings Ella Fitzgerald's Gershwin Songbook - Carnegie Hall
March 16, 2012 -

One of today's top jazz vocalists, Patti Austin recreates Ella Fitzgerald's classic album of Gershwin songs with Nelson Riddle's original symphonic arrangements – live for the first time at Carnegie Hall with a special guest appearance by Christopher Riddle. Produced in association with the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation and the Nelson Riddle Trust.

Betty Buckley - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 16, 2012 - New York

A staple of the screen and the stage, actress and singer Betty Buckley established her reputation with her haunting rendition of "Memory" as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. Her other Broadway credits include 1776, Pippin, Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Carrie. Buckley has recorded 12 albums, among them Bootleg: Boardmixes from the Road (2010), Quintessence (2008), 1967 (2007), and the Grammy-nominated Stars and the Moon: Betty Buckley Live at the Donmar (2001). Her next album Ghostlight will be released in 2012.

Gregory Porter - Highline Ballroom
March 16, 2012 -

In the short time since Gregory Porter exploded onto the international music scene with his debut album Water (2010), he has racked up a continuing stream of accolades and awards. His first release garnered a Best Jazz Vocal Grammy nomination (a rare feat for a debut recording), rocketed to No. 1 on both iTunes and Amazon in the UK, made significant sales inroads, and soared on to be included on an international array of year-end Best of 2010 lists in several genres. The happy result is that, in less than two years, these successes have created a formidable draw for Porter as an international touring artist.

Trio Lorca - Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
March 16, 2012 - New York City

Trio Lorca Catherine Verrilli, Soprano Melissa Krause, Flute Terry Vermillion, Percussion Ann DuHamel, Piano For tickets: http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2012/3/16/0800/PM/Trio-Lorca/

THE NEW YORK POPS PRESENTS ELLA FITZGERALD’S GERSHWIN SONGBOOK WITH GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER PATTI AUSTIN - Carnegie Hall
March 16, 2012 - New York City

On March 16, 2012 at 8:00pm, The New York Pops orchestra, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, celebrates the 65th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s Carnegie Hall debut with a commemorative performance at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Grammy-winner Patti Austin joins The New York Pops to pay homage to Fitzgerald’s classic album of the George and Ira Gershwin songbook. The exciting program features Nelson Riddle’s original symphonic arrangements of Gershwin works in their Carnegie Hall debut – including “I Got Rhythm,” S’Wonderful,” and “Our Love Is Here to Stay” – and an appearance by Nelson Riddle’s son, Christopher Riddle. The concert is produced in association with the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation and the Nelson Riddle Foundation. TICKETS Single tickets are priced from $37 to $108. Purchases can be made at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and 7th Avenue) or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800. Visit www.carnegiehall.org for more information.

Marianne Faithfull & Marc Ribot - Special Acoustic duo show - City Winery
Through March 16, 2012 - New York

ABOUT MARIANNE FAITHFULL - “I don’t really do conventional...” 47 years of creative public life and Marianne Faithfull remains one of the most unique, bewitching and indeed unconventional musical artists Britain has ever produced. In 47 years she’s grown from the quiver-voiced ingénue of her debut single ‘As Tears Go By’ (1964, the first song ever written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards) to her peerless position as profoundly distinctive scorched-earth torch-singer and richly emotive song-writer - as evidenced today on her 23rd solo album, the sonically stunning ‘Horses And High Heels’. Recorded in New Orleans with a core of exceptional local musicians, the album features eight cover versions and four original new songs co-written by Marianne, four songs which feature the virtuoso guitar playing of John Porter, a musician/producer friend most noted for his work with Roxy Music, Eric Clapton and The Smiths. The album also includes one song with lyrics specially written for her by Irish playwright Frank McGuiness (the evocative ‘The Old House’), two cameo appearances on guitar from another old friend, Lou Reed, plus further cameos from Dr. John and MC5’s Wayne Kramer. It’s all exquisitely produced by long-term collaborator Hal Willner, the soundscape alchemist behind the critically-lauded ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’ (2009), her astonishing collection of covers and duets featuring more of the kind of people Marianne calls friends, from Keith Richards and Jarvis Cocker to Rufus Wainwright and Nick Cave. Two years on and ‘Horses And High Heels’ shimmers with creative life, made by a woman in her 60s more vibrantly inspired than ever. “I never stop working these days,” avers Marianne in her sumptuous, throaty timbre. “Because I can do it. I’m healthy. And I love working, I think it’s good for me. I’m very happy and I’m having a very good time. I think the worst is over. And it’s about time, really, isn’t it?” She is, they say, the Godmother of Goth, emblem of the night, both doomed romantic and ultimate bohemian survivor. She’s lived her life, certainly, on the scenic route. A teenage pop star, rock star’s girlfriend and iconic beauty in the 1960s. Film star and theatre actress in Chekhov’s ‘Three Sisters’ (1967), ‘Girl On A Motorcycle’ (1968) and ‘Hamlet’ (1969). Bedevilled drug addict lost in the shadows in the 1970s. Resurrected rock star in 1979 via the classic album ‘Broken English’. Two decades of steady creativity in her 30s and 40s, from ‘Dangerous Acquaintances’ (1981) to her critically acclaimed post-heroin album ‘Strange Weather’ (1987, produced by Hal Willner), to the Angelo Badalementi collaboration ‘A Secret Life’ (1995) to her operatic recording ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ (1998). A flourishing acting career in her 50s and beyond: ‘Intimacy’ (2001), ‘Marie Antoinette’ (2006) and a Best Actress nomination for her starring role in ‘Irina Palm’ (2006). A collaborative magnet across the generations, she’s worked with Billy Corgan, Beck, Blur, Pulp (2002’s ‘Kissin’ Time’) and PJ Harvey & Nick Cave (2004’s ‘Before The Poison’), sung with David Bowie and Metallica and interpreted the songs of Kurt Weill (1995 ‘20th Century Blues’), Tom Waits and Morrissey. A mythologically addictive personality, she’s been teetotal since 2004, survived both a cancer scare in 2005 and clinical depression in 2008 and written two volumes of autobiography, ‘Faithfull’ (1994) and ‘Memories, Dreams And Reflections’ (2007). ‘Horses And High Heels’ was recorded in the New Orleans French Quarter over September/October 2010 and features a spectrum of astonishing musicianship from the city’s musical pool. “We wanted to have fun, find great musicians and of course New Orleans is cheaper than New York,” laughs the always refreshingly honest Marianne. It spans the spectrum of soul, blues, folk, country, jazz-pop perkiness and beguiling guitar-rock, all underpinned by her striking vocals and hauntingly influenced by the perhaps unlikely musical combination of jazz, classical music and Nick Cave’s malevolent Grinderman. The cover versions see Marianne and Hal once again reprise their uncanny gift for finding beautiful, unexpected and often scandalously overlooked songs, as dramatic as they’re coolly diverse. “We just do find great songs,” notes Marianne, “but there’s no theme...well, the only theme is me.” There’s the brooding, spectral guitar-rock of Greg Dulli & Mark Lanegan’s ‘The Stations’, the swooning, country-rock tinge of R.B Morris’ ‘That’s How Every Empire Falls’ and the bar-room blues and 70s soul revue thrills of Jackie Lomax’s ‘No Reason’. “We chose some soul material this time which I was very unsure of at first,” muses Marianne. “‘No Reason’, ‘Back In Baby’s Arms’, ‘Gee Baby’, these songs are more vocally demanding and it was quite frightening. But I think we managed it.” Elsewhere are glimmering 70s soul classics, from the gorgeous, steel-guitar-layered ‘Love Song’ (originally written by 70s song-writer Lesley Duncan and made famous by Elton John), the bewitching piano reverie of Carol King’s ‘Goin’ Back’ (definitively recorded in ‘66 by Dusty Springfield) and her positively Shakespearian rendition of the Shangri-Las masterpiece, ‘Past Present and Future’. Her four original new songs, meanwhile, are a revelation: the folky and unfeasibly rousing ‘Why Did We Have To Part?’, an elegy to the end of a long relationship “I just couldn’t resist a break-up song - and the pain is over”, to the rollicking, Hammond swirl of ‘Prussian Blue’ (a paean to her life in Paris), the rhythmically compelling, Celtic-folk-tinged ‘Horses And High Heels’ (“just me watching from my windows in Paris and Ireland”) and the joyous ‘Eternity’ featuring a sampled Arabian-jazz flourish from Brian Jones’ recording in Morocco with the Master Musicians of Jajouka (1968’s ‘Brian Jones Presents: The Pipes of Pan at Jajouka’). “It’s all a very different style for me,” notes Marianne, “much more rhythmic. And a very modern record, it’s not looking back to the past at all. All the songs are about now, you know?” It’s a now filled with more possibilities than ever: in 2011, she tours the world, may “slip in” some spoken-word performances of her beloved Shakespearian Sonnets and has recently completed filming on ‘Belle du Seigneur’ (due 2012), the English-language adaptation of Albert Cohen’s epic French love story, playing housekeeper Mariette alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Natalia Vodianova. No wonder, at the heart of ‘Horses And High Heels’, is the sound of a worldly, sophisticated joy - an album as colourful, dramatic and artistically liberated as her own extraordinary life. “Conventional happiness isn’t my way, you know,” notes the irresistibly unconventional Marianne. “But this is a very happy record. I’m not depressed anymore. And I think it’s all been well worth it. I did have a bit of a bad time in the 70s but I think things have been wonderful. So I suppose this album is a bit of a breakthrough. I’m incredibly lucky, don’t think I don’t know it. I’m so grateful to be able to still write songs and express my emotion in music. And the best thing of all is working with such great people. It’s inspirational.” ABOUT MARC RIBOT - Marc Ribot, who the New York Times describes as “a deceptively articulate artist who uses inarticulateness as an expressive device,” has released 19 albums under his own name over a 25-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the Cuban son of Arsenio Rodríguez. His latest solo release, Silent Movies (Pi Recording 2010) has been described as a "down-inmouth-near master piece" by the Village Voice and has landed on several Best of 2010 lists including the LA Times and critical praise across the board. Rolling Stone points out that “Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985's Rain Dogs, and since then he's become the go-to guitar guy for all kinds of roots-music adventurers: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp.” Additional recording credits include Elton John/Leon Russell’s latest The Union, Solomon Burke, John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, Marianne Faithful, Joe Henry, Allen Toussaint, Medeski Martin & Wood, Caetono Veloso, Susana Baca, Allen Ginsburg, Madeline Peyroux, Nora Jones, Jolie Holland, Akiko Yano, The Black Keys, and many others. Marc works regularly with Grammy® award winning producer T Bone Burnett and NY composer John Zorn. He has also performed on numerous film scores such as "Walk The Line” (Mangold), "The Kids Are All Right," and "The Departed" (Scorcese). “…he can sit down with just his guitar and simultaneously confound you with technique, beauty, and surprise.” - John Garratt and Will Layman, PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2010 for the album “Silent Movies”

MUSICAL GEOGRAPHY I: Baroque Suites & Concerti - St. James' Church
March 17, 2012 - New York

Maestro Frederick Renz takes his cue from a favorite baroque practice of titling dance movements, each depicting couleur locale, to form a suite. Georg Philipp Telemann’s fanciful, programmatic titles like “Les Moscovites,” “Les Suisses,” “Les Portugais” serve as points of departure, to introduce Swedish, Bohemian, and Spanish composers of the 17th- and 18th-centuries. EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK’s deft chamber orchestra evokes a resounding bazaar of diverse ‘local colors.’

Khovanshchina - Metropolitan Opera
March 17, 2012 -

Mussorgsky's other great Russian epic features an ideal Russian and Georgian cast: Olga Borodina, Vladimir Galouzine, Ildar Abdrazakov, Anatoli Kotscherga, and George Gagnidze. Kirill Petrenko conducts.

Don Giovanni - Metropolitan Opera
March 17, 2012 -

Mariusz Kwiecien brings his youthful and sensual interpretation of Mozart's timeless anti-hero to the Met for the first time, under the direction of Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage and with Fabio Luisi conducting. A troupe of refined Mozartians appears in this new production, including Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Ramón Vargas, and John Relyea. Gerald Finley steps into the title role later in the season, and Andrew Davis also conducts.

Callas on Film - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
March 17, 2012 -

Exploring Callas's full range, this program with the NDR Sinfonieorchester and conductor Nicolas Rescigno brings us from the comedy of Rossini's Il barbiere through the dark, dramatic tones of Verdi's Lady Macbeth and the bel canto splendors of Spontini's La Vestale and Bellini's Il Pirata. Opera News features editor Brian Kellow will then lead a panel in conversation about Callas's unique artistry and place among the great singers of the 20th century.

Callas on Film - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
March 17, 2012 -

This very rare documentary produced for French television in the 1970s is probably the most comprehensive examination of the artistry of Maria Callas. Director Alain Ferrari speaks with an impressive array of witnesses to the diva's work and her daily life, including Giuseppe di Stefano, Jon Vickers, Carlo Maria Giulini, and even Franco Zeffirelli, along with a moving account from Callas's teacher Elvira de Hidalgo of the singer's complicated personality.

The Modern Beethoven: Symphonies No. 1 and 3 - New York Philharmonic
Through March 17, 2012 -

Young People's Concert: Beethoven - New York Philharmonic
March 17, 2012 -

No composer is more central to the symphonic repertory than Beethoven, but his music was difficult for his own generation to accept. Discover what set him apart and why his example has dominated musical thought for two hundred years.

L'Arpeggiata - Carnegie Hall
March 17, 2012 -

With a host of guests—including vocalist Lucilla Galeazzi, soprano Raquel Andueza, and clarinetist Gianluigi Trovesi—L'Arpeggiata performs improvisations and music from the Baroque, alongside the traditional South American folk music featured in their upcoming album Los pajaros perdidos.

The Chieftains With Paddy Moloney - VOICE OF AGES 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR - Carnegie Hall
March 17, 2012 -

Ireland's official Music Ambassadors and six time Grammy-winning ensemble, The Chieftains make their triumphant return to Carnegie Hall on St. Patrick's Day as the climax of their 50th Anniversary Tour in support of their new album Voice of Ages. Paddy Moloney, "a musician of restless curiosity" (The New York Times), is sure to bring his special musician friends from around the world to celebrate this incredible night with them.

BLACK 47 St. Patrick's Day Shows - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 17, 2012 - New York

In 1993, Black 47 changed Irish-American music irrevocably when it burst onto MTV with its hit single, "Funky Ceili." Taking its name from the darkest year of the Irish Potato Famine, the band's music, though often based on traditional melodies, is laced with rock, reggae, hip-hop, New Orleans second line, and modern jazz, while songwriter Larry Kirwan uses influences as varied as Yeats, Joyce, and Dylan to fashion his dramatic, cutting-edge lyrics. Long involved in the Irish Civil Rights Movement, Kirwin formed Black 47 in 1989 to give voice to ideas of freedom and cultural renewal. Through years of relentless touring, Black 47's signature eclectic sound, socially conscious lyrics, and exciting concerts have paved the way for other Irish influenced bands such as Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys. After 2008's Iraq and 2010's Bankers & Gangsters, the band is currently celebrating its 21st year on the road with its latest compilation CD, Funky Ceili - The Party Songs, released in February 2011.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with STREAMS OF WHISKEY Performing the Music of Shane MacGowan + The Pogues - Lucille's
March 17, 2012 - New York

Streams of Whiskey is a Pogues, Shane MacGowan, and The Popes tribute band. If you want to hear "Fields of Athenry" and "I'll Tell Me Ma," then don't bother coming to see this band. They play Pogues, Pogues, and only Pogues! Streams of Whiskey was born out of desperation. Together, these seven musicians recreate the magic, mayhem, drunkenness, and fun that was and is The Pogues. All in all, the band is pretty much a load of misfits that somehow found each other under the umbrella of the Pogues. These musicians love what they do, and it shows!

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
March 17, 2012 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to [email protected] The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show.

Megafaun - Highline Ballroom
March 17, 2012 -

The trail discovered by 2008's Bury The Square, blazed by 2009's Gather, Form & Fly, and tended by 2010's Heretofore has run into a wide and rushing river. The band we know as Megafaun, born alongside Bon Iver in the ashes that rose from DeYarmond Edison (Brad Cook, Joe Westerlund, and Phil Cook's former band with Justin Vernon), has woven years of writing, touring, and living into a new sonic language. Critically praised and publicly loved for its ability to speak in the many tongues of American musical history -- all while blending it with its own energetic and personal form of rock -- Megafaun has staked a claim. But the lay of that land the band calls its own -- the hills, valleys, and caves beneath -- is just revealing itself in the sunrise. This is the band we know, but in a new light. This is Megafaun.

Virtuoso Pianist Invites You to His Studio for Exclusive Concert - (actual address provided after booking)
March 17, 2012 - NY

- Host and Steinway Artist Robert DeGaetano is a graduate of the renowned Juilliard School and has appeared at Carnegie Hall and around the world. - In an intimate setting, Robert will perform for you a selection of classical and original works on a Steinway Grand piano. - In addition to the private concert, Robert will lead a lively discussion about music and the works performed. We music lovers were all born 200 years too late. In the 19th century, small groups of friends and family would gather in the parlor for a private musical performance and spirited conversation. It was a special era in arts history, but slowly faded away as recorded music rose to prominence, followed by radio, television, Internet, iPads… We’ve gotten farther and farther away from that one-on-one, emotional connection with the music. For one extraordinary evening, noted pianist and composer Robert DeGaetano will let you experience the lost tradition of parlor music. Join him in his midtown studio for an intimate concert. You’ll witness a true master and the majesty of a Hamburg Steinway Grand. It’s the power of the concert hall in a small, private setting. Robert is eager to answer your questions about the selections played—both breathtaking classics and delightful originals. You won’t just hear; you’ll feel: that unbreakable bond between musician and music, between music and you. Light soft drinks will be available. Guests will be asked to turn off their cellphones and other electronic devices. http://www.sidetour.com/experiences/virtuoso-pianist-invites-you-to-his-studio-for-exclusive-concert/?utm_source=cityguideny&utm_medium=eventlisting&utm_campaign=EventDirectories

The Modern Beethoven: A Philharmonic Festival - New York Philharmonic
Through March 20, 2012 -

"Exhilarating" is how Gramophone magazine describes conductor David Zinman's approach to the masterpieces of Beethoven. Hear for yourself in this three-week festival featuring David Zinman conducting six Beethoven symphonies, as well as 20th-century concertos -- featuring Gil Shaham, Peter Serkin, and Alisa Weilerstein -- which provide a modern perspective on them. David Zinman, music director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, brings a fresh vitality to the masterpieces of Beethoven, unveiling new secrets in music you know and love. Don't miss this special three-week Philharmonic Festival.

The Allman Brothers Band - Beacon Theatre
Through March 25, 2012 - New York

The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND are getting set to honor the 40th anniversary of their iconic 1972 live album EAT A PEACH in a big way: they're hailing 2012 as "The Year of the Peach." The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will start the year with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which "honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording." That event will take place Saturday, February 11 during Grammy Week in Los Angeles and the group will be mentioned on the Sunday, February 12 national TV broadcast. "It?s shaping up to be a great year," says BUTCH TRUCKS, who co-founded the band in 1969 with GREGG ALLMAN, drummer JAIMOE, guitarist DUANE ALLMAN, bassist BERRY OAKLEY and guitarist DICKEY BETTS. "We just wanted to make music that was honest and play it for friends, which is pretty much what we've done. It's an honor to be able to be recognized like this." Soon after the Grammy Awards, the band will launch their annual residency at New York City's Beacon Theatre, where they will perform 10 shows beginning Friday, March 9 (see full itinerary below). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, January 6. The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND have performed over 200 sold out Beacon Shows since they began the March tradition in 1989. Their 2003 run was captured on the gold-selling LIVE AT THE BEACON THEATRE DVD and the ONE WAY OUT CD, which features the Grammy-nominated track "Instrumental Illness."

Blessed are the Peacemakers- A Lenten Tribute - St. Paul's Chapel
Through March 25, 2012 - New York

A Lenten Tribute Featuring Storytelling and Jazz Meditations by THEODICY JAZZ COLLECTIVE. Celebrate the lives of men and women of faith and courage with stories, prayers, and jazz meditations by Theodicy Jazz Collective at St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan (Broadway at Fulton Street) on Sunday afternoons during Lent. This year’s reflections honor Mahatma Gandhi (02/26), Wangari Maathai (03/04), Martin Luther King, Jr. (03/11), Oscar Romero (03/18) and Nelson Mandela (03/25). For more information, visit http://www.trinitywallstreet.org. Theodicy Jazz Collective is a group of musicians committed to ministry through the creative, spiritual power of music. The collective has a unique sound influenced by the spirituals and gospel music of the African-American church, as well as progressive jazz and world music.

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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