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Things to do this week in NYC Mar 6-Mar 13: Music

March 6, 2010 - 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.

Igor Krutoi & Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Radio City Music Hall
March 06, 2010 - New York

Grammy nominated international opera star Dmitri Hvorostovsky collaborates with Russian musical visionary composer Igor Krutoi in a once-in-a-lifetime musical event entitled "Deja Vu".

Attila - Metropolitan Opera
March 06, 2010 -

Riccardo Muti, a champion of the Verdian tradition, makes his Met debut with one of the composer's rousing early operas. This story of civilization's encounter with barbarism is explored in a new production by director Pierre Audi. Some of the brightest lights in contemporary design, including Miuccia Prada and the architecture team of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron (the 2008 Beijing Olympics "Bird's Nest" stadium), have created the costumes and scenery. ldar Abdrazakov sings the title role, joined by Violeta Urmana, Ramón Vargas, and Carlos Alvarez.

La Boheme - Metropolitan Opera
March 06, 2010 -

Anna Netrebko stars in the most popular opera in the repertory. Piotr Beczala, who signaled his arrival as a top lyric tenor in last season's Lucia di Lammermoor, sings his first Met Rodolfo in Franco Zeffirelli's legendary production. Gerald Finley is Marcello, opposite Nicole Cabell and Ruth Ann Swenson alternating as Musetta.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
March 06, 2010 -

Every Saturday night, the Highline combiniesg the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. 21 & over. Doors at 10:30pm, show at 11pm. $20. RSVP to info@4kent.com

Wales Week New York: It's Alec Templeton Time! - New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
March 06, 2010 -

Born in Wales, the blind composer-pianist Alec Templeton was brought to America by the bandleader Jack Hylton in the mid 1930s. Templeton soon had his own weekly radio show 'Alec Templeton Time' and then toured widely in America, earning himself a personal star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This show combines archive film footage, broadcasts and recordings with superb live performances of Templeton's classical, jazz and blues compositions from acclaimed pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips Free entry; no reservations required.

Wales Week New York: Music Masters of Wales - Carnegie Hall
March 06, 2010 -

Voted Britain's seventh best composer of all times by listeners to Classic FM Radio, Karl Jenkins will conduct the US premiere of his Euphonium Concerto with internationally renowned fellow Welshman David Childs performing on the euphonium. The concert will also include Jenkins's Sacred Songs and the premiere of Dewi Sant (St. David) by Arwel Hughes.

RJD2 - Highline Ballroom
March 07, 2010 -

Rjd2's music is a collage of cut-and-paste hip-hop that combines disparate elements to make for soulful, moody portraits of the world. Doors at 8:00pm, Show at 9:00pm. $17 adv, $19 at door.

Unisex Salon - Highline Ballroom
March 08, 2010 -

80s to the point of excess, Unisex Salon is everything you love to love about the "Me Decade": shameless, upbeat and heavy on the synths. Garishly tattooed, pansexual lead singer Kenyon Phillips brings to mind a modern Adam Ant, mincing, growling and crooning his way through danceable New Wave soundscapes crafted by keyboard player Brian Gumbel, bass player Jansen Cinco (Lukas Haas, Domino Kirke, Charles Tolliver) and former Fun Lovin' Criminals drummer Stephen Borgovini. Backup singer Autumn Ready Potter rounds out the sound with disarmingly pretty harmonies that, like The Osmonds, are a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll. The band's Bacchanalian live sets have garnered quite a following in their hometown of New York, where they have opened for the likes of The Fratellis and Heloise & The Savoir Faire. Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:00pm. $10.

Attila - Metropolitan Opera
March 09, 2010 -

Riccardo Muti, a champion of the Verdian tradition, makes his Met debut with one of the composer's rousing early operas. This story of civilization's encounter with barbarism is explored in a new production by director Pierre Audi. Some of the brightest lights in contemporary design, including Miuccia Prada and the architecture team of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron (the 2008 Beijing Olympics "Bird's Nest" stadium), have created the costumes and scenery. ldar Abdrazakov sings the title role, joined by Violeta Urmana, Ramón Vargas, and Carlos Alvarez.

NY Philharmonic Principal Players Series - Kosciuszko Foundation
March 09, 2010 -

Join The Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York for an exquisite evening of music performed by principal players of the New York Philharmonic. The performance will feature virtuosos Robert Langevin (principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic), Liang Wang (principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic) and acclaimed pianist, John Novacek. They will perform works by Bach, Schumann, Taffanel, and others. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 212-239-9190 or visit http://www.lyricny.org/gettickets.html.

La Boheme - Metropolitan Opera
March 10, 2010 -

Anna Netrebko stars in the most popular opera in the repertory. Piotr Beczala, who signaled his arrival as a top lyric tenor in last season's Lucia di Lammermoor, sings his first Met Rodolfo in Franco Zeffirelli's legendary production. Gerald Finley is Marcello, opposite Nicole Cabell and Ruth Ann Swenson alternating as Musetta.

Apollo Amateur Night - Apollo Theater
March 10, 2010 - Harlem

A phenomenal success since its founding, Amateur Night has always lured audiences with the thrilling prospect of discovering new talent. At 75, Apollo Amateur Night continues to demand and reward greatness, as performers vie to become the next Apollo legend.

Cindy Blackman's Another Lifetime - Highline Ballroom
March 10, 2010 -

Powerhouse drummer Cindy Blackman is a commanding jazz musician, also known for her work backing retro-rock icon Lenny Kravitz. With a kinetic attack, she's ideally equipped to pay tribute to the amazing Tony Williams, whose unique rhythmic genius was immediately evident when he joined the Miles Davis band at 17. Williams soon invented a new and hugely influential drum set vocabulary. He was a key pioneer of '70s fusion in the astonishing band Lifetime (with John McLaughlin and Larry Young), and stayed at the forefront of jazz as a leader on Blue Note until his death in 1997. Blackman was mentored by master drummers Art Blakey and Alan Dawson, going on to formative gigs with saxophonists Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson and Pharoah Sanders. With fire and finesse, she provides an opportunity to hear one of the true disciples of Tony Williams, perhaps the greatest drummer of his lifetime -- or any other. Doors at 6, show at 8pm. $18 adv., $20 at door.

WALLACE Live - Rockwood Music Hall
March 10, 2010 -

Join Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter WALLACE at the Rockwood Music Hall on Wednesday, March 10 at 6 PM where he will perform songs from his debut EP, Playing With Fire (to be released on March 23). Wallace's live music performances are like no other. He rages and laments with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in another-- all the while gripping listeners by the ears with his scorching melodies and thrilling post-grunge sound. To learn more about Wallace visit: http://www.myspace.com/wallaceonfire For more information on Rockwood Music Hall, visit http://www.rockwoodmusichall.com or call 212-477-4155.

The Nose - Metropolitan Opera
March 11, 2010 -

Artist William Kentridge defies genres with Shostakovich's adaptation of Gogol's story. The new production is conducted by definitive Shostakovich interpreter Valery Gergiev. Acclaimed baritone Paulo Szot, who won a Tony Award for South Pacific, makes his Met debut as the man who wakes up to discover that his nose has disappeared.

Get Weird: Maher Shalal Hash Baz + dogr - New Museum of Contemporary Art
March 11, 2010 -

Led by the husband/wife team of Tori and Reiko Kudo, Maher Shalal Hash Baz's fluctuating lineup features mostly untrained musicians tackling songs often written the day of performance, expressing the innate beauty of failure as much as of success. With a background in Baroque, choral gospel, and electro-acoustic music, as well as experimental 16mm filmmaking, dogr sings layered and spatial songs that wind melodic phrases into journeys. $10 Members, $12 General Public.

Attila - Metropolitan Opera
March 12, 2010 -

Riccardo Muti, a champion of the Verdian tradition, makes his Met debut with one of the composer's rousing early operas. This story of civilization's encounter with barbarism is explored in a new production by director Pierre Audi. Some of the brightest lights in contemporary design, including Miuccia Prada and the architecture team of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron (the 2008 Beijing Olympics "Bird's Nest" stadium), have created the costumes and scenery. ldar Abdrazakov sings the title role, joined by Violeta Urmana, Ramón Vargas, and Carlos Alvarez.

'Irish Stout' Tavern Concert - Historic Richmond Town
March 12, 2010 - Staten Island

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a lively band of seasoned performers playing traditional Irish songs, ballads, and upbeat melodies. Pre-paid reservations only with credit card

Celebrate Legendary 2010 Double Grammy Nominated Soul crooner Charlie Wilson - Avery Fisher Hall
March 12, 2010 -

As one of the most influential voices in soul music, former lead vocalist of the funkadelic brotherly trio THE GAP Band, has received two 2010 Grammy nominations for Best R&B Album for "Uncle Charlie" and Best Male R&B Vocalist for his single, "There Goes My Baby." This is the first time that Wilson, has been nominated for a Grammy Award. Joining Charlie Wilson as he headlines this very special evening is Leela James and Vivian Green with more surprise guests. Tickets available on lincolncenter.org.

An Evening with Keller Williams - Highline Ballroom
March 12, 2010 -

Keller Williams has built a career on his uncanny ability to captivate a packed house -- all by himself. He's been called a "one-man band." A "solo cult-hero." "Music's mad-scientist." All of which are clever labels for what seems to be an essential truth: On stage, Keller Williams works alone. For over 100 shows a year, Williams has proven himself to be a master of improvisational performance art. In his one-man show, he pads barefoot from guitar to bass to percussion stations, using looping effects -- and enough instruments to stock a strip-mall music store -- to layer sound atop sound until the stage swirls with a full-blown composition. While Keller has made liberal use of technology throughout his career, he knows that musicianship is ultimately a human undertaking. With a seemingly unquenchable thirst for all genres of music - bluegrass, jazz, and -- who'd-a-thunk-it -- hard rock – occasionally Williams puts unyielding faith in a backing band. Whether performing with solo or with Grateful Grass, Keller, Moseley, Droll and Sipe or Grunge Grass (just a few of his "band" projects), Keller Williams knows best how to please a music hungry crowd. Doors at 8, show at 9pm. $22.50 adv, $25 at door.

La Boheme - Metropolitan Opera
March 13, 2010 -

Anna Netrebko stars in the most popular opera in the repertory. Piotr Beczala, who signaled his arrival as a top lyric tenor in last season's Lucia di Lammermoor, sings his first Met Rodolfo in Franco Zeffirelli's legendary production. Gerald Finley is Marcello, opposite Nicole Cabell and Ruth Ann Swenson alternating as Musetta.

The Nose - Metropolitan Opera
March 13, 2010 -

Artist William Kentridge defies genres with Shostakovich's adaptation of Gogol's story. The new production is conducted by definitive Shostakovich interpreter Valery Gergiev. Acclaimed baritone Paulo Szot, who won a Tony Award for South Pacific, makes his Met debut as the man who wakes up to discover that his nose has disappeared.

'Irish Stout' Tavern Concert - Historic Richmond Town
March 13, 2010 - Staten Island

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a lively band of seasoned performers playing traditional Irish songs, ballads, and upbeat melodies.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
March 13, 2010 -

Every Saturday night, the Highline combiniesg the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. 21 & over. Doors at 10:30pm, show at 11pm. $20. RSVP to info@4kent.com

Baroque Ensemble 'Musica Sequenza' Performs at Baruch Performing Arts Center - Baruch Performing Arts Center, Engelman Recital Hall
March 13, 2010 -

"Musica Sequenza" performs a selection of Vivaldi's four unknown concertos as The New Four Seasons, arranged by Burak Ozdemir and C.P.E. Bach Pastorale for Violin, Bassoon and Basso Continue. Ensemble will make its debut performance at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. Musica Sequenza an early music ensemble founded by Burak Ozdemir, is comprised of Juilliard musicians who shared a common passion for music from the early ages. The ensemble performs music ranging from renaissance to late rococo on both modern and period instrument. The ensemble made its debut on January 2009 at Peter J Sharp Theater at Juilliard's Chamber Fest.

Joe Hurley's 11th Annual All-Star Irish Rock Revue - Highline Ballroom
March 13, 2010 -

Joe Hurley's 11th Annual All-Star Irish Rock Revue will enter its 2nd decade as the grandest and most beloved musical event of the St Patrick's season in NYC. Gathering friends and performers from NYC punk-rock legends to Broadway stars, from best-selling novelists to star comedians and rock legends-From Rock & Roll Hall-Of-Famers to downtown luminaries from visiting Irish entertainers to up and coming local singers, the performers all dive into Hurley's vision of 'The Great Irish Songbook,' backed by The Revue's sublime All-Star band. Doors at 6, show at 7. $20 adv, $25 at door. VIP booths for 6 available for $30 per seat. VIP Balcony table seats available for $30 per ticket in groups of 2, 4, or 6.

Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 15, 2010 -

Birthday celebrations and concomitant themes of longevity are pervasive in Chinese art of the Ming and Qing dynasties. A recurring scene of a splendid reception at the residence of a wealthy family, represented in a lacquered screen, a set of embroidered hanging scrolls, and a porcelain vase, shows the eightieth birthday gathering for the Tang-dynasty general Guo Ziyi, a popular figure of long life, wealth, and honor. Longevity is also encoded in peaches, cranes, immortals, and flora and fauna of many kinds, sometimes forming sophisticated visual word play expressing wishes of long life for the honoree. The exhibition will draw together works in many media from the Museum's collection to illuminate these auspicious themes.

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