Things to do this week in NYC Nov 21-Nov 28: MusicNovember 21, 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.
Kepler - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Regarded as one of the most important composers of our time, minimalist pioneer Philip Glass continues to enthrall audiences around the world with his ever-evolving operas, orchestral works, and film scores. With Kepler, Glass pushes into the sonic and celestial beyond in a concert version of his opera about Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), a founding father of modern science who discovered the laws of planetary motion. Spacious, elemental, and imbued with wonder, Glass' hypnotic score becomes the sound of the cosmos as we witness Kepler struggling to reconcile scientific discovery with the divine. Celebrated conductor Dennis Russell Davies and Bruckner Orchestra Linz support a stellar cast and 42-member chorus drawn from the Upper Austrian State Theatre, Linz, in this illuminating portrait of science at the dawn of our modern age.
RENEE ANNE LOUPRETTE, ORGAN Associate Director of Music, Church of St. Ignatius Loyola Visiting Specialist in Organ, John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, NJ Johann Sebastian Bach's "Great Eighteen" Leipzig Chorales For additional information and tickets, visit www.smssconcerts.org or call 212-288-2520.
Don Giovanni - New York City Opera
This gripping opera is reimagined in a thrilling new production by forward-looking director Christopher Alden that underlines New York City Opera's dedication to creating visionary productions of classic repertoire.
The Chopin Vodka Concert Meister Series - Engelman Recital Hall
New York Philharmonic's Concert Master Glenn Dicterow with Amerigo Trio, Karen Dreyfus and Inbal Segev performing Pieces by Resident Composer, Ronn Yedidia, Kodaly, Gideon Klein, Leo Weiner. $25.
conTEMPO - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
The Queen of Spades - Metropolitan Opera
Seiji Ozawa returns to the Met after an absence of more than 15 years. He conducts Tchaikovsky's adaptation of Pushkin's engrossing tale, with heldentenor Ben Heppner, above, as the soldier whose obsession with cards leads him down a spiral of madness and murder. Maria Guleghina stars as the innocent woman drawn into his descent.
The Percussion Ensemble - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Bon Jovi - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
For the 14th consecutive year, NBC's TODAY show brings together the biggest names in music to rock the Plaza with free Friday morning performances. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis; 6 a.m. arrival is suggested.
Paul Zunno Solo Acoustic Concert - New York City Center Studios
Following in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman, Paul Zunno played lead guitar for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Wilson Pickett. His performances are a combination of 'stories behind the music' and a downright blow-the-roof-off-joint execution and technique as a guitarist. Zunno has truly earned his reputation as an outstanding live performer. His mix of soulful singing, guitar mastery and skillful songwriting have captivated and awed audiences for years. Paul Zunno's solo acoustic concert gives audiences an opportunity to see a world class talent in an intimate setting. For More info and Tix: www.zunno.com
Guster - Beacon Theatre
Guster will take the stage at the Beacon Theatre on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28 to celebrate 10 years since the release of their album Lost and Gone Forever. The shows will consist of two sets, one of which will be the album in its entirely.
Andrea Brachfeld & Phoenix Rising - The Underground Lounge
Andrea Brachfeld and Phoenix Rising: Andrea Brachfeld - flute; Bill O'Connell- piano; Andy Eulau - bass; Kim Plainfield - drums. 10:30 pm and 12:00 pm. $10 advance tickets and $12 at the door.
Flamenco Guitar Group Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
FLAMENCO GUITAR GROUP CLASSES on Wednesday nights at Flamenco Latino Studio with Basilio Georges. Level 2-Beginner (Spanish guitar facility and/or some flamenco background required. Audition may be necessary.), Wed. 7-8:30 pm -Technique, technique, technique -Basic compas patterns in various toques -Basic letra accompaniment, chords, in some toques -Learn to use falsetas you already have, and play them in rhythm Level 1-Introductory/Basic Beginner (Some knowledge of chords very helpful), Wed. 8:30-10 pm -Slow-paced class -Essential hand positions -Basic Technique -Basic Flamenco forms Price $70 for 4-pack, $20 individually. Credits can also be applied to Mon. Cante class, 8:30-9:45 pm. Credit cards accepted. Email or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 to reserve. Classes held at: Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W 54th Street, 4th floor (between B-way and 8th Ave.) NY,NY 10019 www.flamencolatino.com