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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.

Persephone - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through October 30, 2010 -

In Greek mythology, Persephone, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, was a fetching young woman whose beauty set Hades' dark heart ablaze. He had to have her, and so he did, spiriting her into the depths of the Underworld. In collaboration with composer Ben Neill, singer/actor Mimi Goese, and Tony Award-winning playwright Warren Leight (Side Man) -- and featuring Julia Stiles (Bourne films, Oleanna on Broadway) in the title role -- Ridge Theater (Lightning at our feet, 2008 Next Wave) reimagines the myth as a spectacular 19th-century theatrical tableau. Infused with rock and electronica, as well as evocative visuals, this work creates a fantastic mythical landscape that paves the way for Persephone to find her way home, only to return her to the Underworld forevermore.

The Whispers - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 30, 2010 -

The Whispers, began their legendary and timeless career in 1963, producing a string of hits over the last four decades. The Whispers emerged as the leading romantic singers of their generation, racking up one gold album after another and charting numerous R&B hits. The Whispers are arguably the most celebrated R&B balladeers of their generation and still make women swoon with their silky yet forceful tenors of twins Walter and Scotty. In the new millennium The Whispers still perform around the world to thousands of loyal fans. The Whispers have not made any personnel changes and still consists of Walter Scott, Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, and Leaveil Degree. The Whispers are one of only a few old school groups that can boast of having over 40 years in the industry with a worldwide fan base, maintaining their vocal dominance and original members.

Salon Series - Apollo Theater
Through October 30, 2010 -

Running Oct. 8th through Oct. 30th, 2010, the Apollo Theater's latest edition in their Salon Series, an innovative series featuring new works by emerging and established artists. New works-in-progress scheduled for the intimate Apollo Theater Soundstage include (visit website to purchase tickets): Friday, October 8th and Saturday, October 9th at 7:30pm - Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber - Burnt Sugar Freaks the James Brown Songbook (An Opera in Progress). Friday, October 15th and Saturday, October 16th at 7:30pm - Gordon Voidwell - Who Killed Andy Warhol?/Who Shot Biggie Smalls? Friday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 23rd at 7:30pm - Helga Davis - Mephisto's Song. Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th at 7:30pm - William D. Caballero - Speak! So the World Will Listen: Uganda. The 2010 Apollo Salon Series is made possible, in part, by generous support from MetLife Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts. The Apollo's annual programming is made possible by lead support from: The Coca-Cola Company, the Edward and Leslye Phillips Family Foundation, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bloomberg, and the Neuberger Berman Foundation.

Salon Series - William Caballero: Speak! So the World Will Listen - Apollo Theater
Through October 30, 2010 -

MTV Movie Award nominated documentary filmmaker, music video director, and composer William D. Caballero's current project, "Speak! So the World Will Listen: Uganda", is a multimedia experience that blends projected visuals and live music with audio testimony focusing on the culture, traditions, and strife facing Uganda today. Pulling from a wide library of personally recorded interviews and footage, these stories are weaved in a culturally sensitive artistic medium, and are combined with a unique symphonic score performed by a string and woodwind ensemble that blends Ugandan rhythms with western classical music. Visuals and music composed by William D. Caballero. Since 2006, the Salon Series has been bringing edgy, downtown artists uptown to the Apollo, providing them a space to stretch their creative boundaries and present works-in-progress in the intimate third-floor Soundstage where the audience is seated no more than ten feet from the performers. The Apollo Salon Series is made possible, in part, by generous support from MetLife Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts. Tickets: $15.

Jonathan Peters Halloween Ball - Pacha NYC
October 30, 2010 -

Saturday October 30 Pacha NYC presents... JONATHAN PETERS' HALLOWEEN BALL! After an epic classics set at Roseland, Jonathan Peters returns triumphantly to Pacha for a Halloween bash you won’t soon forget. You know how he does it: Costumes, shows, and dancers, from the gory to the gorgeous, joining you in the chant and on the dancefloor as JP weaves a musical dreamscape. Costumes, makeup and creativity are strongly encouraged, because remember -- you’re part of the show too. GET TICKETS: http://pacha-nyc.clubtickets.com

Thomas Piercy - Zora Art Space
October 30, 2010 -

Critically acclaimed, Thomas Piercy’s repertoire has included orchestra, concerto, solo recital and chamber music appearances throughout the world. He will bring an evoking fare of classical and jazz-inspired program.

Singing in the Dark: A Concert and Conversation Featuring Susan McKeown - Peter Norton Symphony Space
October 30, 2010 -

Presented by Irish Arts Center in association with New York Public Library: Live from the NYPL, Glucksman Ireland House – New York University, and Fountain House, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mood Disorder Support Group, BringChange2Mind

With Special Guest Kay Redfield Jamison (author of Touched with Fire) “poetic, straightforward, honest…” - THE NEW YORK TIMES

Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, Live from the NYPL “a repository of ideas and passion” - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"McKeown grabbed both song and audience by the throat, dragged them through heaven and hell and back again, and left the stage to the loudest applause heard all evening." - ROLLING STONE

Experience Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter Susan McKeown’s moving musical explorations of the link between creativity and madness, as she performs live with her band for the launch of her seventh solo album, Singing in the Dark.

Through the joyful warmth of McKeown’s glorious vocals, Singing in the Dark embraces the connections between creativity and madness exhibited through the soaring, moving poetry of Anne Sexton, Leonard Cohen, Lord Byron, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hayden Carruth, Theodore Roethke, Violetta Parra, and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.

“A singer of passion, grace and striking presence...” - IRISH EXAMINER

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/6529-singing-in-the-dark?source=calendar

Gong Show Live Halloween Party - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
October 31, 2010 -

In an event especially suited to Halloween, New York’s most bizarre, deranged and hilarious theatrical stage show, Gong Show Live (www.gongshowlive.net), returns to BB King’s on 42nd Street in Times Square for a special Halloween show on Sunday, October 31 at 8 pm.

Gong Show Live showcases original, offbeat talent acts performing for an audience and three judges, using the same format and spirit of the pioneering ‘70s TV show, The Gong Show. Acts deemed unbearable are “gonged,” and/or ridiculed by both the judges and audience members.

Producer Leslie Gold said, “The original Gong Show’s variety, humor and surprise elements made it not just memorable, but set precedents. There’d be no General Larry Platt, no America’s Got Talent, Big Brother or the others without The Gong Show. Our show brings all of the fun and lunacy of the TV show to a theatrical stage production, and there’s truly nothing like it.” In addition to the talent acts, Gong Show Live’s entertainment quotient is augmented by its host, comedian Ray Ellin; three judges - Chuck Nice, Leslie Gold “The Radiochick” and Dan Naturman - known from their work in standup comedy, TV and radio; casting by Robert Russell, renowned for the New York casting of hit reality TV shows including The Bachelor, The Apprentice, Big Brother, The Restaurant, Moment of Truth, and NBC's Phenomenon; and the four-piece Gong Show Ten Orchestra, led by veteran drummer Sandy Gennaro (Cyndi Lauper, Bo Diddley, Joan Jett). Gong Show Live even has its own updated versions of two of the original TV show’s most popular performers, “Gene Gene the Dancing Machine” and “The Unknown Comic.”

More than 350 talent auditions were screened for the premiere of Gong Show Live, staged at BB King’s in August. Press response includes: “Packed with shock value” (Good Day New York, WNYW-TV Fox 5); “Chuck Barris would be proud” (NBC NY.com); “Jaw-droppingly hilarious” (Valerie Smaldone, WOR-AM); “Truly frightening” (Verizon FiOS1 News); “A huge success” (Nora Nolan, WomanAroundTown.com); and “The Gong Show is back and better than ever” (Josh Estrin, Pop Culture Examiner).

These and other performers will be featured at Gong Show Live Halloween Party at BB King’s on October 31: • Chipps Cooney – Comedian/illusionist from Edgewater, NJ who made it to top 30 of America’s Got Talent • Cultured Kramden - Ralph Kramden reincarnated as an erudite scholar • Heidi the Yodeling Guy - A goat-milking, yodeling, frenzied phenomenon from Las Vegas • The Amazing Amy – Elderly female contortionist from NYC who performs to a Star Trek theme and who was rejected by America’s Got Talent • April and May – Female ventriloquist from Hell’s Kitchen, NYC who delivers singing telegrams by day and whose act (as seen on Rachael Ray, The Soup, and Last Comic Standing) often ends with her in her underwear • Wild Cherryz Burlesque Troupe – Long Island ladies with hot bodies and a steamy burlesque act • Jessica Delfino – Avant-garde New York comedian who sings a public service announcement while accompanying herself on the rape whistle • The Single Mommas - New Jersey/Washington, D.C. trio with a “pregnant” new twist on Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" • Wonder Boy, The Interpretive Dancing Robot – Lifeguard/aspiring NYC firefighter by day who whose mother really is a clown

Last-minute acts selected from the show’s audience will also be selected to perform. Complete show info is available at www.gongshowlive.net.

Global Music Korea: Flourishes - The Korea Society
November 04, 2010 -

As the world turns to Korea for the November G20 Summit, The Korea Society hosts a musical salute reflecting the journey to Seoul: royal city, global city. Returning to The Korea Society stage, young kayag m great Rami Seo, who has played with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, explores world rhythms. Seo “journeys” from New York’s jazzy 57th Street to the hills of Andalusia, from Israel to the Mongol steppe. Joined by guests Deep Singh (tabla), Mi-hye Yoon (synthesizer), and Joonsam Lee (contrabass), Seo “arrives” at Korea through a northern port, her nod to her hopes for unification, and concludes the journey in magical, musical Seoul, as it welcomes the G20 leaders.

Medieval Mosaic: Martyrs, Meccas, Motets & Muses - Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
November 06, 2010 -

EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK (EM/NY) embarks on a musical pilgrimage to major European religious and cultural destinations – cathedrals, monasteries & abbeys of Paris, Compostela, Canterbury, Limoges, Monserrat, Assisi – stopping at major centers of learning where ungodly vagabond goliards commingle with pious & learned monks. A legacy of illuminated manuscripts – Carmina Burana, Llibre Vermell, conducti from the scriptoriae of Notre Dame & St. Martial, devotional laude of lay singing societies inspired by the teachings St. Francis, along with foot stomping istanpittas (dances) – are brought to light and life in Gotham’s own glorious, gothic Cathedral.

Live Jazz at Gallagher's Steak House - Gallagher's Steak House
Through November 06, 2010 -

Live jazz returns to New York City’s iconic Gallagher’s Steak House every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning Thursday, September 23, and through the remainder of 2010. The Jazz ensembles are comprised of young musicians including 19-year-old Rhys Tivey. Gallagher’s has added a special jazz menu featuring light evening fare on those nights, which is available from 9 p.m. to midnight. There is a two-drink minimum required for those not dining. Reservations: 212-245-5336, mention JAZZ to be seated accordingly.

Khaled Live Showcase at the National Underground - The National Underground
November 06, 2010 -

Khaled Live Showcase at the National Underground. On E. Houston between Allen and Bowery. F Train to 2nd Ave. Lower East Site. J Train to Bowery. Date/Time: November 6th 10:30pm. Tickets: $11 at the door. $8 online. https://turnstyle-music-group.ticketleap.net/Member/event.aspx?event_id=404A4F8C-54CA-4DC5-95B4-45816325CEC&ref_name= 3 winners of to Sticker Photo Submissions get in free!

Paul Weller - Apollo Theater
November 06, 2010 -

Paul Weller has earned legions of fans as both a solo artist and legendary leader of the Jam and the Style Council. After an unparalleled career, characterized by constant musical experimentation, Weller's relentless desire to shape and change musical style and genres has resulted in hit albums such as Wild Wood, Heavy Soul, 22 Dreams and Weller's latest release Wake Up The Nation. UK alt-folk trio Erland & The Carnival will open for Weller on their first US tour. Tickets: $34.00 and $51.50.

Lorraine Leckie Live - Banjo Jim's
November 06, 2010 -

Join singer-songwriter Lorraine Leckie at Banjo Jim's on Saturday, November 6 at 7PM where she will perform songs from her new album, Martini Eyes.

Whether giving concise instructions to the new man of the house on the subtleties on how to behave at a funeral for the old man of the house ("Don't Giggle at the Corpse") or painting a divine yet eerie portrait of her so-called life in dramatic fashion ("Trouble"), Leckie takes on a folksy Dust Bowl groove that would frighten Edgar Allen Poe or perhaps Nick Cave. Still, she is ever more captivating--tangling the listener in all of her fables with an uncompromising allure that is consistent throughout.

To learn more about Lorraine Leckie, visit:

www.lorraineleckie.com

www.myspace.com/lorraineleckie

Lucky to Be Me: The Vocal Music of Leonard Bernstein - New York City Opera Company
Through November 07, 2010 -

New York City Opera Orchestra, George Manahan, conductor. New York City Opera Chorus and Children's Chorus, Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Scheduled to appear : Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Jason Danieley, Darius de Haas, Christine Ebersole, Cheyenne Jackson, Marin Mazzie, Donna Murphy, and Michael Urie. An all-star lineup of musical theater greates join dynamic cast members from "A Quiet Place" to celebrate the diversity of Bernstein's work.

White Light Festival - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through November 18, 2010 -

Fall 2010 sees the introduction of a new annual celebration courtesy of Lincoln Center: the White Light Festival. Intended to highlight "music's unique emotional power to evoke the transcendent in us," it presents 10 U.S. and New York premieres and debuts by artists and companies from 15 countries. Visit website for schedule and more info.

Intermezzo - New York City Opera Company
Through November 20, 2010 -

Inspired by an incident in his own marriage, Strauss's lighthearted domestic comedy creates an artistic rendering of his relationship with his temperamental yet charming spouse. Soprano Mary Dunleavy embodies the hot-headed wife who jumps to conclusions after intercepting a misdirected love note addressed to her husband, sung by baritone Nicholas Pallesen. In crafting the libretto to this rarely performed work, Strauss pioneered a new genre of opera where everyday events--phone conversations, ice skating parties, card games--become the subject matter. The plot unfolds in a series of short vignettes with orchestral interludes following the fast-paced action in this witty production directed by Leon Major.

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A Quiet Place - New York City Opera Company
Through November 21, 2010 -

Leonard Bernstein's final stage work receives its long-awaited New York premiere. "A Quiet Place" was originally written as a sequel to his "Trouble in Tahiti", which perfectly captured the jazzy heartbeat of 20th-century America. That popular one-act satire is incorporated as a flashback when the estranged family reunites at a funeral after 20 years. The eloquent libretto by Stephen Wadsworth reveals a moving parable of alienation, strife, and reconciliation in a dysfunctional middle-class family.

Live Jazz at Gallagher's Steak House - Gallagher's Steak House
Through December 23, 2010 -

Live jazz returns to New York City’s iconic Gallagher’s Steak House every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning Thursday, September 23, and through the remainder of 2010. The Jazz ensembles are comprised of young musicians including 19-year-old Rhys Tivey. Gallagher’s has added a special jazz menu featuring light evening fare on those nights, which is available from 9 p.m. to midnight. There is a two-drink minimum required for those not dining. Reservations: 212-245-5336, mention JAZZ to be seated accordingly.

Tony Middleton - Sunday Jazz Brunch - The Garden Café at The Kitano New York Hotel
Through December 31, 2010 -

The legendary Tony Middleton launched The Garden Café’s Sunday Jazz brunch on Sunday, June 6, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Joining Mr. Middleton will be a rotating trio of some of Jazz music’s most prominent musicians.

Mr. Middleton will perform every Sunday at the Garden Café located on East 38th Street off Park Avenue at the Kitano New York Hotel beginning at 11:00 a.m. An extensive brunch buffet featuring breakfast and lunch items will be available along with cocktails, wines and locally brewed beer. Cocktails are limited to Bloody Mary, Mimosa and the special Aperol Spritz made with the Italian aperitif Aperol and Spanish Cava, a sparkling wine. The price of the buffet is $29.00 per person, plus 8.875% tax and includes one cocktail per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Garden Café directly at (212) 885-7123.

Flamenco Show on Saturday Nights - Meson Asturias
Through June 15, 2011 -

See Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino at Meson Asturias restaurant on Saturday nights! Flamenco singing and dancing with LIVE music- great for the whole family. Shows at 9PM and 11PM. #7 to 82nd St. (at Roosevelt), or E, F, R to Roosevelt Ave. (at 74th). For reservations: 718-446-9154. NO COVER.

Private Lessons in Flamenco Guitar - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Study Flamenco guitar with Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino, whether you're a beginner or an experienced player looking for a great teacher! His classes focus on strengthening your playing by achieving the correct right and left hand techniques, and increase your understanding of Flamenco within the context of dance and singing accompaniment. With over 30 years of professional experience, Basilio offers an incredible mix of traditional and modern styles and techniques, and is also able to work with written music or tablature. Fluent in Spanish, he has lived and worked in Spain and accompanied many well known artists throughout his career. To learn more, visit http://www.flamencolatino.com/class.htm. A single one-hour class is $70. A 4-pack is $200 ($50/hour), paid in advance. If you do a trial lesson at $70, but decide to continue studying, you may upgrade to a 4-pack; however, you must pay a the prorated balance of $130 within one week of the trial lesson. Open time slots include weekday and weekend afternoons and some evening time. Also, Group Guitar classes in cante accompaniment now available for intermediate level guitarists. Tues. 8-9:30. $20 for single class, 4-pack for $70. You must interview by phone or in person, and reserve space in class.

Lessons are held at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th Street, 4th fl. Call Basilio at 212-399-8519

Flamenco Guitar Group Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

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.

Flamenco Singing Group Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Flamenco Latino offers a group Cante Class with Alfonso Cid (mixed students). Work on forms such as tangos, sevillanas, fandangos, alegrias, bulerias. Will include review of both Manuel Gago material and Alfonso Cid material. Mondays, 8:30-9:45 pm, new 4-pack of classes for $70.00! (ONLY $17.50/class!) Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.


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