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Things to do this week in NYC Feb 23-Mar 2: Music

February 23, 2013 - 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.

Magdalena Kozena / Yefim Bronfman - Carnegie Hall
February 23, 2013 - New York

Program to include works by Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Bartok and a New York premiere by Marc-Andre Dalbavie (co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall) The New York Times has called Magdalena Kozena, "a true lyric mezzo-soprano voice, with dusky colorings that stem from her low register yet carry through into her shimmering high notes." She's joined on this program by the incomparable Yefim Bronfman.

Through February 23, 2013 - New York

In Mr. Guettel's own words: "I disappeared in 2007. Into the studio. Into five new shows: a fairy tale adventure, an invisible man, a love story, a thing about wanting to be good called Millions and an opera for the devil. With an insanely tight little band led by Kim Grigsby, with the incomparable singers Steven Pasquale and Whitney Bashor at my side, I'll sing from these new shows. Steven and Whitney will sing from the old ones since that material is way too high for me now. I'm thrilled to try out new songs at 54 Below with such a brilliant group of musicians. I hope I'll see you in February. I'm so looking forward."

The 6th Annual Johnny Cash Tribute - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
February 23, 2013 - New York

Michael Patrick and his legendary band of "Suburban Hillbillies" have made a commitment to the revival of country, folk and roots music in their homeland of New Jersey. Obviously not a hotbed or breeding ground for the Next Nashville Star, Michael and his band (including members: Dan Markovitch - Lead Gtr/Vocals, Lou Montella - Bass, and Drummer - Mike Bisozio) have made incredible strides and carved out a comfortable niche along with a handful of other local performers in fulfilling a desire for something different, gritty, raw and real in New Jersey.

Hawaiian Music & Dance Night - People's Voice Cafe
February 23, 2013 - New York

You will hear ukuleles, slack key guitar, steel guitar, and more from some of the finest practitioners of Hawaiian music around, including Jason Poole (The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner), Claudia Goddard, Andy Wang, Chris Davis, and Triboro. You will enjoy authentic hula dancing by the New York Branch of Kumu Hula (Master Teacher) Vicky Holt Takamine's Pua Ali'i 'Ilima. And if you feel like dancing, you might even learn a hula yourself. Wear a Hawaiian shirt or other festive attire. Produced by Evy Mayer and co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
February 23, 2013 - New York

Adam Glaser, conductor; JiEun Anna Lee, violin. WEBERN Passacaglia; PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63; BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92. FREE; no tickets required.

Adam Jacobs & Ali Ewoldt - A Valentine Concert - The Town Hall
February 23, 2013 - New York

Broadway's "Les Miserables" stars Adam Jacobs, who also recently appeared as Simba in Disney's "The Lion King," and Ali Ewoldt are reuniting on stage to perform in a special Valentine's Day concert.

HLB Nightclub at Highline Ballroom - Highline Ballroom
February 23, 2013 - Manhattan

Charlie Wilson & Tyrese - Theater at Madison Square Garden
February 23, 2013 -

Charlie Wilson and Tyrese will play The Theater at MSG.

Composer Portraits - Enno Poppe - Miller Theatre
February 23, 2013 - New York

A sensation on Europe's festival circuit and an established favorite among its leading new-music bands, Enno Poppe (b. 1969) is one of Germany's most talked-about composers. The founder and conductor of Berlin's ensemble mosaik, Poppe is as inspired by his experience with and love of chamber ensembles as it is by his theoretical interest in the nearly infinite permutations possible with even the tiniest musical motives. The new piano-percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire joins returning favorites the JACK Quartet for this fascinating Portrait.

John Lloyd Young - Cafe Carlyle
Through February 23, 2013 - New York

The Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young makes his Cafe Carlyle debut with his program "My Turn." He will be joined by GLEE music producer Tommy Faragher as his music director with a seven-piece band including Faragher on piano/keyboards, John Putnam on guitar, Paul Socolow on bass, Eric Kalb on drums, Goke Erem on violin, Eddy Malave on viola, and Leigh Stuart on Cello.

Stone Cold Fox - Rockwood Music Hall II
February 23, 2013 - New York

Picture this: dreamy, folk-inspired tunes ignited by an aspiring musician's simple stroll in the city or while immersed in his own thoughts on a meaningless train ride. The concept seems almost too organic of an approach to songwriting to exist in the modern rock scene. Enter NYC's Stone Cold Fox - a group that echoes that exact raw musicianship and towers above anything you've ever heard because of it. The group's debut EP, The Young, is a thematic declaration of nostalgia that reflects on tales of loneliness and of leaving home too soon, an all-too-familiar chapter in life that's perfectly captured with its emotionally-charged lyrics. Stone Cold Fox certainly leaves no stone left unturned with this record, making full use of layered keyboards and synths while maintaining a dazzlingly organic sound to create instant ear candy. Fusing emotion with extravagance, Stone Cold Fox has an instant knack for spoiling listeners with a splash of sweet sing-alongs that will leave you humming along to its larger than life choruses and adding an extra hop in your step with its toe-tapping melodies. Visit for more info!

Live Jazz - Landbrot Bakery & Bar
February 23, 2013 - New York

Landbrot Bakery & Bar will presents Vibes Trio playing live jazz on Saturday, February 23 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Drink specials include four Landbrot rounds for $10 and Weise Hirsch and Hoss Neuschwansteiner for $5. ABOUT VIDE TRIO: Bill Ware (Jazz Passengers, Steely Dan) first introduced his Vibes Trio in 1997, when he and the Jazz Passengers’ rhythm section (Brad Jones, bass and E.J. Rodriguez, drums) needed a forum to cut loose from the tightly composed arrangements of the Jazz Passengers. They found their outlet every Wednesday night at the Knitting Factory Tap Room's "Late Night Hang,” with dark, pulsating jazz-funk sounds under the banner "JP trio" (which later changed to "Vibes"). Vibes debuted on record in 1998 on a Knitting Factory album of the same name, and then followed with three more recordings, “With Drawn” (Knitting Factory Records - 1999), “Liebe Tunina” (Knitting Factory Records - 2000), and “Four” (Knitting Factory Records - 2001). Ware continues to lead the group in trio and quartet forms today with an impressive roster of NYC downtown players, appearing at Landbrot Bakery & Bar with bassist Saadi Zain and drummer, Jaime Affoumado.

The English Concert - Carnegie Hall
February 24, 2013 - New York

"David Daniels triumphs as Radamisto," declared Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times after hearing the countertenor at the Santa Fe Opera; Luca Pisaroni, as the volatile antagonist, was positively "charismatic." Daniels and Pisaroni both reprise their roles at Carnegie Hall, joined by The English Concert under Harry Bicket, in a concert performance of Handel's opera of lust, revenge, and the power of virtue.

SCHOOL OF ROCK - Highline Ballroom
February 24, 2013 - Manhattan

With more than a decade of successful experience teaching music, School of Rock is the national leader in music education for kids ages 7 to 18. Students learn from professional musicians in an interactive environment combining weekly private lessons and structured group rehearsals, with the ultimate goal of performing live in front of real crowds.

TIMOTHY ANDRES, piano - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 24, 2013 - Manhattan

Timothy Andres is a composer and pianist based in New York in his 20's who has already captured the attention of critics and audiences. He counts Brahms, Ligeti, Ives and John Adams, as well as Brian Eno, Sigur Ros and Radiohead as influences. His work has been commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by John Adams; Carnegie Hall for Ensemble ACJW; singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane; and the Metropolis Ensemble. His debut recording, Shy and Mighty with pianist David Kaplan, was released by Nonesuch in 2010. He has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, BMI, and ASCAP, as well as grants from Meet the Composer and the American Music Center. Take advantage of an opportunity to mix and mingle with the artist after this hour-long Sunday Morning Coffee Concert.

GROOVE BUFFET Classic R&B, Motown & Soul Revue - Lucille's
February 24, 2013 - New York

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. 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. Again at 10:30pm.

Groove Buffet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 24, 2013 - New York

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. 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.

Chrstina & Michelle Naughton at SOPAC - South Orange Performing Arts Center
February 24, 2013 - South Orange

Christina Naughton, piano; Michelle Naughton, piano. Presented by Juilliard Career Services.

Oscar Night - 54 Below
February 24, 2013 - New York

Join the party at 54 Below for Oscar Night, and revel in the glitz and glamour of Old Hollywood as you watch with us on our large screen TVs! Have a glass (or two or three) as you make your own predictions on who deserves to go home with the coveted statuette. Bring your friends over and celebrate with us on this star-studded evening.

Pink Floyd Tribute Beyond the Wall: 'Dark Side Of The Moon' 40th Anniversary Show - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 24, 2013 - New York

BEYOND THE WALL will perform the entire Dark Side Of The Moon album followed by selections from Pink Floyd's vast catalog of classics.

Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
February 24, 2013 - New York

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill leads the ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz.

The Birdland Jazz Party - Birdland
February 24, 2013 - New York

Birdland's very own jazz quartet hits the stage every Sunday to wrap up the weekend with jazz classics and a special guest vocalist.

WHAT MAKES IT GREAT? ROB KAPILOW, commentator, ILYA YAKUSHEV, piano - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 25, 2013 - Manhattan

Composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow teams up with the exciting young Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev to show how, in Chopin's mind and hands, mazurkas, nocturnes, and polonaises for piano are elevated to the sublime. All-Chopin program Mazurka in B-flat major, Op. 7, No. 1 Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4 Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, No. 1 Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53

The 4th Annual George Harrison Birthday Show - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
February 25, 2013 - New York

George Harrison was admired for his commitment to spirituality, which he believed could improve lives and protect the planet. His post-Beatles songs reflect that conviction and are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago. Through music, visuals, and commentary about his journey of self-discovery, tonight's tribute event honors George Harrison, his music, and his principles. Joshua M. Greene, narrator, is an acclaimed writer and author of the bestselling book Here Comes The Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison. Greene is an instructor at Hofstra University and an Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker. After 13 years of yoga study, including one year in India, he became Senior Vice President of Global Affairs at Ruder Finn, an international communications firm, and now lectures at universities nationwide. Guitarist and vocalist Godfrey Townsend has played with some of the greatest names in rock 'n' roll, including John Entwistle (bassist of The Who), Jack Bruce (bassist and vocalist of Cream), Dave Mason (guitarist and vocalist of Traffic), and Alan Parsons. He is the leader of the Godfrey Townsend Band. Guitarist and vocalist Tommy Williams has served as musical director and guitarist for Debbie Gibson (including the No. 1 hit "Lost In Your Eyes," three albums, and two world tours). He has performed with Tommy Shaw of Styx, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander and Tom Petersson, and Ellis Hooks (with Muzz Skillings of Living Colour and Leroy Clouden of Steely Dan). His latest release is Two Hundred (2003). Bassist and vocalist John Montagna is one of New York's finest bass guitarists. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has worked with Francis Dunnery, Amel Larrieux, and A Girl Called Eddy, among others. Drummer Mike Bellusci claims his introduction to being a musician was watching The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. He began as a guitarist and switched to drums at the age of 10. After playing in many local bands, he accepted the opportunity to portray Ringo with the touring company of the Broadway show Beatlemania. He also is a former member of the Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields, working with them for eight years.

Give Me Fever: The Many Voices of Peggy Lee - 92nd Street Y
Through February 25, 2013 - New York

In a career spanning six decades, she was an honored singer, songwriter, composer and actress, who teamed with legends like Arlen and Ellington to produce songs like "I'm Gonna Go Fishin" and "He's a Tramp." She surveyed the musical landscape of her times and claimed it as her own.

Tom Wopat - 54 Below
February 25, 2013 - New York

For one very special encore performance, 54 Below welcomes back two-time Tony nominee Tom Wopat to their stage. Listen especially for selections from his forthcoming CD, Consider it Swung.

Elizabeth Stanley - 54 Below
February 25, 2013 - New York

Join Elizabeth when she returns to 54 Below for a special, one-night-only reprise of a show that can only be described as "electric."

Lisa McQuade sings Matthew Doers - Ars Nova
February 25, 2013 - New York

Performed by powerhouse singer Lisa McQuade, this night of old school, redux, original jams by Matthew Doers is reminiscent of the soulful sounds of the decadent 60's and 70s. Inspired by iconic vocalists ranging from Etta James to Donna Summer, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin, this classic soundscape of gospel, funk, soul and disco is sure to raise the roof!

A Musical Portrait of John Eaton - Baryshnikov Center
February 25, 2013 - New York

Pocket Opera Players present a 55-year career retrospective of celebrated microtonal composer John Eaton, featuring soprano Sharon Harms.

Herbert Gronemeyer - Beacon Theatre
February 26, 2013 - New York

Perhaps best known to international audiences for his performance in Wolfgang Petersen's highly-acclaimed film Das Boot, Herbert Gronemeyer is celebrated in his native Germany as one of the most successful rock singers of his generation. Born in Gottingen on April 12, 1956, Gronemeyer first earned attention as an actor, beginning his career in the 1977 German telefilm Die Geisel. His debut LP, Ocean Orchestra, appeared a year later to little notice, and the follow-up, Gronemeyer, attracted scant attention as well. In 1981, he landed the role of Lt. Werner in the World War II epic Das Boot, which emerged as an international commercial and critical hit, earning six Academy Award nominations. Gronemeyer nevertheless walked away from film to concentrate on his music career.

Eric Michael Gillet - 54 Below
February 26, 2013 - New York

Award-winning vocalist, director and Broadway actor (The Frogs, Sweet Smell of Success, Kiss Me, Kate) Eric Michael Gillett uses the wit and wisdom of Lorenz Hart to remind us all that, though love can be experienced with abandon, to be careless with the heart can also have a price. George Balanchine called Lorenz Hart the "Shelley of America," his lyrics rank with the greatest romantic poetry of all time. Though he, himself, was unlucky in love, his writing casts a spell that will always survive the test of time, inspiring generations of lovers to come to follow their hearts.

Backstage - 54 Below
February 26, 2013 - New York

Each week, Broadway cast members and audiences alike gather to mix and mingle at 54 Below, Broadway's most intimate haunt, located in the heart of the theatre district. Musical Director Brad Simmons keeps the house jumping from the piano, while host Susie Mosher (the love child of Joanne Worley & Paul Lynde) guides the crowd through an evening of music, mayhem and full throttle belting. Special guests from hit Broadway shows drop in to perform.

Joshua Bell, violin; Sam Haywood, piano - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 27, 2013 - New York

Avery Fisher Career Grant winner and favorite Lincoln Center artist Joshua Bell returns to Alice Tully Hall for an intimate recital of works by Schubert, Strauss and Prokofiev. Schubert: Sonatina in A minor, D.385 Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18 Prokofiev: Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 94bis

Kathy Mattea - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 27, 2013 -

Twice named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association, Kathy Mattea is among the most successful women in the genre's history. The Grammy winner shares her personal journey with the New York City release of her latest CD, Calling Me Home.

Starlight Music Series - David Podles - Top of the Rock
February 27, 2013 - New York

Visit the 67th floor at Top of the Rock Observation Deck on February 6th, 14th, 20th & 27th to experience the winter music showcase. Enjoy live music while taking in the spectacular, 360-degree panorama of New York City. Wine and champagne from Brasserie Ruhlmann will also be available for purchase. The Starlight Music Series is free with the price of admission to Top of the Rock. For the musical lineup and to purchase tickets, visit or call (212) 698-2000.

Juilliard Songbook: Second-Year Singers - Morse Hall
February 27, 2013 - New York

Second-year singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts perform song repertoire in recital with faculty pianists from the Marcus Institute and the Collaborative Piano Department. FREE concert; no tickets required.

Monia Huggett &Juilliard415 - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
February 27, 2013 - New York

Artist-in-residence and artistic advisor of Juilliard Historical Performance Monica Huggett leads Juilliard415. J.S. BACH "Goldberg Variations," BWV 988 arranged for string orchestra by Dmitry Sitkovetsky. One of the most celebrated works in the keyboard repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach's "Goldberg Variations" begin with an elegant aria, followed by thirty brilliant variations, through which Sitkovetsky's arrangement for instrumental ensemble adds a richness of timbre. FREE tickets available 2/13.

The Collegiate Chorale presents: Symphony No. 7 "Toltec" and Oceana - Carnegie Hall
February 27, 2013 - New York

The Collegiate Chorale announces the New York Premieres of two works by major composers: Symphony No. 7 “Toltec” by Philip Glass and Oceana by Osvaldo Golijov, featuring international jazz vocalist Biella Da Costa and the American Symphony Orchestra. The Collegiate Chorale announces the New York Premieres of two works by major composers: Symphony No. 7 “Toltec” by Philip Glass and Oceana by Osvaldo Golijov, featuring international jazz vocalist Biella Da Costa and the American Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7pm at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, NYC. The Collegiate Chorale’s Music Director James Bagwell will conduct. Tickets are $20-115 and are available at In this pairing of contemporary choral compositions by Osvaldo Golijov and Philip Glass, The Chorale turns its attention towards Latin America with the New York premieres of Symphony No. 7 “Toltec” and Oceana. Composed in 2004, Symphony No. 7 – A Toltec Symphony is Philip Glass’s personal homage to the ancient traditions and beliefs of the peoples of Mesoamerica, circa 700-1100 BCE. Although often cited for their accomplishments in mathematics, calendar making, building and architecture, Glass is concerned with Toltec personal spiritual development: “The Toltecs emphasized the relationship with the forces of the natural world (the sun, earth, water, fire and wind) in developing their own wisdom traditions.” In his symphony, scored for full orchestra and large chorus, Glass does not use any of his trademark electric keyboard sounds, but instead explores musical textures and phrases within the realm of a strictly acoustic, natural world. In using pure, natural acoustic instruments, he gets closer spiritually to the natural world the Toltec culture worships. This musical exploration results in extended yet constantly changing harmonies, textures, and rhythms. Commissioned by the Oregon Bach Festival in 1996, Golijov wrote Oceana in the spirit of a Bach cantata but with a Latin American musical style that features a jazz/pop vocalist, percussion, and guitars. Set to the poetry of Pablo Neruda, Oceana, in Golijov’s words, is the “transmutation of passion into geometry”. He describes his work such that “water and longing, light and hope, the immensity of South America's nature and pain, are here transmuted into pure musical symbols, which nevertheless should be more liquid than the sea and deeper than the yearning that they represent.” Golijov juxtaposes rolling, cascading arcs of sound (giant rain sticks in the percussion, choral and orchestral writing that sweeps forward and back in extended phrases) and the unique sound of Brazilian jazz with the technical precision of classical oratorio and symphonic structure. The result is an astounding and exciting rush of sound, drama and emotion; waves of text overlapping waves of sound; jazz merging with classical; and cinematic cascades of texture upon texture. Popular Venezuelan Jazz vocalist and Golijov specialist Biella Da Costa joins The Chorale in the performance of this powerful musical work. “The Chorale has been privileged to work with Philip Glass several times in the past few years, and so it is with great pleasure that we present the NY premiere of his Toltec Symphony,” said James Bagwell, Music Director of The Collegiate Chorale. “Philip wrote this work in 2005, but it has not been heard in New York – we want to rectify that.” He continued, “Osvaldo Golijov is a wonderful and deservedly celebrated composer of today. His music is evocative, powerful, and sensual; and an exciting, deeply satisfying amalgam of the musical styles of his own experience – Argentinian, Latin, Israeli, Hebrew, American, classical, and jazz. We are thrilled to be able to present the NY premiere of his beautiful work, Oceana.”

Eric Michael Gillet - 54 Below
February 27, 2013 - New York

Award-winning vocalist, director and Broadway actor (The Frogs, Sweet Smell of Success, Kiss Me, Kate) Eric Michael Gillett uses the wit and wisdom of Lorenz Hart to remind us all that, though love can be experienced with abandon, to be careless with the heart can also have a price. George Balanchine called Lorenz Hart the "Shelley of America," his lyrics rank with the greatest romantic poetry of all time. Though he, himself, was unlucky in love, his writing casts a spell that will always survive the test of time, inspiring generations of lovers to come to follow their hearts.

Frankie Zulferino - Highline Ballroom
February 27, 2013 - New York

As a member of WOW, Frankie has shared the stage with the likes of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Jason Derulo, Ludacris, & T-Pain. He has toured Europe with the multi-platinum group Westlife in front of thousands of fans. As a solo artist Frankie has performed alongside Sean Kingston, Flo-Rida, Iyaz, & The New Boyz. He was recently one of the top 4 artists in New York on CW's "The Next," and was mentored by Joe Jonas. He soon gained the likes and attention from the judges.

The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band - Birdland
February 27, 2013 - New York

Inspired by jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and others, David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Centennial Band breathes life and passion into America's own great art form.

Darlene Love - 54 Below
February 27, 2013 - New York

SHE'S BACK! Following her two never to be forgotten appearances at 54 Below. Darlene Love's thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock-n-roll as Eric Clapton's guitar or Bob Dylan's lyrics. From her first number one recording, He's a Rebel, through her string of label hits with legendary producer Phil Spector (including Da Doo Ron Ron, He's Sure the Boy I'm Gonna Marry and Christmas Baby, Please Come Home), to the countless songs for which she sang backup (for artists like Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, Cher and Aretha Franklin), Darlene Love has blazed a trail of success in the music industry that has recently led to her induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. And all of this is to say nothing of her acclaimed Broadway performances in Leader of the Pack, Carrie, Grease and Hairspray.

Face the Music - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 28, 2013 - New York

The only student ensemble in New York City dedicated to performing music by living classical composers, Kaufman Center's Face the Music has been praised by The New York Times for its "stunning performances" of works by Steve Reich, Nico Muhly and Terry Riley. Founded by the Kaufman Center's Jenny Undercofler and composer Huang Ruo in 2005, Face the Music is an "alt-classical" ensemble of more than 60 talented teenagers from more than 20 New York area middle and high schools. In addition to performing at venues that include Merkin Concert Hall, the Queens Museum of Art and Museo del Barrio, the group will be featured in the Kaufman Center's critically-acclaimed Ecstatic Music Festival. Recipient of the 2011 ASCAP Aaron Copland Award, the ensemble has also been featured on WQXR's "Young Artist Showcase" and National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

Lost in the Trees - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 28, 2013 - New York

This North Carolina band is a musical collective of seven musicians who deliver a characteristic mix of orchestral folk, pop music, and storytelling. Catch the group whose latest album was called "..spellbinding in its musical ambition, touching in its intimacy, and often overwhelming in its emotional honesty" by the Huffington Post.

Tramps Like Us: Bruce Springsteen Tribute - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
February 28, 2013 - New York

With a repertoire of more than 100 songs, Tramps Like Us is dedicated to enjoying and sharing Springsteen's music in a live setting. Unlike other "tribute" bands, who attempt to impersonate or emulate their source in every respect, from looks to clothing and gestures, Tramps Like Us concentrates on the music itself. The group captures the Springsteen sound and the true spirit and energy of the songs, delivering them with the passion and conviction of The Boss. In keeping with the tradition of a typical Springsteen concert, Tramps prides itself on long and intense concerts, often playing three-and-a-half to four-hour shows, at times without a break. Tramps has been able to cover up to 36 songs on any given night. Find out for yourself why E Street Radio says: "If you're a big Bruce fan, you've probably seen tribute bands ... and the best of them all is Tramps like us."

Itzhak Perlman/Cantor Helfgot - Barclays Center
February 28, 2013 - Brooklyn

Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman will bring his soulful sound to Brooklyn with a major performance at Cushman & Wakefield Theater at Barclays Center. Perlman will be joined on stage by Brooklyn-based Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, a world-renowned tenor who has led the revival of Jewish liturgical music. Perlman and Helfgot recently collaborated on the album Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul, which Perlman refers to as "Jewish comfort music."

Juilliard Vocal Arts Honors Recital - Alice Tully Hall
February 28, 2013 - New York

Duo Recital by the winners of the 2012 Vocal Arts Honors. Julia Bullock, soprano; Daniel Fung, piano; Lilla Heinrich Szász, soprano; Lachlan Glen, piano. GRIEG Ich liebe dich, Zur Rosenzeit, Lauf der Welt, Ein Traum; DEBUSSY Pantomime, Romance, Fantoches, Apparition; SERRANO "Marinela" from La canción del olvido; OBRADORS "Del cabello más sutil" from Dos cantares populares; TURINA Tu pupila es azul; MESSIAEN Selections from Chants de terre et de ciel; MUSSORGSKY Selections from The Nursery; R. STRAUSS Drei Ophelia Lieder; BURLEIGH Deep River; TAYLOR (arr. by Daniel Fung and Julia Bullock) I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free; BURLEIGH Little David Play on Your Harp. FREE tickets available 2/14.

Khaled Dajani - The Cake Shop
February 28, 2013 - New York

Khaled is a groundbreaking artist whose unique brand of Alternative World Fusion music combines hard rock, Spanish style guitar and Middle Eastern music elements into one explosive listening experience. Luci is an 11-track concept album based on themes of temptation. Check out the trailer & singles at

Winter Antifolk Fetstival 2013 - SideWalk Cafe
Through February 28, 2013 - New York

The ten-day Winter 2013 of the biannual Antifolk Festival will launch a year-long celebration of the presentation of live performances at SideWalk Cafe. The East Village fixture has earned a global reputation as in incubator of dynamic new talent and as the home of the Antifolk movement. The Winter Antifolk Festival 2013 will feature some 80 artists representing the entire span of SideWalk’s remarkable music timeline, including those whose careers were launched there, singer-songwriters such as: Jeffrey Lewis (performing with legendary musician Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders and the Fugs): Jason Trachtenburg ; and Seth Faergolzia of Dufus (performing with John Ludington). The festival will also boast concerts by SideWalk’s most popular core artists - Larkin Grimm, Debe Dalton, Barry Bliss, and Crazy and the Brains, as well as by newcomers like Trumpet Grrrl, Jesse Statman and Barry Reardon. For schedule details, visit

The Who & Elvis Costello & the Imposters: Cancer Benefit - Theater at Madison Square Garden
February 28, 2013 - New York

All proceeds from the event will benefit Teen Cancer America & Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Tickets go on sale online Feb. 2, 10 am.

Hilary Kole - 54 Below
February 28, 2013 - New York

After dazzling 54 Below audiences last August with her sultry vocals and solid jazz chops, Hilary Kole makes a triumphant return for one night only.

Lacy James Album Release Show - Drom NYC
February 28, 2013 - NYC

A mixture of the dreamlike and the everyday, Lacy James' eclectic musical style draws from various influences ranging from rock and pop to world music, folk, jazz, and electronic/ambient. Her well-received debut album Lovefeast, produced with Jim Gallagher at Philadelphia International and Kajem/Victory studios, drew comparisons with the work of Kate Bush, Talking Heads, Tori Amos, Siouxsie & the Banshees. Catch her show in NYC for the release of "Cirlcle of Swallows"

Charlene Kaye, Alexz Johnson, Jay Stolar & Misty Boyce, Caroline Pennell - Highline Ballroom
February 28, 2013 - New York

With a sound that fuses the buoyant pop of Robyn and Niki & the Dove, the vintage soul of Prince, and the sentimentality of Rufus Wainwright, Charlene Kaye is a force whose music is at once classic and contemporary, of the times yet unmistakably timeless. With a rapidly growing fan base and more touring on the horizon, Kaye shows no signs of slowing down, picking up steam even before she leaves the ground. Alexz Johnson is never quite what you'd think: she is always, instead, a surprise. While she writes intimate, down-to-earth lyrics, they're delivered with a larger-than-life, crystalline voice. Currently Alexz is about to independently release the Skipping Stone EP, a five-song taste of the new music she has been writing in LA and Nashville, where she meets up to collaborate and record with singer-songwriter Jimmy Robbins. Jay Stolar is a soul singer with an arsenal of heart gripping songs. His live performances hark back to the early days of R&B, when it was an artist's job to connect to every person in the room. He is a deeply influential player in the New York City music scene. In 2012 Jay ran a 24 week residency at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, showcased at both SXSW and CMJ, toured nationally with singer-songwriter Charlene Kaye, placed his song "Like You Do" on The CW Network's 90210, and completed production on his debut album. A New Mexico native, Boyce began her career as the keyboardist for The Naked Brothers Band, appearing with them on The View and the Today Show. She has also accompanied Tim Williams on tour and at performances at SXSW and Sundance Film Festival, and Ingrid Michaelson at her Holiday Hop and on the Kelly Ripa show. After studying jazz piano at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Boyce moved to New York to pursue her own sound. With influences ranging from Tori Amos to Radiohead to Miles Davis, Boyce writes all of her own music.

Greip - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
February 28, 2013 - New York

Estonian a cappella ensemble Greip performs a concert from their repertoire of ballads, rock, and pop, as well as their own compositions that carry the history of Estonian folk music into the 21st century.

The Songs of Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey with Alice Ripley, Brian D'Arcy James & Idina Menzel - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
March 01, 2013 - New York

A musical about mental illness that opened during a recession proved to be a popular hit and critical smash because of the genius of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the composer and lyricist of Next to Normal. The musical captured the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as theTony for Best Original Score, and its numbers, which ranged from frenetic rock songs to singalong musical theater pieces, were game changers on Broadway. Alice Ripley, who won a Tony for Best Actress in the show, will be on hand to sing from it as well as other works by the pair, as will Brian d'Arcy James. The "vocally superb" ( James, known to television audiences for his roles in Smash and The Big C, has had starring roles in the musicals Shrek, Sweet Smell of Success, The Wild Party, and others. Tony winner Idina Menzel (Wicked) currently a star of Glee on television, will add her voice to the evening. Ripley, James, and Menzel will be joined by Jennifer Damiano from the Next to Normal original cast. Michael Mayer will direct.

Double Reeds of Juilliard415 - Rosemary and Meredith Wilson Theater
March 01, 2013 - New York

Gonzalo Ruiz, oboe and director. Works by Lully, Colasse, Constantin, Philidor, and anonymous composers. Juilliard Historical Performance faculty oboist Gonzalo Ruiz leads instrumentalists from Juilliard415 in a program of French suites that emulates the famous double reed ensembles of Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV. This program presents a full complement of oboes, bassoons, and percussion performing wide-ranging selections from the Philidor collection--an anthology of theater, military, ceremonial, and dance music spanning from the 1500s to the turn of the 18th century. Limited FREE tickets available 2/15

Swedish House Mafia - Madison Square Garden
March 01, 2013 - New York

Swedish House Mafia has announced the final leg of their world tour. Spanning the globe, One Last Tour will be their most extensive and extravagant yet.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
March 01, 2013 - New York

Dvorak intended his Seventh Symphony to be a truly moving statement; as he put it, the work "must be capable of stirring the world." This tragically beautiful work marks the finale of a concert by the incomparable Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Franz Welser-Most that also includes, as a lighthearted contrast, an operetta overture by Suppe and lieder by Richard Strauss with tenor Herbert Lippert.

Yarn, Kalob Griffin Band support - Highline Ballroom
March 01, 2013 - New York

Brooklyn-based Americana/Alt-Country band Yarn's sound owes as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones. Following in a fine tradition that includes forward thinking roots bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders of The Purple Sage, Yarn weaves roots music idioms into a fresh sound that turns on hipsters and fans of country music alike, with technically impressive song-crafting and universal tales from the road of life. On Yarn's latest release, Leftovers, Volume 1 you'll hear vintage tracks recorded during the band's first studio sessions back in 2006 and 2007. With this retro-collection, listeners witness the poignant emotion and emotive story-telling that has come to define the sextet's sound, which straddles the genres of Americana and alt-country, with a dash of jam-band. Their self-titled debut record reached No. 14 on the AMA and R&R Radio Charts, and ranked No. 79 on the AMA's Top 100 Albums of 2007. Yarn's 2008 follow-up, Empty Pockets, spent months in the top 5 on the AMA chart and was honored with eight first round 2009 Grammy nominations in several categories. Yarn's third release, Come on In, held its own as the #25 record on the top 100 Americana chart of 2010. Yarn is touring intensively and their impressive live shows continue to build the buzz and the fan base fueled by their first four records.

Ed Kowalczyk (Former Lead Singer of Live) - City Winery
March 01, 2013 - New York

Ed Kowalczyk, widely known as the lead-singer/songwriter/guitarist of the band LIVE, has built an impressive résumé with his bandmates that includes eight full-length albums that have reached gold and platinum status in 9 countries with total album sales exceeding 20 million, and nine Top 10 radio hits such as "Lightning Crashes", "I Alone", "Selling The Drama" and "Heaven". Live has been one of the most successful and enduring alternative rock bands of the 1990s and 2000s. One of the main things that have enabled Live to maintain a devoted fan base is the substantial and durable nature of their lyrics, which have often reflected Kowalczyk's personal and spiritual concerns. "My approach as a songwriter is to write songs that are not finite and will resonate with listeners for a really long time," Kowalczyk asserts. "Sixteen years after our first album, Mental Jewelry, I am still able to get something out of songs Live recorded in the early 1990s--and I think that one of the reasons why we have had so many fans for so long is that our fans are also continuing to find nuances in the songs." Ed released his first solo album, Alive, in 2010, which spawned the hit single "Grace", and he is also the creator/producer of the acoustic tour, Open Wings Broken Strings. Ed is launching a new acoustic show called, I Alone - Acoustic in 2012 and is working on a new album due out in early 2013.

Ingrid Michaelson - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
March 02, 2013 - New York

Brooklyn-based Ingrid Michaelson is a rising indie-pop singer/songwriter whose music has reached huge audiences through the magic of television. Popular shows such as Grey's Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, Bones, and Scrubs, have propelled Michaelson's music across the country, and her frequent touring has boosted her popularity in Europe. Michaelson plays guitar, piano, and ukulele, and sings with an earnest soprano her stories of alienation, urban living, and love and its loss most of all.

Juilliard Pre-College Symphony - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
March 02, 2013 - New York

George Stelluto, conductor; Brian Ge, piano; Violin soloist to be announced January 19. MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219; MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503; DVORÁK Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88. FREE; no tickets required.

HLB Nightclub at Highline Ballroom - Highline Ballroom
March 02, 2013 - Manhattan

Jason Aldean - Madison Square Garden
March 02, 2013 - New York

Aldean has consistently forged new directions since he rose to national prominence with his 2006 debut, "Hicktown." That song's power chords -- and his penchant for throwing a Guns N' Roses medley into his early concerts -- demonstrated his willingness to challenge the accepted boundaries of the country genre. Some of his subsequent hits -- particularly the farm-themed "Amarillo Sky," the pleading ballad "The Truth" and the million-selling sing-along "Big Green Tractor" -- cemented his country cred, in turn allowing him even more leeway for experimentation. "She's Country" adopted an in-your-face, AC/DC vibe. "Dirt Road Anthem" introduced Southern rap into mainstream country. And the Clarkson duet, "Don't You Wanna Stay," added a pop sheen to his career that hadn't been obvious before.

Jennifer Koh - 92nd Street Y
March 02, 2013 - New York

Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. With an impassioned musical curiosity, she is forging an artistic path of her own devising, choosing works that both inspire and challenge. She is dedicated to performing the violin repertoire of all eras from traditional to contemporary, believing that the past and present form a continuum. The exploration of Bach's music and its influence in today's musical landscape has played an important role in Ms. Koh's artistic journey. In 2009, she debuted Bach and Beyond, a series of three recitals that explore the history of the solo violin repertoire from Bach's Six Sonatas and Partitas to modern day composers including newly commissioned works. During the 2012-13 season, Ms. Koh performs the second recital in the series, Bach and Beyond Part II, which connects Bach's Sonata No. 1 and Partita No. 1 to Bartok's Sonata for solo violin and Phil Kline's Partita for solo violin.

Tony Desare - 54 Below
Through March 02, 2013 - New York

Singer/songwriter/crooner Tony Desare is back by popular demand for three special encore performances of the show that drew accolades last October. Backed by a swinging trio, Tony has the capability to glide from a standard by George Gershwin to a contemporary classic by Bruce Springsteen or Journey to one of his inventive original songs with ease.

The Original Good Rats - BB King Blues Club & Grill
March 02, 2013 - New York

Rolling Stone Magazine has labeled The Good Rats as "the world's most famous unknown band." Rock stars like Kiss, Jon Bon Jovi, and Billy Joel, along with celebrities like Alec Baldwin, Rosie O'Donnell, and many others, are among the many fans of the Good Rats. The band is extremely proud to have been inducted into the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame and has opened up for such great artist as Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, The Ramones, Ozzy Osbourne, The Grateful Dead, Kiss, Journey, and many other prominent musicians. The Rats have also performed at Madison Square Garden, the Philadelphia Spectrum, the Nassau Coliseum, the Hammersmith Odeon in England, Holleder Stadium in Rochester, and many more prestigious venues.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
March 02, 2013 - New York

Today, Franz Schubert is one of Vienna's favorite sons, but he was ignored by all but a small group of music lovers during his lifetime. His Sixth Symphony received its premiere at a house concert back in 1818; this season, hear it performed at Carnegie Hall by none other than the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Also on the program are Richard Strauss's madcap musical depiction of an incorrigible trickster and Jorg Widmann's Lied.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through March 02, 2013 - New York

"If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "You'll Never Walk Alone" — these are just a few of the many joys of the musical Time magazine called "The Best of the 20th Century." Now, in the tradition of its sold-out productions of Company and My Fair Lady, the Philharmonic and an all-star cast present Rodgers and Hammerstein's immortal Carousel, directed by Tony winner John Rando, and conducted by Rob Fisher.

Tim Minchin - 54 Below
March 02, 2013 - New York

Tim Minchin, the acclaimed Australian comedian, musician and composer/lyricist of the Olivier Award-winning "Matilda the Musical" will make his US cabaret debut in an evening of fun, mischief and debauchery.

Swedish House Mafia - Barclays Center
Through March 04, 2013 - Brooklyn

As they span the globe and wind down their farewell One Last Tour, Swedish House Mafia has announced an electrifying three-night layover at Brooklyn's Barclays Center that's sure to get hearts racing and feet stomping.

The Allman Brothers Band - Beacon Theatre
Through March 17, 2013 - New York

The Allman Brothers Band plays a string of 10 shows.

THE PIETASTERS & BIG D and the KIDS TABLE - Highllne Ballroom
Through March 29, 2013 - New York

Traveling the miles along a star-kissed path, the first break came early for D.C.'s ska darlings, when they landed a 1992 tour opening for ska originals, Bad Manners. In 1997, Rancid's Tim Armstrong signed them to Hellcat/Epitaph where they recorded two albums with producer Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion): the genre-defining Willis (SPIN Magazine called it "An equal opportunity dancehall crasher — part '60s keg rock, part 2Tone and part Motown") and Awesome Mix Tape #6 (CMJ noted it for "lacing a Stax shout-out feel with Caribbean rhythms").

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