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Things to Do This Week in NYC, Mar 18-23: Music

March 16, 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 downtown in the Village, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

Rocco Arrigo - 54 Below 

March 18, 2013 - New York

Join award-winning actor and vocalist Rocco Arrigo for a celebration of all things we love, hate, and love to hate about the Big Apple. This energetic and creative young artist regales the audience with hilarious and heartfelt stories and songs, performing a selection of favorites by Coleman, Herman, Menken, and Wildhorn, as well as a few songs by up-and-coming composers.

Uptown/Downtown Leslie Uggams - Apollo Theater
March 18, 2013 - New York

The Apollo continues its annual celebration of Broadway with an intimate cabaret style performance by legend and Tony Award winner, Leslie Uggams of her one-woman autobiographical musical Uptown/Downtown on the Apollo Soundstage. This magical evening charts her historic career from Harlem to Broadway and everywhere in between. Directed by Michael Bush, Uptown/Downtown also includes Ms. Uggams' swinging pop-jazz quintet, led by conductor, Don Rebic with Steve Bargonetti-guitar, Dan Block-woodwinds, Ray Kilday-bass, and Buddy Williams -drums. Produced by Grahame Pratt.

Faculty Recital: Ronald Copes, violin & Seymour Lipkin, piano - Morse Hall - The Juilliard School
March 18, 2013 - New York

Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin Praised for his insightful artistry, soloist and Juilliard String Quartet member Ronald Copes performs Beethoven's sonatas, with international artist and concert pianist Seymour Lipkin, who has earned acclaim for his interpretations of Beethoven repertoire Limited FREE tickets available 3/4

All Overett: The Songs of Adam Overett - Ars Nova
March 18, 2013 - New York

Directed by Marlo Hunter Orchestrations by Oran Eldor Quadruple threat Adam Overett puts on his composer hat for a single blow out concert event, bringing his patchwork of musical theater characters to life with the help of some of New York's best and most fearless performers! GET TIX HERE:

Ana Moura - City Winery
March 18, 2013 - New York

There is no other voice in Fado quite like Ana Moura. A voice that strolls freely through tradition but flirts elegantly with pop music, broadening the spectrum of Fado, so typical of Lisbon, in a very personal way. But what sets her apart is not only the low-pitched and sensual tone, so unique – Ana Moura instantaneously transforms any melody to which she lends her voice, into Fado. It's an immediate spark, an emotional explosion aimed ruthlessly to the listener's heart.

The Callback - Preliminaries - 54 Below
March 18, 2013 - New York

A weekly Monday night competition in which aspiring artists will perform for a chance to win their own engagement at 54 Below. The weekly late-night event is hosted by Christine Pedi (Sirius XM Radio host, Forbidden Broadway, Talk Radio.) For more information on "The Callback" rules or how to submit an audition video, please visit

Ensemble ACJW - Carnegie Hall
March 19, 2013 - New York

This energetic collective of fellows from The Academy has earned accolades for its fresh approach to wide-ranging repertoire. It's joined here by Robert Spano, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's music director, in a performance of Messiaen's Des canyons aux etoiles.

John Corbett Band - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
March 19, 2013 -

No one has to tell John Corbett that Hollywood stars moonlighting as musicians don't always get taken seriously. He's already faced crowds full of skeptics wearing expectant looks that silently challenge, "All right, actor boy, show us what you've got." But Corbett's never had a problem doing just that, onstage with his band or on radio airwaves. His self-titled debut album, released in 2006, climbed to No. 42 on Billboard's Country Albums chart, surprising even the guy who rose to fame as Cicely, Alaska's resident radio deejay on the "Northern Exposure" TV series (and made women swoon in "Sex and the City" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"). He'll be performing songs from his CD, "Leaving Nothing Behind." Rescheduled from Feb. 27.

Backstage - 54 Below
March 19, 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.

2013 Downtown Seder, Featuring Judy Gold, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and more - City Winery
March 19, 2013 - New York

New York City rock icon Lou Reed, superstar Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza, performance art-pioneer Laurie Anderson, and acclaimed stand-up comic Judy Gold are among the all-star line-up of performers and VIPs who will lead the City in a wildly spirited, imaginative and interactive Passover Seder dinner hosted by City Winery! Other performers on the bill include trumpeter (and member of the Klezmatics) Frank London, NYC comic/musician Sean Altman (JEWMONGOUS), NYC Community Board Chairwoman and advocate Julie Menin, and guitarist and composer Jon Madof (Zion80). Additional talent will be announced shortly.

Rush Hour: The Bach Variations: Violin Concertos in A minor and E major - New York Philharmonic
March 20, 2013 - New York

Four orchestral programs, March 6-April 6, are conducted by masters with different perspectives. Additional events, including those in collaboration with the 92nd Street Y, reveal additional dimensions in this wide-ranging celebration.

Vonda Shepard - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 20, 2013 - New York

With over 12 million album sales to her name, two Golden Globes, two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actor's Guild Awards as well as the Billboard prize for selling the most television soundtrack records in history as the voice of Ally McBeal in the hit television series of the same name, Vonda Shepard is a world-renowned artist who continues to delight audiences with her magnanimous live performances. She dedicates songs, tells stories, and at the same time, projects dynamic charisma and intimacy with her audience.

The Waterboys Present an Appointment with Mr. Yeats - The Town Hall
March 20, 2013 - New York

Setting romantic Irish poetry to music is hardly something new for Mike Scott, so the new show contains extracts from over twenty- five of Yeats' poetry and plays, spanning both famous and lesser known works. The Waterboys energy and excitement combined with the dark and mystic lyrics of 'Ireland greatest poet', make this an evening to remember. An since this will be the ONLY performance of Mr Yeats in North America it is sure to be a very unique and special event

Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories...The No Fairy Tale Tour, Anya Marina, Satellite - Highline Ballroom
March 20, 2013 - New York

Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb was launched into the limelight in 1994 with her platinum-selling Number 1 hit song "Stay (I Missed You)" from the film Reality Bites. To this day, she is still the only artist to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract, a remarkable and unparalleled feat for an unsigned artist, though perhaps not a surprising one for the Brown grad girl with the cat-eye glasses, who at the time was already making her mark in New York's burgeoning singer-songwriter scene.

San Francisco Symphony - Carnegie Hall
March 20, 2013 - New York

Performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with guest soloist Yuja Wang, as well as Brahms's Symphony No. 1 and the New York premiere of Drift and Providence by the Brooklyn-based composer Samuel Carl Adams, featuring live electronic processing by the composer.

Young Concert Artists - Morgan Library & Museum
March 20, 2013 - New York

Narek Arutyunian, clarinetist; Solon Gordon, pianist. Program: BERNSTEIN: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano - BRAHMS: Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 - CONSTANT: For Clarinet (solo) - SCHOENFIELD: Sonatina for klezmer clarinet and piano.

Local x Local featuring The Beach Fossils - Brooklyn Bowl
March 20, 2013 - Brooklyn

Beach Fossils, a band whose distortion-slicked indie pop compares favorably to acts like Best Coast and the Drums, formed in 2009 as a vehicle for the solo recordings of Justin Payseur. Bassist John Pena and guitarist Christopher Burke were brought into Beach Fossils' lineup later that year, after Payseur had single-handedly put together the recordings that would comprise the group's debut album. Beach Fossils' debut 7" single, Daydream/Desert Sand, was released on Captured Tracks in February 2010; their self-titled debut album was slated for release on the same label later that year.

Music Cafe: The Soil - Apollo Theater
March 20, 2013 - New York

The Soil is a rare find -- trendy, up-and-comers, who specialize in an ancient musical form. Known for their heavenly acapella sound, this Soweto trio dispenses melodic medication through soulful anthems, delivered with lush, three-part harmonies and percussive beat boxing.

New York Woodwind Quintet in Recital - Paul Hall - The Juilliard School
March 21, 2013 - New York

Carol Wincenc, flute Stephen Taylor, oboe Charles Niedich, clarinet Marc Goldberg, bassoon William Purvis, horn REICHA Quintet No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 100 (1820) BABBITT Woodwind Quartet (1953) SCHOENBERG Quintet, Op. 26 (1924) Widely regarded as the world’s preeminent woodwind quintet, the New York Woodwind Quintet, in residence at the Juilliard School since 1988, continue their legacy as performers and pedagogues as they enter their 65th season Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series FREE tickets available 3/7

Charly and Margaux - Brooklyn Museum
March 21, 2013 - Brooklyn

A Brooklyn-based indie classical violin and viola duo who create music that fuses elements from a broad spectrum of genres, resulting in a unique and unbridled sound.

San Francisco Symphony - Carnegie Hall
March 21, 2013 - New York

Performing Mahler's Symphony No. 9, the composer's final complete symphony.

Naked Soul Concert Series - Aoife O'Donovan - Rubin Museum of Art
March 22, 2013 - New York

"The newest darling of the Americana set" -- USA TODAY. For 10 years, Aoife fronted the alt-bluegrass/string band Crooked Still, and has or performed with artists such as Jerry Douglas, Lyle Lovett, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, The Punch Brothers, and more.

Pink - Madison Square Garden
March 22, 2013 - New York

P!NK brings the Truth About Love Tour to the World Famous Madison Square Garden.

Jeremy Denk - Carnegie Hall
March 22, 2013 - New York

Pianist Jeremy Denk returns to Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage for his first recital since his much acclaimed, last-minute solo debut in 2011, when he stepped in for the ailing Maurizio Pollini. The program includes Bartok's Piano Sonata; Bach's Prelude and Fugue in B Minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I; and Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor as well as four works by Liszt: "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen" Prelude after J.S. Bach; Sonetto 123 del Petrarca from Annees de pelerinage; Apres une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata; and Isoldes Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.

I Would Die 4 U: A Prince Dance Party with Toure and Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
March 22, 2013 - New York

Celebrate Toure's new book I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon with a dance party featuring a night of Prince music spun by Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest. Presented with WORD, who will be on hand selling I Would Die 4 U. 100% of ticket sales will go to Housing Works to support their fight against homelessness and AIDS.

Everything, Everything - Brooklyn Bowl
March 22, 2013 - Brooklyn

Live. Doors open 6pm.

A Tribute to Paul Motian - Symphony Space
March 22, 2013 - New York

Jazz greats come together to pay tribute to the legendary drummer and composer, the late Paul Motian. One of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, Motian played with a veritable who's-who of performers including Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden, Paul Bley, and many other bandleaders, including Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, Mose Allison, Tony Scott, Stan Getz, and Johnny Griffin.

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

Brandi Carlisle - Beacon Theatre
Through March 23, 2013 - New York

Performing live.

The Bach Variations: Violin Concertos in A minor and E major - New York Philharmonic
Through March 23, 2013 - New York

Four orchestral programs, March 6-April 6, are conducted by masters with different perspectives. Additional events, including those in collaboration with the 92nd Street Y, reveal additional dimensions in this wide-ranging celebration.

Madeleine Peyroux - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through March 23, 2013 -

With a haunting voice eerily reminiscent of Billie Holiday's, an eclectic repertoire of covers ranging from Josephine Baker classics to Leonard Cohen laments as well as her own original material, and a distinctive approach to both, Madeleine Peyroux has become the toast of vocal connoisseurs. She's bringing her subtly swinging songs to one of New York's most enchanting venues, the Allen Room, for four shows over two evenings, as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center's "Singers Over Manhattan" series.

A Look at the Stars - Brooklyn Museum
Through March 23, 2013 - Brooklyn

In an otherworldly convergence of talents—singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of The National, and composer Nico Muhly—give the music of the spheres a 21st-century spin in Planetarium, an evening of songs inspired by our solar system. The firmament descends in part one with a set of atmospheric instrumental works, composed by the three artists and performed with precision by a guest quartet. In part two, the planetary paeans begin: Stevens' wistful falsetto voice traces the gauzy rings of Saturn. Muhly's analog keyboards, Dessner's guitar, and seven trombones unleash the red rage of Mars. And in an elegiac electronic waltz, a chamber ensemble gives the crestfallen Pluto—ousted but not forgotten—its musical due. *This event is currently sold out.

Ask Your Mama - Apollo Theater
March 23, 2013 - New York

This multi-media work brings to life Langston Hughes' epic poem "Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz" with music spanning from Africa to the Americas, the South to the North, opera to jazz, gospel to be-bop.

Planetarium - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through March 24, 2013 - Brooklyn

In an otherworldly convergence of talents -- singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of The National, and composer Nico Muhly -- give the music of the spheres a 21st-century spin in Planetarium, an evening of songs inspired by our solar system.

HELEN REDDY - B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill
Through March 24, 2013 -

Best known as a recording artist, Helen Reddy had more than a dozen Top 40 hits in the United States. She was the first Australian to win a Grammy Award and to have three #1 hits in the same year. In television, Helen was the first Australian to host her own one-hour weekly primetime variety show on an American network, along with several specials that were seen in over forty countries.

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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