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Things to do this week in NYC Sep 24-Oct 1: Music

September 24, 2011 - 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.

September 24, 2011 - New York

Music Together, an internationally recognized, developmentally appropriate, early-childhood music program for children from birth through age 7, is proud to announce a new series of benefit concerts “Families Singing for Families.” Through this concert series, Music Together aims to provide help to populations in great need by donating 100% of the proceeds to Save the Children's emergency funds. Tickets are $10 per person and $25 per family in advance, and $12 per person and $30 per family at the door. Advanced tickets will be available through TicketLeap. WHO: The concert will feature a program of family-friendly music from The Music Together Band and special guest, Music Together CD recording artist, “Uncle Gerry” Dignan. WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 5:00PM (New York City) Sunday, September 25, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM (Caldwell, NJ) WHERE: Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew 263 West 86th St., New York, NY 10024 Hosted by Eastside Westside Music Together Caldwell United Methodist Church 8 Academy Rd at Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006 Hosted by Music Together of Verona, West Orange, the Caldwells and Fairfield Music Together - Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for children from birth through age 7 and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
September 24, 2011 - Manhattan

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

September 24, 2011 - New York

In the spring of 1975, Southside formed the Asbury Jukes with old friend Miami Steve Van Zandt (Little Steven), who later Joined Bruce's E Street Band. The late seventies saw the Jukes grow in stature from a highly competent R&B-styled bar band into a competitive horn-driven mainstream rock band with a series of original albums to their credit. For the uninitiated, a live Jukes gig can be an exhilarating, inspiring experience. They're the real thing, human, fallible, mean, moody and magnificent, capable on a good night of blowing the roof off.

Celtic Thunder - Beacon Theatre
September 24, 2011 - New York

A show rather than a group, Celtic Thunder was conceived by Sharon Browne and written and arranged by Phil Coulter and designed as a contemporary exploration of Celtic music, which means it falls to the pop-dance side of the spectrum more than it does to the traditional side. The show was staged, recorded, and filmed in Dublin in August of 2007 and featured five male vocalists, Damian McGinty (only 14 years old when the show was recorded), Keith Harkin, Paul Byrom, Ryan Kelly, and George Donaldson, rotating leads through a set of traditional and contemporary songs, several of them written by Coulter. A CD and DVD of the event appeared from Decca in 2008. The quintet's 2009 sophomore effort, Take Me Home, was stocked with traditional Irish and Scottish ballads peppered with a handful of pop/rock covers, while 2010's It's Entertainment relied exclusively on commercial pop hits. Celtic Thunder returned to their roots for 2011's Heritage, a meld of new and traditional material. Paul Byrom left before the album was complete, having recorded numerous tracks for the set before leaving; he was replaced by Emmet Cahill, although both men appear on the recording.

Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11 - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through September 24, 2011 -

Pioneering contemporary music ensemble Kronos Quartet (More Than Four, 2007 Next Wave) returns to BAM with a heartfelt program comprising 12 compositions—including works by Michael Gordon, Terry Riley, Osvaldo Golijov and Gustavo Santaolalla, and John Oswald—plus gripping arrangements of traditional songs from around the globe. This stirring collection of works reflects upon those instances where traditional language fails us, and music steps in to restore what violinist David Harrington refers to as "equilibrium in the midst of imbalance."

Atys - Brooklyn Academy of Music
September 24, 2011 -

It was an event: in 1989, Jean-Baptiste Lully's shimmering opera Atys arrived at BAM. The mastermind was conductor William Christie, and the orchestra was early-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants, whose incisive production rekindled the ravishing power of French Baroque opera for both New York City and the world. Created in 1676 for King Louis XIV and derived from Ovid's poem Fasti, Atys is a breathtaking marriage of the royal court's dance- and chorus-filled spectacles to Ovid's tragic tale of love lost to a vengeful god. Now, in celebration of BAM's 150th anniversary, Lully's allegory-rich paean to the Sun King returns to BAM to make history once more.

Mahler's Resurrection Symphony - New York Philharmonic
September 24, 2011 -

Wine Riot New York - One Hanson Place
Through September 24, 2011 - Brooklyn

This is not your parents’ wine tasting soiree! After three years of sellout events in Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago, Second Glass’s Wine Riot is uncorking in New York at the Skylight One Hanson in Brooklyn. Aimed at a younger demographic, Wine Riot offers: • Samplings of 250 wines from every region of the world, all while rocking out to live a DJ with a few thousand of your friends. • Use the Second Glass Mobile App to mark your favorites and remember everything you tried the next morning. • A 20-minute Crash Course Wine Seminar with wine experts from around the city and head to the Lounge to tour around Spain with Freixenet. Wine tasting without food pairings? Forget about it! Luke’s Lobster, Cabot Cheese and Taza Chocolate are some of the tasty choices that will be showcased for your pairing pleasure. Opening Night: Friday, 9/23, 7-11PM; Riot One: Saturday, 9/24, 1-5PM; Riot Two: Saturday, 9/24, 7-11PM.

ALLAN HARRIS - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 25, 2011 - New York

Allan Harris is a world-class singer, guitarist and songwriter. Perhaps best known for his interpretations of jazz standards, Allan's smooth vocals and guitar-styling easily crosses genres, from jazz to rock to blues. Three-time winner of the New York Nightlife Award for "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist", Tony Bennett calls Mr. Harris "my favorite singer" and The New York Times' Stephen Holden raves about "the protean talent that is Allan Harris." Allan has cultivated a global following, playing for packed audiences and received outstanding reviews throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and the Far East. He is regularly featured at the world's great music festivals, e.g. Jazz Aspen, Wien Jazz Festival in Austria and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Allan's Harris's artistry transcends his diverse vocal performances. Harris has composed "Cross That River", a full-scale musical celebrating the Old West as told through the words and music of a black cowboy, and has received a prestigious Chamber Music America Grant for that work. The theatrical production of "Cross That River" played to rave reviews during the 2009 New York Musical Theater Festival and is currently in pre-production for a long-term run in early 2011. Several original songs from "Cross That River" are also frequently featured in The Allan Harris Band's concert performances. In addition to music, Allan is passionate about giving back. He is a long-time supporter of the Children's Miracle Network (helping to raise funds for children's hospitals), and has performed many times alongside Vince Gill and Amy Grant at the Challenge Aspen Gala, an annual charity concert/golf tournament to benefit military service people who have sustained disabilities. September proceeds from downloading his song I Do Believe will be donated to the FealGood Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting 9/11 First Responders. As a Gibson Guitar featured artist, Allan and Ruby (his constant 4 lb. canine companion and the first dog music critic) can frequently be found rehearsing at the Gibson Hit Factory, and along with The Allan Harris Band, enjoy playing the top music clubs in his hometown of New York City.

Gallery MC and Milica Paranosic launch the MC Mondays Open Mic series - Gallery MC
September 26, 2011 - New York

MC MONDAYS kicks off its 2011-2012 season on Monday, September 26th with three exciting presentations. This inaugural event will feature a preview of the performance piece “Skana, Goddesses and More” and will launch both the Composers Concordance new website and the Mrak Duo.

Music and Musica - Rogerio Souza - BEA - Brazilian Endowment for the Arts
September 26, 2011 - New York

Last chance to listen to the great Brazilian guitarist Rogerio Souza. Mr. Souza is specialist in choro and samba (Brazilian rhythms) and he is finishing his tour in the US this month.

Anna Bolena - Metropolitan Opera
September 26, 2011 -

Anna Netrebko opens the Met season with her portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. She sings one of opera's greatest mad scenes in this Met premiere production by David McVicar. Ekaterina Gubanova is her rival, Jane Seymour, Ildar Abdrazakov sings Henry VIII, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

Nabucco - Metropolitan Opera
September 27, 2011 -

Verdi's rousing biblical drama stars Zeljko Lucic and Maria Guleghina in the leading roles, with the Met's fine chorus delivering the famous "Va, pensiero."

Mahler's Resurrection Symphony - New York Philharmonic
September 27, 2011 -

Lindsey Buckingham: Seeds We Sow Tour - The Town Hall
September 27, 2011 -

Iconic Fleetwood Mac vocalist and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham brings his Seeds We Sow tour to Town Hall. His sixth solo album is due out in store on Sept. 6th. Speaking on Seeds We Sow, Buckingham says, "This might be the best work I've ever done. I think it's an excellent representation of what I do. It shows a certain maturity and musicianship and I just feel like I have a lot of tools in my musical vocabulary from which to draw that are again the product of the choices I've made. It's on my own terms. This is very much from the inside out and I hope I never stop doing that."

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
September 28, 2011 -

Throughout the Amateur Night season, contestants from all over the world compete for the winning title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000! Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone! Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.

Anna Bolena - Metropolitan Opera
September 30, 2011 -

Anna Netrebko opens the Met season with her portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. She sings one of opera's greatest mad scenes in this Met premiere production by David McVicar. Ekaterina Gubanova is her rival, Jane Seymour, Ildar Abdrazakov sings Henry VIII, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
October 01, 2011 - Manhattan

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

Nabucco - Metropolitan Opera
October 01, 2011 -

Verdi's rousing biblical drama stars Zeljko Lucic and Maria Guleghina in the leading roles, with the Met's fine chorus delivering the famous "Va, pensiero."

Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Metropolitan Opera
October 01, 2011 -

Peter Mattei recreates his winning portrayal of the barber in Bartlett Sher's popular production, which propels the comic action right into the audience. Isabel Leonard sings her first Met Rosina, sharing the role with Diana Damrau, and Javier Camarena makes his Met debut as the Count.

Angélique Kidjo - Metropolitan Museum of Art
October 01, 2011 -

Named "Africa's premiere diva" by Time magazine, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter performs traditional folk songs from her native Benin with fellow countryman Lionel Loueke. The rich multicultural heritage of Benin (Dahomey) is brought to life with her unique blend of Zilin vocal technique and jazz vocalese.

Dvorák and a Corigliano World Premiere - New York Philharmonic
Through October 01, 2011 -

Saturday Matinee: Schubert and Dvorák - New York Philharmonic
October 01, 2011 -

Kelley Suttenfield: Mondays With the Masters - The Metropolitan Room
Through October 19, 2011 - New York

The Metropolitan Room welcomes jazz singer Kelley Suttenfield this fall on four consecutive Mondays at 7pm: 9/19, 9/26/ 10/3 and 10/10, in a series called “Mondays with the Masters.” Each Monday, Suttenfield will pair her offbeat, jazz-storytelling style with a different guitar master, including Howard Alden on 10/10. The complete lineup is below. Suttenfield released her debut CD, "Where is Love?" in 2009. "Here’s a singer with a lot of great ideas, and the ability to deliver them. It’s her debut disc, and the closest thing I can compare it to is Madeleine Peyroux’s debut Dreamland, way back when. It’s got the same feel...Give me more!" George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly. Suttenfield, New York based with Southern roots, is known internationally for her unusual spin on American music, the Beatles, Brazilian and beyond. She expanded her fan base recently to London, where she debuted at Ronnie Scott's in January 2011. The guitarist lineup is strong and eclectic: Joe Carbone (9/19): Carbone is known as a singers' accompanist, he counts Sammy Davis Jr., Frankie Laine and 60's idol Bobby Rydell among his favorite gigs; Tony Romano (9/26): prolific NYC player who has toured worldwide and played with many Latin, Jazz and Pop artists including Stanley Jordan and Randy Brecker: Vic Juris (10/3): Vic has traveled far and wide with the likes of Jimmy Smith, Sarah Vaughan, Chico Hamilton, Dave Liebman, Richie Cole and Mel Torme, to name only a few greats; and Howard Alden (10/10): Alden needs little intro, but has been described as "may be the best of his generation" by JazzTimes. Bassist Matt Aronoff, whose credits include gigs with Luciana Souza at the Kennedy Center and Birdland with Peter Eldridge, joins every Monday every Monday.

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies - American Museum of Natural History
Through June 24, 2012 -

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies, an exhibition of more than 20 sets of striking large-format prints, showcases advanced imaging technologies used by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and reveals once-hidden, intricate details of both natural phenomena and cultural artifacts. The exhibition features images that were created in pursuit of scientific knowledge but also resulted in visually arresting art. It explores how such imaging technologies -- including infrared photography, scanning electron microscopy, and computed tomography (CT) -- make it possible to examine and analyze a range of specimens at levels of detail previously unimaginable, advancing science and providing new insights into the visual splendor of the universe.

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