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Tri-Institutional Friday Noon Recital

This was the program at the Tri-Institutional Friday Noon Recital at Rockefeller University:

The concert hall was packed. Sorry you missed a very fine Pastorale concert with period instruments. This was the start of my 2008 Christmas festivities. The faithful attend the Friday noon prayers, meanwhile I attend the Friday noon recitals.

Tri-Institutional Noon Recitals, Caspary Auditorium, The Rockefeller University, 66th Street and York Avenue (#2 on this campus map - pdf), Recitals Hotline: 212-327-7007, ext. 1

Posted December 7, 2008 09:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Who Is Thelonious Monk? Nov. 15, 2008 at Lincoln Center

New York City Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, jazz musical compositions by Thelonius Sphere Monk, 1PM concert performed by the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis ...

Jazz For Young People - "Who Is Thelonious Monk?" Hosted by Wynton Marsalis, Lincoln Center, Rose Theater, Broadway at 60th Street, New York, 1 pm and 3 pm. tickets.

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Posted November 10, 2008 08:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park , Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Green Grow the Rushes O

Green Grow the Rushes O
By Robert Burns

There's no but care on every hand
In every hour that passes oh
That signifies the life of man
and twere not for the lassies oh

Green grow the rushes oh
Green grow the rushes oh
The sweetest hours that e're I spent
Were spent among the lassies oh

The wordly race may riches chase
And riches still may fly them oh
And when at last they catch them fast
Their hearts can ne'er enjoy them oh


Give me a quiet hour at e'en
My arms around my dearie oh
And warly cares and warly men
May a gae topsy-turvy oh


For you so grave you sneer at this
You're no but senseless asses oh
The wisest man the world e'er saw
Dearly loved the lassies oh

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Posted November 1, 2008 08:27 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Sandra Rivera - Flamenco San Juan - FREE

Free out-door concert at the Naumburg Bandshell,

Sandra Rivera - Flamenco San Juan, July 22, 2008, 7:30 pm, at the Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, enter at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue, then go to approximately 70th and mid-Park, 718-340-3018

Posted July 21, 2008 07:47 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park , Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Girl Band - Minority Orchestra

Hat tip: Astronaut Love Triangle

Posted January 5, 2008 07:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Sonny Rollins

Bret Primack has produced another outstanding video in his Sonny Rollins Podcast series. Check it out.

A new film by Bret Primack, "Like Sonny" -- part six of the ongoing Sonny Rollins Podcast series -- celebrates the life and music of this remarkable creator by detailing the story of Trane's unique friendship with Rollins. The film's title is from a song Coltrane wrote about Rollins, taking the melody from a phrase he heard Sonny play.

The thirteen-minute documentary features interviews with Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Heath, and Paul Jeffrey; an excerpt from a 1960 radio interview with John Coltrane; and video performances by Trane and Sonny.

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Posted August 31, 2007 07:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Melody of Dragon - FREE

This evening, I will be at the Naumburg Bandshell for a performance of Chinese Classical Dragon music, FREE ... tonight at 7:30 pm ... see listing in to-day's NYTimes ...

Melody of Dragon, June 26, 2007, 7:30 pm, at the Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, enter at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue, then go to approximately 70th and mid-Park, 718-340-3018

Posted June 26, 2007 05:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Tri-Institutional Noon Recital - Dudana Mazmanishvili

Dear Roger:

You missed another fabulous piano performance ... at the June 15th, 2007, Tri-Institutional Noon Recital at the Caspary Auditorium, The Rockefeller University ... Ms. Dudana Mazmanishvili played:

"If playing the piano were an Olympic discipline, then the performance of the young Georgian Dudi Mazmanishvili certainly would have secured her a place on the winners' podium" Westphalenpost....

You would have been mightily impressed with her performance which was all played from memory with such strength and gusto.

Afterwards, one can enjoy a fabulous buffet lunch for $15 ... in the Mid-20th Century Modern sleek dining room with a fabulous view of the gardens.

The $15 all-you-can-eat buffet lunch is at the dining room of the Rockefeller University. Open to all comers with proper attire. Soups, salads, cold chicken platters, warm beef, salmon, and other meat platters, cakes, coffee, tea or soda ... all inclusive. Mid-20th Century Modern decor with a lovely view of the leafy campus. On a nice day, there are tables outside. The entrance is on York Avenue and 66th Street. The lunch is prepared by Restaurant Associates so I must say that it is not haute cuisine, simply plain and healthy.

I hope to see you there for the last two performances of the season ... the last will be on June 29th, 2007 ... just after my birthday.

Your friend,

Dudana Mazmanishvili, web site

Tri-Institutional Noon Recitals, Caspary Auditorium, The Rockefeller University, 66th Street and York Avenue (#2 on this campus map - pdf), Recitals Hotline: 212-327-7007, ext. 1

Posted June 22, 2007 02:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Another lovely Friday noon Classical concert at Rockefeller University

You missed another lovely Friday noon Classical concert at Rockefeller University (the Tri-Institutional Noon concert).

Mr. Inon Barnatan, piano, Mr Arnaud Sussmann, violin and Ms Priscilla Lee, cello. The program comprised:-

I sat in the first row, eye-level with the players about 10 feet away. It was such a lovely performance. So much talent at such a very young age, all in their early twenties. I must say that New York is the centre of the universe for the Fine Arts. The very best in this world congregate in New York and I get the opportunity to enjoy and listen to their fine artistry talents.

One very good reason that I have discarded my TV and found so much better inspirations. Seek and you shall find. You must do the same.


Tri-Institutional Noon Recitals, Caspary Auditorium, The Rockefeller University, 66th Street and York Avenue (#2 on this campus map - pdf), Recitals Hotline: 212-327-7007, ext. 1

Posted June 11, 2007 08:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music , Notes to a Friend   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Manhattan School of Music Musical Theatre Ensemble - NOT to be missed, May 17-19, 2007

A great annual event at the Manhattan School of Music ... May 17, 18 and 19, 2007... Musical Theatre ... music of Stephen Sondheim ... not to be missed, free and no tickets required ...

Manhattan School of Music Musical Theatre Ensemble, 601 West 122nd Street, northwest corner of Broadway and 122nd Street, John C. Borden Auditorium, 7:30 pm, May 17, 18, and 19, 2007, Concert Office: 917-493-4428. Directions

Posted May 1, 2007 05:17 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Context matters II

Earlier this month, Gene Weingarten had a column in the Washington Post about what happened when Joshua Bell played his violin at the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail station (see "Context Matters..."). The next time Mr. Bell should go busking with Old Crow Medicine Show....

The two years before Nashville were spent hoboing quixotically across Canada and back, then living in self-imposed squalor in the mountains of North Carolina. They brought music nobody really played anymore to towns where no other touring performer would stop to use the bathroom, and people embraced them, fed them, sheltered them.

"Hardcore Troubadours," by Matt Dellinger, The Oxford American, March/April 2003

Wagon Wheel -- Old Crow Medicine Show

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Posted April 23, 2007 06:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Pop musicians are fakes?!?! Say it aint so!

Consider the case of Mississippi John Hurt, the subject of the book's longest and most powerful essay. First, there's his name: Mississippi was an add-on from the record company. Then there's his reputation as a patriarch of the Delta blues: Hurt wasn't from the Mississippi Delta and he insisted he wasn't a blues musician. And then there is the problem of his blackness, thought by the white fans who rediscovered him in the 1960s to be pure and profound ("Uncle Remus come to life," write the authors). When Hurt was "discovered" the first time, he was performing for black and white audiences backed by a white fiddler and a white guitar player who also happened to be the local sheriff. He recorded blues because the record company insisted he do so. Meanwhile, Jimmie Rodgers, a white musician who happened to be a bluesman, recorded what came to be known as "country" music because the blues were reserved by the market for black men. One more twist: when Harry Smith included two of Hurt's songs on his great Smithsonian Folk Anthology, most listeners mistook the black musician for a white hillbilly.

"Keeping it unreal: We consider the 'primitive' music of blues singers such as Leadbelly to be more authentic than that of the Monkees. But all pop musicians are fakes." by Jeff Sharlet, New Statesman, April 16, 2007

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Posted April 21, 2007 12:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Johnny Cash

"God's Gonna Cut You Down" - Johnny Cash

Complete lyrics from Metrolyrics

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Posted April 15, 2007 10:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Thelonious Monk

Blue Monk

Thelonious Monk: Blue Monk (recorded in 1958). Thelonious Monk - piano. According to comments: Ahmed Abdul-Malik - bass. Osie Johnson - drums.

Hat tip: Orin Kerr


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Posted February 20, 2007 06:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

"A Strange Story" - Joyce Hatto, fakes, and "expertise"

Joyce Hatto, a pianist who died in 2006, was celebrated by many allegedly knowledgable music critics in the last few years of her life for "a discography that in quantity, musical range and consistent quality has been equalled by few pianists in history."

A preliminary investigation now reveals that many of Hatto's recordings were copies, some slightly altered, of other pianists' recordings. See "Joyce Hatto - The Ultimate Recording Hoax - Part 1," Pristine Classical, which concludes: "We have yet to investigate a Hatto recording that has not proved to be a hoax."

Andrew Rose, who runs the remastering firm Pristine Audio and who analysed the Hatto recordings, said: "There are a lot of critics and publications with egg on their faces."

"Pianist's virtuosity is called into question," by Martin Beckford,, February 18, 2007

It was already one of the strangest stories the classical music world had witnessed. But the discovery of the late English pianist Joyce Hatto as the greatest instrumentalist almost nobody had heard of, appears to have taken a bizarre, even potentially sinister turn.
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But at the same time as the cult of Hatto was burgeoning, there were persistent rumours on the internet as to the true origins of the recordings. How, wondered the doubters, could one woman -- especially one who had battled cancer for many years -- have mastered a range of repertoire and recorded a catalogue that arguably makes her more prolific than even the Richters and the Ashkenazys.

However, Gramophone critic Jeremy Nicholas published a letter in the magazine asking anyone who had any evidence of any wrong-doing to come forth. Nobody did, and the matter rested. Until now.

"Masterpieces Or Fakes? The Joyce Hatto Scandal," Gramaphone, February 15, 2007

Joyce Hatto, who has died aged 77, was one of the greatest pianists Britain has ever produced. Before the appearance of press and internet articles earlier this year, it was widely assumed that she had left us some years ago. In a sense she had: from the early 1970s she suffered from a cancer that not only made her the longest surviving patient treated by Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, but also prevented her from appearing in public for the past 30 years.

Her legacy is a discography that in quantity, musical range and consistent quality has been equalled by few pianists in history.

Obituary: Joyce Hatto: Brilliant pianist whose career was cut short by cancer which struck in the 1970s, by Jeremy Nicholas, The Guardian, July 10, 2006

Yet some things remain totally obscure in this story. Even the recourse to irony does not explain convincingly why Joyce Hatto and her husband decided to issue these recordings. Another strange thing is the pattern, if any, of the altered recordings. Among the recordings that have been altered, there are two by widely known soloists and orchestras, the Rachmaninov concerto under Esa-Pekka Salonen and Yefim Bronfman (on a Sony Classical CD), and the Brahms concerto under Haitink and Ashkenazy (on a Decca CD). However, three other recordings that have been identified are by lesser-known soloists for smaller labels, such as Laszlo Simon for BIS, Carlo Grante for Altarus or Eugen Indjic for Claves. More interesting that discovering what motivated the entire enterprise would be perhaps to understand why the "producer" and the "performer" in Concert Artist's recordings used specifically these recordings. A reason perhaps is that, in the randomness of these choices, Hatto and her husband thought their mischief would be less perceptible.

However, it is possible that the couple also wanted to disclose, albeit in a rather subtle way, their hoax. All of Hatto's recordings with an orchestra, except for a few from her early years (and I suppose these were actually made by her), were made with a certain "National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra" under the baton of "René Köhler." It should be evident that such a name for an orchestra is just a concoction of the terms that are more commonly used when naming ensembles: "national," "symphony," "philharmonic." But "Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra" is almost a redundancy (one might claim that "philharmonic" and "symphony" are synonims, but there is a subtle difference between the terms). Furthermore, Maestro Köhler hasn't recorded anything else, at least not classical music. René Köhler (yes, with the same diacritics, by the way) even has a website, but he seems to be a singer and songwriter from somewhere in Scandinavia. We can't help wishing him the best of luck in his new musical ventures.

"A Strange Story," by Hipermnésia Hipnagógica, February 16, 2007


Posted February 19, 2007 10:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Sonny Rollins on the road - with Bret Primack

Bret Primac has a fantastic channel on YouTube - JazzVideoLand. We love this video of Sonny Rollins, but check out the entire channel: JazzVideoLand.

Sonny Rollins is such a beautiful artist, and this video really brings that out....

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Posted February 15, 2007 07:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Noon music at Rockefeller University

The Rockefeller University hosts a recital series called the Tri-Institutional Noon Recitals. Held on Fridays at noon from September through June, this series brings outstanding musical talent to NYC.

For example, on December 15, 2006, pianist Soyeon Lee gave a great perfomance. She played with much expression and enthusiasm. What a joy!

Soyeon Lee

Tri-Institutional Noon Recitals, Caspary Auditorium, The Rockefeller University, 66th Street and York Avenue (#2 on this campus map - pdf), Recitals Hotline: 212-327-7007, ext. 1

Post by Peter

Posted December 27, 2006 09:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Music , Notes to a Friend , Sights & Sounds , Upper East Side   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

"Classical Music Meets the Alternative Scene"

Spurred on by a growing number of offbeat performance venues and enterprising young classical musicians, New York is experiencing a boom in small, largely below-the-radar concert series. There are opera nights at a Lower East Side dive bar, chamber music concerts at a boxing gym beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, contemporary music at a cabaret in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and avant-garde fare in a silo on the banks of an industrial canal.

The rise of an alternative classical scene recalls the 1960s and 70s, when downtown lofts and art galleries helped give rise to minimalism and performance art. The current crop of classical series resembles a similar trend happening in jazz and world-music circles, as the club epicenter has spread from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Classical musicians often say they are drawn to simpler, less pretentious encounters with audiences.

“It’s just like going to see a band,” says Anne Ricci, a soprano in describing Opera on Tap, an opera recital series that she co-founded in June 2005 at Freddy’s Bar and Backroom, a former bowling alley and cop bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn, that now presents live music.

"Classical Music Meets the Alternative Scene," by Brian Wise,, November 9, 2006

Hat tip: Tyler Cowen



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Posted November 11, 2006 10:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Duke Jordan RIP

Great Bebop jazz great, Duke Jordan, died last week ... RIP ...

Duke Jordan, the superb bebop piano player best-known as the pianist for Charlie Parker's classic 1947 quintet with Miles Davis and Max Roach, and as the writer and namesake of the jazz standard "Jor-Du," died on August 8 at his home in Copenhagen. He was 84.

Jordan was one of the last two surviving members, along with Max Roach, of the quintet known variously as the Charlie Parker Quintet, Charlie Parker's All-Stars, and the Charlie Parker Original 5. Although the band was only together for a year (1947-48), it is widely regarded as among the greatest in the history of jazz and American music in general.

"RIP Duke Jordan, 1922-2006," by Michael J. West,, August 12, 2006

Also see "Duke Jordan, 84, Jazz Pianist Who Helped to Build Bebop, Dies," by Tim Weiner, The New York Times, August 12, 2006

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Posted August 16, 2006 06:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Sonny Rollins - FREE August 27, 2006

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2006 free concerts ... Celebrating the Spirit of the Blues ... Sunday, August 27, 2006, 8 pm ... Sonny Rollins: The Jazz Master ... ... Damrosch Park Bandshell, 62nd and Amsterdam ... [Sonny Rollins: web site | discography]

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2006, August 4 - 27, 2006

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Posted August 6, 2006 09:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park , Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Tosca - Free, August 1, 2006

Uncle Paq & Blackberry Ellie: Please go to the New York Grand Opera website for information about a free opera at 7.30 pm this coming Tuesday, August 1, 2006 ... Tosca ... at the Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 72nd Street at Mid-Park ... let us all go bring a pinic buffet and sing-along in Italian ...

Also see Naumburg Orchestral Concerts

Update: Postponed due to the heat.

Posted July 31, 2006 11:55 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Central Park , Music , Notes to a Friend , Theatre   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

APPLE store for music

Friday night I went to the APPLE store on 58th Street and 5th Avenue and did not leave until 2:15 am on Saturday ...they have a live DJ playing and creating contemporary dance music with lots of energy ... the DJ Friday night was Louis Vega ... I sat behind him on a bar stool and watched his fine performance ... the APPLE store plans to host a live DJ show every week, 12 am to 2 am Friday night/Saturday mornings ...

APPLE store, open 24 hours a day, every day ... 767 Fifth Avenue, 212-336-1440 [Yelp] ... see "Exclusive photos from the Apple Store Fifth Ave," by AppleInsider, May 18, 2006

Post by Peter

Posted June 18, 2006 10:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park , Music , Sights & Sounds , Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

American Musical Theater Concert - FREE this weekend

The American Musical Theater Concert at the Manhattan School of Music, has a very exciting show this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm each night.

Stephen Schwartz Revue: Defying Gravity. Ms Carolyn Marlow, directing. I have been going to this concert for the past five years and they are so very good, singing and acting all the Broadway show tunes.

Free concert, no tickets required.

Manhattan School of Music, 601 West 122nd Street, northwest corner of Broadway and 122nd Street, Concert Office: 917-493-4428 (directions)

Posted May 16, 2006 08:47 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Summer on the Hudson - lots of free fun


Summer on the Hudson is gearing up for its 6th season of free cultural and recreational events in Riverside Park South. This summer we have a great line-up of world class musicians for Acoustic Sundays, river themed movies for Movies Under the Stars, special all-day events, including the 1st Annual Main Squeeze Accordion Festival on July 8th, plenty of activities and events for kids, including Mamapalooza on May 21st, plus, yoga, pilates and kayaking.

Summer on the Hudson

Saturday, June 10, 2006, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: The Rail Yard History of Riverside Park South, Riverside Park South - Pier I @ 70th Street

Saturday, July 8, 2006, 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm: 1st Annual NYC Main Squeeze Accordion Festival

Sunday, July 9, 2006, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Acoustic Sundays - Metropolitan Klezmer

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm: Movies Under the Stars - On the Waterfront

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm: Movies Under the Stars - The African Queen

AGINY Recommended

Posted May 9, 2006 09:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Holidays & Festivals , Music , Riverside Park , Sights & Sounds   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

FREE First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum - Brasil Carnival

First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum, Brasil Carnival will be lots of fun for the whole family ...

Target First Saturdays - FREE

At the Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month from 5–11 p.m. All evening long, the Museum Café serves a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer. Parking is a flat rate of $4 starting at 5 p.m.

March 4, 2006
(these are just some of the events on March 4 - see web site for more)

6 p.m.–8 p.m.: World Music
Hall of the Americas, 1st Floor
Jeff Newell's New-Trad Octet of Brooklyn plays New Orleans Mardi Gras music with a twist.

6:30 p.m.: Performance
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Drama of Works and 2 Punks Puppet Theatre combine overhead projection and traditional shadow puppetry to tell a Cajun fairytale in which the hero goes in search of that one special ingredient for a Mardi Gras gumbo. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.

8 p.m.: Free Dance Lessons
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Get ready to move those dancing feet to the rhythms of samba music led by Stepping Out Dance Studio instructors.

9 p.m.–11 p.m.: Dance Party
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Twice voted the best Brazilian band in the U.S. by the Brazilian International Press Association, Grupo Saveiro will perform high-energy Brazilian music—just like at Carnival in Rio!

Brooklyn Museum, web site, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 718-638-5000

previous post: "Brooklyn Museum of Art - free first Saturdays," February 14, 2006

Posted March 1, 2006 03:17 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Brooklyn , Free , Museums , Museums and Art , Music , Tips   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Feb. 16, 2006 - Song's Inn World Premiere or Sarah Bernhardt?

This Thursday night is tough for me because there are so many conflicting events ... I have to decide which to attend for the time-slot!

decision, decisions ...

Posted February 15, 2006 01:27 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Lectures , Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Free Concerts at Manhattan School of Music

Upcoming free Concerts at Manhattan School of Music ... tickets are not required ...

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Friday, February 17, 2006

Manhattan School of Music, 601 West 122nd Street, northwest corner of Broadway and 122nd Street, Concert Office: 917-493-4428 (directions)

Posted February 15, 2006 01:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Benny Golson and The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

last Thursday evening, I heard Benny Golson and The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra perform all his old tunes:

and a World premiere of his new composition, ABOVE AND BEYOND with Victor Goines playing the solo parts.

The conductor and composer, Benny Golson, is 77 years old and he is still very good, healthy, full of humor and life! His orchestral composition is very enjoyable, exciting and full of suprises in the music. The twist and turns in the compositions were very good.

The Juilliard Jazz student musicians were swinging with great rythym and pace. Some great solos by the trumpets, guiter, piano, flugelhorn and trumbones.

I sat on the third row and saw everything so clearly. Simply amazing and a free concert.

I loved the performance, tap my feet, swing my head and made me so happy ...


The Juilliard School, Alice Tully Hall, northwest corner of Broadway and West 65th Street, 212-769-7406

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Posted February 12, 2006 09:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Free , Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

A Wonderful Evening of Symphonic Music

If you did not attend the free concert last Friday at the Manhattan School of Music, you missed a very wonderful evening of symphonic music conducted by Maestro Kenneth Kiesler, Prof. at the School of Music, University of Michigan ... Beethoven, Ben Britten piano concerto and Ed Elgar Enigma Variations ... simply wonderful conducting and performance from all the musicians ... so relaxing, too ... Ms. Chikage Yoshihara played Britten's piano concerto with such bravado and instensity ...

Manhattan School of Music Calendar

Posted November 10, 2005 09:12 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Free Beethoven, Friday, Nov. 4, 2005

Manhattan School of Music Symphony ... Friday, November 4, 2005, 8:00 pm ... Beethoven: Overture Op. 43 ... Benjamin Britten: piano concerto Op.13 and Elgar ... free concert, no tickets required ... John C. Borden Auditorium at the Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Avenue ...

Delicious eating spots on Amsterdam Avenue between 123rd and 120th Streets for Italian and Turkish, the new SOHA (south of Harlem) ... near St. John's Cathedral, there is the Hungarian Pastry & Coffee Shop and Columbia Cottage for uptown Chinese 'student' fish-head casserole dinner ... SOHA has fresh clean air, no traffic nor the crowds of Greenwich Village ... Hungarian Pastry Shop, 1030 Amsterdam Avenue, between West 110th and 111th Streets, 212-866-4230 [Citysearch] ... Columbia Cottage, 1034 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-662-1800 [MenuPages | Citysearch] ...

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Posted November 3, 2005 09:06 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

"Shirley Horn, Jazz Singer and Pianist, Is Dead at 71"

Shirley Horn, a jazz singer and pianist who drew audiences close with a powerfully confidential, vibratoless delivery, died yesterday at a nursing home in Cheverly, Md. She was 71.

"Shirley Horn, Jazz Singer and Pianist, Is Dead at 71," by Ben Ratliff, New York Times, October 22, 2005

I last saw and heard Shirley Horn perform in Paris ... how sad to read about her passing ... here's to life ... we will miss her ...

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post by Peter

Posted October 22, 2005 12:56 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Free concert tonight, September 30, 2005 at 8 pm

Manhattan School of Music, 8:00 pm ... FREE ... no tickets required ... Brahms, Symphony #2 in D major, Op. 73 ... Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis ... Ravel, Shéhérazade ... George Manahan, conductor ... Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano ... we're going to the NY blogger party after the concert ...

John C. Borden Auditorium, 120 Claremont Avenue, at 122nd Street (directions), 917-493-4428

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Posted September 30, 2005 12:29 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Free , Music , Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Brooklyn Jazz Series - FREE kickoff Sunday, September 18, 2005

The Brooklyn Jazz Series kicks off a ten-week run this weekend ... with a FREE session on Sunday, September 18th, 2005 ...

After that, every Wednesday, September 21st through November 23rd, 2005, 8 to 11 pm ...

from the great folks at Water Street Restaurant & Lounge ... site of the Tiger Beer Singapore Chili Crab Festival (Third Annual coming next August!) ... DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Brooklyn, 66 Water Street, between Dock and Main Streets, 718-625-9352 [Citysearch]


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Posted September 16, 2005 09:28 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Brooklyn , Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Blondie killed New Wave?

Blondie killed New Wave. It started with “Heart of Glass,” which sounded fresh and new-wavey when it debuted, but now sounds like music to wear Halston shoes by. It wasn’t New Wave, of course, but Blondie came out of the CBGB world, so they were grouped with Television, the Talking Heads, the Ramones, and other groups. I’m sure they fit the mold early on, but they went mainstream faster than any other group, culminating in the Great Sell-Out of 1980: “Call Me.” The idea that a CBGB group should make a record with Giogio Morodor, king of flaccid mechanical synth-pop, was heresy. Heresy!

James Lileks, The Bleat, September 6, 2005

Posted September 6, 2005 08:13 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Upcoming free events ... at Lincoln Center

Dee Dee Bridgewater ... August 28, 2005, 8 pm ... Viva la diva! Une soiree des chansons Jazz ... she is a great performer ... I am looking forward to hearing her sing ... Damrosch Park Bandshell, 62nd and Amsterdam, Lincoln Center ... (discography)

Hung-Sheng Lion Dance Theater ... August 29, 2005, 8 pm ... dazzling dancing and drumming, acrobats ... Damrosch Park Bandshell, 62nd and Amsterdam, ... and August 30, 2005, 10:30 am ... Josie Robertson Plaza

These performances are part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2005 ... running through September 4th ...

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Posted August 24, 2005 07:50 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Free , Music , Theatre , Upper West Side   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

13th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Concert - free

13th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Concert ... "The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival annually assembles some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist."

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Posted August 24, 2005 06:09 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  East Village , Harlem , Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Forced to Sing Show Tunes - Freedom of Speech on the Subway

The next time you're riding the subway and you become part of someone's captive audience, think about this story ... "Freedom to Preach" from Englishman in New York.

Perhaps hearts sank when the doors closed at Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, and the evangelist, a slight, black woman dressed in a black frock, which sprouted white frills, began exalting the Lord. Or perhaps spirits were raised ("thank God, for it is still too early to appreciate another guitar-playing Latino"). Either way, the preacher failed in her duty of reaching out to the one in the carriage she may have thought needed saving the most when she addressed the subject of "gay evils."

An Asian woman, slightly rectangular in build, rose a full 5ft 1ins from her seat and beseeched the bible reader to cease her proclamations: "Why do people like you always have to do this? Can’t you just let these people travel in peace?"

But the people did not want to travel in peace and the riders rose in unison and turned on the short-haired devil: "Let her speak! Let her speak! Freedom of speech," came the cry from a sizeable and wholly black section of the carriage, all of above average age and of a mainly female persuasion. "Let her testify."

But the Lord worketh in mysterious ways. And the woman refuseth to back down, warning: "If you do not be quiet, I shall be forced to sing show tunes."

To find out which show tunes are useful in these situations ... you will have to read the whole thing ... and then read the showtune singer's account here ... it's good she didn't have her ukulele with her ...

Posted August 7, 2005 03:15 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Comedy , Music , Subway , Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (1)

Free jazz concerts - Jazzmobile live jazz concerts...I have been attending these concerts for the last five years ... a great experience ... a Harlem block party ... fried whiting dinner available for $5 ... best way to get there is to ride your bike with the freedom to roam the City at dusk

Wednesday, July 20, 2005, 7.00pm - 8.30pm: Wallace Roney...Grant's Tomb, 122nd Street & Riverside Drive...

Friday, July 22, 2005, 7.00pm - 8.30pm: Wycliff Gordon...Marcus Garvey Park, 122nd Street & 5th Avenue...

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Posted July 19, 2005 10:38 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Bike , Harlem , Music , Sights & Sounds   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

NY Philharmonic in Central Park - FREE

The NY Philharmonic is playing this evening ... Lorin Mazel is conducting... a program of Czech music composed by Antonin Dvorak ... on the Great Lawn, behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 81st Street & 5th Avenue or Central Park West....with fireworks after the music. Music starts at 8:00 pm - bring a picnic (and umbrella just in case) and enjoy a beautiful evening in Central Park ... bring a blanket for gazing at the stars and moon.

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Posted July 19, 2005 10:25 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Central Park , Music , Sights & Sounds   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)