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Nonesuch Events for the Long Weekend of January 18–21

Sydney Festival 2013: Rokia Traore, Lianne La Havas

Nonesuch Records offers everyone best wishes for this long weekend in the United States, celebrating both Martin Luther King Jr. and the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday. As we do, there's lots of great live music being made around the world by the artists below.


Lianne La Havas and Rokia Traoré are both in Sydney, Australia, performing a number of shows as part of the Sydney Festival. La Havas kicks off a week-long tour of the country with two festival sets at The Famous Spiegeltent in Hyde Park, tonight and Saturday. Her tour continues with additional performances for the Sydney Festival in Parramatta next week and shows in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Rokia Traoré concludes her week-long Australian tour with three additional Sydney Festival events: the second and third concerts in a three-show series, Donke (Dance) at Paradise at Town Hall tonight and Donguili (Sing) at City Recital Hall Angel Place on Sunday, as well as a free event for the Parra Opening Party at The Parade Ground at Old King's on Saturday. Traoré kicked off her tour last weekend with Damou (Dream), the first concert in the aforementioned series. In advance of the Sydney Festival performances, Traoré spoke with the SBS about her music and the civil war being waged in her homeland of Mali; watch the piece at


Jeremy Denk joins the Oberlin Orchestra, led by conductor Raphael Jiménez, for a performance in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium in New York City Saturday night. The program features Mozart's Piano Concerto in C Major, as well as works by Ravel, Stravinsky, and the New York premiere of Christopher Rouse's Iscariot. Both Denk and Rouse are alumni of the Oberlin Conservatory. Conservatory Dean David H. Stull leads a pre-concert discussion with the composer, conductor Timothy Weiss, and Claire Chase, another Oberlin alum who is also a recent MacArthur Fellow and founder of ICE, which performed on the 2011 Nonesuch recording of John Adams's Son of Chamber Symphony.


Dr. John—following yesterday's announcement of his performing at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz Fest in April—plays two festival sets in Florida this weekend: at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton on Saturday for the Sunshine Boca Blues Festival and at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on Sunday for the Sunshine Blues Festival.


Richard Goode offers a solo recital at Smith Theatre at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, on Saturday, presented by the Candlelight Concert Society. On the program are four of Beethoven's late works: Sonatas Nos. 30–32 and Bagatelles, Op. 119. Goode, about whom the Denver Post said "he might well be without equal when it comes to the music of Beethoven," famously recorded the Complete Beethoven Sonatas for Nonesuch in 1993. His latest Nonesuch release is the three-CD set of the Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos.


Kronos Quartet performs two concerts in Ohio this weekend: at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Garnter Auditorium tonight and the Southern Theatre in Columbus on Saturday. Both programs feature Steve Reich's WTC 9/11 as well as works by Bryce Dessner, Laurie Anderson, Omar Souleyman, and others. Kronos Quartet's David Harrington will participate in a pre-concert talk at the Southern on Saturday with Classical 101 FM's Jennifer Hambrick.

Kronos recently performed in the inaugural episode of Michael Hearst’s Songs for Unusual Creatures, which celebrates some of the lesser-known creatures on the planet. Watch it here:


Natalie Merchant, like Dr. John, is in Florida this weekend. She and a live symphony orchestra are at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater tonight to perform favorite songs from throughout her career.

Merchant recently spoke with Publishers Weekly about her collaboration with with award-winning children's book illustrator Barbara McClintock on a new picture book based on Leave Your Sleep, Merchant's album of classic children's poetry adapted to music. Read the Q&A at To pick up of a copy of the book, head to the Nonesuch Store now.


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