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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of April 5–7

Kronos Quartet 2011 by Michael Wilson

Kronos Quartet performs works by three composers familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal—Steve Reich, Donnacha Dennehy, and Laurie Anderson— at L’Hexagone in Meylan, France, on Saturday as part of the Détours de Babel Festival . The program opens with Dennehy’s One Hundred Goodbyes and concludes with Reich’s WTC 9/11, both of which were written for Kronos Quartet. (The Quartet performed on the first recording of WTC 9/11, released on Nonesuch in 2011.)

Also on the program are works by Alter-Yechiel Karnoil, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Wagner, as well as Laurie Anderson’s Flow, from her 2010 Nonesuch album, Homeland.

While Kronos Quartet performs Dennehy’s One Hundred Goodbyes in France, scenes from the Irish composer’s new piece The Hunger receive their New York premiere at Carnegie Hall as part of Alarm Will Sound’s performance in Zankel Hall Saturday night. The Hunger, a piece about the Irish famine, will ultimately be an evening-length music theater piece for Alarm Will Sound, Dawn Upshaw, and the Irish sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird. (Upshaw, Ó Lionáird, and Alarm Will Sound music director Alan Pierson are all featured on Dennehy’s Nonesuch debut album Grá agus Bás, which will be performed at The Kennedy Center in May.)

Also on Alarm Will Sound’s Zankel Hall program on Saturday are works by John Orfe, David Lang, Charles Wuorinen, and the world premiere of Tyondai Braxton’s Fly By Wire. The New Yorker, previewing the concert, says the “fearless young group, now approaching middle-aged certitude, continues to blaze a trail.”

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Composer/pianist Timothy Andres is joined by fellow composer/performer Gabriel Kahane for a free concert in the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress tonight. As part of the Library’s American Voices series, the two musicians showcase their own compositions as well as works by Ives, Britten, and Schumann. Andres and Kahane will also be featured as guest speakers for a pre-concert presentation in the Whittall Pavilion.

John Adams wraps up the Library of Congress concert Season with a week-long residency in May, during which he will curate a showcase of young artists and conduct works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and his own Son of Chamber Symphony.

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The Black Keys close out their South American tour as they also close out Lollapalooza Chile at Parque O’Higgins in Santiago Sunday night. The band launches a brief US tour with special guests The Flaming Lips later this month, followed by a number of spring festivals, including New Orleans’ JazzFest.

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Performances of Here Lies Love, the new musical from David Byrne and Fatboy Slim exploring the life of former Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos, continue at the Public Theater in New York City over the weekend. The production, which premiered earlier this week, runs through May 19. Byrne, director Alex Timbers, and the Public’s artistic director Oskar Eustis spoke with the New York Times about the musical for a feature article, which you can read at nytimes.com.

In 2010, Nonesuch Records released a double-disc recording of the song cycle of Here Lies Love, featuring Tori Amos, Steve Earle, Cyndi Lauper, Natalie Merchant, Florence Welch, Santigold, and St. Vincent; the Boston Globe calls it a "superb ... sumptuous double album."

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Following last night’s rousing, sold-out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Carolina Chocolate Drops continue the East Coast leg of their US tour with three performances this weekend: at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware, tonight; the House of Blues in Boston on Saturday; and Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence on Sunday.

In advance of Saturday’s show, the band recently performed a few songs for Radio Boston on NPR member station WBUR and spoke with host Meghna Chakrabarti about the roots of the American roots music they play. Listen to the segment here:

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Nataly Dawn takes her US spring tour to Texas this weekend, performing songs from her Nonesuch debut album, How I Knew Her at the Live Oak Music Hall in Fort Worth on Saturday and the Cactus Café in Austin on Sunday. It’s a recent return to the state for Dawn, whose performance at SXSW in March was included among Dallas Morning News music critic Mario Tarradell’s Top 5 Favorite Musical Moments of the festival (which also included a set from Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell).

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Jeremy Denk, a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, joins the Las Cruces Symphony for two performances at New Mexico State University’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall in that city on Saturday and Sunday. On the program are Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

As noted earlier in the Nonesuch Journal, this week’s issue of The New Yorker includes a personal history from Jeremy Denk titled "Every Good Boy Does Fine: A life in piano lessons." In the article, his second contribution to the magazine, Denk offers insight on the relationship between music students and teachers by recounting a few such relationships in his own life. Subscribers to the magazine can read the article at newyorker.com.

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Currently making a rare tour across the US, Fatoumata Diawara covers a good deal of ground this weekend with three performances in three different states: at the Mayne Stage in Chicago tonight, the Rapp-Owen Granary in New Harmony, Indiana, on Saturday, and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, as part of the Wobeon Festival.

In advance of tonight's concert at the Mayne Stage, Diawara stopped by the studios of Chicago public radio station WBEZ to perform a couple of songs off her debut album, Fatou, and discuss that and so much more. You can listen to the Morning Shift segment here:

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Pianist Richard Goode offers a solo piano recital at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco on Saturday presented by Chamber Music San Francisco. The program, titled Beethoven—The Last Works, includes the Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 109; the Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110; Bagatelles Op. 119 no. 6-11; and finally, the Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111. Goode famously recorded a landmark set of the Complete Beethoven Sonatas for Nonesuch in 1993. His latest Nonesuch release is the three-CD set of the Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos. Goode spoke with the San Francisco Classical Voice about his affinity for Beethoven in an interview at sfcv.org.

The New York Times, reviewing Goode’s recent performance at Carnegie Hall with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, noted “his characteristic attention to nuances of affect and color.” Read the concert review at nytimes.com.

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Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell close out their current North American tour featuring music from their new album, Old Yellow Moon, at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville tonight, joined once again by Richard Thompson’s Electric Trio.

Harris and Crowell launch a month-long European tour in May with dates in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Germany. They kick off the next leg of their US tour in June.

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Lianne La Havas continues her North American spring tour, featuring music from her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, in Canada at Montreal's Théâtre Corona tonight. She then returns to the States to perform sold-out shows at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday and World Café Live in Philadelphia on Sunday. La Havas spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s music critic Dan DeLuca in advance of Sunday’s show for a feature article, which you can read at philly.com. There's also an interview in Philadelphia Weekly, which says that Is Your Love Big Enough? "is truly a stunner," at philadelphiaweekly.com.

The Minneapolis City Pages, reviewing La Havas’s recent Twin Cities set, says “she gave a performance that was both soul-stirring and thoroughly entertaining. Lianne La Havas looked flawless, and she sounded the same.”

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Audra McDonald performs at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut, on Saturday in a concert presented by the Stamford Symphony, performing favorite Broadway tunes, film music, and more. She spoke with the Connecticut Post about the performance for an article available at ctpost.com.

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Allen Toussaint plays three shows this weekend on a double bill with the David Bromberg Quartet: at the Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto tonight and City Winery in Chicago on Saturday and Sunday.

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Dawn Upshaw performs at Bates Recital Hall at the University of Texas in Austin on Sunday. She was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition earlier this week focused on her recent collaboration with composer Maria Schneider. You can listen to the segment at npr.org.

 

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