Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of February 22–24
Adam Guettel concludes his five-night residency at New York's 54 Below cabaret, which began on Tuesday, with four performances this weekend: two performances each tonight and Saturday. Joining Guettel is a band led by his music director Kim Grigsby, as well as singers Steven Pasquale and Whitney Bashor. The program features both new songs and favorites from throughout Guettel's career, including his three Nonesuch recordings: The Light in the Piazza, Myths and Hymns, and Floyd Collins.
"The theater composer Adam Guettel is so overwhelmingly gifted that any news of his activities stirs the kind of fervent expectations that surround Stephen Sondheim, and before that, Leonard Bernstein," exclaims the New York Times critic Stephen Holden. "Listening to his songs brings to mind accounts of how audiences for early performances of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde fainted, overcome by the music’s beauty."
Writing of the song "How Glory Goes," from Floyd Collins, which Guettel performed at 54 Below, Holden concludes: "To my mind this stylistic hybrid of European music and Americana is one of the most significant American songs in any genre written in the past quarter-century. Mr. Guettel lofted it heavenward."
Read the complete review at nytimes.com.
Timothy Andres gives an early morning "coffee concert" at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City on Sunday as part of the Great Performers series. The program includes Andres' At the River as well as works by Schumann, Adès, and Chopin.
Björk kicked off her Biophilia residency in Paris last night at Le Cirque en Chantier, where the concerts continue this Sunday and through next week. The six-night residency moves to Le Zenith for two shows the following week.
Carolina Chocolate Drops are in their home state of North Carolina to perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The Tampa Bay Times, reviewing the band's concert there last weekend, concludes that "the multiple standing ovations were well deserved. Bravo."
Shawn Colvin continues the North American duo tour with Mary Chapin Carpenter they began last night in Charlotte, North Carolina. This Southern leg of the tour brings the pair to Charlottesville, Virginia, tonight for a show at The Paramount Theater before a return to North Carolina for a set at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro Saturday night. And on Sunday, Colvin and Carpenter perform at the Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center in Jackson, Mississippi. The Winston-Salem Journal selects Saturday's show as a Hot Pick.
Kronos Quartet performs the second of two consecutive nights at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Lam Research Theater in San Francisco tonight. The performance, titled Kronos: Listen Local, marks the conclusion of Kronos Quartet's multi-year partnership with the YBCA. The program highlights the creative voices of hometown composers, featuring Pamela Z, Nathaniel Stookey and Dan Becker.
Lianne La Havas concludes the French leg of her European tour with a performance at Radiant in Lyon on Saturday. Her sold-out performance at Le Trianon in Paris from earlier this week was captured by Arte Live Web and can be seen in full here.
Brad Mehldau concludes his European duo tour with fellow pianist and longtime friend Kevin Hays with two performances this weekend: at Salle Pleyel in Paris on Saturday and Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal, on Sunday. The program features music from their 2011 Nonesuch album, Modern Music.
Mehldau launches another European duo tour early next month: Mehliana, with drummer Mark Guiliana.