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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of March 1–3

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell by David McClister c-h

The month of March begins in fine form as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell celebrate the release of their new duets album, Old Yellow Moon, as special guests on perennial public radio favorite A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor on Saturday. Other guests include vocalist Heather Masse and pianist Jed Wilson, and singing sisters Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele. The show, broadcast live from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, Saturday evening, also features the regular Prairie Home Companion cast of characters and all the latest news from Lake Wobegon. Tune in on your local public radio station and online at prairiehome.org.

After being friends for many decades, Old Yellow Moon marks Harris and Crowell’s first official collaboration since Crowell joined Harris' Hot Band in 1975. American Songwriter has joined the critical acclaim for Old Yellow Moon, giving this "sublime album" four stars. "The reunion was a long time coming and exudes the tasteful sophistication and sympathetic camaraderie you’d expect from this pair of veterans reveling in each other’s presence."

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Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet, who gave the Australian premiere of Landfall, a new work by Anderson, at the Perth Festival earlier this week, continue their Australian tours with a performance of Landfall at the Adelaide Festival on Saturday. Anderson's experimental performance piece is a multi-media experience that involves the convergence of technology, visuals, vocals, and violin. The West Australian, reviewing Wednesday's Australian premiere of the piece in Perth, says: "The masterful 70-minute musical, visual and electronic performance was a spellbinding, almost dream-like experience."

Anderson helped kick of the Adelaide Festival earlier today with a performance of her 1970s piece Duets on Ice, in conjunction with an exhibition of her work at the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art. She concludes her tour with the Australian premiere of her solo piece Dirtday! at the Dunstan Playhouse, also for the Adelaide Festival. Dirtday!, notes the Guardian, “sees Anderson in a markedly engaged mode. (The title's exclamation mark is itself very unAndersonian).”

Kronos Quartet continues its tour of Australia and New Zealand next week.

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Björk continues her Paris Biophilia residency with an intimate performance at Le Cirque en Chantier, a circus tent on Ile Seguin, an island on the Seine. The last two installments of the residency will take place in the round at the club Le Zenith next week. The Biophilia residency includes an educational program with interactive programs for children at the Espace des Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes.

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Shawn Colvin closes out the Southern leg of her duo tour with Mary Chapin Carpenter with three performances this weekend: at the Germantown Performing Arts Center in Germantown, Tennessee, tonight; the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Saturday; and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday.

Colvin launches her own three-night residency at the Dakota in Minneapolis next week, followed by a tour of Australia, before reuniting with Mary Chapin Carpenter to resume their tour in the Pacific Northwest in April.

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Jeremy Denk performs at the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston on Saturday as part of the Celebrity Series. On the program is Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111, which he performs on his 2012 Nonesuch debut album, Ligeti/Beethoven, as well as works by Bartók, Liszt, and Bach. In advance of this weekend's concert, Denk spoke with the Boston Globe about music and writing about music, as he does so well in his own blog, Think Denk. Read the article at bostonglobe.com.

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Lianne La Havas launched the UK leg of her tour this week. She continues this weekend with shows at the O2 Academy in Liverpool and Queens Hall in Edinburgh on Sunday. Her UK tour will culminate in two sold-out shows at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London later this month.

La Havas comes to the US in two weeks for a showcase at the SXSW music conference in Austin. She then begins a month-long tour of North America on St. Patrick's Day in Dallas.

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Audra McDonald performs at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio, on Friday. McDonald was recently named the honoree at the Drama League’s 29th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway.

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Joshua Redman launched a week-long tour of Europe with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra earlier this week. The tour continues with three shows this weekend: at Jazzit in Salzburg, Austria, tonight; Theater Krefeld in Krefeld, Germany, on Saturday; and Moods in Zurich, Switzerland, on Sunday. Redman and the orchestra close out their tour together after three additional performances next week.

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Allen Toussaint travels to Latin America to perform at Teatro Sucre in Quito, Ecuador, on Friday as part of the Ecuador Jazz festival.

 

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Rokia Traore, whose latest album, Beautiful Africa, will be released on Nonesuch in April, performs at the World Bank Atrium in Washington, DC, on Friday for the Connect4Climate: Right Here, Right Now event. The performance will stream live at 6 PM EST at connect4climate.org. Follow along with the Twitter hashtag #c4climate.

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