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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of November 1–3

Chris Thile 2013 sq by Brantley Gutierrez

Chris Thile brings the music of his new Nonesuch album, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1, and much more to two universities this weekend, closing out the US leg of his solo tour: the University of Florida in Gainesville tonight and a sold-out show at Emory University in Atlanta on Saturday. Thile heads to Europe on Tuesday, kicking off a week-long tour that includes stops in Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Amsterdam, Salerno, and Barcelona.

The Washington Post's Robert Battey, reviewing Thile's performance at the Strathmore on Wednesday, says it was "a thrilling performance," exclaiming: "Let it be known: Chris Thile is amazing." Battey concludes: "Thile was a graceful and soulful singer, relaxed raconteur, dazzling virtuoso, gifted composer and all-around charmer, who gave the audience more than its money’s worth." Read the review at

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns says a recent performance at Princeton found Thile “negotiating the considerable intricacies of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas” and offering “a tour de force, obviously. But Thile also brought an element of loneliness to Bach seldom heard behind all the music's compositional exuberance. Sometimes if you peer deeply into Bach, you'll find pretty much everything. And Thile was indeed peering.” You can read the full review at


Timo Andres joins the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), with whom he performs regularly, for an all-ages performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in New York City on Saturday. As part of the Met’s 2013-14 performance season and its series on that seminal year in music, 1913, the program includes Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, featuring actress Barbara Sukowa, and selections from Caroline Shaw’s new piece, Ritornello, written a century later. Concert tickets also include admission to the museum. Andres’s latest album, Home Stretch, was released on Nonesuch Records earlier this year.


Bombino continues the UK leg of his European tour with three performances this weekend: at Band on the Wall in Manchester tonight, The Forum in Barrow-in-Furness on Saturday, and Ropery Hall in Barton-upon-Humber on Sunday. Following their UK stint, the Tuareg guitarist and his band return to the Continent to perform in Switzerland, France, and Italy. The tour features music from Bombino’s new album, Nomad, released earlier this year on Nonesuch Records.


Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter resume their US duo tour in the Midwest this weekend with a performance at the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita, Kansas, tonight, followed by two performances in Missouri: at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield on Saturday, and the Missouri Theatre at the University of Missouri in Columbia on Sunday (Dr. John performs there on Wednesday). The duo heads next to Colvin’s home state of Texas.


Pianist Richard Goode performs at a special benefit concert at Mannes College’s Concert Hall in New York City on Saturday to support Amnesty International. Also featuring soprano Sarah Shafer, who joined Goode just a few blocks away to perform at Town Hall last year, the program includes Beethoven’s Sonata in E minor for piano, Op. 90; Debussy’s Ariettes Oubliées, L. 60, and selections from his Préludes for piano, Book II; as well as works by Schumann and Wolf.


Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell continue their Old Yellow Moon duo tour with two performances in California this weekend: at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium tonight and the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa on Saturday. They travel further up the coast for performances in Portland and Seattle before kicking off the Canadian leg of their tour on Wednesday, with Richard Thompson joining all along the way.

Harris and Crowell make their Austin City Limits duo debut when their performance, which was recorded at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin this past June, premieres on PBS stations across the US on Saturday. Full episodes are made available online at immediately following the initial broadcast. Watch a preview of the performance here:


Iron and Wine, which kicked off the West Coast leg of a US fall tour in Los Angeles last night on Halloween, continues up the coast with a performance at the Fox Theatre in Oakland tonight, followed by two sold-out sets: at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, and the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday. The shows feature music from Iron and Wine’s Nonesuch debut album, Ghost on Ghost, with supporting sets from Jesca Hoop.

Singer-songwriter Sam Beam spoke with the Colorado Springs Independent about the new album in advance of next Thursday’s show in Denver. The songs on the new album, says the Independent’s Tom Lanham, are “awash in striking colors and ominous shadows, with storytelling elements that read like screenplays.” You can read the full article at


Kronos Quartet, as part of its 40th anniversary season, closes out the three-day, 50th-anniversary celebration of Syracuse University’s Belfer Audio Archive on Saturday. The eclectic program, which takes place at Setnor Auditorium in SU’s Crouse College, includes works written for Kronos by John Oswald, Michael Gordon, Ken Benshoof, and The National’s Bryce Dessner, as well as traditional Byzantine, Greek, and Swedish songs, and works by Webern, Ravel, and more. Preceding the concert, Kronos artistic director and violinist David Harrington joins The New Yorker’s Alex Ross for a public discussion at the University’s Sutton Pavilion about the use of archival sounds in contemporary recordings.

Following the Quartet’s recent performance in Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Times notes that Kronos “continues with undiminished ferocity to make unprecedented string quartet history, as it has done every one of its 40 years.”


Audra McDonald continues her North American tour with two shows at Arkansas colleges this weekend: at the Fort Smith Convention Center at the Universith of Arkansas-Fort Smith tonight and the University of Central Arkansas’ Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway on Saturday. She performs songs from her new album, Go Back Home, as well as other songs from the American songbook.

Reviewing a recent performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Los Angeles Times' Charles McNulty writes that McDonald’s “great gift of combining purity of sound with purity of emotion is predicated on a fertile dramatic imagination. When she sings, she becomes the overarching character of the song, adjusting her tone and timbre the way a great actor (which she also is) adjusts her accent.” Read the full review at


Natalie Merchant joins the Louisville Orchestra for a performance at Whitney Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, including selections from her debut Nonesuch album, Leave Your Sleep, along with favorite songs from throughout her storied career.


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