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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of December 1–3
    Jay Blakesberg

    Steve Reich is the focus of a series of concerts at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris this weekend presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition Being Modern: the MoMA in Paris. The composer kicks off the events by performing his 1972 piece Clapping Music with a member of the Colin Currie Group in Saturday’s opening concert. The ensemble then performs Reich’s Quartet and Drumming, followed by a closing speech by Reich. The composer returns to gives opening remarks for two concerts featuring the Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals on Sunday afternoon, the first of which includes his Music for Pieces of Wood, Mallet Quartet, and Proverb, and the second his 2015 piece Pulse, as well as Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ. The weekend concludes with a screening of the 2009 documentary Steve Reich: Phase to Face on Sunday evening.

    "There’s just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history,” says the Guardian, “and Steve Reich is one of them.”

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    Pianist Jeremy Denk gives a solo recital at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Sunday afternoon, performing Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Mozart’s Rondo in A minor, Prokofiev’s Visions fugitives, and Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes.

    Earlier this week, Denk spoke with WNYC's Leonard Lopate, who calls him "one of America's foremost pianists," and performs works by Byrd and Mozart live on the radio. You can listen to the conversation and performance here.

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    Fleet Foxes continue their European Crack-Up tour with a concert at Palladium in Cologne tonight and a sold-out show at Annexet in Stockholm on Sunday. The band rounds out the tour next week with an additional set in Stockholm and two sold-out shows in Oslo.

    Crack-Up landed on the year’s best lists from Q and Uncut, which calls the album “astonishing … a recipe for total entertainment forever.”

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    Brad Mehldau and his trio—Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums—play sold-out shows at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts tonight and Play Circle Theatre in Madison on Saturday. The trio plays two sets at Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on Sunday, as part of a two-night residency that concludes on Monday.

    The Chicago Reader, previewing tonight’s show, writes that the Brad Mehldau Trio’s “performances are models of concision, muscle rippling through the prettiness and refined communication keeping each composition masterful.”

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    Saxophonist Joshua Redman concludes a six-night residency with the Aaron Goldberg Trio at The Central in the Bund in Shanghai, as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, with two performances each night tonight and Saturday and a final set on Sunday. The Los Angeles Times has called Redman “one of the most vital figures in jazz of the new century.”

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    The Staves & yMusic, whose new album, The Way Is Read, was released digitally last week and is now available on vinyl, give three performances at the Walker Art Center’s McGuire Theater in Minneapolis this weekend: a sold-out show tonight and two sets on Saturday. The Evening Standard gives The Way Is Read four stars, and the Sunday Times calls it “a wonderful album.”

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    Chris Thile hosts A Prairie Home Companion at The Town Hall in New York City on Saturday. Joining Thile as special guests for the episode are Spoon, Cécile McLorin Salvant, and comedian Carmen Lynch. Sarah Jarosz joins Thile as his duet partner.

    Folks in the US can tune in on their favorite public radio station this weekend, and fans around the world can listen live online at prairiehome.org starting at 5:45 PM ET.

    Chris Thile's new album, Thanks for Listening, a collection of new studio recordings of songs originally written as Songs of the Week on A Prairie Home Companion, is out next week. Uncut praises the album’s “gentle humour and musical imagination.”

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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of December 1–3

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Steve Reich takes part in all-Reich concerts at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris … Jeremy Denk plays solo in Seattle … Fleet Foxes take Crack-Up tour to Cologne, Stockholm … Brad Mehldau Trio tours Midwest … Joshua Redman is in Shanghai … The Staves & yMusic perform The Way Is Read in Minneapolis … Chris Thile hosts A Prairie Home Companion in NYC …

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Steve Reich is the focus of a series of concerts at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris this weekend presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition Being Modern: the MoMA in Paris. The composer kicks off the events by performing his 1972 piece Clapping Music with a member of the Colin Currie Group in Saturday’s opening concert. The ensemble then performs Reich’s Quartet and Drumming, followed by a closing speech by Reich. The composer returns to gives opening remarks for two concerts featuring the Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals on Sunday afternoon, the first of which includes his Music for Pieces of Wood, Mallet Quartet, and Proverb, and the second his 2015 piece Pulse, as well as Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ. The weekend concludes with a screening of the 2009 documentary Steve Reich: Phase to Face on Sunday evening.

"There’s just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history,” says the Guardian, “and Steve Reich is one of them.”

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Pianist Jeremy Denk gives a solo recital at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Sunday afternoon, performing Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Mozart’s Rondo in A minor, Prokofiev’s Visions fugitives, and Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes.

Earlier this week, Denk spoke with WNYC's Leonard Lopate, who calls him "one of America's foremost pianists," and performs works by Byrd and Mozart live on the radio. You can listen to the conversation and performance here.

---

Fleet Foxes continue their European Crack-Up tour with a concert at Palladium in Cologne tonight and a sold-out show at Annexet in Stockholm on Sunday. The band rounds out the tour next week with an additional set in Stockholm and two sold-out shows in Oslo.

Crack-Up landed on the year’s best lists from Q and Uncut, which calls the album “astonishing … a recipe for total entertainment forever.”

---

Brad Mehldau and his trio—Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums—play sold-out shows at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts tonight and Play Circle Theatre in Madison on Saturday. The trio plays two sets at Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on Sunday, as part of a two-night residency that concludes on Monday.

The Chicago Reader, previewing tonight’s show, writes that the Brad Mehldau Trio’s “performances are models of concision, muscle rippling through the prettiness and refined communication keeping each composition masterful.”

---

Saxophonist Joshua Redman concludes a six-night residency with the Aaron Goldberg Trio at The Central in the Bund in Shanghai, as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, with two performances each night tonight and Saturday and a final set on Sunday. The Los Angeles Times has called Redman “one of the most vital figures in jazz of the new century.”

---

The Staves & yMusic, whose new album, The Way Is Read, was released digitally last week and is now available on vinyl, give three performances at the Walker Art Center’s McGuire Theater in Minneapolis this weekend: a sold-out show tonight and two sets on Saturday. The Evening Standard gives The Way Is Read four stars, and the Sunday Times calls it “a wonderful album.”

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Chris Thile hosts A Prairie Home Companion at The Town Hall in New York City on Saturday. Joining Thile as special guests for the episode are Spoon, Cécile McLorin Salvant, and comedian Carmen Lynch. Sarah Jarosz joins Thile as his duet partner.

Folks in the US can tune in on their favorite public radio station this weekend, and fans around the world can listen live online at prairiehome.org starting at 5:45 PM ET.

Chris Thile's new album, Thanks for Listening, a collection of new studio recordings of songs originally written as Songs of the Week on A Prairie Home Companion, is out next week. Uncut praises the album’s “gentle humour and musical imagination.”

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