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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of February 2–4

    Kronos Quartet and composer/pianist Timo Andres come together for On Playing Glass, in which they perform and discuss the work of composer Philip Glass (who turned 81 this week!), at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco tonight. Kronos performs Glass’s String Quartets Nos. 2–5, as well as Modern Love Waltz, while Andres plays his Evening Song No. 2 and Piano Études Nos. 13, 16, and 20.

    Interspersed throughout the evening, Kronos’s David Harrington and Timo Andres take turns interviewing each other on the impact and influence of Philip Glass on their lives and work, culminating in a joint performance of music from Glass’s score for Dracula, which Kronos recorded for Nonesuch in 1999.

    The Mercury News exclaims: “Expect a rare meeting of the minds and some performances to remember.”

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    Sam Amidon performs as a special guest for Lau-Land: Lau 10th Birthday Party, a celebration of the British folk band’s 10th anniversary, at CCA in Glasgow on Saturday. The event is part of the Celtic Connections festival.

    Amidon, who begins a six-city tour of Italy next week, released The Following Mountain last year on Nonesuch Records. The London Evening Standard gives the album four stars, praising its “captivating arrangements and elegiac charm.”

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    Pianist Jeremy Denk concludes his run of dates with violinist Stefan Jackiw at Del Mar College East’s Wolfe Recital Hall in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Saturday. The program pairs Ives’s Violin Sonatas Nos. 1–4 with early American hymns featuring vocal group Hymns & Hers.

    The Boston Globe, in reviewing last week’s show at Jordan Hall, praises the duo’s “unapologetic—even celebratory—immersion” into the music of Ives.

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    Singer-songwriter/composer Gabriel Kahane performs his piece 8980: Book of Travelers at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan, tonight, presented by the University Musical Society. Kahane wrote the song cycle after taking a looping, 8,980-mile railway journey through the United States following the presidential election in 2016, weaving in the stories of dozens of strangers he met along the way. Nonesuch Records will release a recording of the piece later this year.

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    Audra McDonald is honored with this year’s National Equality Award at the 17th annual Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on Saturday. Also being honored at the event is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

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    Rostam continues his just-launched Half-Light North American tour with a concert at Union Transfer in Philadelphia tonight and a sold-out show at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Saturday.

    “I think I’m a child of the post-modern era,” Rostam tells the Boston Globe in an interview ahead of Saturday’s show. “I’ve ingested all kinds of art, always.” You can read what else he has to say here.

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    Paul Thomas Anderson's new feature film, Phantom Thread, which opened in US theaters in January to rave reviews and six Oscar nominations, opens in theaters in the UK (where it is up for four BAFTAs), Australia, and Europe. "Not for nothing has the film earned six nominations, including one for Jonny Greenwood's score," says Uncut. Phantom Thread earns five-star reviews from the Guardian ("such pure delicious pleasure in this film"), Financial Times ("mesmerising ... [Anderson] gets everything right here"), and Daily Express ("an audacious, spellbinding slice of storytelling").

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Kronos Quartet, Timo Andres perform works by Philip Glass in San Francisco … Sam Amidon is in Glasgow … Jeremy Denk performs Ives in Texas … Gabriel Kahane brings 8980: Book of Travelers to Ann Arbor … Rostam takes Half-Light tour to Philadelphia, Boston … and Phantom Thread opens in cinemas in the UK, Europe, Australia ...

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Kronos Quartet and composer/pianist Timo Andres come together for On Playing Glass, in which they perform and discuss the work of composer Philip Glass (who turned 81 this week!), at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco tonight. Kronos performs Glass’s String Quartets Nos. 2–5, as well as Modern Love Waltz, while Andres plays his Evening Song No. 2 and Piano Études Nos. 13, 16, and 20.

Interspersed throughout the evening, Kronos’s David Harrington and Timo Andres take turns interviewing each other on the impact and influence of Philip Glass on their lives and work, culminating in a joint performance of music from Glass’s score for Dracula, which Kronos recorded for Nonesuch in 1999.

The Mercury News exclaims: “Expect a rare meeting of the minds and some performances to remember.”

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Sam Amidon performs as a special guest for Lau-Land: Lau 10th Birthday Party, a celebration of the British folk band’s 10th anniversary, at CCA in Glasgow on Saturday. The event is part of the Celtic Connections festival.

Amidon, who begins a six-city tour of Italy next week, released The Following Mountain last year on Nonesuch Records. The London Evening Standard gives the album four stars, praising its “captivating arrangements and elegiac charm.”

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Pianist Jeremy Denk concludes his run of dates with violinist Stefan Jackiw at Del Mar College East’s Wolfe Recital Hall in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Saturday. The program pairs Ives’s Violin Sonatas Nos. 1–4 with early American hymns featuring vocal group Hymns & Hers.

The Boston Globe, in reviewing last week’s show at Jordan Hall, praises the duo’s “unapologetic—even celebratory—immersion” into the music of Ives.

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Singer-songwriter/composer Gabriel Kahane performs his piece 8980: Book of Travelers at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan, tonight, presented by the University Musical Society. Kahane wrote the song cycle after taking a looping, 8,980-mile railway journey through the United States following the presidential election in 2016, weaving in the stories of dozens of strangers he met along the way. Nonesuch Records will release a recording of the piece later this year.

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Audra McDonald is honored with this year’s National Equality Award at the 17th annual Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on Saturday. Also being honored at the event is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

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Rostam continues his just-launched Half-Light North American tour with a concert at Union Transfer in Philadelphia tonight and a sold-out show at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Saturday.

“I think I’m a child of the post-modern era,” Rostam tells the Boston Globe in an interview ahead of Saturday’s show. “I’ve ingested all kinds of art, always.” You can read what else he has to say here.

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Paul Thomas Anderson's new feature film, Phantom Thread, which opened in US theaters in January to rave reviews and six Oscar nominations, opens in theaters in the UK (where it is up for four BAFTAs), Australia, and Europe. "Not for nothing has the film earned six nominations, including one for Jonny Greenwood's score," says Uncut. Phantom Thread earns five-star reviews from the Guardian ("such pure delicious pleasure in this film"), Financial Times ("mesmerising ... [Anderson] gets everything right here"), and Daily Express ("an audacious, spellbinding slice of storytelling").

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