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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of January 11–13
    Vern Evans

    Composer John Adams conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in his own Grand Pianola Music at Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight and Sunday afternoon. On the program, which opened last night, Adams also leads the orchestra in the world premiere performance of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 12, Lodger, inspired by the 1979 David Bowie album of the same name and commissioned by the LA Phil. Both Friday and Sunday’s programs include a pre-concert talk with pianist and music writer Sarah Cahill, while Sunday’s bill also includes a performance of Gabriella Smith’s Tumblebird Contrails.

    “It’s not enough to create a style of music or identity of your own; what you really want to be is in the company of other people,” Philip Glass says in a conversation with John Adams about the concerts in the New York Times. “It’s more meaningful to be part of a large group of people sharing ideas.” You can read what else he and Adams had to say at nytimes.com.

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    Olivia Chaney performs songs from her new album, Shelter, and more at Lighthorne Hall in the United Kingdom on Saturday. Shelter made year’s best lists from the Guardian, Mojo, and Uncut, which calls the album a “transcendent refuge from the storm.”

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    Pianist Jeremy Denk gives a solo recital at LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis, Oregon, on Sunday, performing works by Beethoven, Bizet, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and John Adams.

    Denk's new album, c.1300–c.2000, due next month, is available to pre-order now with an instant download of Binchois's Triste Plaisir and Brahms's Intermezzo in B Minor from Klavierstücke, Op. 119, No. 1.

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    Tigran Hamasyan performs solo in Tel Aviv for two sold-out shows at Barby tonight and Saturday. NPR says: “As a pianist and composer, he draws inspiration from jazz, folkloric and classical sources, in ways that feel both hypermodern and practically ageless.”

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    Emmylou Harris is among the artists celebrating Willie Nelson as a part of Willie: Life & Songs of an American Outlaw, A Willie Nelson All-Star Concert Celebration at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Saturday. Also performing at the event, which will air on the A&E Network later this year, are Mr. Nelson himself and many special guests including Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Jimmy Buffett, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Steve Earle, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, George Strait, Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, Vince Gill, and others.

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    Kronos Quartert performs throughout the galleries of the Exploratorium in San Francisco on Sunday. Kronos plays unique, acoustic sets inspired by the location of each performance in the museum, including Tim Hunkin’s Tinkerer's Clock, Charles Sowers’ Tidal Memory, and Bob Miller’s Sun Painting.

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    Lake Street Dive continues its Free Yourself Up tour in the US Southeast this weekend, with sold-out shows at Georgia Theatre in Athens tonight and Charleston Music Hall in South Carolina on Saturday. Guitarist and trumpeter Mike “McDuck” Olson spoke with the Charleston City Paper ahead of Saturday’s show; you can read what he had to say here.

    Free Yourself Up was named one of the Best Records of 2018 by Pop Matters, which says the album “cleverly pulls off the rare hat-trick of not only being the band's most instantly accessible album but also their best.”

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    Steve Reich’s Pulse receives its Singapore premiere by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Brad Lubman, at Victoria Concert Hall on Saturday. The program also includes Reich’s City Life and Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.

    Nonesuch released the first recording of Pulse, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, last year; it was among the recordings to earn Judith Sherman a Grammy nomination for Classical Producer of the Year. The Los Angeles Times praised the piece for its “lyricism, gorgeous instrumental textures and affecting harmonies.”

    Sherman also produced Nonesuch’s 1996 recording of City Life, performed by the Steve Reich Ensemble led by Lubman. The Guardian called it “both a magical evocation and musical landscape ... a fascinating aural fantasy, structured with great skill ... music to return to and relish.”

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    Composer/pianist Frederic Rzewski completes a two-night residency, playing both solo and duo with Jan Rzewski, at Cafe Oto in London tonight.

    Nonesuch released the seven-disc collection Rzewski Plays Rzewski: Piano Works, 1975-1999 in 2002. The New York Times, reviewing the release, said: “what emerges above all is a picture of a pianist enamored of his instrument as handed down by the master builders of the 19th century.”

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    Chris Thile hosts his public radio show, Live From Here, at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday, with special guests Gaby Moreno, My Brightest Diamond, Mandolin Orange, and comedian Judy Gold. Folks in the US can tune in on their favorite public radio station this weekend, and fans here and around the world can watch live online at livefromhere.org starting at 4:45 PM CT.

    “I think that the show is getting closer and closer to what it needs to be,” Thile tells the Kansas City Pitch ahead of Saturday’s show. “I'm looking for something that is a reflection of where we're at as human beings, in this day and age, with a focus on where we're at as Americans, but really more where we're at as citizens of the world, and how music can help show us that, and how comedy can help show us that.”

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    The music of Rokia Traoré is featured in 2147, et si l'Afrique disparaissait?, a new production by director Moses Touré at Le Tarmac in Paris. Performances of the dance/theater/music piece, choreographed by Jean-Claude Gallotta, began on Wednesday and conclude tonight.

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John Adams leads LA Phil in world premiere of new Philip Glass symphony … Olivia Chaney performs in London … Jeremy Denk plays solo in Oregon … Tigran Hamasyan is in Tel Aviv … Emmylou Harris joins Willie Nelson celebration in Nasvhille … Kronos Quartet performs in San Francisco’s Exploratorium … Lake Street Dive plays US Southeast … Steve Reich’s Pulse receives Singapore premiere … Frederic Rzewski leads London residency … Chris Thile hosts Live From Here from Kansas City …

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Composer John Adams conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in his own Grand Pianola Music at Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight and Sunday afternoon. On the program, which opened last night, Adams also leads the orchestra in the world premiere performance of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 12, Lodger, inspired by the 1979 David Bowie album of the same name and commissioned by the LA Phil. Both Friday and Sunday’s programs include a pre-concert talk with pianist and music writer Sarah Cahill, while Sunday’s bill also includes a performance of Gabriella Smith’s Tumblebird Contrails.

“It’s not enough to create a style of music or identity of your own; what you really want to be is in the company of other people,” Philip Glass says in a conversation with John Adams about the concerts in the New York Times. “It’s more meaningful to be part of a large group of people sharing ideas.” You can read what else he and Adams had to say at nytimes.com.

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Olivia Chaney performs songs from her new album, Shelter, and more at Lighthorne Hall in the United Kingdom on Saturday. Shelter made year’s best lists from the Guardian, Mojo, and Uncut, which calls the album a “transcendent refuge from the storm.”

---

Pianist Jeremy Denk gives a solo recital at LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis, Oregon, on Sunday, performing works by Beethoven, Bizet, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and John Adams.

Denk's new album, c.1300–c.2000, due next month, is available to pre-order now with an instant download of Binchois's Triste Plaisir and Brahms's Intermezzo in B Minor from Klavierstücke, Op. 119, No. 1.

---

Tigran Hamasyan performs solo in Tel Aviv for two sold-out shows at Barby tonight and Saturday. NPR says: “As a pianist and composer, he draws inspiration from jazz, folkloric and classical sources, in ways that feel both hypermodern and practically ageless.”

---

Emmylou Harris is among the artists celebrating Willie Nelson as a part of Willie: Life & Songs of an American Outlaw, A Willie Nelson All-Star Concert Celebration at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Saturday. Also performing at the event, which will air on the A&E Network later this year, are Mr. Nelson himself and many special guests including Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Jimmy Buffett, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Steve Earle, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, George Strait, Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, Vince Gill, and others.

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Kronos Quartert performs throughout the galleries of the Exploratorium in San Francisco on Sunday. Kronos plays unique, acoustic sets inspired by the location of each performance in the museum, including Tim Hunkin’s Tinkerer's Clock, Charles Sowers’ Tidal Memory, and Bob Miller’s Sun Painting.

---

Lake Street Dive continues its Free Yourself Up tour in the US Southeast this weekend, with sold-out shows at Georgia Theatre in Athens tonight and Charleston Music Hall in South Carolina on Saturday. Guitarist and trumpeter Mike “McDuck” Olson spoke with the Charleston City Paper ahead of Saturday’s show; you can read what he had to say here.

Free Yourself Up was named one of the Best Records of 2018 by Pop Matters, which says the album “cleverly pulls off the rare hat-trick of not only being the band's most instantly accessible album but also their best.”

---

Steve Reich’s Pulse receives its Singapore premiere by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Brad Lubman, at Victoria Concert Hall on Saturday. The program also includes Reich’s City Life and Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.

Nonesuch released the first recording of Pulse, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, last year; it was among the recordings to earn Judith Sherman a Grammy nomination for Classical Producer of the Year. The Los Angeles Times praised the piece for its “lyricism, gorgeous instrumental textures and affecting harmonies.”

Sherman also produced Nonesuch’s 1996 recording of City Life, performed by the Steve Reich Ensemble led by Lubman. The Guardian called it “both a magical evocation and musical landscape ... a fascinating aural fantasy, structured with great skill ... music to return to and relish.”

---

Composer/pianist Frederic Rzewski completes a two-night residency, playing both solo and duo with Jan Rzewski, at Cafe Oto in London tonight.

Nonesuch released the seven-disc collection Rzewski Plays Rzewski: Piano Works, 1975-1999 in 2002. The New York Times, reviewing the release, said: “what emerges above all is a picture of a pianist enamored of his instrument as handed down by the master builders of the 19th century.”

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Chris Thile hosts his public radio show, Live From Here, at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday, with special guests Gaby Moreno, My Brightest Diamond, Mandolin Orange, and comedian Judy Gold. Folks in the US can tune in on their favorite public radio station this weekend, and fans here and around the world can watch live online at livefromhere.org starting at 4:45 PM CT.

“I think that the show is getting closer and closer to what it needs to be,” Thile tells the Kansas City Pitch ahead of Saturday’s show. “I'm looking for something that is a reflection of where we're at as human beings, in this day and age, with a focus on where we're at as Americans, but really more where we're at as citizens of the world, and how music can help show us that, and how comedy can help show us that.”

---

The music of Rokia Traoré is featured in 2147, et si l'Afrique disparaissait?, a new production by director Moses Touré at Le Tarmac in Paris. Performances of the dance/theater/music piece, choreographed by Jean-Claude Gallotta, began on Wednesday and conclude tonight.

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