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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of September 14–16
    Steve Powers

    David Byrne brings his American Utopia world tour to New York City this weekend, performing at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens on Saturday and playing the first of two consecutive nights at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Sunday. The Forest Hills show is Byrne’s first return to the stadium in 35 years, since Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense tour in 1983. Tune-Yards supports throughout this leg of the tour.

    David Byrne’s “American Utopia show is, quite simply, a wonder of imagination, ambition and execution, a frequently breathtaking celebration of the miracle of life, even with all of humanity’s trials and tribulations,” exclaims the Los Angeles Times. “Byrne remains an absolute master of the theater of live music, and his latest is no exception: American Utopia is a joy to behold.”

    “The David Byrne (American Utopia) show is incredible,” concurs Caetano Veloso, who caught the concert last weekend. “It is one of the most beautiful rock or pop concerts ever made and is unlike any other.”

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    Composer John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto receives its Chinese premiere this weekend, performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Edo de Waart, and featuring saxophonist Timothy McAllister, for whom the piece was written. The performances take place at Hong Kong’s Culture Centre Concert Hall tonight and Saturday.

    Nonesuch released the debut recording of Saxophone Concerto in 2014, featuring McAllister and the St. Louis Symphony, conducted by David Robertson. The Australian, reviewing the world premiere performance of the piece with McAllister, noted that “in the relentless, bebop-like figurations—stunningly executed—it recalled the frenetic solos of Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane.”

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    Olivia Chaney performs songs from her new album, Shelter, at St Augustine's Church in Honor Oak Park, London, on Saturday night as part of the One Tree Hill Festival.

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    Jeremy Denk joins the Colorado Symphony, conducted by Brett Mitchell, in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver tonight, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. The program also includes Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune, reviewing Denk’s performance with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra last weekend, calls his playing “exquisite” and “outrageously enjoyable.”

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    Rhiannon Giddens is at the FreshGrass Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, this weekend. As recipient of the 2018 FreshGrass Composition Commission, she debuts a new long-form piece at the Hunter Center tonight, followed by a performance of music from her Nonesuch solo albums Freedom Highway and Tomorrow Is My Turn, and more, at the festival on Saturday.

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    Emmylou Harris helps close out Americanafest with a Woofstock benefit concert at Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville on Sunday. She is joined for the special event by The Lone Bellow, Lee Ann Womack, Margo Price, Ashley Monroe & John Paul White, and more. Proceeds from the concert go to Harris’s dog rescue, Bonaparte’s Retreat, and the Nashville-based animal fostering program Crossroads Campus.

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    Gabriel Kahane takes his Book of Travelers tour to New England for performances at the Press Room in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Saturday, and City Winery in Boston on Sunday. Rolling Stone calls Kahane’s new album a “stunning portrait of a singular moment in America.” The San Francisco Chronicle calls it “extraordinary ... vivid and wholly original.”

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    Kronos Quartet leads a Quartet Marathon at the Herbstgold festival at Schloss Esterhazy in Eisenstadt, Austria, on Saturday. The day and evening include student performances, a Kronos Quartet master class for emerging string quartets, as part of its program Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, and a Kronos performance of Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Beyond Zero 1914-1918, which was written for the quartet and features visual footage from filmmaker Bill Morrison.

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    Lake Street Dive continues its North American Free Yourself Up tour on the West Coast, with a sold-out show at Revolution Hall in Portland tonight and the headlining set at Whale Rock Festival at Castoro Cellars in Templeton, California, on Sunday.

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    k.d. lang continues the nine-city Southern US leg of her Ingénue Redux Tour with concerts at the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center in Birmingham tonight and the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sunday. Earlier this week at the Ryman, lang was awarded the Americana Music Association’s 2018 Americana Trailblazer Award at the Americana Honors & Awards.

    lang spoke with Rolling Stone about being honored with this award, revisiting Ingénue on this tour, and her history within country music and Nashville; you can read the interview here.

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    Gaby Moreno hosts a special benefit concert at 1306 Miami in Miami tonight, to help victims of the recent volcano eruption in Guatemala.

    Moreno and Van Dyke Parks released a heartfelt interpretation of David Rudder's song “The Immigrants” earlier this year, with proceeds going to the Central American Resource Center of California (CARECEN). That organization works to empower Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice, and promoting cultural diversity.

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    Robert Plant and his band the Sensational Space Shifters continue their fall US tour, featuring music from Plant's latest album, Carry Fire, with festival sets this weekend, performing at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Colorado on Saturday, and at the Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California, on Sunday, for KAABOO Del Mar.

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    Punch Brothers round out their All Ashore summer tour at Majestic Theatre in Dallas tonight and Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City on Saturday, culminating with a concert at Red Rocks in Colorado on Monday, on a double bill with Gillian Welch. The band sets sail for a tour of Europe in November.

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    Saxophonist Joshua Redman, drummer Brian Blade, bassist Scott Colley, and trumpeter Ron Miles’ four-night run at SFJAZZ’s Miner Auditorium in San Francisco began last night and continues through the weekend with shows tonight, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. They perform songs from their new album, Still Dreaming, released earlier this year on Nonesuch.

    Still Dreaming is inspired by Redman’s father Dewey Redman's band Old and New Dreams, which featured an all-star lineup of Ornette Coleman collaborators. “It all makes for a jazz adventure that begs for repeated listening,” says the Lexington Herald-Leader. “The more you tune in, the more you hear the present day curators of a sublime jazz legacy forging its music into something unmistakably new.”

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    Rostam brings music his debut album, Half-Light, and more to The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles tonight. He spoke to the San Diego Union-Tribune ahead of his show at Belly Up last night; you can read the interview here. Rostam released a new song, “In a River,” ahead of the concerts this week; you can watch the video here.

    Half-Light was released last year on Nonesuch. NPR calls it “stunning … one of the year's most arresting albums.” The New Yorker says it’s “a wondrous album, full of coy dreams and quiet yearning.”

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David Byrne brings American Utopia to NYC … Olivia Chaney is in London ... Jeremy Denk is in Denver … Rhiannon Giddens plays FreshGrass Fest … Emmylou Harris, k.d. lang are in Nashville … Gabriel Kahane brings Book of Travelers to Boston … Kronos Quartet is in Austria … Lake Street Dive takes Free Yourself Up out West … Gaby Moreno hosts benefit in Miami … Robert Plant plays festivals in Colorado, California … Punch Brothers are All Ashore in Dallas, Oklahoma City … Joshua Redman plays Still Dreaming at SFJAZZ … Rostam performs in LA … and more …

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David Byrne brings his American Utopia world tour to New York City this weekend, performing at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens on Saturday and playing the first of two consecutive nights at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Sunday. The Forest Hills show is Byrne’s first return to the stadium in 35 years, since Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense tour in 1983. Tune-Yards supports throughout this leg of the tour.

David Byrne’s “American Utopia show is, quite simply, a wonder of imagination, ambition and execution, a frequently breathtaking celebration of the miracle of life, even with all of humanity’s trials and tribulations,” exclaims the Los Angeles Times. “Byrne remains an absolute master of the theater of live music, and his latest is no exception: American Utopia is a joy to behold.”

“The David Byrne (American Utopia) show is incredible,” concurs Caetano Veloso, who caught the concert last weekend. “It is one of the most beautiful rock or pop concerts ever made and is unlike any other.”

---

Composer John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto receives its Chinese premiere this weekend, performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Edo de Waart, and featuring saxophonist Timothy McAllister, for whom the piece was written. The performances take place at Hong Kong’s Culture Centre Concert Hall tonight and Saturday.

Nonesuch released the debut recording of Saxophone Concerto in 2014, featuring McAllister and the St. Louis Symphony, conducted by David Robertson. The Australian, reviewing the world premiere performance of the piece with McAllister, noted that “in the relentless, bebop-like figurations—stunningly executed—it recalled the frenetic solos of Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane.”

---

Olivia Chaney performs songs from her new album, Shelter, at St Augustine's Church in Honor Oak Park, London, on Saturday night as part of the One Tree Hill Festival.

---

Jeremy Denk joins the Colorado Symphony, conducted by Brett Mitchell, in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver tonight, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. The program also includes Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune, reviewing Denk’s performance with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra last weekend, calls his playing “exquisite” and “outrageously enjoyable.”

---

Rhiannon Giddens is at the FreshGrass Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, this weekend. As recipient of the 2018 FreshGrass Composition Commission, she debuts a new long-form piece at the Hunter Center tonight, followed by a performance of music from her Nonesuch solo albums Freedom Highway and Tomorrow Is My Turn, and more, at the festival on Saturday.

---

Emmylou Harris helps close out Americanafest with a Woofstock benefit concert at Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville on Sunday. She is joined for the special event by The Lone Bellow, Lee Ann Womack, Margo Price, Ashley Monroe & John Paul White, and more. Proceeds from the concert go to Harris’s dog rescue, Bonaparte’s Retreat, and the Nashville-based animal fostering program Crossroads Campus.

---

Gabriel Kahane takes his Book of Travelers tour to New England for performances at the Press Room in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Saturday, and City Winery in Boston on Sunday. Rolling Stone calls Kahane’s new album a “stunning portrait of a singular moment in America.” The San Francisco Chronicle calls it “extraordinary ... vivid and wholly original.”

---

Kronos Quartet leads a Quartet Marathon at the Herbstgold festival at Schloss Esterhazy in Eisenstadt, Austria, on Saturday. The day and evening include student performances, a Kronos Quartet master class for emerging string quartets, as part of its program Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, and a Kronos performance of Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Beyond Zero 1914-1918, which was written for the quartet and features visual footage from filmmaker Bill Morrison.

---

Lake Street Dive continues its North American Free Yourself Up tour on the West Coast, with a sold-out show at Revolution Hall in Portland tonight and the headlining set at Whale Rock Festival at Castoro Cellars in Templeton, California, on Sunday.

---

k.d. lang continues the nine-city Southern US leg of her Ingénue Redux Tour with concerts at the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center in Birmingham tonight and the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sunday. Earlier this week at the Ryman, lang was awarded the Americana Music Association’s 2018 Americana Trailblazer Award at the Americana Honors & Awards.

lang spoke with Rolling Stone about being honored with this award, revisiting Ingénue on this tour, and her history within country music and Nashville; you can read the interview here.

---

Gaby Moreno hosts a special benefit concert at 1306 Miami in Miami tonight, to help victims of the recent volcano eruption in Guatemala.

Moreno and Van Dyke Parks released a heartfelt interpretation of David Rudder's song “The Immigrants” earlier this year, with proceeds going to the Central American Resource Center of California (CARECEN). That organization works to empower Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice, and promoting cultural diversity.

---

Robert Plant and his band the Sensational Space Shifters continue their fall US tour, featuring music from Plant's latest album, Carry Fire, with festival sets this weekend, performing at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Colorado on Saturday, and at the Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California, on Sunday, for KAABOO Del Mar.

---

Punch Brothers round out their All Ashore summer tour at Majestic Theatre in Dallas tonight and Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City on Saturday, culminating with a concert at Red Rocks in Colorado on Monday, on a double bill with Gillian Welch. The band sets sail for a tour of Europe in November.

---

Saxophonist Joshua Redman, drummer Brian Blade, bassist Scott Colley, and trumpeter Ron Miles’ four-night run at SFJAZZ’s Miner Auditorium in San Francisco began last night and continues through the weekend with shows tonight, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. They perform songs from their new album, Still Dreaming, released earlier this year on Nonesuch.

Still Dreaming is inspired by Redman’s father Dewey Redman's band Old and New Dreams, which featured an all-star lineup of Ornette Coleman collaborators. “It all makes for a jazz adventure that begs for repeated listening,” says the Lexington Herald-Leader. “The more you tune in, the more you hear the present day curators of a sublime jazz legacy forging its music into something unmistakably new.”

---

Rostam brings music his debut album, Half-Light, and more to The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles tonight. He spoke to the San Diego Union-Tribune ahead of his show at Belly Up last night; you can read the interview here. Rostam released a new song, “In a River,” ahead of the concerts this week; you can watch the video here.

Half-Light was released last year on Nonesuch. NPR calls it “stunning … one of the year's most arresting albums.” The New Yorker says it’s “a wondrous album, full of coy dreams and quiet yearning.”

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