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  • Friday, May 24, 2024

    Natalie Merchant performs two nights in San Diego, where Jeremy Denk joins the San Diego Symphony for Beethoven. Richard Goode plays Mozart with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mary Halvorson plays with Tomeka Reid in Chicago. Emmylou Harris is in Virginia. Hurray for the Riff Raff concludes a European tour in Spain and Italy. Kronos Quartet live-scores Sam Green’s A Thousand Thoughts in Amsterdam. Cécile McLorin Salvant is in Atlanta and Houston, where Davóne Tines joins Houston Symphony in John Adams's El Niño. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway conclude their Texas tour in New Braunfels and Cedar Park.

  • Thursday, May 23, 2024

    Congratulations to multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer Yussef Dayes, whose debut solo studio album, Black Classical Music, has won the UK's Ivor Novello Award for Best Album. The Ivor Academy, which celebrates songwriters and screen composers with the awards, recognized Dayes and his fellow creators Rocco Palladino and Charlie Stacey in the citation. 

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    A recording of the current Tony-nominated Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical will be released digitally via Nonesuch on May 31. A sneak peek of two album tracks—“Chicago (Reprise)” and “The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!”—is available here. The new work features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, a book by Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury, and direction and choreography by Peck, with new arrangements by Timo Andres and music supervision and direction by Nathan Koci. Details of the CD and LP release date coming soon. The New York Times exclaims: “The vocalists do not seem to sing so much as pour emotion into our ears.” Variety says: “A thrilling, genre-defying Broadway musical brings the Sufjan Stevens album to lyrical life.

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  • A recording of the current Tony-nominated Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical will be released digitally via Nonesuch on May 31. A sneak peek of two album tracks—“Chicago (Reprise)” and “The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!”—is available here. The new work features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, a book by Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury, and direction and choreography by Peck, with new arrangements by Timo Andres…

  • DAVÓNE TINES & THE TRUTH’s “LET IT SHINE” is the first song from their upcoming piece ROBESOИ, about the life and music of the singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson. Tines has been heralded as a “singer of immense power and fervor” and one of "the most powerful voices of our time” by the Los Angeles Times and an “immensely gifted American bass-baritone [who] has won acclaim, and advanced the field of classical music" by the New York Times.

  • Hurray for the Riff Raff (aka Alynda Segarra) created The Past Is Still Alive during a period of personal grief, when they found inspiration in radical poetry, railroad culture, outsider art, the work of writer Eileen Myles, and activist groups like ACT UP and Gran Fury. Segarra uses their lyrics as a way to immortalize and say goodbye to those they have loved and lost, and to honor both the heartbroken and the hopeful parts of themselves. Though made in North Carolina by the Bronx-…

  • Brad Mehldau’s After Bach II and Après Fauré were released May 10. The Bach album comprises four preludes and one fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, as well as the Allemande from the fourth Partita, interspersed with seven compositions or improvisations by Mehldau inspired by the complementary works of Bach—including Mehldau’s Variations on Bach’s Goldberg Theme. On Après Fauré, Mehldau performs four nocturnes, from a thirty-seven-year span of…

  • The Black Keys' twelfth studio album, Ohio Players—a title inspired by the legendary Dayton, Ohio, funk band of the same name—features several collaborations between band mates Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney with various friends and colleagues, like Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, Beck, Noel Gallagher, Greg Kurstin, and others. “We had this epiphany: ‘We can call our friends to help us make music,’" Carney says. Auerbach adds, “No matter who we work with, it never feels like we're…

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Sat, May 25
6:00 PM
Jacobs Music Center
San Diego, CAUnited States
w/San Diego Symphony
Sat, May 25
Jacobs Music Center
San Diego, CAUnited States
893146
Sat, May 25
7:00 PM
Ordway Concert Hall
St. Paul, MNUnited States
w/Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Sat, May 25
Ordway Concert Hall
St. Paul, MNUnited States
901466
Sat, May 25
7:00 PM
The Haute Spot
Cedar Park, TX United States
Sat, May 25
The Haute Spot
Cedar Park, TX United States
902576
Sat, May 25
7:00 PM
Piedmont Park
Atlanta, GAUnited States
Atlanta Jazz Festival
Sat, May 25
Piedmont Park
Atlanta, GAUnited States