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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of March 20–22
    Eniac Martinez

    The Minneapolis-St. Paul Pioneer Press says "the party was on" at last weekend's Afro-Cuban All Stars concert at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. "[T]he music was filled with energy and dynamics," reads the review, "with the large band able to switch from a whisper to a scream and back again in the space of a few beats." The band continues its tour through the American Midwest this weekend with stops at Governor's State University in University Park, Illinois, tonight;  and the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati on Sunday. Saturday's show at the Valentine Theatre in Toledo, Ohio, has been canceled.

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    English National Opera's production of John Adams's 2005 opera Doctor Atomic comes to a close tonight with a final performance at the London Coliseum. The ENO production, conceived in conjunction with the MET production in New York last fall, directed by Penny Woolcock, premiered in London in February.

    The Graz Opera Ballet performs choreographer Darrel Toulon's Swan Trilogy at the Opera House in Graz, Austria, tonight. The kernel of the piece, which premiered in February, is Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, from which springs Sibelius's Swan of Tuonela and more. Featured in the performance are a number of Adams works: The Dharma at Big Sur, Gnarly Buttons, Road Movies, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and Tromba Lontana.

    Another dance piece that premiered in February and set to Adams's music, Tarek Assam’s Feiningers Fugen, will be performed by Germany’s Stadttheater Giessen Ballett at the Stadttheater's Großes Haus Saturday night. The work is set to Adams’s Violin Concerto, as well as to works by Bach and Glenn Gould.

    Also on Saturday, the San Francisco Ballet continues performances of Mark Morris's Joyride, featuring Adams's Son of Chamber Symphony, at San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House. It's part of an all-Morris program that began last week and concludes on Tuesday. There will be a 2 PM matinee on Saturday as well as an evening performance starting at 8 PM.

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    Dan Auerbach helped kick off Austin's South by Southwest Music Conference on Wednesday with an opening-night gig at The Parish that MTV described as a "raw and rumbling set." He performs again for the SxSW crowd in a very late night (early morning) show at Bill's Place tonight at 2 AM, and then in a mid-day set at The Mean Eyed Cat for MOJO magazine's British BBQ tomorrow at 1:30 PM.

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    Isabel Bayrakdarian will perform songs from her Nonesuch debut, Gomidas Songs, celebrating the work of composer Gomidas Vardabet, at Ohio's Baldwin-Wallace College, tonight, to benefit the school's Art Song Festival. She will be joined on stage by her husband, acclaimed pianist Serouj Kradjian. The two give an encore performance of the program at the University of Calgary's Rozsa Centre next week.

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    David Byrne continues the European leg of his Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno tour, begun last week in Germany, with a performance tonight at Malmö, Sweden's Concert House, and a return to Germany on Sunday for a show at the Theater am Aegi in Hannover. The tour arrives in the UK next weekend.

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    Toumani Diabaté began his US tour last night at Yoshi's jazz club in Oakland, California, with banjo master Béla Fleck. It was the first of four nights in their residency at Yoshi's, which continues through Sunday, with two sets each weekend night. They'll play another duo show at the Napa Valley Opera House on Monday before joining up with Fleck's Africa Project tour through mid-April.

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    Bill Frisell and pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz conclude their weeklong tour of the American South with what the Knoxville Metro Pulse says, after last night's set at the Square Room there, Frisell's "intense and intelligent approach to guitar." This weekend, they've got three performances in North Carolina. Tonight, they play The Grey Eagle in Asheville; tomorrow, they'll be in Charlotte to play the Duke Energy Theatre at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center; and on Sunday, they'll perform a free, sold-out concert at the University of North Carolina's Student Union Great Hall in Chapel Hill. Up next for the two are a handful of dates in early April with the Disfarmer Project, also featuring violinist Jenny Scheinman and bassist Viktor Krauss, performing music by Frisell to the work of artist Mike Disfarmer.

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    Philip Glass plays the second in a series of four concerts titled Philip Glass & Friends at New York's City Winery Sunday evening. This weekend's friend is Gambia-born griot and kora player Foday Musa Suso. The two will revisit their 2003 collaboration, Healing the Divide, which aimed to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetan refugees.

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    Richard Goode joins David Robertson and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra at Powell Hall in St. Louis for two performances of Beethoven's powerful final piano concerto, the "Emperor," this weekend. The program, which also includes Strauss's Ein Heldenleben and Brett Dean's 1997 piece Carlo, will debut on Saturday night with an encore performance Sunday afternoon.

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    k.d. lang helps the Wildhorse Resort Casino in Pendleton, Oregon, celebrate its 14th anniversary with a sold-out performance there tonight. Tomorrow, she'll head to Spokane, Washington, to play the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox; the Wood Brothers open. And on Sunday, she'll be in Tacoma for a show at the Pantages Theater in the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. The tour continues through the West Coast next week before moving East in early April.

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    Brad Mehldau is in Europe for the next few weeks performing with his Trio and in solo sets, as he'll do this weekend with a performance at the Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht, Netherlands, Saturday night. Bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard join Brad for Trio shows in France next week.

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    Joshua Redman's Compass Trio of Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson have set up residency at Ronnie Scott's club in London for a series of performances that began last night and run through tomorrow night, with two sets each night. Also performing is the Gareth Williams Trio. Time Out London recommends the show, stating that Compass "reveals a more earthy side to his character, featuring him a stripped down sax/bass/drums setting. Switching from quicksilver invention to surprisingly rich balladry ... Redman is maturing into one of the greats." Up next, the trio heads to the Continent for concerts next week in Switzerland and Germany.

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    The Spokane Symphony Orchestra performs music in its On the Edge series tonight at the Spokane, Washington, club The Knitting Factory. Conductor-in-Residence Morihiko Nakahara leads the orchestra in a program that includes Steve Reich's Triple Quartet and Ingram Marshall's Fog Tropes, among others.

    The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's residency at the Music Center in Los Angeles concludes Sunday afternoon with a performance featuring choreographer Elisa Monte's 1982 piece Treading, set to Reich's Music for 18 Musicians. Also on the program are Bigonzetti's Festa Barocca and Ailey's Revelations.

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    Sara Watkins, whose solo debut is due out on Nonesuch May 5, performs at her old stomping grounds Largo in Los Angeles with her brother and former Nickel Creek band mate Sean Saturday night. The two play Largo's Little Room starting at 9:30 PM.

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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of March 20–22

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Afro-Cuban All Stars spread their energetic sound through the Midwest ... ENO production of Adams's Doctor Atomic comes to a close; Graz, Giessen, and San Fran ballets dance on to Adams ... Dan Auerbach plays two more "raw and rumbling" sets at SxSW ... Isabel Bayrakdarian performs Gomidas songs at Art Song Festival benefit ... David Byrne brings Eno/Byrne songs to Sweden ... Toumani Diabaté plays Yoshi's with Béla Fleck ... Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz tour North Carolina ... Philip Glass revisits Tibetan refugee project with Foday Musa Suso ... Richard Goode performs Beethoven's "Emperor" with Saint Louis ... k.d. lang plays Pacific Northwest ... Brad Mehldau goes Dutch in solo set ... Joshua Redman Trio takes over Ronnie Scott's London ... Spokane Symphony takes Reich, Marshall music to The Knitting Factory ... Sara Watkins joins brother Sean at Largo ... and more ...

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The Minneapolis-St. Paul Pioneer Press says "the party was on" at last weekend's Afro-Cuban All Stars concert at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. "[T]he music was filled with energy and dynamics," reads the review, "with the large band able to switch from a whisper to a scream and back again in the space of a few beats." The band continues its tour through the American Midwest this weekend with stops at Governor's State University in University Park, Illinois, tonight;  and the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati on Sunday. Saturday's show at the Valentine Theatre in Toledo, Ohio, has been canceled.

---

English National Opera's production of John Adams's 2005 opera Doctor Atomic comes to a close tonight with a final performance at the London Coliseum. The ENO production, conceived in conjunction with the MET production in New York last fall, directed by Penny Woolcock, premiered in London in February.

The Graz Opera Ballet performs choreographer Darrel Toulon's Swan Trilogy at the Opera House in Graz, Austria, tonight. The kernel of the piece, which premiered in February, is Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, from which springs Sibelius's Swan of Tuonela and more. Featured in the performance are a number of Adams works: The Dharma at Big Sur, Gnarly Buttons, Road Movies, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and Tromba Lontana.

Another dance piece that premiered in February and set to Adams's music, Tarek Assam’s Feiningers Fugen, will be performed by Germany’s Stadttheater Giessen Ballett at the Stadttheater's Großes Haus Saturday night. The work is set to Adams’s Violin Concerto, as well as to works by Bach and Glenn Gould.

Also on Saturday, the San Francisco Ballet continues performances of Mark Morris's Joyride, featuring Adams's Son of Chamber Symphony, at San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House. It's part of an all-Morris program that began last week and concludes on Tuesday. There will be a 2 PM matinee on Saturday as well as an evening performance starting at 8 PM.

---

Dan Auerbach helped kick off Austin's South by Southwest Music Conference on Wednesday with an opening-night gig at The Parish that MTV described as a "raw and rumbling set." He performs again for the SxSW crowd in a very late night (early morning) show at Bill's Place tonight at 2 AM, and then in a mid-day set at The Mean Eyed Cat for MOJO magazine's British BBQ tomorrow at 1:30 PM.

---

Isabel Bayrakdarian will perform songs from her Nonesuch debut, Gomidas Songs, celebrating the work of composer Gomidas Vardabet, at Ohio's Baldwin-Wallace College, tonight, to benefit the school's Art Song Festival. She will be joined on stage by her husband, acclaimed pianist Serouj Kradjian. The two give an encore performance of the program at the University of Calgary's Rozsa Centre next week.

---

David Byrne continues the European leg of his Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno tour, begun last week in Germany, with a performance tonight at Malmö, Sweden's Concert House, and a return to Germany on Sunday for a show at the Theater am Aegi in Hannover. The tour arrives in the UK next weekend.

---

Toumani Diabaté began his US tour last night at Yoshi's jazz club in Oakland, California, with banjo master Béla Fleck. It was the first of four nights in their residency at Yoshi's, which continues through Sunday, with two sets each weekend night. They'll play another duo show at the Napa Valley Opera House on Monday before joining up with Fleck's Africa Project tour through mid-April.

---

Bill Frisell and pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz conclude their weeklong tour of the American South with what the Knoxville Metro Pulse says, after last night's set at the Square Room there, Frisell's "intense and intelligent approach to guitar." This weekend, they've got three performances in North Carolina. Tonight, they play The Grey Eagle in Asheville; tomorrow, they'll be in Charlotte to play the Duke Energy Theatre at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center; and on Sunday, they'll perform a free, sold-out concert at the University of North Carolina's Student Union Great Hall in Chapel Hill. Up next for the two are a handful of dates in early April with the Disfarmer Project, also featuring violinist Jenny Scheinman and bassist Viktor Krauss, performing music by Frisell to the work of artist Mike Disfarmer.

---

Philip Glass plays the second in a series of four concerts titled Philip Glass & Friends at New York's City Winery Sunday evening. This weekend's friend is Gambia-born griot and kora player Foday Musa Suso. The two will revisit their 2003 collaboration, Healing the Divide, which aimed to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetan refugees.

---

Richard Goode joins David Robertson and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra at Powell Hall in St. Louis for two performances of Beethoven's powerful final piano concerto, the "Emperor," this weekend. The program, which also includes Strauss's Ein Heldenleben and Brett Dean's 1997 piece Carlo, will debut on Saturday night with an encore performance Sunday afternoon.

---

k.d. lang helps the Wildhorse Resort Casino in Pendleton, Oregon, celebrate its 14th anniversary with a sold-out performance there tonight. Tomorrow, she'll head to Spokane, Washington, to play the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox; the Wood Brothers open. And on Sunday, she'll be in Tacoma for a show at the Pantages Theater in the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. The tour continues through the West Coast next week before moving East in early April.

---

Brad Mehldau is in Europe for the next few weeks performing with his Trio and in solo sets, as he'll do this weekend with a performance at the Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht, Netherlands, Saturday night. Bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard join Brad for Trio shows in France next week.

---

Joshua Redman's Compass Trio of Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson have set up residency at Ronnie Scott's club in London for a series of performances that began last night and run through tomorrow night, with two sets each night. Also performing is the Gareth Williams Trio. Time Out London recommends the show, stating that Compass "reveals a more earthy side to his character, featuring him a stripped down sax/bass/drums setting. Switching from quicksilver invention to surprisingly rich balladry ... Redman is maturing into one of the greats." Up next, the trio heads to the Continent for concerts next week in Switzerland and Germany.

---

The Spokane Symphony Orchestra performs music in its On the Edge series tonight at the Spokane, Washington, club The Knitting Factory. Conductor-in-Residence Morihiko Nakahara leads the orchestra in a program that includes Steve Reich's Triple Quartet and Ingram Marshall's Fog Tropes, among others.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's residency at the Music Center in Los Angeles concludes Sunday afternoon with a performance featuring choreographer Elisa Monte's 1982 piece Treading, set to Reich's Music for 18 Musicians. Also on the program are Bigonzetti's Festa Barocca and Ailey's Revelations.

---

Sara Watkins, whose solo debut is due out on Nonesuch May 5, performs at her old stomping grounds Largo in Los Angeles with her brother and former Nickel Creek band mate Sean Saturday night. The two play Largo's Little Room starting at 9:30 PM.

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