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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of September 18–20
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    Youssou N'Dour is the subject of a profile on BBC Radio 4, airing in the UK Saturday morning at 10:30 AM, looking towards the singer's 50th birthday. Host Robin Denselow heads to Senegal to speak with Youssou about his music and his efforts to better the lives of his fellow countrymen and fellow Africans. The piece also features commentary from Peter Gabriel, Branford Marsalis, DJ Charlie Gillett, and fellow Nonesuch artists Orchestra Baobab.

    I Bring What I Love, the film documenting the making of and reaction to N'Dour's album Egypt, continues its run in movie theaters across the United States, from San Diego to Seattle, St. Louis and Chicago, down in Virginia and up to Waterville, Maine.

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    Kronos Quartet continues the two-week tour through Europe that kicked off its 2009/10 season last week. Following three performances in Poland, Kronos is in Debrecen, Hungary, tonight for a concert at the Grand Hall of the Kölcsey Convention Center. On the program are works from its latest Nonesuch release, Floodplain, and throughout its Nonesuch catalog, including You've Stolen My Heart, Mugam Sayagi, and Nuevo.

    The Quartet next heads to warmer climes for the 25th Alicante Music Festival in Alicante, Spain. Featured in Sunday's concert at the city's Teatro Principal are the world premiere of a new work by Damon Albarn and the Spanish premieres of Ramallah Underground's Tashweesh, off Floodplain, and Aheym, by The National's Bryce Dessner.

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    Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica are in Germany this weekend, to perform Mendelssohn's Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra and his String Octet in E-flat Major, plus a new piece by Raminta Serksnyte. They are joined by pianist Kathia Buniatishvili for a performance of the program at the Großer Saal in Braunschweig, Germany, tonight. On Sunday, they'll take the program to the Gewandhaus in Leipzig for the Mendelssohn Festival, joined for this date by pianist Martha Argerich.

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    The Low Anthem follows its fully sold out UK dates—including what the Guardian described as "an afternoon set of captivating acoustic folk-pop" at the End of the Road festival—with a number of concerts on the Continent, centered this weekend in Germany. The band plays Brotfabrik in Frankfurt tonight, Gebäude 9 in Köln on Saturday, and the Lido in Berlin on Sunday.

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    Joshua Redman and his trio, featuring Matt Penman on bass and Greg Hutchinson on drums, perform at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University in Indianapolis Saturday night, launching the 11th annual Indy Jazz Fest. It's Redman's last scheduled date till his duo performance with Brad Mehldau at London's Wigmore Hall next month. He talks to the Indianapolis Star about his love of the piano—"I'd be a pianist if I weren't a saxophonist"—and the challenges of playing without it in the trio format: "Without it, there's so much more responsibility," he tells the Star. "The melodic line goes deeper, and my solos are more rigorous than they used to be."

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    Chris Thile returns to Boettcher Concert Hall Saturday night and Sunday afternoon for performances of his Mandolin Concerto, Ad astra per alas porci, with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, led by Jeffrey Kahane, after last night's premiered of the piece there. "This is not a bluegrass musician who is dabbling in classical music," Kahane told the Denver Post. "This is a great musician—one of the really towering musical minds." After last night's premiere, the Post called the piece "nothing short of astounding." Also on the program are works by Gershwin and Copland.

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    Allen Toussaint takes his regular place at the Joe's Pub piano Sunday at noon. "Toussaint deserves respect as a pioneer and an elder statesman," the Star-Telegram declared after his performance last weekend at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, "a killer performer and gracious host from the keyboard."

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    Laura Veirs kicks off a three-week tour of the United States with The Decemberists at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono tonight. On Saturday, the tour heads down to New York City for a night at Terminal 5, before heading back up north to play the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont, on Sunday.

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    Sara Watkins joins in the festivities at the Americana Music Festival and Conference in Nashville this weekend, performing at The Station Inn Saturday night. The Nashville Scene says her recently released Nonesuch debut shows her to be "a wistfully fetching writer and interpreter of proto-country, folk and fiddle tunes." Also taking the stage are a number of women performers, including Nancy Griffith, Sarah Jarosz, Mary Gauthier, Elizabeth Cook, and Diana Jones.

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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of September 18–20

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Youssou N'Dour talks to BBC Radio 4 ... Kronos premieres Damon Albarn piece in Spain ... Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica perform Mendelssohn in Germany ... Low Anthem plays in Germany too ... Joshua Redman Trio launches Indy Jazz Fest ... Chris Thile, Colorado Sympohny give encore performances of his "astounding" Mandolin Concerto ... Allen Toussaint plays New York's Joe's Pub ... Laura Veirs tours with The Decemberists ... Sara Watkins plays the Americana Music Festival in Nashville ... and more ...

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Youssou N'Dour is the subject of a profile on BBC Radio 4, airing in the UK Saturday morning at 10:30 AM, looking towards the singer's 50th birthday. Host Robin Denselow heads to Senegal to speak with Youssou about his music and his efforts to better the lives of his fellow countrymen and fellow Africans. The piece also features commentary from Peter Gabriel, Branford Marsalis, DJ Charlie Gillett, and fellow Nonesuch artists Orchestra Baobab.

I Bring What I Love, the film documenting the making of and reaction to N'Dour's album Egypt, continues its run in movie theaters across the United States, from San Diego to Seattle, St. Louis and Chicago, down in Virginia and up to Waterville, Maine.

---

Kronos Quartet continues the two-week tour through Europe that kicked off its 2009/10 season last week. Following three performances in Poland, Kronos is in Debrecen, Hungary, tonight for a concert at the Grand Hall of the Kölcsey Convention Center. On the program are works from its latest Nonesuch release, Floodplain, and throughout its Nonesuch catalog, including You've Stolen My Heart, Mugam Sayagi, and Nuevo.

The Quartet next heads to warmer climes for the 25th Alicante Music Festival in Alicante, Spain. Featured in Sunday's concert at the city's Teatro Principal are the world premiere of a new work by Damon Albarn and the Spanish premieres of Ramallah Underground's Tashweesh, off Floodplain, and Aheym, by The National's Bryce Dessner.

---

Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica are in Germany this weekend, to perform Mendelssohn's Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra and his String Octet in E-flat Major, plus a new piece by Raminta Serksnyte. They are joined by pianist Kathia Buniatishvili for a performance of the program at the Großer Saal in Braunschweig, Germany, tonight. On Sunday, they'll take the program to the Gewandhaus in Leipzig for the Mendelssohn Festival, joined for this date by pianist Martha Argerich.

---

The Low Anthem follows its fully sold out UK dates—including what the Guardian described as "an afternoon set of captivating acoustic folk-pop" at the End of the Road festival—with a number of concerts on the Continent, centered this weekend in Germany. The band plays Brotfabrik in Frankfurt tonight, Gebäude 9 in Köln on Saturday, and the Lido in Berlin on Sunday.

---

Joshua Redman and his trio, featuring Matt Penman on bass and Greg Hutchinson on drums, perform at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University in Indianapolis Saturday night, launching the 11th annual Indy Jazz Fest. It's Redman's last scheduled date till his duo performance with Brad Mehldau at London's Wigmore Hall next month. He talks to the Indianapolis Star about his love of the piano—"I'd be a pianist if I weren't a saxophonist"—and the challenges of playing without it in the trio format: "Without it, there's so much more responsibility," he tells the Star. "The melodic line goes deeper, and my solos are more rigorous than they used to be."

---

Chris Thile returns to Boettcher Concert Hall Saturday night and Sunday afternoon for performances of his Mandolin Concerto, Ad astra per alas porci, with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, led by Jeffrey Kahane, after last night's premiered of the piece there. "This is not a bluegrass musician who is dabbling in classical music," Kahane told the Denver Post. "This is a great musician—one of the really towering musical minds." After last night's premiere, the Post called the piece "nothing short of astounding." Also on the program are works by Gershwin and Copland.

---

Allen Toussaint takes his regular place at the Joe's Pub piano Sunday at noon. "Toussaint deserves respect as a pioneer and an elder statesman," the Star-Telegram declared after his performance last weekend at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, "a killer performer and gracious host from the keyboard."

---

Laura Veirs kicks off a three-week tour of the United States with The Decemberists at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono tonight. On Saturday, the tour heads down to New York City for a night at Terminal 5, before heading back up north to play the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont, on Sunday.

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Sara Watkins joins in the festivities at the Americana Music Festival and Conference in Nashville this weekend, performing at The Station Inn Saturday night. The Nashville Scene says her recently released Nonesuch debut shows her to be "a wistfully fetching writer and interpreter of proto-country, folk and fiddle tunes." Also taking the stage are a number of women performers, including Nancy Griffith, Sarah Jarosz, Mary Gauthier, Elizabeth Cook, and Diana Jones.

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