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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of September 19–21
    Michael Wilson

    David Byrne's nationwide tour with songs from his many collaborations with Brian Eno, including the groundbreaking My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, got under way earlier this week with stops along the East Coast. Rolling Stone describes the first concert this way:

    No doubt drawing on lessons learned from his collaboration with choreographer Twyla Tharp, David Byrne took his sold-out show Zoellner Arts Center in Bethelehem, PA, and created a show that used his various collaborations with producer Brian Eno ... and bodies in motion to advance the ambiguous narratives his multi-cultural rock-think of it as modern dance for people who don’t like modern dance.

    Scheduled for this weekend are shows at the Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta Saturday night and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, North Carolina, Sunday.

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    When Alarm Will Sound gave the world-premiere performance of John Adams's 2007 piece Son of Chamber Symphony, the San Francisco Chronicle said the “vivacious” piece was “delivered with verve and precision” the group, under Alan Pierson's lead. They'll perform the piece again this weekend at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, in the opening performance of the group's 2008-09 season.

    The same night, about 700 miles away, at Chicago's Harris Theater, the San Francisco Ballet will perform choreographer Mark Morris ballet Joyride, set to the very same piece, which had been commissioned in part for Morris. The company performs the work again Sunday afternoon.

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    Laurie Anderson's Homeland tour continues at the McCarter Theatre Center's Matthews Theatre, in Princeton, New Jersey, on Saturday night, and at The Egg in Albany, New York, Sunday evening. Laurie describes the piece and its impetus in an interview with The Independent Weekly in Durham, North Carolina, prior to her performance last night at Duke University, and, leading to tonight's performance in Princeton, with the Times of Trenton.

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    The Black Keys are participating in This Land Is Your Land, a special celebration of the life and music of Woody Guthrie, Saturday afternoon, beginning at 2 PM, at the Sleep Train Pavillion in Concord, California. Joining Pat and Dan for the event are Sheryl Crow, Cat Power, Son Volt, Henry Rollins, and Sarah Lee Guthrie (granddaughter of Woody and daughter of Arlo) with her husband, Johnny Irion.

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    Bill Frisell plays his second of two dates with Tony Scherr on bass and Rudy Royston on drums in Pennsylvania college towns this week with a performance tonight at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. He played the State Theatre in State College, home of Penn State, last night.

    On Sunday, Bill will shift gears and locales when he heads out west for a solo performance at the Henry Miller Library's outdoor theater in Big Sur, California. His co-headliner for the event is label-mate Wilco guitarist Nels Cline. The Frisell-Scherr-Royston trio will meet up again in LA on Monday, when they'll be joined by Greg Leisz at the new Largo at the Coronet for a special KCRW presentation.

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    Philip Glass is in Italy this weekend to perform his recent work Book of Longing, featuring the poetry and artwork of Leonard Cohen, at the Torino Milano International Music Festival. The show will be held Saturday night at the Teatre delgi Arcimboldi in Milan.

    You can also tune in to the BBC World Service on Saturday to hear Philip discuss the soon-to-be-released Glass Box, a 10-CD Nonesuch retrospective of his work, on network's arts program The Ticket. For program information, visit bbc.co.uk.

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    After three successful shows in Germany earlier this week, Emmylou Harris shifts her European tour north to Scandinavia. Traveling today and tomorrow, Emmylou and the band bring the songs of her latest Nonesuch release, All I Intended to Be, to Oslo's Sentrum Scene on Sunday, followed by stops in Stockholm and Copenhagen next week.

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    Last night at the Apple Store in SoHo, New York City, Randy Newman offered a sneak peak at the full set he performs tonight in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. He heads up to Canada tomorrow for a show at Toronto's Convocation Hall before heading back down to the States for a Sunday night performance at Boston's Symphony Hall.

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    Joshua Redman, along with trio members Matt Penman on bass and Brian Blade on drums, hit two different stages for two seta at the Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, California, tonight. First they'll play the Jimmy Lyons Stage for the 8:30 PM set; then they'll head to the Bill Berry Stage for an 11 PM set. This is Redman's fifth time participating in the Monterey Jazz Festival, dating back to his first performance there in 1985.

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    Steve Reich's New York Counterpoint will be performed by the Student der Klasse Widmann & Peitz at the Klosterkirche St. Marien in Osterholz Scharmbeck, Germany. Last weekend, the newly formed new-music ensemble Signal, led by Bradley Lubman, gave two all-Reich concerts at Le Poisson Rouge as part of the Worldless Music series. As the New York Times describes the scene: "Listeners, squashed into every corner of this dimly lighted Greenwich Village club, packed next to the bar and sat on the floor around the musicians, with some standing so close to Mr. Lubman that an overly enthusiastic conductorial gesture might have caused bodily harm." Responding to Reich's statement that “As the music goes, so we go,” reviewer Vivien Schweitzer replies, "He must be gratified that so many listeners enjoy the ride."

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    Dawn Upshaw's "fizzy, funny and wonderfully evocative rendition" of the aria "What a Movie" with the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas on Wednesday night was "the high point" of the all-Bernstein program, says the San Francisco Chronicle. An encore presentation of the show was held last night and plays its last night at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco tonight. It comes to New York next week for Carnegie Hall's Opening Night gala on Wednesday.

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David Byrne showcases his collaborations with Brian Eno in Atlanta and Asheville ... Alarm Will Sound and San Francisco Ballet give two takes on Adams's Son of Chamber Symphony ... Laurie Anderson's Homeland heads to Princeton and Albany ... The Black Keys pay tribute to Woody Guthrie ... Bill Frisell plays a trio set on the East Coast and a solo set with Nels Cline out West ... Philip Glass plays to the poetry of Leonard Cohen in Milan ... Emmylou Harris sings to Scandinavia ... Randy Newman comes to Carnegie Hall ... Joshua Redman returns to Monterey Jazz ... Dawn Upshaw sings Bernstein in San Francisco ... and more ...

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David Byrne's nationwide tour with songs from his many collaborations with Brian Eno, including the groundbreaking My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, got under way earlier this week with stops along the East Coast. Rolling Stone describes the first concert this way:

No doubt drawing on lessons learned from his collaboration with choreographer Twyla Tharp, David Byrne took his sold-out show Zoellner Arts Center in Bethelehem, PA, and created a show that used his various collaborations with producer Brian Eno ... and bodies in motion to advance the ambiguous narratives his multi-cultural rock-think of it as modern dance for people who don’t like modern dance.

Scheduled for this weekend are shows at the Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta Saturday night and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, North Carolina, Sunday.

---

When Alarm Will Sound gave the world-premiere performance of John Adams's 2007 piece Son of Chamber Symphony, the San Francisco Chronicle said the “vivacious” piece was “delivered with verve and precision” the group, under Alan Pierson's lead. They'll perform the piece again this weekend at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, in the opening performance of the group's 2008-09 season.

The same night, about 700 miles away, at Chicago's Harris Theater, the San Francisco Ballet will perform choreographer Mark Morris ballet Joyride, set to the very same piece, which had been commissioned in part for Morris. The company performs the work again Sunday afternoon.

---

Laurie Anderson's Homeland tour continues at the McCarter Theatre Center's Matthews Theatre, in Princeton, New Jersey, on Saturday night, and at The Egg in Albany, New York, Sunday evening. Laurie describes the piece and its impetus in an interview with The Independent Weekly in Durham, North Carolina, prior to her performance last night at Duke University, and, leading to tonight's performance in Princeton, with the Times of Trenton.

---

The Black Keys are participating in This Land Is Your Land, a special celebration of the life and music of Woody Guthrie, Saturday afternoon, beginning at 2 PM, at the Sleep Train Pavillion in Concord, California. Joining Pat and Dan for the event are Sheryl Crow, Cat Power, Son Volt, Henry Rollins, and Sarah Lee Guthrie (granddaughter of Woody and daughter of Arlo) with her husband, Johnny Irion.

---

Bill Frisell plays his second of two dates with Tony Scherr on bass and Rudy Royston on drums in Pennsylvania college towns this week with a performance tonight at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. He played the State Theatre in State College, home of Penn State, last night.

On Sunday, Bill will shift gears and locales when he heads out west for a solo performance at the Henry Miller Library's outdoor theater in Big Sur, California. His co-headliner for the event is label-mate Wilco guitarist Nels Cline. The Frisell-Scherr-Royston trio will meet up again in LA on Monday, when they'll be joined by Greg Leisz at the new Largo at the Coronet for a special KCRW presentation.

---

Philip Glass is in Italy this weekend to perform his recent work Book of Longing, featuring the poetry and artwork of Leonard Cohen, at the Torino Milano International Music Festival. The show will be held Saturday night at the Teatre delgi Arcimboldi in Milan.

You can also tune in to the BBC World Service on Saturday to hear Philip discuss the soon-to-be-released Glass Box, a 10-CD Nonesuch retrospective of his work, on network's arts program The Ticket. For program information, visit bbc.co.uk.

---

After three successful shows in Germany earlier this week, Emmylou Harris shifts her European tour north to Scandinavia. Traveling today and tomorrow, Emmylou and the band bring the songs of her latest Nonesuch release, All I Intended to Be, to Oslo's Sentrum Scene on Sunday, followed by stops in Stockholm and Copenhagen next week.

---

Last night at the Apple Store in SoHo, New York City, Randy Newman offered a sneak peak at the full set he performs tonight in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. He heads up to Canada tomorrow for a show at Toronto's Convocation Hall before heading back down to the States for a Sunday night performance at Boston's Symphony Hall.

---

Joshua Redman, along with trio members Matt Penman on bass and Brian Blade on drums, hit two different stages for two seta at the Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, California, tonight. First they'll play the Jimmy Lyons Stage for the 8:30 PM set; then they'll head to the Bill Berry Stage for an 11 PM set. This is Redman's fifth time participating in the Monterey Jazz Festival, dating back to his first performance there in 1985.

---

Steve Reich's New York Counterpoint will be performed by the Student der Klasse Widmann & Peitz at the Klosterkirche St. Marien in Osterholz Scharmbeck, Germany. Last weekend, the newly formed new-music ensemble Signal, led by Bradley Lubman, gave two all-Reich concerts at Le Poisson Rouge as part of the Worldless Music series. As the New York Times describes the scene: "Listeners, squashed into every corner of this dimly lighted Greenwich Village club, packed next to the bar and sat on the floor around the musicians, with some standing so close to Mr. Lubman that an overly enthusiastic conductorial gesture might have caused bodily harm." Responding to Reich's statement that “As the music goes, so we go,” reviewer Vivien Schweitzer replies, "He must be gratified that so many listeners enjoy the ride."

---

Dawn Upshaw's "fizzy, funny and wonderfully evocative rendition" of the aria "What a Movie" with the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas on Wednesday night was "the high point" of the all-Bernstein program, says the San Francisco Chronicle. An encore presentation of the show was held last night and plays its last night at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco tonight. It comes to New York next week for Carnegie Hall's Opening Night gala on Wednesday.

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