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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of September 25–27
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    John Adams joins the London Sinfonietta on Sunday for the opening of its 2009/10 season, conducting the ensemble in a program featuring the UK premiere of his 2007 piece Son of Chamber Symphony, in London's Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre. The composer conducted the London Sinfonietta on the first recording of the new work's precursor, 1992's Chamber Symphony, for Nonesuch. Prior to the concert's start, Adams will participate in a talk about that piece and his latest work, and will answer questions from the audience.

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    David Byrne heads to Austin, the second stop on his eight-city panel tour Cities, Bicycles, and the Future of Getting Around, launched in New York earlier this week and coinciding with the recent publication of his new book, Bicycle Diaries. Byrne and his co-panelists—Annick Beaudet, the project manager of the Austin Bicycle Program; urban theorist Jana McCann; and bicyle advocate Rob D'Amico—give their presentations and answer questions at the Paramount Theater Saturday at 7 PM.

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    The Carolina Chocolate Drops begin a non-stop, four-week tour through the Midwest and South at The District in Columbia, Missouri, tonight. Though the bandmates recently tweeted (twitter.com/_CCDs) that they're "eating all the fried chicken and sweet tea we can stand" before leaving their homestate of North Carolina for the road, the food at tonight's gig should make them feel right at home: it's the Roots 'n' Blues 'n' BBQ Festival. They head next to St. Louis to play Off Broadway Saturday night and Richmond, Kentucky, to perform at Eastern Kentucky University's Brock Auditorium on Sunday.

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    Shawn Colvin plays two more dates on the East Coast before heading to California early next month. She's at the Boulton Center in Bayshore, Long Island, New York, tonight, and the First Congregational Church in Montclair, New Jersey, on Saturday, with special guest Judith Owen. The latter is a program of Outpost in the Burbs, a nonprofit outreach organization dedicated to building community through music, community service, and cultural programs.  

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    Chavez Ravine, the short documentary film featuring music from Ry Cooder's 2004 Nonesuch release of the same name, was shown at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in Mad River Valley, Vermont, last night and gets an encore screening this Saturday evening. The film, like the album, examines the displacement of a thriving Chicano community in a Los Angeles neighborhood razed in the 1950s to make way for the new Dodgers Stadium.

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    Philip Glass performs solo piano pieces at the Teatro Juan Bravo in Segovia, Spain, tonight, as part of the four-day Hay Festival. Glass next brings the solo program north to the Zeeuwse Concertzaal in Middleburg, the Netherlands, for performances Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

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    Kronos Quartet performs at the Kammermusiksaal in Berlin Saturday night. The program, presented by the Berliner Philharmoniker, includes works from Kronos's latest Nonesuch release, Floodplain, and the German premiere of John Adams's Fellow Traveler. The Quartet could be heard on WNYC's Evening Music last night, its Nonesuch recording of All the Rage, Bob Ostertag's musical response to the AIDS crisis, the show's focus. You can hear the episode online at wnyc.org.

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    k.d. lang participates in a special concert event at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral Saturday night to benefit Tools for Peace, an organization aimed at empowering youth and adults through training in motivation, mindfulness, meditation, and compassion in camps, classrooms, and workshops in the Greater Bay Area and Southern California regions. The event includes a unique set by k.d., without her band, geared specifically to the event and venue, preceded by a reception and a viewing of student and traditional sand mandalas inside the cathedral.

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    The Low Anthem has three more stops on its European tour before heading home: Doornroosje in Nijmegen, Netherlands, tonight; La Maroquinerie in Paris on Saturday; and a sold-out gig at London's Hoxton Hall on Sunday. The first gig back in the States comes next weekend at the Austin City Limits Festival.

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    Chris Thile joins the Oregon Symphony on Saturday night to perform his Mandolin Concerto, Ad astra per alas porci, which the Denver Post called "nothing short of astounding," after its recent world premiere with the Colorado Symphony. Saturday's program, at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, also features performances by Thile's recent duo partner Edgar Meyer, Béla Fleck, and Zakir Hussain. An improv session among the musicians is slated for the concert's end.

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    Allen Toussaint has two multi-set tour stops this weekend, with early and late shows at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music on Saturday, for which he'll be joined by Nachito Herrera, and the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on Sunday. The Minneapolis Star Tribune recommends the Dakota concerts by the "piano giant," lauding "his stellar instrumental album, The Bright Mississippi," his Nonesuch album debut.

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    Laura Veirs continues her tour with The Decemberists with stops across the South this weekend. They'll play the Asheville Civic Center's Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, North Carolina, tonight; the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia, on Saturday; and Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday.

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    Sara Watkins's US tour jumps from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest this weekend, sharing a bill with The Greencards at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, tonight, then heading to Seattle's Crocodile Cafe on Saturday and WOW Hall in Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday, both latter shows with Works Progress Administration.
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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of September 25–27

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Adams leads London Sinfonietta in Son of Chamber Symphony UK premiere ... Byrne bike book tour rolls into Austin ... Carolina Chocolate Drops begin tour of Midwest, South ... Colvin comes East ... Glass performs solo sets in Europe ... Kronos brings Floodplain to Berlin ... lang sings at SF benefit ... Low Anthem plays Paris, London ... Thile, Oregon Symphony perform Mandolin Concerto ... Toussaint tickles ivory in Chicago, Minneapolis ... Watkins works solo and with WPA ... and more ... 
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John Adams joins the London Sinfonietta on Sunday for the opening of its 2009/10 season, conducting the ensemble in a program featuring the UK premiere of his 2007 piece Son of Chamber Symphony, in London's Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre. The composer conducted the London Sinfonietta on the first recording of the new work's precursor, 1992's Chamber Symphony, for Nonesuch. Prior to the concert's start, Adams will participate in a talk about that piece and his latest work, and will answer questions from the audience.

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David Byrne heads to Austin, the second stop on his eight-city panel tour Cities, Bicycles, and the Future of Getting Around, launched in New York earlier this week and coinciding with the recent publication of his new book, Bicycle Diaries. Byrne and his co-panelists—Annick Beaudet, the project manager of the Austin Bicycle Program; urban theorist Jana McCann; and bicyle advocate Rob D'Amico—give their presentations and answer questions at the Paramount Theater Saturday at 7 PM.

---

The Carolina Chocolate Drops begin a non-stop, four-week tour through the Midwest and South at The District in Columbia, Missouri, tonight. Though the bandmates recently tweeted (twitter.com/_CCDs) that they're "eating all the fried chicken and sweet tea we can stand" before leaving their homestate of North Carolina for the road, the food at tonight's gig should make them feel right at home: it's the Roots 'n' Blues 'n' BBQ Festival. They head next to St. Louis to play Off Broadway Saturday night and Richmond, Kentucky, to perform at Eastern Kentucky University's Brock Auditorium on Sunday.

---

Shawn Colvin plays two more dates on the East Coast before heading to California early next month. She's at the Boulton Center in Bayshore, Long Island, New York, tonight, and the First Congregational Church in Montclair, New Jersey, on Saturday, with special guest Judith Owen. The latter is a program of Outpost in the Burbs, a nonprofit outreach organization dedicated to building community through music, community service, and cultural programs.  

---

Chavez Ravine, the short documentary film featuring music from Ry Cooder's 2004 Nonesuch release of the same name, was shown at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in Mad River Valley, Vermont, last night and gets an encore screening this Saturday evening. The film, like the album, examines the displacement of a thriving Chicano community in a Los Angeles neighborhood razed in the 1950s to make way for the new Dodgers Stadium.

---

Philip Glass performs solo piano pieces at the Teatro Juan Bravo in Segovia, Spain, tonight, as part of the four-day Hay Festival. Glass next brings the solo program north to the Zeeuwse Concertzaal in Middleburg, the Netherlands, for performances Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

---

Kronos Quartet performs at the Kammermusiksaal in Berlin Saturday night. The program, presented by the Berliner Philharmoniker, includes works from Kronos's latest Nonesuch release, Floodplain, and the German premiere of John Adams's Fellow Traveler. The Quartet could be heard on WNYC's Evening Music last night, its Nonesuch recording of All the Rage, Bob Ostertag's musical response to the AIDS crisis, the show's focus. You can hear the episode online at wnyc.org.

---

k.d. lang participates in a special concert event at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral Saturday night to benefit Tools for Peace, an organization aimed at empowering youth and adults through training in motivation, mindfulness, meditation, and compassion in camps, classrooms, and workshops in the Greater Bay Area and Southern California regions. The event includes a unique set by k.d., without her band, geared specifically to the event and venue, preceded by a reception and a viewing of student and traditional sand mandalas inside the cathedral.

---

The Low Anthem has three more stops on its European tour before heading home: Doornroosje in Nijmegen, Netherlands, tonight; La Maroquinerie in Paris on Saturday; and a sold-out gig at London's Hoxton Hall on Sunday. The first gig back in the States comes next weekend at the Austin City Limits Festival.

---

Chris Thile joins the Oregon Symphony on Saturday night to perform his Mandolin Concerto, Ad astra per alas porci, which the Denver Post called "nothing short of astounding," after its recent world premiere with the Colorado Symphony. Saturday's program, at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, also features performances by Thile's recent duo partner Edgar Meyer, Béla Fleck, and Zakir Hussain. An improv session among the musicians is slated for the concert's end.

---

Allen Toussaint has two multi-set tour stops this weekend, with early and late shows at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music on Saturday, for which he'll be joined by Nachito Herrera, and the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on Sunday. The Minneapolis Star Tribune recommends the Dakota concerts by the "piano giant," lauding "his stellar instrumental album, The Bright Mississippi," his Nonesuch album debut.

---

Laura Veirs continues her tour with The Decemberists with stops across the South this weekend. They'll play the Asheville Civic Center's Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, North Carolina, tonight; the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia, on Saturday; and Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday.

---

Sara Watkins's US tour jumps from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest this weekend, sharing a bill with The Greencards at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, tonight, then heading to Seattle's Crocodile Cafe on Saturday and WOW Hall in Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday, both latter shows with Works Progress Administration.
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