Theo Bleckmann Quintet is without impurities at Big Ears Festival / I CARE IF YOU LISTEN


The 2017 Big Ears Festival continued its eclectic programming on March 25-26 with performances by Meredith Monk, the Theo Bleckmann Quintet, The Magnetic Fields, Yasmine Hamdan, Deerhoof, and the Gavin Bryars Ensemble. I had never heard Meredith Monk perform, but that changed on Saturday, March 25th at the Bijou Theatre. Monk's music is meditative, like water bubbling from a stream. The flow was constant, both serene and active. This was especially apparent during the spellbinding Click Song #2. Elsewhere hypnotic counterpoint emerged when Monk was joined by members of her vocal ensemble. The entire concert experience was akin to listening to a lullaby in a foreign language–what was once unfamiliar soon became comforting. The vocal mysticism at the Bijou continued when the Theo Bleckmann Quintet took the stage later in the afternoon. If I've ever heard vocal timbre without impurities, Bleckmann's is as close as it gets. The singer's signature straight tone was ever-present, whether in a warm, rounded lower range or in his cool, blue falsetto. With incredibly atmospheric accompaniment, the quintet lent a New Age aura to Bleckmann's vocal jazz aesthetic.     Photo by Cora Wagoner  READ THE FULL  I CARE IF YOU LISTEN ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
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Snarky Puppy, set for - Funk of Ages at Philly Fillmore / Live For Live Music


Lettuce is curating yet another celebration of funk music this summer: Funk Of Ages: Past, Present & Future is set to go down at The Fillmore Philadelphia on June 24th, 2017. The world-dominating future-funk trailblazers will host an incredible lineup of bands to honor the "Funk of Ages," including multi-Grammy Award-winning funk/jazz/R&B ensemble Snarky Puppy, nine piece modern "power funk" act Turkuaz, and New Orleans-born keyboardist, singer, and Dumpstaphunk bandleader Ivan Neville, Snarky bandleader Michael League‘s world-beat side project Bokanté (featuring Roosevelt Collier and more), and CT-based ensemble Funky Dawgz Brass Band.  SEE Live for Live Music PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre}
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Renee Fleming and Joshua Bell will share the stage at World Science Festival / New York Times


The opera star Renée Fleming and the violinist Joshua Bell - two musicians whose fame transcends classical music - will share the stage in "Time, Creativity and the Cosmos," a multimedia spectacle to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the World Science Festival in New York. The performance, on May 30 at Jazz at Lincoln Center, is among the more than 50 events in the festival, which runs from May 30 through June 4 and for the first time will stage events in Times Square. "Time, Creativity and the Cosmos," narrated by Brian Greene, a physicist, the author of "The Elegant Universe" and a founder of the festival, is billed as a "celebration of science and art examining our collective longing to transcend the boundaries of space and time." The evening will feature performances by Ms. Fleming, Mr. Bell and the dance troupe Pilobolus. It will be directed by John Christian Plummer, who at last year's festival directed "Awakening the Mind: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Oliver Sacks." Ms. Fleming is performing in Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier" at the Metropolitan Opera through May 13. READ FULL NYTimes ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
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Bill Frisell trio set for STL-Ready Room / Riverfront Times


When Bill Frisell picks up his guitar, adjusts his pedals - they're arrayed like Zen stepping stones at his feet - and tweaks his amp, he's not readying a performance or looking for a sound, exactly. He's finding out where he's at in that moment, on stage or in a studio, and how that moment can really be what he's feeling - or even what he may not know he's feeling. No guitarist in jazz or rock or blues or folk sounds like him, because none are him. That's not really a tautology. The guitarist - who was born in Baltimore in 1951 and raised in Denver, Colorado - has a discography that reads like a secret relief map to all of the byways, skyways and hidden alleys of American music.  Frisell returns to St. Louis this weekend at The Ready Room with bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen.
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Simone Dinnerstein - Mozart in Havana is CLASSIC fM: Album of the Week


Throughout the week Classic FM's presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases. This week's Album of the Week is Mozart in Havana from Simone Dinnerstein. For the new album, Dinnerstein collaborated with the virtuosic Havana Lyceum Orchestra to perform Mozart s Piano Concerto Nos. 21 and 23. Mozart in Havana is a return to Dinnerstein's origins as a musician. Her connection with Cuba started early with Solomon Mikowsky, a Cuban émigré who became her piano teacher when she was nine. Mikowsky would tell stories of his childhood in Cuba and the country's many musical influences. When he inaugurated the Encuentro de Jóvenes Pianistas (Meeting of Young Pianists) festival in Havana in 2013, he invited Dinnerstein to play. Of course accepted without hesitation, said Dinnerstein.  READ THE FULL CLASSIC fM ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
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Howard Shore - Two Concerti / New Classical Tracks


"I compare it to different brushes," explains composer Howard Shore. "The film music is a wider brush. The concert music is a smaller brush, is more detail that I can do in terms of the counterpoint, the harmony, the orchestration. And of course, there's a breadth, the breaths are different, the phrasing is different, the ideas can be developed in a different way from concert to film. I enjoy both and they're both equally challenging to me to write." Howard Shore has recorded and composed music for about 80 films, including J.R.R. Tolkein's massive trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. These days, Howard told me he's writing more concert music. And he's just released a new recording featuring two of his concertos, "Mythic Gardens," a concerto for violincello and orchestra featuring Sophie Shao; and a piano concert titled "Ruin and Memory," featuring Lang Lang as the soloist.   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} You can enter for a chance to win a copy of this week's featured CD on New Classical Tracks. Winners will be drawn at random. Be sure to enter by 9 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.   PHOTO: Benjamin Ealovega LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT
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ESQ's Eugene Drucker and Lawrence Dutton speak with Classical Radio about new Britten - Purcell recording


The Emerson String Quartet celebrates its 40th season this year and presents a new recording, Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell, which is their first release on Universal Music Classics' new US classical record label, Decca Gold. Their US tour takes them from California to New York to Virginia this spring and summer, and on April 26 they will perform works from the new album and their extensive repertoire in celebration of the 40th anniversary at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR. In conjunction with this release, Quartet violinist Eugene Drucker and violist Lawrence Dutton have made herself available today - April 26, to speak about the album with Classical Radio Stations and Networks throughout North America. Participating cities include; New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Portland, Austin, among others. Stay tuned for our tweets.
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Simone Dinnerstein discusses Mozart in Havana with Classical Radio


Sony Classical has just released the new album from acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein - Mozart in Havana. Recorded in Cuba, this disc may be Dinnerstein's most ambitious to date and is a testament to music's ability to cross all cultural and language barriers. For it, Dinnerstein has collaborated with the virtuosic Havana Lyceum Orchestra to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto Nos. 21 and 23. In June, the Orchestra will also make their American debut in a series of concerts, the first time an orchestra of this size has traveled to the U.S. from Cuba since the revolution. In conjunction with this release, Ms. Dinnerstein has made herself available today - April 26, to speak about the album with Classical Radio Stations and Networks throughout North America. Participating cities include; New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Portland, Austin, Seattle, Dallas, and Albuquerque, along with several secondary market stations. Stay tuned all day for our tweets   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px}
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The Cranberries - Something Else offers a fantastic opportunity


The Cranberries have an utterly distinctive sound, not least due to the instantly recognisable vocal of Dolores, which on this album is brought to the forefront due to its unplugged nature. As such, Something Else(BMG Rights Management) offers a fantastic opportunity for a reintroduction to the band, with some of their most familiar tracks being present on this selection of songs. Something Else features three brand-new songs. Every old song on it was also re-recorded in 2016 acoustically and with string accompaniment (provided by the Irish Chamber Orchestra). Rather, Something Else is a veteran band's attempt to celebrate their own canon by reimagining and extending it. Tracks include: Linger, The Glory, Dreams, When You're Gone, Zombie, Ridiculous Thoughts, Rupture, Ode to My Family, Free to Decide, You & Me. SEE ALL REVIEWS ON KUDOS AZ.com PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px}
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Freaky Friday moves to Cleveland Play House / BroadwayWorld


Many know Mary Rodgers as the daughter of Richard Rodgers the composer of such classic musicals as "Oklahoma" and "Carousel." Others are aware that she collaborated on the musicals "Once Upon a Mattress" and "The Mad Show." Some might know that she is the mother of Tony Winner, Adam Guettel ("The Light in the Plaza"). Ask any tween or teen and they will probably relate that Rodgers wrote the 1972 book, "Freaky Friday." Yes, that "Freaky Friday." The one which tells the tale of a mother and daughter switching bodies, which was made into three different Walt Disney Company films, including one version whose screenplay was actually written by Mary Rodgers, herself. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px} The musical version of the story, which is based on the original Rodgers' book, as well as the films, is set in present time Chicago. It debuted at the Signature atre in Arlington, Virginia on October 4, 2016, where reviews hailed it as "a polished, peppy, modern fairy tale." A production was staged at California's La Jolla Playhouse in 2017, where it had an extended run. Much of that cast is now on stage at Cleveland Play House. READ THE FULL BroadwayWorld REVIEW
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Black Violin play Red Room / The Berklee Groove


Black Violin performed two sold out shows at Berklee's Red Room at Café 939 on Saturday, April 22nd. They are currently on their "Unity" tour where the duo is joined by a drummer and DJ SPS. I could clearly see Black Violin's message at work by taking a look at the audience. The diversity in age and ethnicity was evident and everyone was excited about what was to come. The show started with DJ SPS playing an "Are You Ready" sample and the drummer hyping up the crowd before Kev Marcus and Wil B made their way to the stage. Following their intro, Kev Marcus and Will B. immediately got into trading fast runs over a hip-hop beat. READ THE FULL Berklee Groove REVIEW p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px}
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Kurt Elling set for International Jazz Extravaganza / Mzansi Life


The International Jazz Extravaganza (IJE) will be returning to Durban International Convention Centre for the second time on 17 June this year. The line-up includes award winning American classic, Monty Alexander, Kurt Elling, Nduduzo Makhatini, Thandi Ntuli, and many more. "The International Jazz Extravaganza is growing into Durban's very own signature event for those passionate about jazz both in South Africa and from abroad," says president and chief executive officer of the IJE, Sindile Xulu. Music icon Elling will no doubt also be a huge drawcard for jazz aficionados to the IJE. With every one of his ten albums being nominated for a Grammy, Elling is well known for the impressive technical mastery and emotional depth of his rich baritone voice. READ THE FULL Mzansi Life ARTICLE
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Top 10 Albums for April

Diana Krall :

Turn Up The Quiet

The multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer Diana Krall's highly anticipated new album Turn Up the Quiet will be released on May 5th by Verve Records. The first words Diana sings are, "Lately, I find myself out gazing at stars". Minutes later, the same voice asks, "Isn't It Romantic'", with such tenderness that it is hard to disagree. "I have thought about these songs for a long time. Being in the company of some of my greatest friends in music allowed me to tell these stories just as I'd intended. Sometimes you just have to turn up the quiet to be heard a little better." 78 TOTAL SYND: CBC Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Miami, New Orleans, Denver, Detroit, Austin, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Long Island NY, Knoxville, Madison WI, Wichita, Honolulu, OR(Statewide), KS(Statewide), Toronto, Berlin, Barcelona INTER: Canada, Spain, Germany, Slovenia Online: salt peanuts, People Magazine, Straightnochaser, bebop spoken here, tedgioia.com, ginalovesjazz.com, Urban Cinefile, Green Arrow Radio, jazzradio.com, Jazz Views, The Jazz Breakfast, Quisqueya FM, jazzradio.net, Psychedelic Baby Magazine, Jazz Radio BCN 13 JazzWeek ADD's
Regina Carter :

Ella: Accentuate the Positive

A hundred years after her birth, the ever-eloquent Ella Fitzgerald continues to teach us lessons.  Regina Carter has chosen this moment to celebrate the First Lady of Song's infectious and inclusive artistry with unabashed joy.  "Accentuate the Positive, I thought was the perfect title considering the mood of the country and the world right now," Ms. Carter says.  "We need some positive vibes." Ella:  Accentuate the Positive, out April 21 from Okeh/Sony Music Masterworks 42 NEW  108 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, All Jazz Radio, Modern Jazz Today Direct: SiriusXM, Jazz Journalists Association Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Portland, San Diego, New Orleans, Denver, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Louisville, Knoxville, Madison WI, Wichita, Omaha, Honolulu, Long Island NY, Toronto, Berlin, Barcelona INTER: Canada, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Germany, South Africa Online: Jazz Weekly, Soulandjazz.com, MOJA, Jazz From Gallery 41, Party 934, The Jazz Intersection., anima Jazz, Radio Universidad, Tomajazz, Sun Music, tedgioia.com, MTV, GreenArrow, KUHS, jazzradio.net, azz Radio BCN, MTV 34 JazzWeek ADD's p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px}
Somi :

Petite Afrique

Pulsing with Harlem's rhythms and sonic ambiance, Somi's Petite Afrique is an homage to her New York City upper Manhattan neighborhood, and one of the Meccas of the African diaspora.  In the village of Harlem, along west 116th Street from Malcolm X Boulevard to Frederick Douglass Boulevard, African immigrants build American lives. Populated predominantly by a Francophone, West African and Muslim community, this is a strip of Harlem that locals call "Little Africa" or "Petite Afrique:" a thriving corridor of hair shops and shea butters, bistros and self-taught tailors.  Many of these working class residents - immigrants-cum-citizens - are now taxi drivers zipping other New Yorkers through the city they've called home since the 1980s.  21 NEW  123 TOTAL SYND; UnderCurrents, Modern Jazz Today, All Jazz Radio, ABC(AUS) Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Cleveland, Atlanta, St. Louis,  Portland, Minneapolis, Denver, New Orleans, Baltimore, Austin, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, Tucson, Louisville, San Antonio, Long Island NY, Knoxville, Reno, Madison WI, Boulder CO, Hartford CT, OR(Statewide), VT(Statewide), WV(Statewide) INTER: Canada, Portugal, Netherlands, Australia, South Africa Online: Green Arrow Radio, Jazz From Gallery 41, Soulandjazz.com, MOJA, SoundRoots, KUHS, Troonradio, Jazz Weekly, Jazz & Blues Tour, CBFWebRadio, Rhythms Magazine, DianaFM 29 JazzWeek ADD's p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica}
Charlie Watts meets The Danish Radio Big Band :

LIVE in Copenhagen

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts returns to his love of jazz for a live album of big band classics, originals and Rolling Stones covers. Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band has been released on Impulse! / Verve. Before the Rolling Stones were a known entity in the early 1960s, Charlie Watts had a day job that took him to Denmark. While he was there, he entrenched himself in the jazz and blues scene, sitting in with bands big and small, keeping his passion for music alive while he earned his living. Fast-forward fifty years to 2010: Charlie Watts got together with the Danish Radio Big Band and rehearsed for four days, presenting a concert at the newly opened Concert Hall of Denmark in Copenhagen that was broadcast on Danish National Radio. 23 NEW  101 TOTAL SYND: WFMT Jazz Net, Radio DeLuxe, All Jazz Radio Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Denver, Houston, Detroit, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Denver, Baltimore, San Antonio, Long Island NY, Albuquerque, Boulder CO, Louisville, Knoxville, Madison WI, Hartford CT, Honolulu, Toronto, Berlin INTER: Canada, Italy, Spain, Germany, South Africa Online: RollingStone, Best Classic Bands, Straightnochaser, MOJA, Party934, Green Arrow Radio, Jazz Weekly, all about jazz, jazzradio.net, JazzRadioBCN, anime Jazz 32 JazzWeek ADD's
The Cranberries :

Something Else

The Cranberries are set to release Something Else, a new album which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the band features re-worked renditions major hits, as well as brand new material. The album is due out April 28 via BMG on digital and CD formats, and includes seminal Cranberries songs like "Linger," "Zombie," "Dreams," and "Ode To My Family"... re-recorded in orchestral and acoustic arrangements. The album is now available for pre-order.  17 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Echoes, WoodSongs Markets include: Minneapolis, Denver/Boulder, Birmingham AL, Wichita KS, Knoxville TN, Charlottesville VA, Northfield VT, Stevens Point WI, Gallup NM, Astoria OR, Grand Rapids MN, BC-Canada Online: Consequence Of Sound p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px} All Press secured by Leo Lavoro@theendrecords
2CELLOS :

Score

2CELLOS, music's most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, go to the movies for their new Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks album Score, available March 17, 2017. Bringing 2CELLOS' game-changing sound and style to the most popular melodies ever written for classic and contemporary movies and television, Score will be supported by a world tour, kicking off with its U.S. leg this summer. The new video for "Game of Thrones" is out now. "We love movie music! This album represents some of our favorite pieces of music by our favorite film composers. Having the opportunity to arrange them for cello whilst working with the world class London Symphony Orchestra has been a dream come true," says Stjepan. 10 NEW  111 TOTAL SYND: C24, CBC, TRH Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD, AccuRadio Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, New Orleans, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Berkeley, Columbus OH, Santa fe, Hartford CT, Ft. Wayne IN, Madison WI, Hawaii, VT(Statewide), NE(Statewide) INTER: Canada, UK, Spain Online: Musicas Imaginadas, Musicas Imaginadas, Journeyscapes, Lost Frontier, Retailing Insight p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} All Press Secured by Angi Barkan, Larissa Slezak, Sony Masterworks p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px}
Jethro Tull :

The String Quartets

Ian Anderson and The Carducci Quartet have just released - Jethro Tull: The String Quartets. Says Anderson: "I felt that there were some songs rather special to me which featured the string quartet such as "A Christmas Song," "Reasons For Waiting" and "Wond'ring Aloud." These were my first experiences of working with a quartet. John [O'Hara] came up with a few suggestions of his own which presented challenges. All had an intimacy and presence which I looked forward to recapturing...." 11 NEW  110 TOTAL SYND: Classical 24, UnderCurrents, CBC, All Jazz Radio Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD, AccuRadio, Stingray Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Portland, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Denver, St. Louis, New Orleans, Houston, Pittsburgh, Berkeley CA, Orlando, Albuquerque, Louisville, Reno, MI(Statewide), WV(Statewide), Vancouver, Barcelona, Sydney INTER: Canada, UK, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa Online: Zone Music Reporter, Straightnochaser, Musicas Imaginadas, Chorus Life & Media, Musica Pagani, Soulandjazz.com, Whisperings, billboard, One World Radio, Music To Heal the Heart, Zephyr Planet Radio, The Eclectic Chair, Grateful Web, The Music Universe, TVOvermind, Mundofonias, relix, Otago, worldbeatcanada, DianaFM, scoop, Troonradio, CBFWebRadio All Press secured by Leo Lavoro@theendrecords
Emerson String Quartet :

Music of Britten and Purcell Chaconnes & Fantasias

The Emerson String Quartet celebrates its 40th season this year and presents a new recording, Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell, which will be the first release on Universal Music Classics' new US classical record label, Decca Gold, on April 21. Their US tour takes them from California to New York to Virginia this spring and summer, and on April 26 they will perform works from the new album and their extensive repertoire in celebration of the 40th anniversary at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR. 21 NEW  59 TOTAL SYND: Classical 24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Cleveland, Houston, Seattle, Cleveland, Baltimore, Denver, Minneapolis, Portland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Austin, Albuquerque, Columbus OH, Santa Fe, NE(Statewide), MI(Statewide), IA(Statewide) Online: AccuRadio, Epoch Times
Simone Dinnerstein :

Mozart in Havana

(Sony Classicalwill release acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein's new album, Mozart in Havana, on April 21. The new album, recorded in Cuba, may be her most ambitious to date and is a testament to music's ability to cross all cultural and language barriers.For it, Dinnerstein has collaborated with the virtuosic Havana Lyceum Orchestra to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto Nos. 21 and 23. In June, the Orchestra will also make their American debut in a series of concerts, the first time an orchestra of this size has traveled to the U.S. from Cuba since the revolution.
Billy Porter :

The Soul of Richard Rodgers

Tony and Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter's new studio album, Billy Porter Presents - The Soul of Richard Rodgers, will be released April 14, 2017 and is available for pre-order now, it was announced today by Bee & El and Sony Masterworks Broadway.  The album, which features new, soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs, includes solos and duets from the following artists  (in addition to Porter himself):  Tony and Grammy Award winners Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton), Tony Award-winner Patina Miller (Pippin), Grammy Award winners Pentatonix and India.Arie, Tony Award nominees Brandon Victor Dixon (Shuffle Along), Joshua Henry (Violet), and Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), alongside YouTube sensation and Kinky Boots star Todrick Hall and multiple Grammy Award nominees Deborah Cox and Ledisi. 10 TOTAL Markets include: Philadelphia, Madison WI, Berlin Online: GreenArrow INTER: Germany 3 Jazzweek ADD's
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