Global Mashup #4: Balkans meets El Barrio

We’re mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Raya Brass Band thrills audience with intense, soul-shaking Balkan wedding music and Spanglish Fly returns with irresistible grooves that play 60’s soul inspired by Latin boogaloo. Each band plays a set, then the two meet and jam. Come ready to dance! DATE: FRI | JUNE 1 | 7 PM (DANCE LESSONS) & 8 PM (CONCERT)

Tickets: $16/$10 Members & Students (Teens 13-19 free with ID)

Public Program: Edward W. Hardy performs works inspired by Edgar Allan Poe & L. Frank Baum

Acclaimed violinist and EtM Con Edison Composer-in-Residence Edward W. Hardy will be performing a mixture of musical genres with original music inspired by the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and L. Frank Baum along with other premieres and arrangements of Hardy’s works. This concert will have Mr. Hardy performing several new compositions including Evolution, Flying, Nevermore – inspired by “The Raven”, The Evil Eye – “Tell Tale”, A Fantasy – “Masque of The Red Death” along with a selection from his score of the Off-Broadway smash hit “The Woodsman” – adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. This concert is produced by Edward W. Hardy, in association with the EtM Con Edison Composer-in-Residence program, the Turtle Bay Music School, the New York State Council on the Arts, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Sacred and Profane: Carmina Burana

This Memorial Day, join DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan Griffith and the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Singers International in an unforgettable performance experience of Carl Orff’s 1937 composition, Carmina Burana, one of the most popular pieces of the classical music repertoire. William Powell conducts composer Rosephanye Powell’s soulful and uplifting vocal masterwork “Gospel Trinity”. This event will be recorded and live streamed on Facebook. PERFORMERS:
Jonathan Griffith, Conductor
William Powell, Conductor
Penelope Shumate, Soprano
Dillon McCartney, Tenor
Keith Harris, Baritone
Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana
Rosephanye Powell: Gospel Trinity (New York Premiere)

Tickets $20-$100! On Sale Now!

Live Jazz Standards with Mister Diva

Mister Diva & The Gents serve up fresh renditions of jazz standards at McLoughlin’s Bar in Astoria. Featuring Cedric Jones on vocals, Josh Friedman on guitar and Jason Scott Laney on piano.

PORTRAIT | Heinz Holliger

ensemble mise-en will perform numerous works by the esteemed Swiss oboist, conductor, and composer Heinz Holliger as part of its PORTRAIT concert series. The works featured in this program span 1971 – 2012, giving audiences a glimpse into the evolution and diversity of Holliger’s work as a composer over time. The pieces ranging from soloist to more expansive works, and highlight Holliger’s mastery of unorthodoxy. The celebrated piece Ma’mounia (2002), a commission for the Concours de Genève, captures the experimentality of Holliger’s works — it is, in parts, minimalist, then frenetic, with complex interplay among instruments. Throughout, the piece is anchored by dynamic percussion, including a virtuoso solo to be performed by ensemble mise-en percussionist Josh Perry.

Vocal Colors

The fourth annual presentation of Vocal Colors celebrates the choral arts at Carnegie Hall. This evening’s highlights include American composer J. Reese Norris as well as the music of Minnesota based composer and conductor Eric Barnum. Marina Alexander also leads a choir through two beautiful works by Kim Andre Arnesen and Otto Olson. PERFORMERS:
J. Reese Norris, Conductor
Eric Barnum, Conductor
Marina Alexander, Director
Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Richmond Choral Society and The Arcadian Chorale (NY)

Barnum: A Thousand Red Birds
Barnum: Afternoon on a Hill
Barnum: Evensong
Young: Thulele Mama Ya
Norris: Endless Song
Norris: We Sing of Love
Arrg. Berg: Georgia on My Mind
Narverud: Sisi Ni Moja
Norris: Paper Crane
Norris: Ukuthula
Norris: This is Your Time

Fete Galante: The Anatomy of Melancholy

Leclair – Second Musical Recreation
Clerambault – L’Isle de Delos
Devienne – Trio for flute, violin and cello in G minor
Telemann – Paris Quartet No.5 in A major

Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Four Nations Ensemble:
Kathie Stewart, flute
Olivier Brault, violin
Jaap Terlinden, viola da gamba and cello
Adam Cockerham, lute
Andrew Appel, harpsichord

Illustrated talk by Tav Holmes

Out of the dark final years of the reign of Louis XIV came a new style of art characterized by freshness, elegance and sensuality. While Versailles was draped in the heavy fabrics of guilt and failure, penance and penitence, Antoine Watteau was breaking with tradition, creating the new genre of the fete galante. His delicate brushstrokes and mastery of color and nuance are echoed in the music of his contemporary Francois Couperin. As art historian Tav Holmes guides us through the unique, idealized world of Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard, the Four Nations Ensemble and soprano Sherezade Panthaki will perform works of equally evocative beauty by Leclair, Clerambault, Devienne, and Telemann.

The Box Tops

From the mid-‘60s into the ‘70s, there was no finer blue-eyed soul group than The Box Tops, from Memphis, TN. Formed in 1967, The Box Tops recorded a string of hits including the worldwide #1 megahit song, “The Letter” (Cashbox Record of the year 1967, and 4 weeks at #1) and seven additional Top 40 hits including “Cry Like A Baby”; “Soul Deep”; “Neon Rainbow”; “Choo Choo Train”; “Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March”; and “Turn On A Dream.”

In 2015, original bassist/vocalist Bill Cunningham and original guitarist/vocalist Gary Talley teamed up with veteran music industry bandleader/manager Rick Levy to bring The Box Tops’ music back to waiting audiences. In short order, they have performed to thousands of fans all over the USA. The Box Tops’ show highlights their hit records, and, equally importantly, Memphis music of the 60s. Expect to be treated to the songs that influenced the members as young teens growing up in such a musical hotbed.

Mad Libs: A Musical Parody

It’s a musical like you’ve never seen before! Literally, this show has never been seen before, even by the hosts, and it will likely disintegrate right before your very eyes. Each participating team has been tasked with creating a musical parody based on a beloved song and a unifying theme, while the hosts do their best to fill in the blanks in between. Come watch four hilarious teams compete for the Musical Mad Libs crown at The Pit Underground on May 11 at 9pm. Hosted by Michelle Petterson and Zoe Yellen.

Cambalache: Chicano-Jarocho Music of Mexico Workshop

Join Cambalache for an interactive dance workshop introducing the history of son jarocho music and dance, and its instrumentation including the use of zapateado, the percussive dance of Veracruz. DATE: SAT | MAY 5 | 1 PM | FAMILY WORKSHOP (ALL AGES)

Tickets: $8/$5 Children/FREE for members with tickets to 2:15 pm show