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CRAZY FOR...GERSHWIN! and More Set for Symphony Space, Oct 2012

Tonight, October 16 brings one of Symphony Space's starriest presentations of the season: "Crazy for…Gershwin!," headlined by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. They're accompanied by one of New York's most dynamic young music collectives: Le Train Bleu, conducted by Ransom Wilson. It all takes place at Symphony Space's Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre.

The program spotlights both sides of George Gershwin's genius, with an enticing selection of concert pieces and show tunes. McDermott and company bring Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue to life, while Salerno-Sonnenberg and the ensemble play Jascha Heifetz's glorious arrangements of It Ain't Necessarily So, Bess You Is My Woman Now, and Prelude #1, as well as Embraceable You. The evening is rounded out by a set of songs with vocalists Katie Geissinger and Robert Osborne.

It is the first of Symphony Space's Trio of Tributes this season, with further evenings devoted to Stephen Sondheim (March 9, 2013) and Paul Motian (March 22). Tickets are $45, $38 for members, and $15 for under-30's, available at Symphony Space's website.

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Tuesday, October 16 (8 pm)
Crazy for…Gershwin!
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Anne-Marie McDermott, Ransom Wilson + Le Train Bleu; Katie Geissinger and Robert Osborne.
Peter Jay Sharpe Theater, Symphony Space
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Friday, October 19 (7:30 pm)
"Seeing Jazz" with Darcy James Argue and George Wein.
Known for leading The Secret Society, the idiosyncratic steam-punker Darcy James Argue engages in dialogue with jazz impresario George Wein, while the Pedro Giraudo Septet offers a performance of Argue's music on a smaller scale in the intimate Thalia setting. Part of Symphony Space's Salon Series.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space
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Sunday, October 21 and Tuesday, October 23 (7 pm)
World premiere of Mohammed Fairouz's song cycle Audenesque, based on elegiac texts of W. H. Auden and Seamus Heaney. Featuring mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey and the Metropolis Ensemble under Andrew Cyr.
Le Poisson Rouge
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Symphony Space traces its beginnings to a free marathon concert, Wall to Wall Bach, held in 1978 and organized by co-founders Isaiah Sheffer and Allan Miller. The music marathon then drew thousands of visitors and has since become one of the organization's signature events. Today Symphony Space presents more than 600 events each season, including music, dance, theater, film, and literary readings. Some of its best known programs include Selected Shorts, a reading of short stories by stars of stage and screen, and one of the most popular series on public radio; the Thalia Film Club, a trendy film club hosted by Marshall Fine featuring pre-release screenings and behind-the-scenes conversations with film stars; Just Kidding, one of the most talked about family destinations around town; and, more recently, The Music of Now, presenting an eclectic range of music in all styles and sensibilities, focusing on emerging artists and unusual work. Uptown/ Showdown has been called "New Yor k's best comedy series" by New York Magazine. For more information, visit www.symphonyspace.org.

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