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

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

Tuesday, 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.


Thursday, October 4 (7:30 pm)
Ljova & the Kontraband
Eastern-European and Gypsy melodies, Latin rhythms, jazz-inspired improvisations, and deeply rooted Classical forms spawn new hybrids, with a nostalgic gaze to the past. Paired with a complimentary glass of smooth Armenian brandy; part of Symphony Space's Rebels + Reds series combining music and libations.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space
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Thursday, October 11 (8 pm)
All-Fairouz concert
Featuring New York premiere of The Named Angels, Borromeo String Quartet, with additional performances by the Cygnus Ensemble and pianists Kathleen Supové, Taka Kigawa, and Blair McMillen.
Presented by Issue Project Room at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, 113 Remsen St., Brooklyn
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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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