NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND Saturday, January 5, at 5:00 p.m. (Brooklyn Museum) Swinging gypsy melodies, full-throated vocals, fiery strings, and unstoppable percussion: Ljova and the Kontraband create music that’s completely irresistible and incredibly fun. Defying categorization, this compelling music pulls together classical traditions, gypsy and Eastern-European sounds, Latin rhythms, and jazz improvisation.
NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: GREGORY PORTER Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) With a righteous baritone, soulful scatting, and warm musicality, Gregory Porter exploded onto the international music scene as the new crowned king of vocal jazz. Porter’s debut album Water was Grammy Award- nominated for Best Jazz Vocal, and was followed this year by his sophomore album Be Good, which features his stand-out original songs and strong grooves. This concert is made possible, in part, by the Edward Prager Endowment Fund for Jazz Artists.
CARNEGIE HALL FAMILY CONCERT: MAMBO MANIA Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m. (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) Eguie Castrillo, his vibrant 18-piece orchestra, and special guest vocalist Gilberto Santa Rosa are featured in a Family Concert titled Mambo Mania, a celebration of the passion and joy of mambo music and dance. Eguie and Gilberto will bring the whole family to their feet while they fill the hall with the electrifying sounds and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean and their native country of Puerto Rico. Thanks to New York City Department of Homeless Services for supporting young fathers and their families at this concert. Tickets: $9, $15, $20
NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: LIONEL LOUEKE TRIO Monday, January 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) Originally from the West African nation of Benin, Lionel Loueke harnesses his deep knowledge of African music to create a heartfelt, evocative sound that features harmonic complexity and original guitar techniques. Praised by his mentor Herbie Hancock as a “musical painter,” Loueke draws you in with his husky baritone, tender falsetto, and fresh, energetic sound.
COMMUNITY SING: THE PEOPLE SING WITH THE BROADWAY ALL-STAR VOICES Sunday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. (Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College) Composer Thomas Cabaniss and Leslie Stifelman, musical director of Chicago: The Musical, will guide this sing-along through some of the show-stopping, electrifying numbers from some of the most beloved Broadway musicals including Hair, Les Misérables, Rent, and more! Audience members are given the opportunity to sing with real Broadway stars at this event. Community Sing events are part of the Neighborhood Concert Series.
NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: ALISON KING AND CARRIE-ANN MATHESON Saturday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m. (Advent Lutheran Church) Rising star Alison King, a protégée of the illustrious Marilyn Horne, is making her mark on the New York opera scene this year. Last year alone, the soprano received a coveted spot in Carnegie Hall’s The Song Continues master class series with Kurt Moll, and received an honorable mention at the famed Marilyn Horne Song Competition at Music Academy of the West. She performs in recital with pianist Carrie-Ann Matheson (pictured at far right), whose playing has been called “stylish,” “insightful,” and “admirable” by The New York Times. This concert is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.Thanks to New York City Council Member Gale Brewer for making this concert possible.
NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: THE GERARD EDERY ENSEMBLE Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. (Congregation Shearith Israel – The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue) Recognized as a leading musical folklorist and a master singer and guitarist, Gerard Edery and his trio seek to uncover and preserve songs, stories, and melodies from Europe, the Middle East, South America, and ancient Persia, interpreting them for contemporary audiences. Edery’s warm baritone smoothly travels between a variety of languages and styles. Thanks to New York City Council Member Gale Brewer for making this concert possible.
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