This Sunday: The Accordion will be featured at Baby Got Bach along with world premiere by Steven Mackey

January 31st, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
February 6, 2011
11:00 amto12:30 pm

Accordion player Ernest Sau will be at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge for this weekend’s Baby Got Bach performance on February 6th from 11am – 12:30pm. In this monthly series, kids play real instruments during pre-concert activities. Ernest will be playing and demonstrating the accordion and showing parents and children the opportunity to try and play this instrument. Other performers on this weekend’s program include Baby Got Bach’s Artistic Director and pianist, Orli Shaham, violinist Nurit Pacht, horn player Alma Liebrecht and the premiere of “Sneaky March” by composer Steven Mackey. In addition to Mackey’s premiere, music old and new and instruments familiar and unfamiliar will be played.

Babt Got Bach’s program is aimed toward 3 to 6 year-olds, but all ages are welcome. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase, and Baby Got Bach’s 11 am – 12:30 pm time on Sundays is designed to work around family naptime schedules. Tickets prices for the February 6th performances are $10 for children, $20 for adults, and $40 for family (up to 2 children & 2 adults), and can be purchased through (Le) Poisson Rouge at or (212) 505-FISH (212) 505-3474. Tickets are also available at the door, subject to availability. LPR is located at 158 Bleeker Street, between Thompson and Sullivan Streets in Greenwich Village.

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About the Accordion: The accordion is a box-shaped musical instrument sometimes referred to as a “squeezebox.” The accordion is played by pushing or opening a bellows while pressing buttons or keys, causing valves to open. This allows air to flow across strips of brass or steel that vibrate to produce sound inside the body of the accordion. The instrument is sometimes considered a one-man-band as it needs no accompanying instrument.

Chicago’s Chinese Fine Arts Society Celebrates the Year of the Rabbit

January 26th, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
February 13, 2011
12:00 pmto5:00 pm

Chicago’s Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS) celebrates the Chinese New Year with colorful, traditional music, dance and martial arts performances at  Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, on Sunday, February 13, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Navy Pier’s Chinese New Year Celebration is a part of the Neighborhoods of the World series, Sundays, Feb. 6 – Apr. 3, 2011, in the Crystal Gardens.

These Free Public Performances will feature:

  • Lion Dance and Martial Arts by the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center Lion Dance Troupe
  • Chinese Fine Arts Society’s Chinese Instrument Ensemble featuring YuQi Deng (GuZheng), Erhu: Alexander Li (Erhu), Kerry Leung (Bamboo Flute) and Brent Roman on Yangqin. GuZheng, Erhu, and Yangqin are traditional Chinese instruments.
  • Jin Qiu Yue Dance Studio featuring students of Northwestern University, members of Little Star Dance Troupe, Flying Fairies Dance Group, and Oak Park Daughter’s Dance Group
  • Bei Dou Kung Fu All Stars
  • Peking Opera excerpt
  • Hakka Dance Troupe led by Rei Ling Chang
  • CFAS Chorus, under the direction of Lori Ho
  • Shadow Puppet Show led by Lori Ho
  • The Magical Strings of Youth of the Betty Haag Academy of Music
  • Fashion Show including traditional Chinese costumes from various dynasties

CFAS is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of Chinese Cultural Arts. By offering high quality professional performances of traditional and contemporary music compositions by Chinese and western composers, Chinese music on both traditional and western instruments, and Chinese dance and martial arts, CFAS seeks to reach a broad range of people and heighten their awareness of the richness of Chinese culture.

Summation Dance Company at Baryshnikov Arts Center

January 23rd, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
February 4, 2011 7:30 pmtoFebruary 5, 2011 7:30 pm

Summation Dance Company presents the World Premiere of its first evening-length work KEEP YOUR FEATHERS DRY at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37th Street, at 7:30 pm on February 4-5, 2011. Tickets are $20 ($12 for students) and are available at SmartTix or 212-868-4444.

KEEP YOUR FEATHERS DRY explores the emotional burdens of heartbreak complicated by war. The dancers represent fragmented thoughts and distorted emotions as they navigate their way through the incomprehensible. The piece is choreographed by Sumi Clements and produced by Taryn Vander Hoop. The music includes the works of Moby, Four Tet, and Blockhead.

Dancers: Sumi Clements, Angela Curotto, Cat DeAngelis, Sarah Holmes, Allie Lochary, Julie McMillan, Erin Okayama, Kristin Schwab, Yohta Tsagri, Taryn Vander Hoop and Kelsey Berry (Apprentice).

Summation Dance Company, founded by Sumi Clements and Taryn Vander Hoop, is a New York City based modern dance company creating exciting, innovative, and highly physical work. The mission of Summation is to find the beauty in struggle, the humor in the mundane, and the grace in humanity.

Soprano Amy Conn with Newberry Consort and eighth blackbird

January 21st, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
February 5, 2011 7:30 pmtoFebruary 13, 2011 7:30 pm

Chicago-based soprano Amy Conn will appear in Bach’s Cantata 152 “Tritt auf den Glaubensbahn” as part of the Grace Lutheran Church Bach Cantata Vespers Series with the Newberry Consort and Douglas Anderson, Baritone. The concert will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division Street, in River Forest, IL, on Sunday, January 30th 4pm.

The following week, Ms. Conn will sing Steven Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians with chamber ensemble eighth blackbird at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago ave., on Saturday February 5th, 7:30pm (sold out) & 10pm.

Finally, on February 13 at 2pm, Amy will perform “Men and Women in Love,” a solo recital with Shannon McGinnis, pian;  featuring music of Clara Schumann, Germaine Tailleferre, Robert Kritz and Enrique Granados. The recital will take place at the Wilmette Public Library Auditorium, 1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, IL. Admission is free.

Soprano Amy Conn is known for her pure tone, communicative warmth and musical intelligence. Amy appears on both the concert and theater stage in music of many periods, with a special love for baroque repertoire. Ms. Conn has soloed with Music of the Baroque, Baroque Band, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Elgin Choral Union and Symphony, Chorus Angelorum, North Shore Choral Society, Lutheran Choir of Chicago and Bach Chamber Choir. She is a former long time member of Chicago a cappella. Stage appearances include lead roles in Acis and Galatea, The Turn of the Screw, Yeomen of the Guard and The Pirates of Penzance. In 2010, she made her debut with Chicago Opera Theater, covering the role of Isifile in Cavalli’s Giasone.

Singer-songwriter “Pistol” Pete Sturman at NYC’s Dixon Place

January 21st, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 26, 2011
7:30 pm

Singer/songwriter “Pistol” Pete Sturman performs live at New York’s Dixon Place (in the Lounge), Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30pm. Dixon Place is located at 161-A Chrystie St. (bet. Rivington & Delancey) in Manhattan

Sturman will be singing new originals from his solo EP True Stories, classics from the Pistol Pete & Popgun Paul songbook and other surprises. Special guest performers, to be announced, will join him.

With over 200 original songs, Pete Sturman is a quirky singer-songwriter who once achieved a smidgen of notoriety as half of the unambiguously gay music duo Pistol Pete & Popgun Paul. Pete’s 4-song EP True Stories features “Wasn’t Plannin’ on Leavin’” – an evacuation account that has tickled and touched audiences. His live show mixes new songs with such crowd-pleasers as “What If God Was a Homo”, “Superfag” and the oft-requested “Anal Anthem”.

Pete and Paul met in New Orleans in 1993 – Pete was a punky-folkie with a Master’s Degree in English. Paul Cowgill could be found busking on the streets of the French Quarter and telling stories of his days as a teenage drag queen and Pentecostal church pianist. Spending almost as much time on their costumes as on their music, they developed a loyal following in New Orleans before recording two CDs and taking their show to cities and towns all over the U.S. The duo combined old-time country, blues and gospel traditions, presented with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude and an ironic light-heartedness. After Katrina, Pete moved to New York City, where he has been performing as a solo artist at venues such as The Duplex, Dixon Place, CBGB’s Gallery, Nuyorican Poet’s Café, 6th Street Community Center, and Julius’. His songs were recently featured in a workshop of The Thing About It, a musical presented by Southern Rep Theatre, and occasionally he gets back to New Orleans for a musical reunion with Popgun Paul.