Barbes just keeps cranking out the aural magic. On Sunday night, I stopped by the back room by for the monthly Barbes Classical night, presented by the Concert Artists Guild. This month's installment featured the Brazil Guitar Duo, comprised of Sao Paolo natives João Luiz and Douglas Lora, performing classical and traditional works with quiet intensity and awesome ability. Currently on a North American tour, they'll be back in NYC at the Miller Theater on April 14, performing on a program of pocket concertos with the Perspectives Ensemble.
Last night, Marta Topferova, who I've written about previously, returned and charmed the crowd with her exotic mix of Latin and Czech songs. She performed with an amazing group of backing musicians, matching Topferova's own excellent Cuatro playing. I saw her smiling throughout, almost as if she was in an uncontrollable state of ecstasy. Believe she, she wasn't the only one.
As for this weekend, I'll be at Carnegie tomorrow to catch the St. Louis Symphony performing Mahler, Ravel and Adams. (The concert was to have featured the premiere of Adams' Doctor Atomic Symphony, but Adams reportedly underestimated the amount of work involved, and so the SLSO will instead offer his Harmonielehehre.) On Sunday morning, I'll be at the 92nd Street Y to hear Alex Ross speak about Debussy and Schoenberg, and maybe offer an excerpt or two from his as-yet-unpublished The Rest Is Noise. Tickets are $37 and include brunch, but if you're 35 or under, you can get in for $10 (w/o the brunch, though.)