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February 2011

Tonight: Tully Scope

Tully-Scope-Festival1Yet another new entry to the NYC music calendar kicks off tonight with Lincoln Center's inaugural Tully Scope Festival: a three-week, multi-disciplinary series of concerts named for the host venue, Alice Tully Hall. The festival is yet another bloom of inspiration from Lincoln Center's VP of Programming Jane Moss, who made all kinds of waves this past fall with the White Light Festival.

While this festival may be slightly smaller than White Light in scope and ambition, it seems to be custom-built for tasting: buy one ticket at full price ($45-$75) and all other concerts are only $20. And, there's quite a menu to choose from: everything from Manny Ax playing Schubert, to Tyondai Braxton (son of Anthony and Battles lead man) performing an original composition called Central Market with the Wordless Music Orchestra. 

The festival kicks off tonight with a free 6pm performance by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) of Nathan Davis's Bells in Alice Tullly's grand foyer (free admission.) followed by a concert featuring works by Webern, Xenakis, and Morton Feldman.  

And, yes, there will be free prosecco served afterward. See you tonight.

Back in Austin (w/Broken Social Scene)

DSC04787SXSW  may still be a month a way, but there's still plenty of music to be had down here in Austin. As in: Broken Social Scene (Toronto, ON), who played an anthemic extended set to a capacity crowd last night at La Zona Rosa. The band clearly has deep affection for this town and everything it represents. "SXSW 2003," lead singer Kevin Drew shouted from the stage. "You're the city that made it all happen for us!"

More pics on Flickr. And, more updates from the Music Capital throughout the weekend.