As (le) Poisson Rouge discovered five years ago, people like a little alcohol with their classical/contemporary music. So, when I heard Sugar Vendil's Nouveau Classical Project was doing a show Friday night in LPR's Gallery Bar with free cocktails, I thought that might be a good way to start off the weekend.
The show, titled Composed Cocktails, purported to pair live music with one of three cocktails (booze provided by Georgi). I can't say it was the ideal situation to hear Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, or arrangements of songs from the Beck Song Reader by Trevor Gureckis, Marina Kifferstein, and Bryan Sent, but from what I could tell, the performances were at least as strong as the drinks and—more importantly—everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Special props to soprano Amanda Gregory, who was engaging and theatrical.
Speaking of LPR, they are celebrating their fifth birthday in style June 7-15 with LPR X 5: a series of shows meant to highlight all of the club's diverse programming, from Alarm Will Sound to The Antlers. Or, you can just show up and list to Macaulay Culkin's iPod.