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FREE TICKETS: Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall

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Photo credit: Jay Blakesburg

NOTE: This contest has ended.

The Kronos Quartet host their 40th-anniversary celebration at Carnegie Hall this Friday at 8:00 p.m., and FoM is giving away five free pairs of tickets to the show! 

Joined by Wu Man (pipa), Jherek Bischoff (bass guitar), Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and musicians from Face The Music, the renowned foursome perform a two-hour program of commissioned works by their favorite composers.

For your chance to win:

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3. Head to our Facebook page and COMMENT on our giveaway post! Note: "Likes" on their own will not be considered valid entries.

Snarky Puppy Closes Out U.S. Tour at Irving Plaza

by Nick Fallon

Snarky Puppy 14

This past Saturday Grammy Award–winning jazz/fusion group Snarky Puppy made a stop at Irving Plaza to play to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd. As the final stop on the band's U.S. tour, they played a number of tracks off their most recent album, We Like It Here, and not only did they fill the stage (there's at least ten of them in the band!) but they also drew nothing but smiles from the crowd throughout the two-hour-plus show.

Currently about to emback on a world tour with stops in South Africa and all over Europe, the group will be touring and performing for audiences all over the world for at least the next six months.  

More photos after the jump; complete set on the photo page.

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Thomas Hampson Reclaims His Role in Metropolitan Opera's Wozzeck

by Robert Leeper

Voigt, Wozzeck

After a delayed start to his run in Wozzeck at the Metropolitan Opera, Thomas Hampson returned from illness to take over the titular character last week. Hampson's tormented presentation of the oppressed and hapless soldier was missed due to a bout with bronchitis for the first couple of performances of the run, but his return to Alban Berg's 1925 masterpiece was a triumphant one.

Hampson's voice had a sincere humanity to it—an almost boyish naiveté—as his character struggled in vain to support his family, despite the merciless taunting of his superiors and his own ever-loosening clutch on reality. Wozzeck is a terrifying 90-minute depiction of a poor soldier being driven to madness by warped authority figures, and the remnants of Hampson's illness almost contributed to his character's humbled stature.

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