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April 2014

FREE TICKETS: The Bad Plus at Jazz Standard

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NOTE: This contest has ended.

"Avant-garde populist" trio The Bad Plus take over Jazz Standard this weekend, and FoM is giving away a pair of free tickets to your choice of Sunday night show! (Sets at 7:30 or 9:30 p.m. *Be sure to include show preference in your entry!) 

For your chance to win:

1. Email free@feastofmusic.com    -OR-

2. Tweet #FreeTickets @Thebadplus @feastofmusic  (and don't forget to follow us!)   -OR-

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


FREE TICKETS: David Lang's Collected Stories Series at Carnegie Hall

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NOTE: This contest has ended.

David Lang's collected stories—an epic multigenre concert series comprising six uniquely themed performances showcasing musical storytelling—begins its run at Carnegie Hall next week, and FoM is giving away one pair of tickets to each show

Tuesday, April 22, hero: Storyteller and medieval harpist Benjamin Bagby does Beowulf and the Harry Partch Institute Ensemble performs an original work. 

Wednesday, April 23, spirit: Tuvan throat singing abounds with Huun-Huur-Tu, as well as Arvo Pärt's Passio

Thursday, April 24, love/loss: Aesop Rock, Kimya Dawson, and James Lynch explore the emotional extremeties of love and loss in works by Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly

Saturday, April 26, travel: Pianist Louis Lortie undertakes Liszt's monumental 180-minute saga, Années de pèlerinage. 

Sunday, April 27, (post)folk: Alarm Will Sound presents a set of premieres that lace traditional folk styles into contemporary pieces. 

Tuesday, April 29, memoir: The series culmination couples the world premiere of Lang's own new work, mystery sonatas, with a trio of works by John Cage. 

 

For your chance to win:

*Include show preferences in your entry. One winner will be chosen for each show.* 

1. Email free@feastofmusic.com    -OR-

2. Tweet #FreeTickets #CHStories @feastofmusic  (and don't forget to follow us!)   -OR-

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


Broadway Chamber Players: "Black and Blue" at St. Malachy's

by Robert Leeper

BCP, Black & Blue

Photo credit: Broadway Chamber Players

For the musicians that haunt the orchestra pits of some of New York's biggest theaters, versatility is key: These pros read like the New York Phil, swing like the Jazz Standard, and are constantly learning pieces on the fly for harried directors and hard-nosed producers. These characteristics are becoming increasingly common among chamber groups as well, making Broadway Chamber Players an organically occurring group in the New York chamber-music scene.

Monday's performance brought four of Broadway's top woodwind doublers to St. Malachy's – The Actors' Chapel for a program dubbed "Black and Blue"—named after the Broadway musical celebrating Jazz Age music and dance in Paris between the world wars. It was a promising performance and hopefully the sign of a group capable of equally polished and developed programming in its future. The loose conglomeration of pieces displayed a wide range of talents and areas of interests, but the rapid transitions from one piece to the next left little space for reflection during a piece and even less time to sink into any one mood.

The highlight of the evening was no doubt Billy Kerr's evocative arrangement of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" for saxophone quartet. The impressionistic, chromatic musings were enhanced by the saxophones timbres, which melded effortlessly into one another and added a haunting new angle to the beloved classic.

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FREE TICKETS: Better Than Ezra at Irving Plaza

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NOTE: This contest has ended.

On the brink of their first CD release in nearly five years, alt-rock power trio Better Than Ezra invades Irving Plaza this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., and FoM is giving away a pair of free tickets to the show! 

For your chance to win:

1. Email free@feastofmusic.com    -OR-

2. Tweet #FreeTickets @betterthanezra @feastofmusic  (and don't forget to follow us!)   -OR-

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