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December 19th

WWOZ 34 Birthday Party

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, DJ Soul Sister

 

Kermit Ruffins Big 50th Bash

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Celebrate Kermit’s birthday w/ The Barbeque Swingers, Nayo Jones and Neisha Ruffins Band

 

Bounce Holiday Edition

Republic, 10p.mm.

Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee, Walt Wiggady and more! $5

 

Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas

Mid-City Theater, 8p.m.

A holiday play complete with speed dating and snuggies

 

Kool and the Gang, Cheap Trick

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Music with legends to kick off 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Samedi

December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II

 

Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

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December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral

 

Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action

 

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December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

Mardi

December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show

 

Kronos, Pacifica Quartets Offer Thurs. Embarrassment of Riches


by Joe Shriner

New Orleans is a city known for excess, and as a consequence of two organizations’ ambitious programming (and apparent dissociation), chamber music lovers may need to flip a coin on Thursday to decide their evening plans. On November 14, at 8 pm, two eminent string quartets will perform on separate stages: Kronos Quartet plays in the Contemporary Arts Center’s Warehouse while the Pacifica Quartet performs alongside pianist Marc-André Hamelin at Dixon Hall at Tulane University.

 

Both celebrated ensembles lend their talents to live performance and recordings of string quartets by past and contemporary composers alike. Pacifica has gained a reputation for their consummate interpretations of works by Mendelssohn, Easley Blackwood, and several Soviet Russian composers. Their four-volume CD recordings of the complete Shostakovich string quartets have received high praise from critics, and Pacifica received a Grammy Award for their execution of Elliott Carter’s String Quartets Nos. 1 & 5 in 2009.

 

The 40-year-old Kronos Quartet, whom have recorded over 40 unaccompanied albums, have developed the reputation for peerless interpretations of 20th century works, with much of their repertory and albums made up of works written or arranged exclusively for them. This was the case for their recording of Steve Reich’s Different Trains, which snagged the composer a Grammy in 1990. Kronos received a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2004 for their recording of Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite.

 

On Thursday, Kronos Quartet performs in the CAC’s Warehouse (900 Camp St.) at 8pm, continuing its 40th anniversary season with the regional premiere performance of Phillip Glass’s “String Quartet No. 6.” The program will also include works written and arranged for them by Jherek Bischoff and Bryce Dessner, composer and guitarist for band The National.

 

The Pacifica String Quartet makes its sixth Crescent City appearance Thursday as part of New Orleans Friends of Music 59th Season. The concert starts at 8 pm at Dixon Hall on Tulane University’s campus. Joined by Canadian virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin on piano, the ensemble will perform Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor, Leo Ornstein’s Quintet for Piano and Strings, and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major.

 

Also at Dixon Hall, musicologist John Joyce will present a free pre-concert lecture at 7 pm to discuss the works in detail. Friends of Music will continue its popular new addition of offering wine, soda, and snacks before the concert and at intermission.

 

Tickets for Friends of Music’s presentation of Pacifica Quartet are $30, available at the door or online, with special deals for students. Free parking is available at Diboll Garage and a free shuttle will be provided. For more information and Tulane’s campus map, visit the Friends of Music website or call (504) 895-0690.

 

Tickets for CAC’s presentation of Kronos Quartet are available through their website or by calling (504) 528-3800. Tickets are $35 with special rates for season subscribers and CAC members.




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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Minced Media, Inc.

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Stephen Babcock