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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


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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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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