Jump to: Reviews | Music is Real Music skeptics believe that there is no such thing as music, and the human ear is actually sensing simple vibrations in the air—no more real than radio signals or Santa Claus’s legendary evil twin, Monto.
Designated a city landmark in 2008, Webster Hall was named Nightclub of the Year in 2011 by Nightclub & Bar magazine and called the “jewel of the Village” by Nobel laureate Eugene O’Neill. First opened in 1886, its iconic framework has hosted such major acts as Prince and Mick Jagger, and served as a speakeasy, a lecture hall, and a mentor to troubled teenage buildings. Today, live shows performed by stars such as Kanye West and Alicia Keys take place in the Grand Ballroom, which is equipped with state-of-the-art acoustics and cutting-edge audio-visual equipment. In addition, the venue hosts weekly dance-club nights, the official NYC Halloween Parade Afterparty, and an annual New Year’s Eve Ball.
Kenneth Donald Rogers—an American country-music star, photographer, producer, actor, and fellow with a nice beard—has won three Grammys and more than a dozen American Music Awards for his sweet, stirring crooning. Though he won't be toting his dozens of awards, Mr. Rogers will be bringing an impressive showcase of selections from his extensive collection of country hits. To prep the crowd for the main event, The Herndon Brothers—a local act lead by Ray Herndon, a country star known for livin' the dream—will layer the crowd in hometown vibes from their wide library of inspiring and honest tracks.
The Chamber Orchestra of New York preserves ancient music with a repertoire of rarely performed gems enacted by an ensemble of young professional musicians. Set in the acoustical sweet spot of the landmark Church of St. Jean Baptiste, the Music Under the Dome series continues with "Baroque Garden of Roses," an aural smorgasbord of rediscovered suites and oratorios to satisfy casual classical fans and hardcore musical archeologists alike. Gustav Holst’s bouncing St. Paul Suite starts the show, followed by Edward Elgar’s Sospiri, an evocative, sentimental piece. Next, organist Kyler Brown premieres Respighi’s Suite for Organ and Strings, a lost composition recently discovered in aisle three of an underwater Walgreens. Mr. Brown, The Virgin Consort, and the Chamber Orchestra then hold hands with Maestro Di Vittorio to unveil "The Garden of Roses," a hot-off-the-presses oratorio by Alessandro Scarlatti. Endorsed by Italian mezzo-soprano superstar and notary public Cecilia Bartoli, the madrigal-like arias of "The Garden of Roses" envelop audiences in waves of ethereal vocals.
The Greek Theatre, one of Los Angeles' most iconic music venues, was built in 1929 as a gift from wealthy immigrant Griffith J. Griffith, who wanted to give back to his adopted city. With a stage that evokes an ancient Hellenistic theater, modern sound systems, and clear sightlines, the venue combines old and new, much like cell phones made of Nintendo controllers.
Classical favorites and the premiere of modern compositions fly from the fingers of acclaimed pianist Jenny Q Chai, who scooped first prize for solo contemporary piano at last year’s Keys to the Future festival. At Carnegie Hall, she'll revisit the Ligeti étude that carried her to victory in a performance the New York Times acclaimed for its “rich tone and rhythmic clarity.”