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 Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express smuggles arena legends Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent into the great outdoors of the Greek Theatre with an inestimable cargo of sing-along classics. Styx has sparked the third rail since 1972 with prog-rock sensationalism, bolstering lighter-fluid epics such as "Come Sail Away" and "Babe" with complex riffs from crystalline synthesizers intertwined with power-chord crescendos and noodling from guitar giant Tommy Shaw. With founding frontman and falsetto specialist Kevin Cronin at the helm, fellow Prairie State juggernaut REO Speedwagon fills the stage with passionate chartbusters that made waterbed salesmen rich, from romantic ballads such as “Keep On Loving You" to the spurned-lover kiss-off "Take It on the Run." Kicking off the show, "Motor City Madman" and expert game hunter Ted Nugent revs his buzzsaw guitar through classics such as "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold," all while protecting the audience from wild boars.
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.”