CORNELL CONCERT SERIES RECOMMENDS

Thursday, May 13, 7:30 pm ET: Bang on a Can, BOMB Magazine & the Jewish Museum present Steve Reich & Amy Sillman. A conversation between the composer and the Brooklyn-based painter—who happen to be cousins—plus performances of two Reich classics. Guitarist Mark Stewart, a longstanding member of Reich’s touring ensemble, will perform Electric Counterpoint, for solo electric guitar and 12 backing pre-recorded guitar tracks. Percussionist David Cossin, also a veteran of Reich’s touring ensemble, offers his treatment of Reich’s Piano Phase(redubbed Piano Phase/Video Phase), in which Cossin performs the two piano parts with percussion midi-triggers, allowing us to see the actual structure of the piece as it unfolds. View here.

Saturday, May 15, 7:30 pm ET: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents Truth is of No Color. Paying tribute to the art of music and spoken word, with poems written by Langston Hughes weaved into two works by composers Valerie Coleman and RPO’s own Herb Smith. In partnership with Avenue Blackbox Theatre. View here until June 27.

Monday, May 17, 5:30 pm ET: American Symphony Orchestra presents ASO Salutes NYC/USA, Jazz Ensemble. Live from Bryant Park Fountain Terrace, a jazz ensemble salutes U.S. healthcare workers who have made it possible for New Yorkers to experience live music once again. The program, including works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Ellington, and Chick Corea, among others, celebrates composers who have defined the sound of this vibrant city. View here. LIVE

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

march 17, 2021

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For 60 years, South Africa’s five-time GRAMMY Award winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. It was Paul Simon’s 1987 Graceland album that introduced Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the world. The late former South African President Nelson Mandela designated the group “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world,” a title the members carry with them with the highest honor.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo sings from a traditional music style called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa. It was there that black workers were taken to work far away from their homes and families. Poorly housed and paid, the mine workers would entertain themselves after a six-day week by singing songs into the wee hours on Sunday morning. When the miners returned to their homes, this musical tradition returned with them. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has performed for millions of people, singing a message of peace, love and harmony. 

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