Have you ever suffered form the feeling that there’s so much going on and no matter what you’re doing, you’re missing something important or memorable? It fades eventually, believe me, and for those irresistible urges, I offer the following advice:
Sunday’s a good night to get out, at least to desperately delay going to bed, because we all know what waking up on Monday morning means. I’ll be fighting the feeling at Galapagos (whereifyoumaynothavenoticedIamtheCritic-in-ResidenceyesIam), where the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is returning, appearing with Chris Thile. Their first visit in the fall convinced me that they would do well as the house band.
[amazon_enhanced asin=”B001BWQWKS” /] Prefer Manhattan? The Ebène String Quartet is playing Zankel the same evening. They are something of a Wordless Music Series show in one group, not only playing jazz tunes and pop songs with idiomatic verve, but producing truly excellent interpretations of the classics. Their debut recording of the Debussy, Ravel and Fauré quartets was an award winner, and from the sampler they provided, their Mozart playing, the “Quartet in D minor” is the one I heard, is captivating. I expect groups like this to play the Beatles and things like “Nature Boy” well, but I’m pleasantly surprised not only with how they tackled Wayne Shorter’s seminal “Footprints,” but with how they understand it. They are something different:
Sunday afternoon, Alarm Will Soundis playing a neighborhood concert at the Abrons Arts Center: Free Cage!
And no matter where you are, there’s always the intertubes. My friends at medici.tv have something special this month, great operas and leading performers, including Renée Fleming, Anne Sofie von Otter and Cecilia Bartoli. Bartoli’s appearance is billed as an exclusive, her first online, and she’s singing in Rossini’s Otello, itself rare and something of an occasion. It’s available until June 8. There is a live Pelleas et Melisande, staged by Robert Wilson, tonight (right now EST), and on-demand performances from William Christie. Oh, it’s free, by the way.