Music This Weekend

Wonder Women of Classical Music!
Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Belinda Whitney and featured violinist Joyce Hammann
Sunday, March 10
2pm 
 6 River Terrace, Battery Park City
An all-female ensemble from the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra celebrates Women’s History Month with a performance showcasing great classical and contemporary female composers.
Led by KCO concertmaster Belinda Whitney and featured violinist Joyce Hammann, the ensemble will play works by women composers, such as Fanny Mendelssohn, Melanie Bonis, Florence Price (the first African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra), and the exciting contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery.
Get Funky
Ranky Tanky-a Charleston
Pace University’s Schimmel Center,  located at Three Spruce Street, between Park Row and Gold Street presents a series of performing arts event throughout this month.

On Saturday, March 9 (at 7:30 pm), the Salon Songbook series continues with, “Baby Dream Your Dream: The Great Women Songwriters,” a timely tribute to the pioneers-in-heels who crashed the boys’ club, and wrote hit shows like Once Upon a Mattress, Sweet Charity, and On the Town, along with immortal songs like “Witchcraft,” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” The performance will feature vocalists Jenn Gambatese, Kenita Miller, Linda Purl, and Margo Seibert.

On Sunday, March 10 (at 7:30 pm), Ranky Tanky-a Charleston, South Carolina-based quintet whose name translates as “get funky,” and who specialize in jazz-influenced arrangements of traditional Gullah music-will perform everything from playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies.
 For information, call 212-346-1715, or browse: schimmelcenter.org.

 

 

 

 

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) was a Czech composer of Romantic music

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) was a Czech composer of Romantic music

Tribeca Chamber Players Concert
Sunday, March 10th at 2PM
Join the Tribeca Chamber Players for a FREE performance of Antonin Dvorak’s American String Quartet in F Major, Opus 96, followed by his fantastic Second Piano Quintet in A Major, Opus 81 with our fabulous pianist Peter Basquin – all in the Great Hall at the Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center.
 We’ll begin with the American String Quartet, composed in Spillville, Iowa, where Dvorak spent the summer of 1893 – maybe it should be called the Middle America Quartet?
 It’s an energetic work full of great tunes, melodies and rhythms derived from Native American and African American music, plus a movement inspired by a bird that sang (apparently non-stop) outside of Dvorak’s summer house while he tried to compose.
Next, we’ll play the Piano Quintet – a big romantic work chock full of music and rhythms derived from Czech folk tunes. This quintet seems to have been a labor of love for Dvorak. We love it, and we are sure you will love it, too! You can read more about the music on our blog by clicking here.
Bring your family, bring your friends – bring your entire building! Just remember to wake up early Sunday morning so you won’t miss a thing (except maybe an hour’s sleep).

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