Although it is a fantastic (ha, ha) opportunity for me to be in Pennsylvania playing The Fantasticks, there are many things about New York City that I will be missing, one of them being several great concerts that I had planned on going to. Someone needs to go to these and tell me all about them when I get back.
On the other hand - don't tell me, I'll probably be real jealous.
Supreme Sonacy Album Release Party, featuring Brandee Younger
Wednesday, September 2nd (TONIGHT) Doors at 7, Show at 8
Le Poisson Rouge
Brandee Younger recorded a couple of tracks on this album, which is classified as jazz on iTunes, but is supposedly very genre-bending. I can't even tell you how many times I have planned on going to hear her perform and then had something get in the way. I will have to content myself with listening to the album tonight instead of going to see the show. Hopefully I'll get to a concert of hers when I return!
Israeli Chamber Project, featuring Sivan Magen
Thursday, September 10th at 7:30pm
Merkin Concert Hall
This is one concert I was really looking forward to. Sivan Magen will be performing Henriette Renie's rarely programmed Trio for Harp, Violin, and Cello. I was assigned to a chamber ensemble of this instrumentation at school last year, and this is one of the pieces we considered reading through at the end of the semester. I decided against this because, as with basically all of Renie's advanced music, it looked ridiculously difficult. It would be great to hear it played by such an amazing harpist.
Saturday, September 26th
Rockwood Music Hall #3
Mikaela Davis is going on tour this fall, and I was really hoping to catch this concert. I've heard her play a few times in the last year, but it's been a long time since I've heard her with the band. They'll probably be playing lots of new songs, and I'm really disappointed that I'm missing out!
These are just a few of many concerts in New York that probably include harp this month. The New York City Ballet is performing Swan Lake (we all know that has a great harp part). It is also worth noting that Emmanuel Ceysson is probably making his debut as principal harpist at the Metropolitan Opera this month. Since the Met employs a few harpists it is hard to say exactly who will be there on any given night, but it's probably a safe bet that he will be playing for Giuseppe Verdi's Otello on opening night, Monday, September 21st.
Luckily, one of the great things about New York is that the cool performances just keep on coming.
Anyone seeing any good harp concerts this month?