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114 E. Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
(919) 843-3333

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September 2016
$20

Hossein Alizadeh – Mystical Music

September 9 @ 8:00 pm
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One of the most important figures in contemporary Iranian music, master composer, instrumentalist, conductor, researcher and teacher Hossein Alizadeh performs new interpretations of classical Persian music. Within this expansive tradition, he continues his incomparable reinventions of melodies handed down from master to student through generations. A virtuoso player of the tar, sehtar and Azeri tar (Iran’s ancient plucked lutes), he has appeared throughout Europe and North America as a soloist and member of the Masters of Persian Music supergroup, and…

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$19

Chris Thile

September 12 @ 7:30 pm
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Among the most interesting and entertaining musicians around, Grammy winner and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Chris Thile has forever changed the course of the mandolin. After 15 years with the wildly popular Nickel Creek, he founded the modernist string band Punch Brothers and ventured into solo work encompassing a dizzying range of musical styles and instruments, including his remarkable concerto for mandolin and orchestra. Moving freely from bluegrass to Bach, jazz, blues and beyond, he has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma,…

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$10

Dorrance Dance: ETM: Double Down

September 14 @ 7:30 pm
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Dorrance Dance honors the uniquely beautiful history of tap dance—America’s longest-standing indigenous jazz vernacular—in a new and compelling context. Incorporating street, club and experimental dance, the company pushes the form rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually. Superstar tap dancer/choreographer and 2015 MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Michelle Dorrance grew up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and has since appeared in STOMP and with the companies of Savion Glover and Jason Samuels Smith, among many others. ETM: Double Down, a collaboration…

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$10

Dorrance Dance: ETM: Double Down

September 15 @ 7:30 pm
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Dorrance Dance honors the uniquely beautiful history of tap dance—America’s longest-standing indigenous jazz vernacular—in a new and compelling context. Incorporating street, club and experimental dance, the company pushes the form rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually. Superstar tap dancer/choreographer and 2015 MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Michelle Dorrance grew up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and has since appeared in STOMP and with the companies of Savion Glover and Jason Samuels Smith, among many others. ETM: Double Down, a collaboration…

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$20

Ping Chong + Company – Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity

September 18 @ 7:30 pm
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Ping Chong + Company’s interview-based theater production Beyond Sacred delves into the diverse stories of young Muslims who came of age in a post-9/11 New York City. The participants personify a range of Muslim identities, from converts to Islam to those who have drifted from their beliefs, from secular or cultural Muslims to stringent observers of the faith. Coming from varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds, they differ in many ways but share similar experiences and emotions in a time of…

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October 2016
$20

zoe | juniper – Clear & Sweet

October 5 @ 7:30 pm
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Daily until October 6, 2016
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Dance and visual art team Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey are driven by the idea of mythologizing the senses, enveloping the audience in physical and fantastical realms. Spanning dance, photography, sculptural video and performance installation, their transcendent works reveal intrinsic truths that unite us all. Incorporating dance and live vocals, Clear & Sweet is a CPA co-commissioned multi-disciplinary piece based on an inquiry into Sacred Harp singing, a rousing tradition of sacred choral music originating in the American South. Local…

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$20

zoe | juniper – Clear & Sweet

October 6 @ 7:30 pm
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Daily until October 6, 2016
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Dance and visual art team Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey are driven by the idea of mythologizing the senses, enveloping the audience in physical and fantastical realms. Spanning dance, photography, sculptural video and performance installation, their transcendent works reveal intrinsic truths that unite us all. Incorporating dance and live vocals, Clear & Sweet is a CPA co-commissioned multi-disciplinary piece based on an inquiry into Sacred Harp singing, a rousing tradition of sacred choral music originating in the American South. Local…

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$25

Brooklyn Rider with Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano

October 7 @ 8:00 pm
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The trailblazing string quartet Brooklyn Rider, hailed by Strings Magazine as the future of chamber music, presents eclectic repertoire in bewitching performances that draw rave reviews from classical, rock and world music critics alike. Through visionary programming and dynamic global collaborations, their “down-to-earth demeanor…demystifies contemporary classical music and invites everyone into the tent” (Time Out New York). Eminent Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter’s vocal beauty and voracious artistic sensibility have resulted in one of the longest and most successful…

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$19

Richard Thompson

October 14 @ 8:00 pm
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Named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. His massive body of work includes over 40 albums, multiple Grammy nominations, numerous soundtracks, and his music has been recorded by artists including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, David Byrne and Don Henley. Co-founding the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the ’60s, Thompson and…

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$19

Youssou N’Dour – Sufi Songs

October 25 @ 7:30 pm
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Throughout a 30-year recording career, Youssou N’Dour’s roots in Senegalese traditional music and griot storytelling have remained the hallmark of his artistic personality. Transforming his native mbalax music with influences from Cuban rumba, reggae, hip hop, jazz and soul, he is a daring innovator and staunch protector of the unique “Dakar overgroove.” N’Dour and his high-energy band Super Etoile fashion a sound that is both characteristically Senegalese and outward-looking—a contagiously exciting synthesis of musical languages. This performance features a selection…

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$20

Sussan Deyhim – The House is Black

October 28 @ 8:00 pm
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Inspired by the works of Forough Farrokhzad, one of Iran’s most influential feminist poets and filmmakers, this stirring multimedia piece sheds light on the importance of Iranian contemporary arts. Iranian American performance artist/composer Sussan Deyhim examines the prophetic vision of Farrokhzad, whose message is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago when she died at the age of 32. Co-directed by award-winning director Robert Egan, The House is Black features Deyhim’s striking visual projections along with archival footage…

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November 2016
$10

Isabelle Faust, violin and Alexander Melnikov, piano

November 9 @ 7:30 pm
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Among the most sought-after violinists in the world, Isabelle Faust’s penetrating musical interpretations are no less than hypnotic. Ever keen to delve into new musical horizons, her repertoire ranges from J.S. Bach to contemporary composers. BBC Music Award-winning Alexander Melnikov appears with major orchestras and prominent period ensembles worldwide. The touchstone Faust/Melnikov recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano—three of which will be heard on this program—won a Gramophone Award and a Grammy nomination.

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$20

nora chipaumire

November 10 @ 7:30 pm
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For the past decade, Bessie Award-winning dancer/choreographer and former Urban Bush Women star nora chipaumire has challenged stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art and aesthetic. Deepening her investigations, portrait of myself as my father celebrates and critiques masculinity—its presence, presentation and representation. This profound work considers the African male through the lens of cultural traditions, colonialism, Christianity and liberation struggles, exploring how these ideas might impact the African family and society on a global scale. Performed by…

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$19

Steep Canyon Rangers

November 11 @ 8:00 pm
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What does North Carolina sound like? In a state that produced Doc Watson, James Taylor and the Avett Brothers there’s hardly a more well-rounded answer than the Steep Canyon Rangers. A bluegrass band at their core, they effortlessly walk the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. Their mix of serious chops and good-natured fun earned them the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and drew comedian/banjoist Steve Martin to them when he needed a backing band. Fifteen…

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December 2016
$49

Carolina Ballet – The Nutcracker

December 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Carolina Ballet’s holiday fantasy classic captures the irrepressible imagination of a child’s world in which all things are possible. Toys spring to life, children appear out of thin air and dancers float high above the stage in this gorgeous production featuring lavish scenery, live orchestra and more than 100 performers. Garnering critical praise from around the world, Carolina Ballet has staged over 100 world premiere ballets and toured internationally. Artistic Director/CEO Robert Weiss, former artistic director of the Pennsylvania Ballet…

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$49

Carolina Ballet – The Nutcracker

December 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Carolina Ballet’s holiday fantasy classic captures the irrepressible imagination of a child’s world in which all things are possible. Toys spring to life, children appear out of thin air and dancers float high above the stage in this gorgeous production featuring lavish scenery, live orchestra and more than 100 performers. Garnering critical praise from around the world, Carolina Ballet has staged over 100 world premiere ballets and toured internationally. Artistic Director/CEO Robert Weiss, former artistic director of the Pennsylvania Ballet…

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$49

Carolina Ballet – The Nutcracker

December 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Carolina Ballet’s holiday fantasy classic captures the irrepressible imagination of a child’s world in which all things are possible. Toys spring to life, children appear out of thin air and dancers float high above the stage in this gorgeous production featuring lavish scenery, live orchestra and more than 100 performers. Garnering critical praise from around the world, Carolina Ballet has staged over 100 world premiere ballets and toured internationally. Artistic Director/CEO Robert Weiss, former artistic director of the Pennsylvania Ballet…

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$25

China Philharmonic Orchestra

December 8 @ 7:30 pm
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The founding of the China Philharmonic Orchestra marks a new chapter in symphonic music in China, now a leading musical center of the world. With unswerving commitment to quality and determined ambition, it ranks as one of the largest and best known orchestras in Asia. Performances under the inspiring baton of Maestro Long Yu have included Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand with nearly one thousand musicians. Chen Yi’s Four Spirits, commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts for UNC-Chapel Hill Assistant Professor…

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$49

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

December 10 @ 8:00 pm
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In this much-anticipated annual tradition, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis offers swinging performances of your favorite holiday music, arranged this season by saxophonist Sherman Irby. In addition to classic selections from Blue Engine Records’ Big Band Holidays, the program includes new arrangements of sacred and secular songs, from Billie Holiday’s “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” A very special guest, vocalist Catherine Russell will perform some of…

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January 2017
$20

Eko Nugroho – Wayang Bocor

January 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
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Among the most arresting of Indonesia’s young contemporary artists, Eko Nugroho came to maturity during the upheaval and reform following the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the subsequent fall of the Suharto regime and the transition to democracy in Indonesia. Deeply engaged with the culture of his time, he is committed to making socio-political commentary in his work. His creations are grounded in both local tradition and global popular culture, with influences from contemporary street art, graffiti and comics. Inspired by…

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February 2017
$20

Bruckner Orchester Linz performs Philip Glass

February 1, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
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With more than 200 years of history, Bruckner Orchester Linz is one of Central Europe’s leading orchestras, garnering an international reputation for the quality of its performances, radio broadcasts and abundant recording output. Chief conductor Dennis Russell Davies, long an advocate for and interpreter of the works of Philip Glass, is among today’s most inventive conductors—a modern, articulate and versatile artist revered for his command of contemporary and traditional music. This program features Philip Glass’s Days and Nights in Rocinha…

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$20

Heroes Tribute: A Celebration of the Music of Philip Glass, David Bowie and Brian Eno

February 3, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
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On several groundbreaking recordings made in the late 1970s, David Bowie combined influences from world music, experimental avant-garde and rock and roll, redefining the future of popular music. Co-written with Brian Eno and recorded in Berlin, Bowie’s heady 1977 album Heroes was released as punk rock was blazing. Years later, the album served as an inspiration and point of departure for one of composer Philip Glass’s symphonies. Here, Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 4, “Heroes” is performed by our own UNC Symphony Orchestra led by music director and…

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$10

Lucinda Childs – Dance

February 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
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A seminal collaboration emerging out of one of the most vibrant and fertile periods in New York’s art world, Dance is a rarely-performed signature work by one of the pillars of the Judson Dance Theater collective, Lucinda Childs. Initially reviled and now revered, this luminous, intricate and endlessly fascinating 1979 masterpiece was created with composer Philip Glass and visual artist Sol LeWitt, whose ethereal black-and-white film version of the dance hovers over the performers.

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$15

Dracula – Kronos Quartet and Philip Glass

February 9, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
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For more than 40 years the Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision combining fearless exploration with a continual re-imagining of the string quartet experience. One of the most lionized groups of our time, Kronos has released more than 50 recordings of uncommon breadth and creativity, collaborated with the most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioned more than 850 works and arrangements. Among the most influential composers ever to work in film, Philip Glass has reinvented the relationship between music and the moving…

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$15

Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson – Words and Music in Two Parts

February 10, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
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Unique to Carolina Performing Arts, this program blends a rare musical collaboration between two giants of the avant-garde of the past 50 years—Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson—with one of Glass’s most important song cycles, Monsters of Grace. Longtime friends, Glass and Anderson will share musical moments and poetry readings followed by a selection of Glass songs featuring lyrics by 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi, performed by The Philip Glass Ensemble and a cast of longtime Glass vocalists including Tara Hugo, Marie Mascari, Gregory Purnhagen and Peter Stewart.

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$10

Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation

February 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
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Jazz pianist/composer Marcus Roberts rose to prominence with the Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center bands, then with his own trio and as a classical soloist. Perhaps best known for his entirely new approach to jazz trio performance, his critically acclaimed legacy of recorded music reflects his tremendous versatility as an artist, with works for solo piano, duets and trio arrangements of jazz standards as well as original suites of music, large ensemble works and symphony orchestra recordings. An inspired mentor to younger musicians, his 11-piece…

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$79

Vienna Philharmonic

February 27, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
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Perhaps no other musical ensemble is more closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than the Vienna Philharmonic. In the course of its 170-year history, it has been an integral part of a musical epoch that, due to an abundance of gifted composers and interpreters, can be regarded as unique. The greatest admirers of this venerable institution have included Wagner, Bruckner, Brahms and Mahler. One of today’s most distinguished conductors, Franz Welser-Möst—music director of the Cleveland Orchestra—has developed a particularly close and productive…

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March 2017
$20

Ajoka Theatre – Dara

March 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
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Known for staging socially critical performances, Pakistan’s renowned Ajoka Theatre is committed to ideals of peace and tolerance. Shahid Nadeem’s spellbinding play Dara tells the dramatic story of Dara Shikoh—eldest son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan—who was imprisoned and executed by his younger brother Aurangzeb. A crown prince, poet, painter and Sufi, Dara wanted to build on the vision of Akbar the Great and bring the ruling Muslim elite closer to the local religions. Exploring the violent struggle between brothers, the decisive role played by their sisters Jahan Ara…

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$19

Steve Earle

March 3, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
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Multiple Grammy-winning renegade Steve Earle, one of the great American singer-songwriters, effortlessly blends folk, rock and country in superbly crafted songs that meander between personal confession, outspoken political comment and keen character studies. With a career born in late ’70s Nashville, he changed the course of country music and gained a cult following intoxicated by his restless energy and rabble-rousing creative bent. His 2015 Texas blues album Terraplane is an homage to the likes of Robert Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lightnin’ Hopkins, ZZ Top and Freddy King. Steve Earle has…

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$10

Vijay Iyer Sextet

March 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
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The unstoppable Grammy-nominated jazz composer/pianist and multiform collaborator Vijay Iyer was named DownBeat Magazine’s 2015 Artist of the Year and 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. With 20 albums covering a singularly diverse terrain, his accomplishments extend well beyond his recordings. A fascinating polymath whose career spans the sciences, humanities and the arts, his writings have been published in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Wire, JazzTimes, the Best Writing on Mathematics anthology and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, among others.…

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$10

Martha Graham Dance Company

March 23, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
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Hailed for its commitment to the leading edge of modern dance, the Martha Graham Dance Company performs adventurous new works created by some of today’s top dance-makers side by side with the most profound and influential choreography by Martha Graham. Often compared with Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky and Coco Chanel, this revolutionary artist is an icon of 20th-century modernism. The Company embodies her uniquely American style of dance, which has influenced generations of artists and captivated audiences worldwide. This program features a CPA Commissioned Work by choreographer…

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$10

Martha Graham Dance Company

March 24, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
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Hailed for its commitment to the leading edge of modern dance, the Martha Graham Dance Company performs adventurous new works created by some of today’s top dance-makers side by side with the most profound and influential choreography by Martha Graham. Often compared with Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky and Coco Chanel, this revolutionary artist is an icon of 20th-century modernism. The Company embodies her uniquely American style of dance, which has influenced generations of artists and captivated audiences worldwide. This program features a CPA Commissioned Work by choreographer…

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$20

Sounds of Kolachi

March 31, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
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Like an Indian Ocean blast from the seaport megacity it calls home, the new 10-piece supergroup of vocalists and instrumentalists from Karachi (formerly known as Kolachi) blurs raga and western harmony, counterpoint and South Asian melodic lines, all without losing the groove. In this instantly listenable ensemble, South Asian classical instruments like the sitar and bowed sarangi are on equal footing with electric guitar and rock rhythm section. Guiding the journey, composer, theorist and singer Ahsan Bari spins outrageous, bluesy, modal riffs. Like the West’s Son Lux…

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April 2017
$69

San Francisco Symphony

April 5, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
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Daily until April 6, 2017
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The San Francisco Symphony under music director Michael Tilson Thomas is among the most artistically adventurous arts institutions in the US, praised for outstanding musicianship, innovative programming, highlighting American composers and bringing new audiences to classical music. The April 5 program features music of the 20th century: John Cage’s poetic The Seasons, evoking the four seasons in changing colors; Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1—one of the most demanding works for the instrument—performed here by the charismatic young French cellist Gautier Capuçon;and…

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$69

San Francisco Symphony

April 6, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
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Daily until April 6, 2017
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The San Francisco Symphony under music director Michael Tilson Thomas is among the most artistically adventurous arts institutions in the US, praised for outstanding musicianship, innovative programming, highlighting American composers and bringing new audiences to classical music. The April 5 program features music of the 20th century: John Cage’s poetic The Seasons, evoking the four seasons in changing colors; Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1—one of the most demanding works for the instrument—performed here by the charismatic young French cellist Gautier Capuçon;and…

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$20

Sanam Marvi

April 12, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
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With enthralling performances that draw deeply from one of the world’s great music traditions, Sanam Marvi is Pakistan’s next inspiring diviner of South Asia’s humanist, folk and Sufi texts. A vocal warrior for tolerance, pirituality and peace, her renditions balance immediacy and elegant ornamentation, lending new light to a cherished repertoire of Sufi, Ghazal, qawwali and folk songs. An in-demand artist too rarely heard outside émigré circles, this rising star’s revelatory interpretations of the sub-continent’s mystics reach across cultural borders…

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$19

J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion – Bach Collegium Stuttgart and Gächinger Kantorei

April 14, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
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Bach Collegium Stuttgart and Gächinger Kantorei make an important contribution to performances, recordings and radio broadcasts with a particular focus on the vocal works of J.S. Bach. Among the most outstanding concert choirs in the world, Gächinger Kantorei appears regularly with the Vienna Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic. Bach Collegium Stuttgart made its name performing Baroque music in a historically-informed style along with contemporary oratorios. Hundreds of recordings encompass the complete vocal works of Bach and oratorios from…

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$19

Shemekia Copeland

April 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
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Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, her wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. Her Alligator Records release Outskirts Of Love finds her at her most charismatic,…

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