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Art, Music, & Food: Panorama NYC 2018


It’s music festival season! The time for heat-strokes, busted eardrums, and creatively concealed contraband. It also means that Panorama NYC is returning to Randall’s Island Park July 27 - 29. Headliners include The Weeknd, Janet Jackson, The Killers, Sza, Dua Lipa, Daniel Caesar and Lil Wayne.

Other performers include:

  • David Byrne
  • Chicano Batman
  • Japanese Breakfast
  • Jhene Aiko
  • Mall Grab
  • Shannon and the Clams
  • Sza
  • The Black Madonna
  • Yaeji

And more!

But it’s not all just music, Panorama also features the artists showcase known as The Lab; an interactive experience that combines technology, artistry and design, created exclusively by New York-based artists.  Artists designing installations include The Windmill Factory, Smooth Technology, Kate Raudenbush, Superbright, and Magenta Field. The Point is an open air club celebrating New York City’s key role in the ongoing evolution of DJ culture and electronic music. And there will be an ample selection of food stalls from some of New York’s best restaurants to be fill bellies and lighten wallets.

To learn more, go to:

Panorama NYC
July 27 - 29, 2018

Randall’s Island Park
20 Randalls Island Park
New York, NY 10035


Tunes & Topics at the Northside Festival


Combining a boatload of music acts with eye-opening lectures, the Northside Festival takes over Brooklyn from June 6 to 10, 2018. Northside Fesitval is comprised of two components: Innovation and Music, each bringing something unique to the table.  Northside Innovation is the portion of the festival comprised of panels and lectures. The theme this year is “Future Making”, looking at how the world will be changed by tech, entrepreneurship, VR and more. Northside Music is the, well, music portion of the festival, with over 300 curated bands at venues across Brooklyn.

Acts include:

  • A Deer A Horse
  • AVRM
  • Bearcat
  • Belle-Skinner
  • Cakes da Killa
  • DJ Shomi Noise
  • Dinowalrus
  • Flasher
  • Gustaf
  • Human Host
  • I Kill Giants
  • Jo Passed
  • L’Rain
  • Pissed Jeans

And MANY more!

During the weekend of Northside Festival, Williamsburg’s main drag, Bedford Avenue will transform into a public park called the Northside Block Party with interactive installations, and sculptures plus  a variety of activities.

To learn more, go to:

Northside Festival
June 6 - 10, 2018

Various Locations

Music &The Movies: A Beautiful Connection

"Music was the one thing I could control," shared the great Quincy Jones. "It was the one world that offered me freedom. When I played music, my nightmares ended. My family problems disappeared. I didn't have to search for answers. The answers lay no further than the bell of my trumpet and my scrawled, penciled scores. Music made me full, strong, popular, self-reliant and cool."

Music is the great connector and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Los Angeles Philharmonic have created The Oscar® Concert, a special, one-night-only celebration of film music at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.

As part of the Oscar week celebrations for its 90th anniversary, the Academy, in partnership with the LA Phil, presents an exclusive one-of-a-kind celebration of film music, including never-before-heard arrangements of this year’s five Original Score Oscar nominees.

Curated by composers and Academy Governors Michael Giacchino, Laura Karpman, and Charles Bernstein, the evening offers an insider’s look at film scoring across the decades, with select scores performed live by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, and special guest Terence Blanchard (trumpet), with additional special guests to be announced. The Oscar Concert explores the history of film music through special arrangements of beloved scores by composers including Tan Dun, Quincy Jones, Mica Levi, Rachel Portman, A.R. Rahman, and many more, with accompanying film clips shown in HD on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s large screen.

The evening opens with an introduction by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and Oscar-winning director Pete Docter, who will explore the challenges and rewards of film scoring, utilizing music from the Oscar-winning film UP. Organized into vignettes, the program explores the emotions and excitement that film scores evoke, including the sound of home, the sound of the chase, the sound of fear, the sound of love, and the sound of courage. The evening closes with the world premiere of specially arranged suites from all five Original Score nominees: Dunkirk, by Hans Zimmer; Phantom Thread, by Jonny Greenwood; The Shape of Water, by Alexandre Desplat; Star Wars: The Last Jedi, by John Williams; and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, by Carter Burwell.

The 90th Oscars®, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC.

For more information, please visit

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 8:00 pm

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Terence Blanchard, trumpet
Additional guests, TBA

Cleveland Orchestra Excels with Mahler 9

A wonderful season of orchestral music at Carnegie Hall continued strongly on the evening of Tuesday, January 23rd, with the eagerly awaited appearance of the outstanding Cleveland Orchestra under the extraordinary direction of Franz Welser-Möst, one of the finest contemporary conductors. (It was the first of two concerts on consecutive nights, with the second devoted to Franz Joseph Haydn’s The Seasons.)
The program began intriguingly with the New York premiere of Stromab (Downstream) by the prizewinning Johannes Maria Staub, who was the Cleveland Orchestra’s Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow from 2007 through 2009. The work was co-commissioned by the orchestra along with Carnegie Hall—as part of their 125 Commissions Project—the Royal Danish Orchestra, and the Vienna Konzerthaus. Stromabwas inspired by the novella The Willows by the classic writer of ghost stories, Algernon Blackwood. Although the composer states that it was not his “intention to create program music”, the fifteen-minute score does effectively evoke uncanny events and is notable for its impressive orchestration.
The bulk of the concert was a masterly account of Gustav Mahler’s titanic Symphony No. 9, with the kaleidoscopic opening Andante intense, lyrical, and ruminative. The ensuing dance-music Scherzo was ebullient in its ironies, barring the more pensive interludes, while more madcap was the absurdist, fugal Allegro. The ethereal coda of the closing Adagio was ultimately exalting. The musicians received an enthusiastic ovation and I am surely not alone in excitedly looking forward to their return.

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