The Very Best Of Music

Amy Ray, Chris Pureka and more!


A concert with a cause is always music to the ears. On Aug 6, Housing Works Bookstore Café presents an intimate, one-of-a-kind live performance and CD signing with Indigo Girls singer-songwriter Amy Ray, fresh off the release of her new album, Didn’t It Feel Kinder. Proceeds benefit Housing Works, an organization dedicated to helping homeless New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.

On Aug 29, check out indie-acoustic singer-songwriter Chris Pureka in a live, solo performance at Joe’s Pub, featuring original songs from her newly released second album, Dryland, which covers themes of trust, fidelity, growth and metamorphoses. Her simple, genuine delivery and raspy musical stylings are sure to capture the ear as well as the intellect.

This summer through August 23, Lincoln Center presents its 42nd season of Mostly Mozart, a concert festival to honor the prolific composer. Highlights include a one-night-only concert performance of Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito on Aug 3, violinist Janine Jansen on Aug 12, pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa, and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho in the U.S. premiere of La Passion de Simone about the life and work of the mystical French philosopher Simone Weil, with conductor Susanna Mälkki, soprano Dawn Upshaw and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on Aug 13, 15 and 17.

Thursdays through Aug 28, the Metropolitan Museum extends its hours for MoMA Thursday Nights, featuring free, live music performance in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden each week. Musicians such as Pamelia Kuster have been hand-selected for this year’s program, Dalí: Imagined Musical Landscapes, in conjunction with the exhibit Dalí: Painting and Film. Feast your eyes and ears on the surrealist exhibit and a dovetailing concert rolled into one multimedia museum visit.

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