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Concerts in New York - May 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Concerts in New York for the month of May 2017


: Closes 20th October 2017

The New York native will be belting out his old favorites with the help of his revolving piano, in an on-going series of monthly concerts at this world-famous venue. He has sold more than 100 million records over a career spanning more than 40 years, and reigns as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. More info

: 25th May

Here are the facts: Sixty-five million albums, 3,000 concerts and 28 platinum records. As well as producing and arranging albums for his fellow artists such as Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick, Manilow has also written songs for films, commercials, and musicals, including his own production, Harmony. More info

: Closes 23rd May 2017

Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos joins the New York Philharmonic for a special series of recitals of Brahms' demanding Violin Concerto. One of the cornerstones of technical difficulty, the concerto requires a performer with great skill and talent to translate the elements of bravura, folk rhythm and tranquil passages. More info

: 23rd May

Theatre legends Michael Ball (Phantom of the Opera) and Alfie Boe (Les Miserables) have been firm friends for over a decade, after having met at the BBC Proms. Last year saw them release the duets record Together, which topped the charts in the UK over Christmas, and sold over half a million copies. The duo have since embarked on a UK tour, and cross the Atlantic for this exclusive, one night only performance at the Lincoln Center. More info

: Closes 27th May 2017

New York Philharmonic welcomes virtuoso violinist Augustin Hadelich to perfom Dvorak's mesmerising Violin Concerto, in a stunning triple program that also features the composer's rousing Slavonic Dances, before rounding off the proceedings with Janacek's haunting Taras Bulba, which was inspired in part by the huge death toll of World War I. An apt program for the Memorial Day Weekend, the concerts will be conducted by guest maestro Jakub Hrusa of the Bamberg Symphony, who also frequently works with Czech Philharmonic and okyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. More info

: Closes 7th June 2017

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the world's foremost interpreters of American standards, especially for Irving Berlin's work. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace in London. He is currently serving as artistic director in Indiana at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. More info

: Closes 2nd June 2017

Thirty years after signing with RCA and winning a Best New Artist Grammy and launching one of contemporary music's most diverse and collaborative careers, Bruce Hornsby and his band are still busy touring, and making joyful noise for new fans and old alike. With their latest album Rehab Reunion about to drop in June, Hornsby's use of exotic instruments will be on full display featuring Bruce performing on dulcimer! You know, that stringed instrument that looks like a feather.... More info

: 24th May

The bluesy, old-time Old Crow Medicine Show are taking to the road with their famous bluegrass sound and alt-country with a punk rock energy! Catch the Prairie Home Companion regulars and new wave folk-rock pioneers for a show that's guaranteed to keep you smiling! More info

: 23rd May

The Afghan Whigs dealt in some of the smokiest, seediest rock 'n' roll to emerge from the 1990s. Happily, this richly hued atmosphere of menace was all present and correct on The Whigs' 2013 effort Do To The Beast, the band's first album for 16 years. They're touring Do To The Beast, along with the rest of their noir-flavored catalogue, across North America and Canada this summer and fall. More info

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