There are just a few short days to go before Angélique Kidjo’s Mother Nature World Tour arrives at Purchase, and we cannot wait! If you are feeling as impatient as we are, you can enjoy this selection of videos to tide you over. And if you don’t have your tickets to experience Angelique Kidjo at The Purchase PAC this Saturday, April 15 yet, score them right now via this link. See you Saturday!

Cyndi Lauper, Annie Lennox, Angélique Kidjo: “Big Yellow Taxi”
Cyndi Lauper, Annie Lennox, Angélique Kidjo, Brandi Carlile, and more in a fun rendition of Mitchel’s classic song “Big Yellow Taxi.”
Watch “Big Yellow Taxi” on YouTube

Angélique Kidjo – Mother Nature (Clip Officiel)
Get to know the headline tune from Kidjo’s Grammy-winning album Mother Nature, featuring special guest Sting.
Watch Angélique Kidjo and Sting perform “Mother Nature” on YouTube

Angélique Kidjo featuring Branford Marsalis “Lonlon (Ravel’s Bolero)”
From WGBH PBS special “Spirit Rising”
Watch Angélique Kidjo and Branford Marsalis “Lonlon (Ravel’s Bolero)” on YouTube

Here are a few more places to learn more and discover the music of Angelique Kidjo:

And of course, there are plenty of other things to do and see this coming week…

The Kennedy Center presents
Tamagawa University and Taiko Group
Live stream Friday, April 14, 6pm, from the Millennium Stage
In collaboration with the National Cherry Blossom Festival
Thundering taiko drumming meets traditional Japanese dance as nearly thirty drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University take the stage. The Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group have been touring the world since 1961; it is one of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan. Their amazing performance of high-energy Taiko drumming and Japanese folkloric dance has received rave reviews from The New York Times and other media.
Access the Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming Group live stream on YouTube

Music at the Mansion presents
Westchester Philharmonic:  Clash of the Cellos
Sunday, April 16, 2pm
Crawford Mansion, 122 North Ridge Street, Rye Brook, NY 10573
Sarah Carter, cello
Roberta Cooper, cello
Chris Finckel, cello
Maureen Hynes, cello
Melissa Meell, cello
Lanny Paykin, cello
with Jeanne Ireland, soprano
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasillieras No. 5, plus works of Saint-Saëns, Borodin, Satie, Sibelius, Joni Mitchell, and the Beatles.
The entire Philharmonic cello section gathers for great fun, a surprise or two, and that famed, wordless melody of Villa-Lobos.
Order “Westchester Philharmonic: Music at the Mansion” tickets on Eventbrite.

Pound Ridge Community Church presents
Jazz Vespers:  The Nick Green Quartet
Sunday, April 16, 4pm
Pound Ridge Community Church, 3 Pound Ridge Road, Pound Ridge, NY 10576
An all-Purchase quartet featuring Nick Green, alto saxophone; Pete Malinverni, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; Aaron Seeber, drums
Admission by free-will offering.  All are welcome!

Baryshnikov Arts Center presents
Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern & Emilie Leriche:  One & One Other
On-demand until Monday, April 24, at 5pm
In a bizarre play between reality and absurdist fantasy, One & One Other is a dance film offering a window into the secret world that exists on the fringes of our late-night consciousness. At the heart of the film is the mind’s ability to transport us away from the mundane, habitual rhythm of life into the incongruous realm of our imagination; a place that oscillates between the fantastic and the harrowing. One & One Other is Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern and Emilie Leriche’s fifth collaboration together, driven by a shared ambition to push the boundaries of film and dance and uncover how the two media might meet, intersect, and disrupt each other.
Watch “One & One Other ” on the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s website

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents
Art of the Recital: Gilbert Kalish
In a sold-out performance spotlighting renowned pianist and educator Gilbert Kalish, the program includes the world premiere of a CMS commission, My Grandfather Played the Piano by Eric Nathan, plus works by Bach, Janáček, and Ives.
Watch “Art of the Recital: Gilbert Kalish” on YouTube

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents
National Radio Series Program 27: American Masters
Works by Schwantner, Crumb, and Liebermann

SCHWANTNER: Black Anemones for Flute and Piano: Purchase College faculty member Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Pedja Muzijevic, piano
CRUMB: The Ghosts of Alhambra (Spanish Songbook I) for Voice, Guitar, and Percussion: Randall Scarlata, baritone; Purchase alum/faculty member Oren Fader, guitar; Daniel Druckman, percussion
LIEBERNMANN: Sonata No. 5 for Cello and Piano, Op. 136:  Dmitri Atapine, cello; Hyeyeon Park, piano
Watch and listen to the National Radio Series Program 27 on the CMS of Lincoln Center website.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents
New Milestones: Evocation
Shawn E. OKPEBHOLO: On a Poem by Miho Nonaka: Harvard Square for Flute (2013)
Mario Diaz DE LEON: Mysterium for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Electronics (2016)
James LEE III: Ekah for Cello and Piano (2020)
Ned ROREM: Winter Pages for Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Cello, and Piano (1981) (CMS Commission)
Watch and listen to “New Milestones: Evocation” on the CMS of Lincoln Center website

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents
Musicians from Marlboro III LIVE
MENDELSSOHN: Two Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81
WIANCKO: Benkei’s Standing Death [Philadelphia Premiere]
KURTÁG: Duos for Soprano & Double Bass from The Notebooks of G.C. Lichtenberg
KIRSTEN: yes I said yes I will Yes
BEETHOVEN: String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29
The Musicians from Marlboro touring program has been lauded as a “virtual guarantee of musical excellence” (Washington Post). Some of the most outstanding Marlboro performances from recent years share this program with compelling contemporary works by Amy Beth Kirsten and past Marlboro participant Paul Wiancko.
Watch “Musicians from Marlboro III LIVE” on YouTube

 The National Theatre presents
Poetry for Every Day of the Year: National Theatre Talks
Join us for an hour of poetry dedicated to the people of Ukraine, read by actors on stage at the National Theatre. Allie Esiri was joined by Asa Butterfield, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Kate Fleetwood, Tom Hiddleston, Dária Plahtíy, and Helena Bonham Carter. Chris Riddell live drew the evening. This event was performed on the Olivier stage, National Theatre, London on Friday 17 March 2023.
Watch “Poetry for Every Day of the Year” on YouTube presents
88 Minutes of Piano Excellence for World Piano Day (March 29)
In honor of World Piano Day, held on the 88th day of the year to honor the instrument’s 88 keys, join us in an 88-minute celebration of legendary pianists and the pieces we love to hear them play! This compilation brings together works by Chopin, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Brahms, and other favorite composers in the hands of some of the finest interpreters of every recorded era: Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein to Van Cliburn and Emil Gilels, Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim to Maria João Pires and Grigory Sokolov, Yuja Wang and Daniil Trifonov to Alexandra Dovgan and Yunchan Lim… and that’s just for starters. Sit back and enjoy this pianistic pantheon!
Watch Medici TV “88 Minutes of Piano Excellence for World Piano Day” on YouTube


Culture Picks is a bi-weekly feature celebrating the performing arts. The PAC’s 2022-2023 season kicked off on October 8 and cultural connoisseur and PAC staff member Coni Guhl is here to shine the spotlight on artists that will be a part of it. Each post will feature her curated selection of video, audio, and things to read about one of our artists, plus an occasional recommendation about other performing arts experiences that you just can’t miss. Enjoy!

All times are EDT unless otherwise noted.

Pictured: Angélique Kidjo. Photo courtesy of the artist.