Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton NEW YORK | Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:34pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Beatle Paul McCartney performed a surprise mini-concert in New York’s Times Square on Thursday to the delight of throngs of workers, tourists and fans. McCartney, 71, and his band sang tracks from his upcoming album, “New,” which is due to be released in the United States on October 15. “Wow! Really excited to be playing New York Times Square at 1 p.m. this afternoon!” McCartney tweeted about an hour before the packed mini-concert. “Come on down to Times Square. It’s all going to be happening there!” he added. Security guards at the site said the 15-minute, lunch-time concert was kept a secret until shortly before its start. “I loved it. It is hard not to like this band. They have been playing together for so long; they just make perfect music every time they hit a stage,” Said Hamdan, 51, a teacher in New York who learned about the concert through Twitter, said. Tawanna Flowers, a 25-year-old security guard working at the event, described the mini-concert as “awesome.” “New,” which features 12 tracks including “New” and “Queenie Eye” is McCartney’s first album of new material in six years. “A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you’d recognize as mine,” the singer and bassist said on his website. “But I didn’t want it to all sound the same. We had a lot of fun.” On Wednesday, the singer did a special show and master class for 400 teenagers at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in the New York borough of Queens.
in the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, will be presented by UBs Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music and A Musical Feast, the resident musical ensemble at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The concert will feature eight Felder compositions written between 1986 and 2013 and performed by soloists and ensembles of the highest rank, including faculty members of the UB Department of Music. Tickets are $10 for Burchfield Penney members and students and $20 for non-members. Tickets are available online at http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/events/event:11-08-2013-8-00pm-a-musical-feast-wishes-david-felder-a-very-happy-60th-birthday/ . Call 716-878-6011 during gallery hours for further information. The program will open with the world premiere of a new version of Felders Boxman (1986, 2013), performed by French hornist Adam Unswurth, associate professor of horn and chair of winds and percussion at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, who has held horn seats with a number of important American orchestras. The piece originally was written for amplified solo trombone with electronics. Virtuosic violinist Yuki Numata Resnick, assistant professor of music at UB, will perform Felders 1987 composition Another Face for solo violin. It will be followed by the world premiere of TweenerB (1991, 2013), a follow-up to the popular Felder work first presented in 1991. Here it will feature well-known percussionist Tom Kolor, highly in demand as a chamber musician and a member of the UB percussion faculty. November Sky (1992), a Felder composition for flutist doubling piccolo, alto and bass flutes, and electronic sounds will follow. The performance will feature flutist Emi Ferguson, hailed by critics for her tonal bloom and hauntingly beautiful performances. She has performed with major composers, conductors and performers, including the American Classical Orchestra, and at Ground Zero for the 10th anniversary memorial of 9/11 with YoYo Ma, Paul Simon and James Taylor. These four solo works comprise Crossfire, a series designed for performance as a single set.
The other was that Thick As a Brick now comes with its own public-service announcement for prostate health. But this being an Anderson show, even the prostate pitch was delivered with humour (an audience member, a rubber glove and an examination conducted in silhouette were involved). And that wasn’t the only bit of fun: the performance of the entire 1972 album-length song by Jethro Tull and its 2012 sequel, Thick As a Brick 2, was brightened by theatrical touches, inventive video illustrations and a great sense of joie de vivre from Anderson and band. (Lest we forget, Anderson has always maintained that TAAB was a parody of progressive rock.) It was an ambitious project. This was only the second time the piece has been played in full on tour, the first being when Jethro Tull were on the road promoting it 41 years ago. After that, it surfaced on stage only in edited versions – until last year when Anderson worked up the whole opus again with his current band. He was, by then, the only original Jethro Tull member involved. Tuesday night’s 50-minute performance of the classic-rock staple was pulled off marvelously – although it was apparent from the opening moments that Anderson would struggle heroically, but unsuccessfully, with the higher notes. An even poorer-than-usual sound mix in the generally dodgy concert hall only served to bury whatever presence his voice had. It was, therefore, a blessing that the Tull chief ceded half the vocals to 30-year-old Ryan O’Donnell, who also provided lighthearted antics. Apart from the problematic pipes, however, Anderson was firing on all cylinders, demonstrating impressive physical stamina and the light, lyrical touches on flute that have always made the Tull sound so distinctive. The rest of the band – drummer Scott Hammond, guitarist Florian Opahle, keyboard player John O’Hara and bassist David Goodier – did an admirable job of breathing new life into the decades-old rock-radio staple, which (revisionists be damned!) remains a delight from start to finish. Perhaps not surprisingly, the band sounded even more aggressive in their attack on the record’s recent sequel, TAAB 2. Whether that’s because they actually played on that album (Opahle, O’Donnell and Hammond were not yet born when TAAB came out) or because it comes with less baggage is a moot point.
Proceeds from the concert, titled “Old, New and Sometimes Blue, But Always Jazz,” will benefit a historic mural project that will eventually be displayed behind the parking lot of TD Bank on the corner of Main and West Pearl streets. The public art project, to be painted by Nashua mural artist Barbara Andrews, will depict a view of West Pearl Street from 1909.The colored mural, named “Vivian’s Dream,” will stand about 40 feet by 35 feet. It is designed to enhance downtown Nashua by offering residents, businesses, restaurant patrons, shoppers and visitors a historic public art experience, according to a release. The jazz concert will include performances by Pam Purvis, Bob Ackerman and Tim Maynard. “We are delighted that Pam and Bob have donated their time and wonderful talents, coming to Nashua from the New Jersey/New York area, to help us bring a significant piece of public art to downtown,” said Marjorie Bollinger Hogan, president of City Arts Nashua. Purvis sings and plays keyboard, while her husband, Ackerman, plays piano, saxophone, clarinet and flute. Maynard is a percussionist from Massachusetts. Purvis and Ackerman have eight recordings, and have performed all over the nation, in Europe and Mexico, according to a release. “We want our music to swing and get you moving, but we are also interested in the subtleties of color, harmony and nuance,” Purvis said in a statement. “I want you to see and feel the images in the song. I come from a part of the country where there is a lot of color and energy. I hope you’ll find these things in my singing.” The concert is being sponsored by Nashua Community Music School, Nashua Radisson Hotel and Darrell’s Music Hall. Tickets are available at the door for $15, and $10 for seniors and students.