Monday, March 4, 2019

McCarter celebrates this March with four eclectic musical events in four days

RANKY TANKY
WHEN: Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8 p.m.
WHERE:
Berlind Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton
TICKETS: start at $25 and can be purchased online at mccarter.org, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Ticket Office.

Ranky Tanky is a Charleston-based jazz quartet performing the timeless music of Gullah culture, born in the southeastern Sea Island region of South Carolina. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, these four Gullah descendants have joined together to celebrate a heartland of music born in their own backyards.

WU MAN, pipa
with Yang Yi, zheng
WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 2019, 8 PM
WHERE:
Berlind Theatre 
TICKETS: start at $25 and can be purchased online at mccarter.org, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Ticket Office.

As the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man has given the lute-like instrument a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. McCarter audiences may be familiar with her work already as one of the founding members and lead soloists of the Silk Road Ensemble, alongside prodigious cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Her return to Princeton will be accompanied by Yang Yi playing the zheng.

OMAR SOSA and SECKOU KEITA: TRANSPARENT WATER
WHEN: Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3 p.m.
WHERE:
Berlind Theatre
TICKETS: start at $25 and can be purchased online at mccarter.org, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Ticket Office.

The renowned world-jazz composer, pianist and 7-time Grammy nominee Omar Sosa joins forces with the Senegalese kora master and vocalist Seckou Keita. Sosa’s exploration of Afro-Cuban music evokes Yoruban meditation on life cycles and existence—his piano is not merely a musical instrument but a conduit to spiritual awareness. The Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles will join Sosa and Keita to form a world music trio which reaches for the sublime.

JAN LISIECKI, piano: NIGHT MUSIC
WHEN: Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:
Matthews Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton
TICKETS: start at $25 and can be purchased online at mccarter.org, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Ticket Office.

Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has, at 22, has confirmed his status as a particularly imaginative and poetic pianists. His 2017 recording of Chopin works for piano and orchestras won the Ecco Klassik Prize—an album of which The New York Times said, “Lisiecki’s blend of youthful brilliance, refinement and grace are perfect for this music; all the performances are outstanding.” For his McCarter engagement, he has curated a program he calls Night Music, incorporating many facets of this genre of piano repertoire, including Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, Schumann’s Nachtstucke Op.23, and Chopin’s Scherzo No. 1 in b.