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Raffle: Tickets to The Word & Amy Helm at 9:30 Club

CD CoverThe Word are a jam-blues-rock supergroup featuring Robert Randolph on lap and pedal-steel guitars, John Medeski on keyboards, and the North Mississippi Allstars (Luther and Cody Dickinson [guitars and drums, respectively] and Cody Chew [bass]).

Their release in May, Soul Food (Vanguard Records, $15.98), was their first in 14 years, and they are touring—with a stop at the 930 Club this Wednesday, October 14.

Amy Helm (daughter of the late Levon Helm), who also has a new album, also sings on Soul Food, and she will be the opening act.

To enter the raffle for tickets, please email , with WORD in the subject heading.


New Classical

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Biber: Rosary Sonatas (Channel Classics SACD, 2 CDs, $28.98) -- Rachel Podger plays Biber’s sacred pieces which use different violin tunings (scordatura) in fourteen of the sixteen sonatas. The “mysteries” of these new tunings and the resulting chords and textures are revealed by Ms. Podger, who is accompanied by harpsichord, cello and theorbo.

Scarlatti: Con Eco d’Amore (Harmonia Mundi, SACD, $19.98) – Soprano Elizabeth Watts sings arias from cantatas, serenatas and operas by Scarlatti; she is accompanied by the English Concert, led by Laurence Cummings.

Gurdjieff Ensemble, Komitas (ECM, $18.98) – The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble was founded by Armenian musician Levon Eskenian, to play “ethnographically authentic arrangements of the G.I. Gurdjieff/Thomas de Hartmann piano music;” in other words, to “return” the music to its folk roots in the Caucasus. For their new project, the Ensemble plays arrangements of pieces by the “father” of  Armenian music, Komitas (1869-1935).

Yuja Wang, Ravel & Fauré (Deutsche Grammophon, $16.98) – Ms. Wang plays Ravel’s Piano Conceto in G Major and his Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major, with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Lionel Bringuier conducting, as well as  Fauré’s Ballade in F sharp major for Piano Solo.

Alisa Weilerstein & Inon Barnatan, Chopin & Rachmaninov Cello Sonatas (Decca Records, $16.98)


Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at the Kennedy Center

CD CoverBeautiful – The Carole King Musical is now playing at the Kennedy Center through October 25. The story takes Ms. King from her first Brill Building hits written with her then husband, Gerry Goffin, to her breakthrough solo career both as a singer and as a composer. Listen to the original Broadway cast, featuring Tony winner Jessie Mueller, in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical: Original Cast Album (Ghostlight, $17.98). The touring company features Abby Mueller, Jessie’s sister, in the title role.