Salon Sanctuary and Midtown Concerts Offer Early Music – Liberian Born Soprano Dawn Padmore Leads The Lineup

22GUIDE3-master768As the New York Philharmonic fires the opening salvos in its new-music Biennial, other ensembles invite listeners to travel back in time with out-of-the-ordinary programs in out-of-the-way places.

On Tuesday, May 24, the Salon Sanctuary series tunnels deep into the past with an evening of pre-modern West African chants and dances. The Liberian-born soprano Dawn Padmore leads a lineup of scholar-performers that includes the drummer Anicet Mundundu; the multi-instrumentalist Kevin Nathaniel Hylton; and the kora player Yacouba Sissoko, an heir to a notable family of storytellers from Mali.

On Thursday, Midtown Concerts offers a refuge from the lunch-hour rush as the period-instrument string ensemble Acronym and the elegant baritone Jesse Blumberg perform cantatas by the 17th-century composer and hymn-smith Johann Rosenmüller.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.