Ah spring. It lures with its promise of warmer temperatures and longer days. The hope it brings is what keeps us trudging forward through these last days of winter.
So, what could be a better way to celebrate the brighter days ahead than with some great music? Get your planner ready and check out the concerts hitting the Upper West Side this spring.
Il Divo at the Beacon Theatre
The world renowned classical crossover quartet Il Divo returns to the States with a highly-anticipated concert at the Beacon Theatre. The diverse group is made up by American David Miller, Spaniard Carlos Marin, Swiss Urs Buhler, and French Sebastien Izambard. The four of them are known for bringing classics back to life as well as composing wholly original songs that delight and please their loyal legion of fans.
They first catapulted to fame back in 2004 with their magical reinterpretation of “Unbreak My Heart.” The set list for their latest tour includes a Spanish rendition of Adele’s “Hello” and a cover of John Legend’s “All of Me”. This intimate concert is also sure to make for the perfect romantic date with your other half.
New York City Jazz Festival at Symphony Space
The NYC jazz festival sets the stage for up and coming artists of the genre to perform in front a wider audience. This year’s participating ensembles include The New Mexico School for the Arts Jazz Combo, the New Trier Swing Choir, and The Grande Chorale. Each ensemble is respectively directed by Orlando Madrid, Nathan Landes, and Sarin Williams.
The featured ensemble of the concert, the UNT Jazz Singers, will be directed by Jennifer Barnes. The festival will take place at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in Symphony Space. This is a special opportunity to see an eclectic group of performers come together to give it their all. Welcome the warmth of spring with the sound of jazz music.
8 Y Mas at Lincoln Center
8 Y Mas is a new band that’s been taking over the NYC Latin music scene. With the direction of Bobby Allende and Marc Quinones, they perform sensational salsa numbers that are highly charged with energy and lots of passion.
The concert will be held in Lincoln Center as part of the Vaya 63! series with the participation of the NYU Music and Social Change Lab. This is a nonprofit organization that envisions music as a way to promote the development of disadvantaged local communities. DJ Dayansiiita will set the groove before the band arrives with a banger of an opening set. Greet the spring in the euphoric way it deserves with los fantasticos 8 Y Mas!
Jessie James at the Beacon Theatre
Jesse James Decker is bringing her own flair of country music to the heart of the Upper West Side. The country starlet will sing some of her favorite songs from her chart-topping Billboard Country Album, Southern Girl City Lights. Some of the tunes fans can expect include her hit single “Wanted”, power ballad “I Do”, and female empowerment anthems like “Girls Night.”
Jessie is a fearless performer who has the attitude of a pop diva and the vocal chops to back it up. The Sisterhood Band will be opening the show as the guest act for the night. The talented duo consists of Rod Stewart’s daughter Ruby Stewart and Alyssa Bonagura.
Patti LuPone’s Spring Gala at David Geffen Hall
The legendary Patti LuPone is celebrating her 70th birthday where she feels most comfortable: on stage. She’ll be performing some of her favorite numbers from her lengthy career in Broadway. Expect to hear classics such as “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina” from Evita and “The Worst Pies in London” from Sweeney Todd.
LuPone will be joined on stage by the New York Philharmonic orchestra. Patti LuPone is one Broadway’s all time greats and her presence always commands the attention of any stage.