Turtle Island Quartet will be joined on stage by Nellie McKay for “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31. The program will explore the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s. It will feature McKay playing the ukulele and marimba and singing songs that will include such classics as “I Remember You,” “Mean to Me,” “I Cover the Waterfront” and “Alabama Song.”
The Turtle Island Quartet has released more than a dozen albums, racking up two Grammy wins, and has performed with Paquito D’Rivera, the Assad brothers and pianists Cyrus Chestnut and Ramsey Lewis. Nellie McKay received a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of “The Threepenny Opera” with Alan Cumming. A multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, actor and composer, McKay has had her music performed on leading TV shows, including “Mad Men,” “NCIS” and ”Nurse Jackie,” and she recently contributed to the soundtrack for the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.”
Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students.
The concert is part of the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's 10th Annual Spring Festival.