Fischer's Fab Ten
1) It might not be as beloved a seasonal tradition as the annual December production of The Nutcracker, but Dracula is a significant piece of BalletMet Columbus repertoire and history.
The piece was created by former Artistic Director David Nixon. It was first staged by the company in 1999 and remains among the most-requested pieces in the company’s repertoire.
This year is a win for those requesters, as the threesome of Jimmy Orrante, Jackson Sarver and David Ward will dance the title role in the passionate adaptation of the Bram Stoker story set to music by Michael Daugherty, Arvo Part, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alfred Schnittke.
Dracula will be presented Oct. 26-Nov. 3 in the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $63-$20. Visit balletmet.org.
2) Xavier Rudd is a one-man band. And Xavier Rudd is Australian. Thus, his many instruments include a stand with three didgeridoos.
What Rudd is primarily, though, is a songwriter of sweet, funky acoustic tunes with a conscience. And his record, Spirit Bird, is sweet.
Check him out at the Newport Music Hall Friday, Oct. 26. Yeshe opens. Tickets are $20/ $22. Visit promowestlive.com.
3) An Old Crow Medicine Show gig is an opportunity to feel like you’re traveling the dirt roads and hollers of the Appalachians and mid-Atlantic mountains without actually having to go there.
Ignore any suggestion that the quintet has a punk-music ethos.
Americana music has had its own fascination – and not always a happy one – with liquor and drugs for years.
The 20-somethings in OCMS offer up bluegrass, jug-band, back-porch goodness.
Touring in support of its terrific new record, Carry Me Back, OCMS plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Friday, Oct. 26. Robert Ellis opens. Tickets are $35. Visit promowestlive.com.
4) Barrence Whitfield is a true soul rock screamer in the grand history of Little Richard and Wilson Pickett.
Barrence Whitfield and the Savages offer an expanded kind of throwback rock ’n’ roll, blending R&B and rockabilly influences for a foot-stompin’ backside-shakin’ good time.
The band’s Saturday, Oct. 27, show at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza in Worthington comes on the heels of a week of recording in Cincinnati with an eye toward a new record. Local legend Willie Phoenix and his new blues band Blues Hippy and the Soul Underground, wil open.
Tickets are $12. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.
5) The Sunday at Central recital series will present a free performance of Olivier Messiaen’s dramatic Quatour pour la fin du Temps (Quartet for the End of Time) Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Cardinal Health Auditorium at the Columbus Museum of Art.
The piece for the violin, clarinet, cello and piano was premiered by the composer and four fellow prisoners at a German military prison camp in 1941, where it was also composed.
Indeed, the piece, inspired by the Bible’s Book of Revelation, was composed there and speaks of hope and the human spirit.
It is also a fine example of the unique compositional techniques employed by Messiaen.
6) Project Trio, the vanguard classical/rock/hip-hip combo formed by flutist Greg Pattillo (if you missed his tenure as a YouTube sensation a few years back, he’s worth a lookup), returns to Columbus for a Sunday, Oct. 28, concert at Via Vecchia Winery, sponsored by CityMusic.
Tickets are $25/$10. Food and beverages are also available before and during the concert – not included in the ticket price. Visit citymusiccolumbus.org.
7) Superlative violinist Hilary Hahn joins the New Albany Symphony Orchestra in kicking off its season Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts.
A little more than a decade ago, Hahn was at the forefront of a generation of gifted young classical musicians.
Still young (she’s only 32), Hahn is, if anything, a greater interpreter of her repertoire today. She will join the NASO for Korngold’s Violin Concerto.
The program also includes two 19th-century Romantic masterworks, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.
Tickets are $22-$9. Visit newalbanysymphony.com.
8) To call Chicago prog-pop quartet Maps & Atlases offbeat is to call tofu bland, cliff-diving dangerous or campaign season lengthy.
The band’s idiosyncratic new CD, Beware and Be Grateful, is chock full of jarring, asymmetrical rhythms, gathered instrumental tones and stark vocals.
The Beat can’t decide if a short attention span or ultimate concentration serves the listener better.
The band is part of the Bonaroo 365 Tour which also includes Austin, Texas, experimental rock quartet White Denim.
The tour stops at the A&R Bar Tuesday, Oct. 30. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.
9) The revival among young bands of interest in Tin Pan Alley, ragtime and World War II-era country-folk gets a West Coast bent, thanks to He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, which plays Woodlands Tavern Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Minimalist tunes featuring odd instrumentations – typical lo-fi hipster fare – are present, but so are lush, two-part singing (brother and sister Robert and Rachel Kolar), jangly guitar work and a rhythm section highlighted by a tap-dancer.
Yep. Makes for a show suitable for street busking or someone’s side porch.
Tickets are $5. Visit woodlandstavern.com.
10) Few musicians’ stories are as unusual as that of Detroit singer Rodriguez, who released a pair of critically acclaimed Bob Dylan- and Curtis Mayfield-inspired records in the early 1970s, telling tales of urban struggle and concern that fell, to a large extent, on deaf ears – until a decade later, when some young South African people discovered them and identified with the message of poverty and rebellion.
Those folks had no idea who the singer was, and he had no idea of his far-off fame, so Rodriguez continued to live his post-music career life working construction in Detroit.
In the past few years, Rodriguez was found alive and well, and the improbable story of his music is told in the documentary Searching for Sugar Man.
Subsequently, he decided to play a handful of shows, one of which will be at the Wexner Center for the Arts on Thursday, Nov. 1. Tickets are $18. Visit wexarts.org.