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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Today, Soundcheck heads to the Greene Space to showcase two very different takes on American popular song. Tony Award winner and television actor Audra McDonald takes the stage with her “Porgy and Bess” co-star Norm Lewis to discuss her return to Broadway - and to perform favorites from the newly reworked American opera. Plus: Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten gives us a sneak preview of songs from her upcoming record, Tramp.

Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis

Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald returns to Broadway by way of “Catfish Row” this January in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”– a newly reworked version of the 1935 American opera. In this special edition of Soundcheck, McDonald joins us in the Greene Space with co-star Norm Lewis to talk about updating an American classic - and to perform songs from the Broadway show. (Watch video of the performance.)

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Sharon Van Etten

Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten last joined us amid the zeitgeist for epic, her 2010 album that inspired praise from critics – and cover songs from Bon Iver and The National. The Brooklyn-based musician and her band join us for a sneak preview of songs from her next record, Tramp. (UPDATE: Watch our video archive of the performance.)

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Gig Alert: Claire Chase

Flutist Claire Chase previews works from her new album, Terrestre, at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday night. Download the piece "Terrestre: I. L'oiseau dansant." 

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