Doo Wop Delights
Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Shirelles’ lead singer Shirley Alston Reeves, along with The Chiffons and The Teenagers gather together for a “History of American Rock and Roll.” This high-energy concert celebrates the great heady days of doo-wop, pop-rock and soul, as we relive those classic sounds that still resonate today. From “Under the Boardwalk,” Dedicated to the One I Love” and “One Fine Day” to “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” it’s an evening of treasured melodies that will have everyone singing along.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m. $29-$49. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 678-5000 ext. 7715 or www.madisontheatreny.org.
Hofstra Opera Theater takes to the stage this weekend with Gilbert & Sullivan's classic comic opera "Princess Ida." This melodic and hilarious opera calls into question the differences between women and the topsy-turvy impact of evolution. Find out if Princess Ida's refusal to give her hand in marriage ignites war between two kingdomsor or if she succumb and risk derailing the future of women's independence. Sullivan’s score is majestic, and a sequence of songs in Act II is so renowned for its beauty that it is sometimes called "the string of pearls." Some consider Gilbert’s libretto one of his funniest.
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 3, 3 p.m. $15, $12 seniors and students. Hofstra University's John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus, Hempstead. (516) 463-6644.
Igudesman & Joo
YouTube sensations Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo present their madcap approach to classical music when they visit Tilles Center with “A Little Nightmare Music.” Igudesman, a violinist, and pianist Joo – both classically trained musicians – find inspiration from such comedic forefathers as Victor Borge and P.D.Q. Bach. The duo relishes overturning traditional attitudes towards classical music. Like their predecessors, they are serious musicians who have turned the world’s most esteemed concert halls into standing room-only comedy clubs.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m. $70, $50 and $35. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Rte. 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.