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Stepping Out

Cowboy Junkies shake things up


On Stage

Cowboy Junkies

The Canadian alt folk-rockers continue to travel their own path. For more than 30 years, they have created their acclaimed sound — a mesmerizing blend of rock, folk, blues and other styles — with the quiet intensity that is their musical signature. Their sound stood out in the midst of the flash and bombast that came to define the late ‘80s, gaining attention on more than two dozen critically acclaimed albums, including their 1988 breakthrough “The Trinity Sessions.” Formed in Toronto in 1985 with siblings Michael Timmins on guitar, Margo Timmins on vocals, Peter Timmins on drums, and Michael’s lifelong friend Alan Anton on bass, the band has sparkled over the course of their decades-long journey, always remaining true to themselves. From their auspicious debut to the group’s Nomad series of themed albums (2010-2012), Cowboy Junkies have never let music business trends dictate where they were headed.

Friday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m. $65, $53 and $48. Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.

In Concert

South Shore Symphony Orchestra

Join the South Shore Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Scott Jackson Wiley, for an evening of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Chopin. The program includes Beethoven’s 8th Symphony, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, featuring soloist Ming Feng Hsin and Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist Suk Hee Hong.  The Mendelssohn Violin Concerto is considered one of the most beautiful works ever written for violin and orchestra. Violinist Ming Feng Hsin was for several seasons Conductor and Music Director of the South Shore Symphony. During his tenure, Maestro Hsin programmed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with himself as soloist, and invited his colleague and friend, Scott Jackson Wiley, as guest conductor. Wiley subsequently took over as Music Director and Conductor when Hsin accepted a position as first violinist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has led the South Shore Symphony ever since for over 20 years. This concert is a reprise of that wonderful performance when Hsin first dazzled the local audience with his virtuosity.

Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. $20-$30. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 323-4444 or www.madisontheatreny.org.