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January 24, 2005 // UPDATED 1:51 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

From far away

Paddy Moloney, his pipes and The Chieftains are back, and it's not a moment too soon. For nearly 40 years, the legendary Irish quartet has created some of the most haunting and beautiful traditional-based music to come from a modern ensemble.

The band has kept its sound fresh with the periodic addition of new members and a search for sounds beyond the boundaries of Ireland as sources for its music.

For this program, the Chieftains will be performing many of their classic hits, accompanied by the Minnesota Orchestra, as well as music from their best-selling film soundtracks.

Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28 and 29, 8 p.m. Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall. $20-$47. 371-5656, www.minnesotaorchestra.org.

Class act

For nearly 50 years, pianist Randy Weston has been bringing to light some of the most unique, innovative compositions the jazz world has seen since Duke Ellington and Thelonius Monk.

Infusing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa with jazz technique, Weston's global creations continue to inform and inspire new generations of jazz fans and musicians. Over the years, his work has won him many, many accolades, including a Jazz Masters Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, "Downbeat" magazine's Composer of the Year Award, and, most recently, the Mid-Atlantic Arts foundation Living Legacy Jazz Award.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 25-27, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall. $25 and $30. 332-1010, www.dakotacooks.com.

Holly Day can be reached at lalena@bitstream.net.