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Tribeca Film Fest's Musical Offerings

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off this week with a number of music-filled selections to choose from. Today: A preview of some of those films, including the documentary “Once in a Lullaby” – about Staten Island’s famous PS 22 chorus. Plus: Mexican guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela perform selections from their new album, "Area 52."

The Sounds of Tribeca Film Fest

Now in its 11th year, the Tribeca Film Festival kicks off this week with hundreds of hours of brand new features, shorts and documentaries. Joining us to highlight some of this year’s more musical selections is the festival’s director of programming, Genna Terranova.


A NYC Public School Chorus Hits the Silver Screen

Among the many films being screened at the Tribeca Film Festival is a documentary story that unfolded right here in New York. It’s called “Once In a Lullaby” and tells the story of Staten Island’s most well known school choir - and their journey to perform at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. We’ll hear all about it from the film’s director, Jonathan Kalafer, and PS22 chorus teacher Gregg Breinberg.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela: In Studio

For their first collaboration with another group, Mexican guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela reworked their own songs with a 13-piece orchestra from Havana known as C.U.B.A. We hear selections from the album that resulted, “Area 52,” when the duo joins us with a backing band to play live in our studio.

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Gig Alert: This Is The Kit

The Paris-based folk-pop band This Is The Kit performs with Plants And Animals at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday night. Download its graceful tune "Spinney."