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Evan Shinners

Evan Shinners promises to mix in a little bit of Passover along with Bach and Beethoven at Cornelia Street Café on March 25

Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia St.
Monday, March 25, $20 (includes one drink), 8:30

It is traditional for the Passover seder to end with a series of songs sung by the whole mishpacha. Pianist extraordinaire Evan Shinners, who is bringing his unique take on classical and pop music to the Cornelia Street Café on March 25, the first night of Pesach, is promising that it will be “a perfect occasion to come down to the West Village to enjoy a seder led by Bach and me. There will be fugues on ‘Dayenu,’ the four duets will answer the Four Questions, and if these jokes have no effect on you, then you certainly have no excuse to miss it.” Born in Denver and based in New York City, Shinners has been playing piano since he was nine. He has performed for Pope John Paul II in Rome and President Barack Obama at the White House, and he has just returned from a sold-out tour of Europe, where he played original music as well as works by Bach and Beethoven. “Monday night is me in my element,” he explained in an e-mail, “an intimate space and an hour with you. . . . Sonatas by Ludwig, suites by Johann, song and dance by Evan.” We have no information on whether the self-described “poet and tummler” plans on hiding the afikoman as well.

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