Music in May: Concerts on THIRTEEN

Elisa Lichtenbaum | May 6, 2019

Cynthia Erivo

Music is in the air this month on THIRTEEN, and there’s something for everyone – from cabaret to grand opera and beyond.


Great Performances at the Met brings the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of classical music fans with Adriana Lecouvreur (Sunday, May 12, 1 p.m.). Soprano Anna Netrebko portrays the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her passion onstage and off, with tenor Piotr Beczała as her lover, Maurizio. Anita Rachvelishvili is Lecouvreur’s rival, the Princess of Bouillon.

Pop and Latin Music

Witness music history as Emilio & Gloria Estefan become the first musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent to receive The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (Friday, May 3; stream now). Rita Moreno and Andy Garcia host the star-studded special, featuring Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano, Cyndi Lauper, the cast of On Your Feet!, and Quincy Jones.

Broadway and American Songbook

Broadway fans, Friday nights are for you! Live From Lincoln Center Presents – Stars in Concert returns with intimate concerts showcasing Broadway’s brightest stars from the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Cynthia Erivo (Fri 10th, 9 p.m.), Tony winner for the musical The Color Purple, presents a soulful evening of song.

Experience the comic verve of Annaleigh Ashford (Friday, May 17, 9 p.m.), who thrilled audiences in Kinky Boots and You Can’t Take It With You, for which she won a Tony Award.

Celebrate musical theater composers and classic standards with Megan Hilty (Friday, May 24, 9 p.m.), the charismatic star of Noises Off and TV’s Smash.

Acclaimed for his standout performances in Broadway’s The Book of Mormon and Lena Dunham’s Girls, Andrew Rannells (Friday, May 10, 10 p.m.) shows he can do just about anything in a daringly diverse set of songs.

Best known for his killer performance as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, this Tony Award winner has chosen not to rest on his laurels but to chart a new path. See where it takes him in this personally revealing concert special with Leslie Odom Jr. (Friday, May 17, 10 p.m.).

Sutton Foster (Friday, May 24, 10 p.m.).
Sutton Foster brings her irresistible show-stopping talent and effusive charm to the intimate Appel Room for a special night featuring a special guest, Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Spring Awakening, Glee).

National Memorial Day Concert

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise host the National Memorial Day Concert (Sunday, May 26, 8 p.m.), live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The all-star line-up includes General Colin L. Powell, Patti LaBelle, the National Symphony Orchestra, and more. In 2018, Cynthia Erivo performed “Requiem for a Soldier” on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol (PBS presents her own Live at Lincoln Center Concert on Friday, May 10). See the PBS National Memorial Day Concert site for more information and resources for veterans and military families.

ALL ARTS Music Programs

You can also find lots of great music specials on ALL ARTS , our new broadcast channel and streaming platform dedicated to arts and culture – such as The Set List, your ticket to BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! concerts featuring Harlem-based duo Jazze Bell (Wednesday, May 1, 8 p.m.), rapper Topaz Jones (Wednesday, May 8, 8 p.m.), reggae artist Tarrus Riley (Wednesday, May 15, 8 p.m.), and global ensemble Mwenso and The Shakes (Wednesday, May 22, 8 p.m.).