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ticket giveaway MUG has a pair of free tickets to see Other Voices NYC on October 27th, 7pm, at Le Poisson Rouge, a celebration of music and literature, with an Irish accent. If it weren't cheating, we'd enter this one ourselves: musicians include Glen Hansard (The Swell Season), Bryce and Aaron Dessner (The National), Doveman (Thomas Bartlett), Martha Wainwright, Bell X1, and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (pictured, photo: Ale Möller). Novelists Colum McCann, Joseph O'Connor, and poet Paul Muldoon will read from their work. The evening's proceeds will go to Fighting Words, the Dublin inner-city creative writing center for students, started by Roddy Doyle. To enter the contest, email us with the words 'Other Voices' in the subject line (and include your name in the email) by 1pm today. We'll announce the winner on the website (in this space) at 2pm. {Today's winner is Victoria Showalter. Congratulations! We'll send you an email with details.}

piano The KeyedUp MusicProject, created by Marc Peloquin, is a series of programs with the piano front and center. On Saturday, November 5th, 8pm, the focus is on Ned Rorem, performed at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W. 13th [5th/6th]. The 88-year-old composer is expected to attend.

organ Highly-regarded conductor and organist Kyler Brown debuts Music Under the Dome, a new concert series, this Sunday, 3pm, at Church of Saint Jean Baptiste, 76th & Lex, 212.570.2130. Mr. Brown tips his hat to the church's Murray Harris/Wicks Organ on the 10th anniversary of its installation with a performance of works by Bach, Mendelssohn, as well as an improvisation. $10 (suggested donation).

great american songbook Well, the second half of the Great American Songbook: Maureen McGovern's set list for her upcoming Birdland show has songs from Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Laura Nyro, and Jimmy Webb. It takes place on Tuesday, November 8th, 8:30pm, $40, plus $10 minimum.

multimedia Guitarist and composer Bill Frisell has few peers, so we always look forward to his latest project, and never more so than The Great Flood, a multimedia work of Frisell's music and film, by Bill Morrison, inspired by the 1927 Mississippi River floods. Those floods covered 27,000 square miles up to a depth of 30 feet. One consequence of the disaster was a musical one, but you'll have to see the work itself to find out more. You can do that at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall on Friday, November 4th, 10pm.

rock & roll The Serious Business Rock & Roll Revue is loosely-knit collective of several bands performing together at The Rock Shop, 249 4th Ave. [Carroll/President] 718.230.5740, on October 28th, 8pm, $10. According to the organziers, "We're concocting a seamless platter of show-business fun-times with no set breaks, no 'thanks-for-coming-out-tonight-stick-around-for-the-next-band-they're-great,' none of that noise. Hey this is show business isn't it? We're our own house band. You have to come to hear our imaginary hits."

accordion-driven anarchic Brechtian street opera The Tiger Lillies, uncategorizable yet indelible, perform Sinderella Songs at St. Ann's Warehouse, October 25th-29th, with special guest Justin Vivian Bond. [Photo, above: Frédéric Domont, photo in top image: Atelieri O.Haapala]

Gabriel Kahane's song cycle In the Memory Palace is performed on 10/25 and 10/27, 8pm, at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th [Bway/Amst].

The generously talented Jason Graae performs Perfect Hermany, a tribute to composer Jerry Herman at Westbank, 407 W. 42nd [9th/10th] 212.695.6909, on 10/24 and 10/25.

Bang on a Can has performed new concert music since 1987. The BOAC All-Stars are at Carnegie Hall on 11/5, 9pm.

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