Tickets for Paul Simon’s 15-night concert series, “Love in Hard Times” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, don’t go on sale until Feb. 11, but the event has been years in the making.
Culling material from Simon’s wide-ranging career, including his 1998 Broadway show “The Capeman,” and a slew of solo albums, the three productions that make up the BAM run will each focus on a different aspect of Simon’s musical influences.
“Songs from The Capeman,” running from April 1 through April 6, will be a concert staging — featuring a guest spot from Little Anthony and the Imperials — of “The Capeman”; “Under African Skies,” running from April 9 through April 13, will find Simon joined by a cast of international musicians as he explores the South African and Brazilian music that was prominently featured in his record, “Graceland”; and “American Tunes,” running from April 23 through April 27, will revisit songs from throughout Simon’s career and will feature collaborators such as indie rock band Grizzly Bear.
“Paul Simon’s vast body of work over 40 years warranted a new kind of retrospective,” BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins said in a statement released Jan. 29. “BAM wanted to give audiences over an extended period of time the opportunity to experience the totality of his talent and contribution to popular music.”
“Love in Hard Times: The Music of Paul Simon” will open with “Songs from The Capeman” at 8 pm on April 1 at the BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene). Tickets, which go on sale Feb. 11, are $30-$65. For information, call (718) 636-4100 or visit www.bam.org.