This week: concerts in New York (January 7 – January 13, 2013)
Unraveling | Corey Dargel, Jacob Cooper
Unraveling presents art song cycles by composers Corey Dargel and Jacob Cooper. Backed by a classically trained rock ensemble, Dargel premieres the full version of Hold Yourself Together, his set of songs about composure and technology. In Cooper’s cycle Silver Threads, the soprano Mellissa Hughes sings with microtonal precision over a flickering, quasi-transcendental electronic track, with lighting design by Eric Southern, supertitles/projections by Laura Grey, and poetry by Kristin Kelly, Dora Malech and Zach Savich. The meditative quality of Silver Threads provides the perfect complement to Dargel’s up-tempo trickster-cynicism.
Monday, January 7 at 7:30 PM
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
American Idyll | Momenta Quartet
The concert features works that illustrate the creative scope of American new music, all hailing from the latter half of the 20th century from composers active in New York. Momenta’s violinist Adda Kridler and cellist Michael Haas will offer contrasting solo works, each expanding upon a single idea: Christian Wolff’s “Bread and Roses” (1976) for solo violin, based on an early 20th-century millworkers’ protest song, and Elliott Carter’s intricate “Figment No. 1” (1994) for solo cello. Bookending the program are two divergent string quartets written in 1950, beginning with Stefan Wolpe’s aphoristic “Twelve Pieces for String Quartet.” In a final contrast, Momenta will round out the program with John Cage’s seminal and timeless “String Quartet in Four Parts,” inspired by East Indian philosophy and the profound spirit of Zen contemplation. This performance is part of the Stone’s January 2013 series curated by violinist-composer David Fulmer.
Tuesday, January 8 at 10 PM
Tickets $10 general, half-price for students ages 13-19, free for children 12 and under
The Stone, 16 Avenue C, at East 2nd Street, New York, NY
A Benefit For Roulette | Meredith Monk
Join Roulette for a dinner, performance, and champagne reception with composer and singer Meredith Monk in this special benefit for Roulette. Also tonight, we’ll be honoring ASCAP Vice President and Director of Concert Music Frances Richard.
PRE-CONCERT COCKTAIL RECEPTION
DINNER AND PERFORMANCE
For the occasion of Roulette’s first annual benefit, Monk will be performing a sneak preview of her newest evening-length work, On Behalf of Nature. In this work, Monk offers a poetic meditation on the environment. Using her recent composition Realm Variations for vocalists and instrumentalists as a point of departure, she employs contrasts in range from high to low to create an expansive sound world of different musical realms. Within this world, Monk evokes the Buddhist notion of the existence of different realm categories—the idea of joining heaven and earth by way of human beings.
Thursday, January 10 at 7 PM
Tickets $50 – $5000
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Chilly Gonzales: Piano Concerto No.1
All-round entertainer, pianist, rapper, and Guinness World Record holder Chilly Gonzales performs the U.S. premiere of Piano Concerto No. 1, a new musical work for a 10 piece orchestra commissioned by Lincoln Center.
Friday, January 11 at 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM
A Special Target Free Thursdays Series Production
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage
Nearer to East: Contemporary Chamber Music from the Arab World
This program features works and premieres by a group of composers with ties to Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq: Karim Al-Zand, Kinan Azmeh, Halim El-Dabh, Bushra El-Turk, Mohammed Fairouz, Zaid Jabri, and Kareem Roustom. These will be performed by the new music ensemble Lunatics at Large with special guests, soprano Christine Moore, pianist Kathleen Tagg, flutist Laura Falzon and visual artist Kevork Mourad.
Saturday, January 12 at 2:30 PM
Bruno Walter Auditorium, Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center 40 Lincoln Center Plaza/111 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY
Hotel Elefant | Concert II: Gordon, Lou, & Negrón
This is the rescheduled, and much awaited concert II by Hotel Elefant. Check out this video to learn more about Hotel Elefant and this concert:
Saturday, January 12 at 8 PM
Tickets: $15 at the door
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Norman S. Benzaquen Hall
450 W. 37th Street, New York, NY
C.O.M.A. – citizens ontological music agenda – started March 1998 presents improvised music on Sunday evenings at ABC No-Rio. Sets are 35-40 minutes followed by an open session at the end with various configurations of players. Chemical Composition will be performing.
Sunday, January 13 at 7 PM
$5 suggested donation
ABC No-Rio, 156 Rivington Street, New York, NY
A memorial concert for Elliott Carter | Ensemble LPR & Fred Sherry
Le Poisson Rouge is privileged to present a memorial concert in honor of Elliott Carter. Produced in collaboration with Carter’s friend and long-time collaborator, cellist Fred Sherry, the all-Carter program will be performed by members of Le Poisson Rouge’s resident bespoke orchestra, ensemble LPR, along with a group of renowned guest artists, for whom many of Carter’s scores were originally written, including pianist Ursula Oppens, clarinetist Charlie Neidich, violinist Rolf Schute, and vocalist Tony Arnold.
Sunday, January 13 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20/$25 standing room, $30/$35 table seating
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY