This week: concerts in New York (March 4 – March 10, 2013) [updated]
Interval 6.2 | Solos, Duos, & Trios: Alex Mincek Curates
The Wet Ink ensemble will present an evening of works for solo, duo and trio combinations by Simon Steen-Andersen, Ben Hackbarth, Sam Pluta, and Ted Hearne.
Monday, March 4 at 7:30 PM
New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, New York, New York 10011
Dissonant Abstraction | Arnold Schoenberg and Morton Feldman
In conjunction with the MoMA exhibition Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925, Bang on a Can presents a pair of concerts that reveal how pioneering European composers of 100 years ago forever changed the music in New York. Each concert pairs two composers—an early-20th-century innovator, and a New Yorker they influenced. The music is performed by alumni and faculty of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, a program dedicated entirely to the creation, study, and performance of the most adventurous music of our time. This second evening in the series features one of Arnold Schoenberg’s shortest, oddest, most intense pieces, Herzgewächse, a shockingly expressive vocal miniature originally written for Vasily Kandinsky’s journal The Blue Rider. Morton Feldman’s meditative work Three Voices, for solo voice and two prerecorded solo voices, a luxurious, introspective setting of a poem by Frank O’Hara, has a much slower tempo than the Schoenberg piece, but is ultimately no less intense.
Monday, March 4 at 6 PM
Tickets $10; $8 members and corporate members; $5 students, seniors and staff of other museums
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1, Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY
coLABoratory: Playing It UNsafe (Workshop IV) | American Composers Orchestra
coLABoratory: Playing It UNsafe is the first and only professional research and development lab to support the creation of cutting-edge new American orchestral music through no-holds-barred experimentation, encouraging composers to do anything but play it safe.The composers participating in coLABoratory this season are Du Yun, Troy Herion, Raymond J. Lustig, Judith Sainte Croix, and Dan Visconti. This concert marks the fourth workshop of the series.
Tuesday, March 5 at 10 AM
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY
Ashley Bathgate & Bonjour
Ashley Bathgate and Bonjour perform at Spectrum. Ashley Bathgate performs music by Jacob Cooper, Yoav Shemesh, Peteris Vasks, Steve Reich, and Evan Ziporyn. Bonjour performs the music of Florent Ghys.
Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 PM
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow street, 2nd floor, New York, NY
Amphibian presents the NY premiere of Augusta Thomas’ Sun Songs
loadbang presents ‘Threshold’ at the DiMenna Center
Claire Chase, the Brooklyn-based flutist and 2012 MacArthur Fellow, offers a rare solo recital spanning more than a half century of innovations in the repertoire for solo flute, from Berio’s 1951 virtuoso masterpiece and Brecht’s 1962 fluxus “flute solo” consisting of a single action, to her new recording of the ten tape tracks heard on Steve Reich’s Vermont Counterpoint, to the premieres of three stunning new works she has commissioned recently by emerging composers Mario Diaz de Leon, Marcos Balter, and Evan Johnson. In between selections, Chase offers seven different interpretations of Pauline Oliveros’ 2008 game-piece “A Fluting Moment,” creating a seamless 70-minute tour de force solo performance.
Friday, March 8 at 8 PM
Tickets $15, members/students/seniors $10
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
A Century of New York Psalms, featuring Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms
Three new works commissioned by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble from James Bassi, Christian Carey, and Martha Sullivan will be premiered alongside illustrations by New York artist Brett Helquist (best known for the children’s books A Series of Unfortunate Events), bringing to life these ancient poems in one of New York’s most beautiful churches. Following music by John Corigliano, Virgil Thomson, and Bobby McFerrin, the program will conclude with Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.
Saturday, March 9 at 8PM
Tickets $35 Premium Reserved / $25 General / $15 Senior/Student
The Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues New York City
Liaisons II: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano
Returning for the second round of Sondheim-inspired piano works based on some of the master’s greatest songs, pianist Anthony De Mare presents music by leading composers from the musical theater, film, popular music and the concert world including, among others, Adam Guettel, Nico Muhly, Steve Reich, Phil Kline, Frederic Rzewski, and Jason Robert Brown. The evening will include an on-stage discussion with Stephen Sondheim led by Mark Eden Horowitz, author of the critically acclaimed Sondheim on Music.
Saturday, March 9 at 7 PM
Tickets $55; Members $47; Under 30 $15
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway New York, NY