Brooklyn Youth Chorus & Kronos Quartet
Brooklyn Youth Chorus – Photo by Joshua Simpson
Enjoy cocktails and light supper at the stylish Green Building followed by a performance featuring BYC with Kronos Quartet at Roulette. The evening honors longtime board member Hillary Richard. The program presents BYC commissions, including a world-premiere by Julia Wolfe and works by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond). New York premieres by Aleksandra Vrebalov and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), and works by Bryce Dessner (The National, Clogs) are also featured as part of a new series of BYC co-commissions with BAM.
Tuesday, May 7 at 8 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Acqua Alta (High Water) | Jenny Q Chai
Jenny Q Chai
Acqua Alta (High Water) will be the anchor of a month-long programming focus on global warming at Spectrum, with sound and video installations based on data curated by Ian Fenty, whose doctoral dissertation at MIT addressed ’s new studied of global warming and its effects on our oceans. John Cage’s athletic Water Walk (see schematic attached/above) is the centerpiece of the program. Written in 1959, John Cage’s Water Walk is scored for a number of objects, including bathtub, rubber duck, prepared piano and five radios. It was originally premiered on the Italian TV show Lascia O Raddoppia. Ninnananna from Marco Stroppa’s Miniature Estrose—a lullaby in which its out of worldly tremors creates a gentle watery shimmer and explores the two relations between two states of mind, with initiated knowledge one might trace hidden lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Stravinsky and an Italian lullaby Stroppa’s mother used to sing to him. Scarlatti and Gibbons provides the sensation of traveling back in time in Italy, while Debussy and Ravel adds their watery imagery. Three world premieres by Nils Vigeland, Milica Paranosic and Michael Vincent Waller reflect contemporary composers’ take on global warming. To complete the experience, the stage and the hall are transformed with projections of Italian Renaissance paintings, which stunningly portray the luminous beauty of Italy.
Tuesday, May 7 at 8 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow St., 2nd floor, New York, NY
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Kevin Puts & Friends | NYFOS Next
An evening of music curated and hosted by composer Kevin Puts. Including arias from his 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night. Also featuring music from the new Opera America Songbook by David Lang, Christopher Theofanidis, Christopher Cerrone, & Ricky Ian Gordon.
Tuesday, February 5 at 7 PM
Jerome Robbins Theater at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, New York, NY
Ecstatic Music Festival | Clogs, Sarah Kirkland Snider, & Orchestra For The Next Century
Sarah Kirkland Snider presents her new work for seven vocalists and chamber orchestra, Unremembered, a 13-song cycle set to poetry (and with accompanying projected artwork) by New-York-based poet/writer Nathaniel Bellows, featuring vocal performances by DM Stith, Shara Worden and Padma Newsome. Orchestra for the Next Century, directed by Gary Schneider, will present Snider’s work along with new works and arrangements by Newsome, Worden and Stith.
Wednesday, February 6 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25, $20 for 3+ concerts, $15 students, $150 festival pass
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
The Knights and Wu Man
Renowned pipa virtuoso Wu Man performs classic and contemporary chamber orchestra works with progressive New York classical ensemble The Knights.
Thursday, February 7 at 8 PM
Tickets $22 members; $26 students/seniors; $30 nonmembers
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY
Composer Portraits | Sofia Gubaidulina
Sofia Gubaidulina is featured at this Miller Theatre Composer Portrait concert.
Saturday, February 9 at 8 PM
Tickets $25 – $30
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway (at 116th Street), New York, NY
Fred Ho and the Green Monster Big Band
This special performance will feature Fred Ho leading his 18-piece Green Monster Big Band and will present world premiere works composed by Ho. He’ll debut his newest composition, “Rompin’, Rumpin’ and Roastin’ at the Red Rooster (Afro Asia Fantasia #1),” complete with a special Chinese menu prepared by chef Marcus Samuelsson. This occasion will also see the world premiere of “Iron Man Meets the Black Dog Meets David Taylor,” a tribute to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and veteran virtuoso bass trombonist David Taylor.
Saturday, February 9 at 8 PM & 10 PM
Red Rooster Jinny’s Supper Club, 310 Lenox Ave (125 & 126 Streets), Harlem, New York
The small audience who braved a rare San Francisco thunderstorm to get to Redshift’s concert on April 12 was rewarded for their trip by an evening filled with mostly minimalist-influenced music, wine, and cookies. Redshift, a bi-coastal ensemble whose website says they are based in New York and San Francisco, consists of Jeff Anderle (clarinet), Rose Bellini (cello), Kate Campbell (piano), and Andie Springer (violin). The concert took place at Salle Pianos, a relatively new space in San Francisco that bills itself as a venue for “artists, musicians, models, painters, and art lovers.” The piano used for tonight’s performance was a Pleyel dating from the 1920s, and aside from an odd buzz or two during the second half (perhaps a broken string?), the instrument sounded as good as it looked.
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