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This week: concerts in New York (November 28 – December 4, 2016)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra gives the NY premiere of Detlev Glanert’s Theatrum bestiarum along with a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.
Wednesday, November 30 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25 to $161
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY
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Variation Trio

Kaija Saariaho – Photo by Priska Ketterer

Kaija Saariaho– Photo by Priska Ketterer

The 92Y presents the Variation Trio, comprising violinist Jennifer Koh, violist Hsin-Yun Huang and cellist Wilhelmina Smith in its 92Y debut. In addition to selections from György Kurtág’s Signs, Games and Messages, the Trio will perform Kaija Saariaho’s Cloud Trio. The Trio then takes an atmospheric tour of the great churches of Rome by Los Angeles-based composer Andrew Norman.
Wednesday, November 30 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $25
92Y, Buttenwieser Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY
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John Zorn: Music for Agnes Martin

John Zorn assembles a cast of musicians for an evening of music performed in the Guggenheim’s rotunda. Zorn’s Dark River from his 1995 album Redbird was inspired by Agnes Martin, and this program serves as the premiere of two brand-new compositions also inspired by her work, Praise and Blue Stratagem. The program concludes with an exhibition viewing of Agnes Martin.
Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $30, $20 members, $15 students
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, New York, NY
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Curated by Meredith Monk: Missy Mazzoli & GABI

Missy Mazzoli – Photo by Stephen Taylor.

Missy Mazzoli– Photo by Stephen Taylor.

Composer/performers Missy Mazzoli and GABI join forces for a rare night of solo and collaborative performances that explore the ethereal fringes of electronic music, classical virtuosity, glitchy vocals and extended techniques.
Thursday, December 1 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Composer Portraits | Zosha Di Castri

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues its Composer Portraits series with Zosha Di Castri featuring Yarn/Wire and Ekmeles.
Thursday, December 1 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20-$30
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY
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Density 2036: Part IV | Claire Chase

Claire Chase

Claire Chase

Claire Chase premieres part four of Density 2036. This year’s lineup, featuring world premieres by Vijay Iyer, Pauchi Sasaki, Tyshawn Sorey, Suzanne Farrin, and Richard Beaudoin, investigates the flute in dialogue with other forces: ondes martenot, drum set, small choir (with settings of new poems by Paul Griffiths), electronics, and an interactive dress constructed of pipes and speakers.
Thursday, December 1 & December 2 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY
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Brooklyn Rider | 5 Boroughs Music Festival

Brooklyn Rider performs works by Beethoven, Janáček, Glass and Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen.
Friday, December 2 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25, $15 seniors, $10 students
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Queens, NY
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Random Number One | Random Access Music

The evening features world premieres by RAM composers Gilbert Galindo and David Fetherolf with works by fellow RAM composers Guy Barash and Allen Schultz alongside Gorecki performed by David Broome, Kate Dillingham and Thomas Piercy.
Friday, December 2 at 8:00 PM
Free
Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria, NY
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Music With A Purpose Hackathon

Music With A Purpose Hackathon

Songs of Black Lives Matter, music and medicine, neuroscience of everyday music. Talks, brainstorming, workshops, and collaboration on creative projects to use music to improve lives.
Saturday, December 3 at 12:00 PM
Free
Spotify, 45 West 18th Street, New York, NY
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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Fazil Say

Fazil Say

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, joined by pianist Fazil Say, performs music by Rossini, Mozart, Haydn, and a work by Say.
Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $12 to $110
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY
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Music & Myth | Composers Concordance

CompCord Ensemble, featuring Mark Kostabi and Lukas Ligeti, will perform compositions by Lynn Bechtold, Dan Cooper, Melissa Grey & Nicole Antebi, Peter Jarvis, Mark Kostabi, Lukas Ligeti, Joseph Pehrson, Gene Pritsker, Rob Voisey, and P. Kellach Waddle. The program will include premieres and recent works inspired by a broad definition of myth: medical myth, witchcraft, the monster Procrustes, the ever-laboring Sisyphus, and others.
Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
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Visuality

In Visuality, music develops its own visual component, dramaturgy and aesthetic. Visuality merges live classical music, visual art, and technology to explore how light and sound intersect in their purest forms. Each musical piece is developed around commissioned new creations from painters, sculptors, choreographers, writers, and other visual artists.
Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Queens, NY
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Synth Nights | Lesley Flanigan & Lucky Dragons

Lesley Flanigan

Lesley Flanigan

Lesley Flanigan will perform a new work with handmade speaker feedback instruments alongside amplified voice, creating an intimate connection between gesture and sound—a kind of physical electronic music. Lucky Dragons return for the first time in nearly a decade with a composition based on explorations of auditory illusions, voice, and synthesis.
Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY
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21st Century Spanish Guitar | Adam Levin

American classical guitarist Adam Levin returns with a new program celebrating his artistic collaboration with 30 living Spanish composers. At this concert, he’ll perform six New York premieres.
Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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Bridging The Gap Concert I

Bridging the Gap is a series of concerts created by National Sawdust Curator Robert Sirota, to explore the student/teacher, mentor/mentee relationships between generations of composers. The series will emphasize the influences that brought about the expansion of musical styles and approaches over the past 20-30 years. Each concert will be preceded by a discussion with composer mentors, mentees, and performers, led by a distinguished thought leader. The concerts themselves will include performances of works by both younger composers and the teachers who have influenced their development.
Sunday, December 4 at 4:00 PM
Tickets $29
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
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