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This week: concerts in New York (December 16, 2019 – December 22, 2019)

Rotunda Holiday Concert with Roomful of Teeth, Caroline Shaw, and Tigue

Celebrate the season with the sounds of holiday music and a new Works & Process commission of composer Caroline Shaw. Roomful of Teeth and the three percussionists of Tigue perform as part of this annual tradition in the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda.
Monday, December 16 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20-$60
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, New York, NY
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Brandon Lopez: sun burns out your eyes

Bassist and composer Brandon Lopez gives the first performance of his year-long Roulette residency with new works for his trio and quartet. Lopez’s concerts at Roulette center on interrogating and often unraveling the structures of composition and performance. For this concert, Lopez is joined by a stellar group of rising avant-garde luminaries: Gerald Cleaver (drums), Cecilia Lopez (electronics), and Steve Baczkowski (saxophone).
Monday, December 16 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Concert 1 | JACK Frontiers

JACK Quartet

JACK Quartet–Photo by Matt Zugale for Miller Theatre

JACK Quartet premieres Catherine Lamb’s divisio spiralis.
Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00 PM
Free
The New School, John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 5th Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY
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Ultrafizz: Since 1500 | Lucy Dhegrae

Lucy Dhegrae performs at Resonant Bodies 2018--Photo by Gretchen Robinette

Lucy Dhegrae performs at Resonant Bodies 2018–Photo by Gretchen Robinette

What might happen when the past and future collide? Sacred chants by Pauline Oliveros and an unknown 13th-century singer-composer rub elbows with monodies by Guillaume de Machaut, and John Cage. Playful hockets by Meredith Monk and antique cadences by Hayes Biggs delight the ear with unexpected harmonic dance. Since 1500 explores paths Western music might have taken, had it evolved along different lines.
Tuesday, December 17 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY
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ETHEL

ETHEL – Photo by Erin Patrice O'Brien

ETHEL– Photo by Erin Patrice O’Brien

ETHEL performs music by Sugar Vendil, Simon Brown, Sarah Goldfeather, Nailah Nombeko, Walter Smith, and Harrison Ponce.
Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $35
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
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Concert 2 | JACK Frontiers

JACK Quartet performs Clara Iannotta’s dead wasps in the jam-jar (iii), a new work by Lester St. Louis, and Tyshawn Sorey’s Everything Changes, Nothing Changes.
Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 PM
Free
The New School, John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 5th Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY
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ThingNY

thingNY

thingNY members (l-r) Jeffrey Young, Andrew Livingston, Erin Rogers, Paul Pinto, and Dave Ruder (photo by Michael YU)

A night of audio-visual chamber music and sonic theaters performed by the sextet of Jeffrey Young, Dave Ruder, Erin Rogers, Paul Pinto, Andrew Livingston, and Gelsey Bell. The program explores the sounds of language through its obscuration and translation.
Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY
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Music as Situation | SEM Ensemble

Featured works include John Cages 1969 Cheap Imitation in its rarely heard flute version (1982); Petr Kotiks string quartet, Torso (2012); the world premiere of his new work for solo tuba, Tubamirum (2019); and three premieres by the youngest generation of composers who participated in the Ostrava Days 2019 Festival: Judith Berkson, Ian Davis, and Sean Kiley.
Wednesday, December 18 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15 advance, $20 at door, $10 students
Paula Cooper Gallery, 524 West 26th Street, New York, NY
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McGill/McHale Trio

Tyshawn Sorey

Tyshawn Sorey (photo: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

This remarkable program explores dances of all sorts: from the Hungarian Furiant and the American Charleston, to those associated with the pulsating rhythms of techno music. The program includes Francis Poulenc’s Flute Sonata and Clarinet Sonata, and the world premiere of For Anton Vishio, a 92Y-commissioned work written especially for this trio by Tyshawn Sorey.
Thursday, December 19 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $35
92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
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Brandenburg | CreArtBox

CreArtBox collaborates with the Arte String Quartet to present a program based around Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Alongside the concerto, CreArtBox will present works by Benjamin Britten, Philip Lasser, and Evan O. Adams.
Friday, December 20 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $30
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, New York, NY
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Make Music Winter

A citywide festival of music-making on the longest day of the year.
Saturday, December 21 all day long
Free
Various Locations
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The Little Match Girl Passion | The Crossing

David Lang

David Lang

The Crossing returns to The Met for a presentation of David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion, this year paired with a new work by composer Edie Hill.
Saturday, December 21 at 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM
The Met Cloisters, The Fuentidueña Chapel, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, New York, NY
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Phill Niblock: 6 Hours of Music and Film

As the longest night of the year unfolds and the journey of our planet nears the point when Winter commences in the Northern Hemisphere, Phill Niblock stages his annual Winter Solstice concert for the 9th consecutive year at Roulette. Starting at 6 PM, the performance will comprise of six hours of acoustic and electronic music and mixed media film and video in a live procession that charts the movement of our planet and the progress of ourselves through art and performance at its maximal best.
Saturday, December 21 at 6:00 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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