This week: concerts in New York (July 9, 2012 – July 15, 2012)

Music and Poetry in the Village

The Washington Square Music Festival opens on Tuesday with a free concert of choral music featuring some Sir John Tavener, John Corigliano, Michael Conley, and Ludwig van B.

Tuesday, July 10 at 8 PM

Washington Square Park, New York, NY
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“Composing with Patterns”: Music at Mid-Century

Listen to experimental 1950s music by composers such as Earle Brown, John Cage, Giacinto Scelsi, and Karlheinz Stockhausen in the museum’s rotunda while viewing works by Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Antoni Tàpies, and more in Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960. Christopher McIntyre directs an all-star ensemble featuring musicians from the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ne(x)tworks, and Either/Or Ensemble, among others. A talk by composer R. Luke DuBois precedes the performance.

Giacinto Scelsi + Sandals

Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30 PM

$20, $15 members, $10 students.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street) New York, NY
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“City Noir” John Adams Conducts the Juilliard Orchestra & Royal Academy of Music Orchestra

The Juilliard and Royal Academy orchestras continue their series of cooperative projects, this time led by John Adams, bringing performances of works by Respighi, Ravel, and Adams´ own composition, ‘City Noir’ to Avery Fisher Hall. English pianist Imogen Cooper joins the combined orchestras for a performance of Ravel’s Concerto in G Major.

John Adams  conducting - Photo by Lambert Orkis

John Adams conducting – Photo by Lambert Orkis

Wednesday, July 11 at 8 PM

Tickets start at $15. See for special offers.
The Juilliard School, Avery Fisher Hall, New York, NY
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Dan Deacon + John Maus + Roomrunner at River Rocks 2012

Baltimore-based musician Dan Deacon is well known for his live shows with frenzied audiences feeding off looping music. His songs are intense and epic and at the same time down to earth and welcoming. Minnesota native John Maus taps into gothic ‘80s synth-pop sounds. Maus utilizes synthesizers, tensely strung bass lines and chasing drum machines as the backdrop for his deeply resonant reverb-drenched vocals. Baltimore’s Roomrunner performs “bunge rock, avant chunch, grunge” music replete with fuzzy, noisy odes to the 90s. The band’s two EPs released this past year, are making Nirvana fans very happy.

Thursday, July 12 – Gates open at 6 PM

Hudson River Park, Pier 84, New York, NY
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 Robert Wilson/Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach | Gallery Talk and Film

Reuniting the score and designs from Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach, this exhibition focuses on the opera’s premiere performances in 1976. Visitors will enter a gallery awash in blue light, reminiscent of the opera’s stage lighting, where they will encounter Glass’s entire never-before-displayed autograph manuscript, as well as Wilson’s storyboard, thirteen leaves encompassing 113 scene designs. Footage from the New York rehearsal, and 1976 productions in Paris, Brussels, and Venice will run continuously in the gallery; the documentary “Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera,” about the 1984 production at BAM, will be screened in the Morgan’s Gilder Lehrman Hall throughout the exhibition. 

Friday, July 13 at 7 PM (Gallery Talk) and 8 PM (Film)

Free with museum admission
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
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Seven Immediacies Series, Vol. 7

Experimental music ensemble thingNY closes its Seven Immediacies Series with multimedia works, chamber music and an experimental opera. Leda is violinist Leah Asher’s graphic score for string quartet performed with Jeffrey Young, Meaghan Burke and Hannah Levinson, followed by pianist Tristan McKay’s premiere of Leah Asher’s Lullaby. Then videoist and musician Adam Kendall, Vortex (Satoshi Takeishi and Shoko Nagai) and Michael Samama present a set of multimedia works for electronics, video and dance, including the premiere of the experimental opera in progress, Nach der Heilung.

Sunday, July 15 at 7 PM

Vaudeville Park, 26 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY
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