Rebecca Saunders – Photo by Katrin Schander

This week: concerts in New York (April 1 – April 7, 2013)

coLABoratory: Playing It UNsafe (Workshop V) | 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, selected from a national search for their willingness to experiment and stretch their own musical sensibilities, and their ability to test the limits of the orchestra. This season, coLABoratory will include a unique incubation process of workshops, public readings, collaborative feedback, and laboratory performances of music, open to the public, taking place from November 2012 through April 2013. Each composer’s work is developed with the orchestra over the course of the season in a process that includes ACO’s Music Director George Manahan, ACO’s artistic leadership Robert Beaser and Derek Bermel, mentor composer Morton Subotnick, plus ACO advisors and members of the orchestra.
Tuesday, April 2 at 2 PM
The DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., New York, NY
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Premiere of Violin Sonata No. 2 | Robert Sirota

Robert Sirota - Photo by Brian Hatton

Robert Sirota – Photo by Brian Hatton

Violinist Laurie Carney and pianist David Friend will give the world premiere of Robert Sirota’s Violin Sonata No. 2. Sirota wrote the sonata for Carney, a founding member of the American String Quartet (ASQ), and dedicated it to their mothers who both passed away recently. The concert will also include Brahms’ Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major; Messiaen’s Theme and Variations; and Faure’s Piano Quartet in C Minor with violist Daniel Avshalomov (also of the ASQ) and cellist William Grubb (Carney’s husband).
Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 PM
Manhattan School of Music’s Greenfield Hall, 120 Claremont Ave., New York, NY
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New Music From Bowling Green

For over 40 years, the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University has been at the edge of new music. Home to the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM), an award-winning organization devoted to the study and promotion of contemporary music and technology, BGSU has been an active and prolific contributor to the national and international new music scene. Continuing that tradition,faculty and graduate students from the university’s renowned music program will be bringing a program of varied and challenging new music by Sebastian Currier, Iannis Xenakis, Jon Christopher Nelson, Philippe Leroux, Jonathan Harvey, BGSU faculty composer Christopher Dietz and BGSU alumna Jennifer Higdon.
Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $10 advance, $12 day of show
(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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Mivos Quartet

Mivos Quartet - Photo by Ralf Puder/Nana Fran

Mivos Quartet – Photo by Ralf Puder/Nana Fran

Mivos plays Mivos: featuring special guests Dan Blake, Timucin Sahin, and Nate Wooley.
Wednesday, April 3 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $10
Douglass Street Collective, 295 Douglass Street Brooklyn, NY
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iConcert | Eavesdropping

Join composer collective Blind Ear Music as they break the fourth wall with their innovative technology that allows you to dictate the music as it is performed live. The players will sight-read new works by Greg Sandow, Jakub Ciupinski, Darren Solomon, Cristina Spinei, and Adam Reifsteck while the composers – and audience members – control the score. See our video about Blind Ear Music:

Blind Ear Music at Big Foote Studio

Thursday, April 4 at 7 PM
Tickets $12, $10 advance
The Tank 151, W 46th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY
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Composer Portraits | Rebecca Saunders

Works by Rebecca Saunders are performed at Miller Theatre as part of their Composer Portraits series.
Thursday, April 4 at 8 PM
Tickets $25 – $30
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway (at 116th Street), New York, NY
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Clint Mansell

The first NYC live performance by English composer Clint Mansell, best known for his scores to the Darren Aronofsky films Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Pi, and The Fountain, as well as his work with the ’90s industrial band Pop Will Eat Itself. This very rare event will feature Clint Mansell performing live with a string quartet, full band, and video projection.
Read our 5-question interview with Clint Mansell.
Thursday, April 4 at 8 PM
Tickets $30
Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 405 West 59th Street (at Columbus), New York, NY
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CONTACT! The New York Philharmonic New Music Series

Alan Gilbert - Photo Chris Lee

Alan Gilbert – Photo Chris Lee

CONTACT!, the New York Philharmonic’s new music series, is in its fourth season. In this second of two programs, Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts a program of recent European works. Principal Oboe Liang Wang is featured in the U.S. premiere of Poul Ruders’s Oboe Concerto (1998). Unsuk Chin’s Gougalon(2012) has its U.S. premiere performance, as does Yann Robin’s Backdraft (2012), a co-commission by the New York Philharmonic and the Fundacao Casa da Musica, Portugal. And Anders Hillborg’s Vaporized Tivoli (2010) has its New York premiere.
Friday, April 5 at 7 PM
Tickets $20
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave New York, NY
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coLABoratory: Playing It UNsafe | American Composers Orchestra

Rebecca Saunders - Photo by Katrin Schander

Rebecca Saunders – Photo by Katrin Schander

Hear the new New experimental works by Du Yun,Troy Herion, Raymond J. Lustig, Judith Sainte Croix, and Dan Visconti that were workshopped on Tuesday, April 2.
Friday, April 5 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $40 and $50
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57th St. & 7th Ave., New York, NY
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Temple University Symphony Orchestra, NY premiere by Michael Daugherty

The Temple University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Luis Biava, performs the New York premiere of Michael Daugherty’s Reflections on the Mississippi with Philadelphia Orchestra principal tubist and Boyer College faculty member Carol Jantsch as soloist.
Friday, April 5 at 8 PM
Tickets $20-35
Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater, Adrienne Arsht Stage
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New Music For Old Instruments | West 4th New Music

West Fourth New Music Collective (W4) presents New Music for Old Instruments, a concert for baroque ensemble. The performers include vocalists Mellissa Hughes and Kirsten Sollek, Doug Balliett and Dan McCarthy on violas da gamba, cornettist Benjamin Grow, harpsichordist Karl Larson, and baroque violinist Francis Liu. Sam Nester appears as guest conductor. Premiered works include music from W4 co-directors Matt Frey and Molly Herron as well as Doug Balliett and Caroline Shaw. Also included on the program is ‘Talking about Dancing’ by Timo Andres and Tristan Perich’s ‘Dual Synthesis’ for harpsichord and four-channel one-bit electronics.
Friday, April 5 at 8 PM
Tickets $15
South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY
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Quiet City @ The Secret Theatre

This concert will feature 11 NYC composers: Drake Anderson, Guy Barash, Adam Cuthbért, Joe Fee, Ryan Homsey, Matthew Hough, Brian House, Vasu Panicker, Luke Schwartz, Viola Yip, and Gabriel Zucker, all of which are presenting a piece involving various degrees of improvisation.
Friday, April 5 at 8 PM
Tickets $10 advance/$15 day of
The Secret Theatre (Poco Stage) 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY
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NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival | Concert Eighteen

The 18th concert of the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival is presented, featuring 15 works by 15 different composers.
Friday, April 5 at 10 PM
Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St Brooklyn, NY
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Alarm Will Sound at Zankel Hall

Alarm Will Sound premieres new works by former Battles singer and guitarist Tyondai Braxton, Dublin-based Crash Ensemble founder Donnacha Dennehy, and AWS founding member John Orfe, as well as compositions by David Lang and Charles Wuorinen. This concert is part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall and My Time, My Music.
Saturday, April 6 at 9 PM
Tickets $38 – $44
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY
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Yusef Lateef: Celebrating 75 Years of Music

Yusef Lateef - Photo Heinrich Klaffs

Yusef Lateef – Photo Heinrich Klaffs

An evening of music by Yusef Lateef, including premieres of three of his through-composed works and improvisation with world music pioneer Adam Rudolph. Momenta will give the world premiere of Lateef’s String Quartet No. 2 (2012).
Saturday, April 6 at 8 PM
General Admission: $25 Online Presale // $30 At the Door (Presale ticket prices end April 5 @ 5:00 PM) Members/Students/Seniors: $20 Online Presale // $25 At the Door (Presale ticket prices end April 5 @ 5:00 PM)
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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