Kronos Quartet – Photograph by Michael Wilson

This week: concerts in New York (April 29 – May 5, 2013)

Corigliano 7.5: The Birthday Concert

John Corigliano

John Corigliano

The music of John Corigliano is performed to celebrate his 75th birthday.
Monday, April 29 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $10 standing room, $25 table seating
(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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NYFOS Next: Mohammed Fairouz & Friends

Now in its third season, NYFOS Next spotlights a new generation of song composers and interpreters in concerts paralleling New York Festival of Song’s ongoing subscription series. This concert features the music of Mohammed Fairouz.
Tuesday, April 30 at 7 PM
Tickets $10
Mary Flagler Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY
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Steal a Pencil For Me

Based on the book of the same title by Jaap Polak and Ina Soep Polak, Steal A Pencil For Me, a new opera with music by Gerald Cohen and libretto by Deborah Brevoort, will have its premiere as a series of semi-staged concert opera performances in Scarsdale and New York City, NY in late April, 2013. Steal A Pencil For Me is a love story set in two concentration camps during World War II. It is based on the true story of Jaap and Ina Polak, whom the composer has known for the last 25 years, and who just celebrated their 100th and 90th birthdays.
Tuesday, April 30 at 7 PM
Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door; $15 for seniors; free for students with valid ID
Feinberg Auditorium, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY
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Ear Heart Music: TimberRemixed | Mantra Percussion

Mantra Percussion Rehearses Michael Gordon's Timber

Mantra Percussion rehearsing their BAM premiere
A host of international DJs join the intrepid percussionists of Mantra for an unforgettable evening of Michael Gordon’s Timber.
Tuesday, April 30 at 8 PM
Tickets $15, 10 members/students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY
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Paul Sacher Tribute Concert | Orchestra for the Next Century

Orchestra for the Next Century pays tribute to the eminent Swiss conductor and musical philanthropist Paul Sacher with performances of two spectacular works he commissioned from Igor Stavinsky and Bohuslav Martinu. ONC pairs these landmark compositions with two recent works by distinguished American composers Margaret Brouwer and Paul Moravec. For the New York premiere of Margaret Brouwer’s Violin Concerto, ONC is joined by acclaimed violinist Michi Wiancko, for whom the concerto was written.
Tuesday, April 30 at 8 PM
Tickets $25, $20 for students
Merkin Concert Hall 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
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OUTSIDE-IN Chamber Concert | Brooklyn Philharmonic

The Brooklyn Philharmonic presents its 2013 OUTSIDE-IN Chamber Concert. The Brooklyn Phil Chamber Players will premiere brand new string quartets from this season’s Outside-In Fellows, all Brooklyn residents: Jesse Krakow, Toshi Reagon and Hadi Eldebek. The program also features a new work about life in Nepal created by resident Composer-Mentor Randall Woolf with a film by Mary Harron and John C. Walsh of Ruby Nation Films, Inc., for Brooklyn Phil concertmaster Deborah Buck.
Tuesday, April 30 at 8 PM
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door
Galapagos Art Space 16 Main Street, Brooklyn, New York
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New York Now! | Gay Words/Gay Music

A two night SongFusion event co-curated by Michael Kelly and Kathleen Tagg; part of New York Now!, an annual SongFusion series created by Kathleen Tagg that celebrates songs written by living composers in New York City. SongFusion celebrates the LGBT community in New York, and the composers who give voice to it. The program of the first concert, on May 3rd includes works by living New York song composers running a wide gamut of styles:David Del Tredici, Ned Rorem, Paula Kimper, David Leisner, Ben Moore, Eve Beglarian, Glen Roven, and David Sisco. The program explores issues of gay life (sex, exploration, love and loss) in a program that is sometimes touching, sometimes scintillating andalways personal, performed by a roster of award-winning artists.
Friday, May 3 at 7:30 PM
Tickets are $20 for one concert or $30 for both concerts
National Opera Center, Recital Hall 330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY
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thing/NY + Yarn/Wire + Either/Or (presented by Iktus/Percussion)

Three short sets of alt/classical, avant/garde, adjective/adjective new works. We’ll join our brothers and sisters for a wild set of political ranting, furious fiddling and a gallon or so of (possibly non-toxic) glue.
Friday, May 3 at 8 PM
Tickets are $10
Firehouse Space, 246 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY
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Kronos Quartet with David Krakauer

Kronos Quartet - Photograph by Michael Wilson

Kronos Quartet – Photograph by Michael Wilson

San Francisco’s Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet returns with a focus on new, Kronos-commissioned works: You Know Me From Here (world premiere) by  Missy Mazzoli; Ukrainian innovator Silvestrov’s String Quartet No. 3 (New York premiere); and Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Babylon, Our Own (New York premiere), featuring virtuoso clarinetist David Krakauer. The program also includes a recent Kronos favorite, Jacob Garchik’s arrangement of Laurie Anderson’s concise and delicate Flow.
Friday, May 3 at 9 PM
Tickets $54-$64
Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, 57th & 7th Avenue, New York, NY
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Change | Mimesis Ensemble

The Mimesis Ensemble presents “Change,” a vibrant program exploring chamber music deeply connected to the dynamic emotional and social world of the 21st century. Each composition explores the changes happening which fuse ideas and sounds from traditionally separate genres and peoples, celebrating the interconnectedness of the world we live in today.
Saturday, May 4 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $20 general admission and $5 for students, and all advance sales are available for $10
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, 129 W. 67th St., New York, NY
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New York Now! | Ricky Ian Gordon’s Green Sneakers: Benefit Concert for Bailey Holt House

SongFusion presents Voxare String Quartet and baritone Michael Kelly in a special benefit performance of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Green Sneakers, held at New York’s LGBT Community Center with stage direction by Jeanne Slater. Green Sneakers is a heart wrenching account of the loss of Ricky’s partner Jeffrey Grossi to AIDS. Stunningly honest, the songs draw particular attention to the often-unseen struggles of the caretaker of a sick loved-one. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Bailey Holt House, an AIDS facility in Greenwich Village, which suffered damage during Hurricane Sandy.
Sunday, May 5 at 5:30 PM
Tickets are $20 for one concert or $30 for both concerts
LGBT Center Auditorium, 208 W. 13th Street, New York, NY
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