This week: concerts in New York (January 30, 2017 – February 5, 2017)

The Crypt Sessions Presents: Lara Downes – A Memoir of Halrem

Season 2 of The Crypt Sessions kicks off on February 1, 2017, with pianist Lara Downes performing a program remembering her father and his Harlem childhood, while also paying tribute to the many artists who made Harlem their home and inspiration. The concert also featuresa world premiere by Daniel Bernard Roumain, composer/violinist and a spoken word tribute to Langston Hughes by poet Joshua Bennett.
Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $50 (including wine and hors d’oeuvres)
Crypt Chapel of The Church of the Intercession, 550 West 155th Street, New York, NY
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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir: Arvo Pärt

One of the leading proponents of Arvo Pärt’s music in the world,the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir will present Pärt’s music in New York City.
Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25-$85
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York, NY
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John Zorn: Candlemas Eve and The Hermetic Organ

John Zorn at Jazz Middelheim 2012 (photo credit: Bruno Bollaert, Flickr, used under Creative Commons license. Via

John Zorn at Jazz Middelheim 2012 (photo credit: Bruno Bollaert, Flickr, used under Creative Commons license. Via

John Zorn returns to St. Bart’s with a performance of The Hermetic Organ Office Nr. 15 (2017), a new chapter in his epic organ improvisation. His Candlemas Eve for two flutes and vibraharp will be offered on the eve of the church’s feast day of Candlemas.
Wednesday, February 1 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $25, $15 students/seniors
St. Bart’s, 325 Park Avenue, new York, NY
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Beat Furrer | Composer Portraits

This program focuses in on more intimate works by composer Beat Furrer from the last two decades, including a U.S. premiere. Richard Carrick conducts Either/Or.
Thursday, February 2 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20-$30
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY
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Sound From The Bench


The centerpiece of the program is Hearne’s Sound from the Bench, a setting of deft appropriations by Philadelphia poet Jena Osman which repurpose the words of ventriloquism handbooks and Supreme Court justices. Philadelphia’s contemporary music chamber choir, The Crossing, performs the piece on a program with three other topical works from Hearne, produced by Beth Morrison Projects, featuring Taylor Levine, James Moore (electric guitars), and Ron Wiltrout (drums/percussion).
Friday, February 3 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
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IPSA DIXIT | Wet Ink Ensemble

Kate Soper

Kate Soper

IPSA DIXIT (“she has said it”) is an evening-length work by Kate Soper of theatrical chamber music that explores the intersections of music, language, and meaning through blistering ensemble virtuosity and extended vocal technique. Drawing on texts by Lydia Davis, Freud, Plato, and Aristotle, and developed over six years of intense collaboration by the members of the Wet Ink Ensemble, IPSA DIXIT blends elements of monodrama, Greek theatre, and screwball comedy to skewer the treachery of language and the questionable authenticity of artistic expression.
Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20 at door, $15 advance, $12 students/seniors
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY
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Inner Reaches: Year II

Inner Reaches is a series of multisensory dance installations and performances that aims to humanize the awe and wonders of the non-intuitive world of particle physics in quantum and human scale through dance, music, and design. he “Inner Reaches: Year II” will feature nine dancers from groups such as Dušan Tynek Dance Theatre, Michael Mao Dance, and Nadine Bommer Dance Company performing choreography by Lauren Camp, with production design by Daniel Barbee and Maria Omen, and music by composer Ben Brody and Son Lux drummer Ian Chang using Sensory Percussion by Sunhouse.
Saturday, February 4 at 5:30 PM
Tickets $10
Ophelia Theater, 21-12 30th Rd, Astoria, NY
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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, joined by violinist Vadim Gluzman,  performs a program including Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish,” the New York premiere of Michael Hersch’s end stages, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.
Saturday, February 4 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $12 to $110
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY
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