This week: concerts in New York (November 27, 2017 – December 3, 2017)

Astronomy Live: Voyagers

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Voyager spacecraft, composer Gerald Cohen wrote Voyagers, a new musical piece for clarinet and string quartet. The program features the Cassatt Quartet and clarinetist Vasko Dukovski accompanied by visualizations designed by Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart. Timothy Ferris, producer of Voyager’s Golden Record, joins as a special guest.
Tuesday, November 28 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15
Hayden Planetarium, Space Theater, 200 Central Park West, New York, NY
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BAC Salon: Pauline Oliveros

After Pauline Oliveros’ death in November 2016, the experimental American composer’s unfinished, collaborative intermedia opera continued to be a source of inspiration, imagination, and retrospection. Excerpts from The Nubian Word for Flowers, performed by International Contemporary Ensemble under the direction of writer and sound artist IONE, offer a glimpse into the hybrid process of posthumous creation, and invite discussion around topics of creation and remembrance.
Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20
Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street #501, New York, NY
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Cantata Profana

For this program YIVO joins forces with Cantata Profana to present Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) in Arnold Schoenberg and Rainer Riehn’s chamber orchestra arrangement. The program places this work in the context of its German and Jewish milieu pairing it with short works by Arnold Schoenberg, Johann Strauss II, Giacomo Meyerbeer, and Louis Lewandowski, as well as a new work by composer Alex Weiser. Alex Weiser will introduce the program with a brief discussion of Mahler’s Jewish identity, both from Mahler’s perspective and from that of those around him.
Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25, $15 members/students
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY
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New Amsterdam Presents: Rounder Songs Album Release

Folk artists Emily Pinkerton, Patrick Burke, and the NOW Ensemble release their newest album: Rounder Songs. Rounder Songs is a song cycle for voice, banjo and chamber ensemble that brings together the sounds of 21st century post-minimalist classical music with North American old-time. The work is based on public domain songs and legends from Kentucky and West Virginia that tell the stories of several “rounders”: rural drifters who include a gambler, a murderer, and a mill laborer who strikes a deal with the devil.
Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $29
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
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The Nubian Word for Flowers; A Phantom Opera / Rainbird

Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros

Experiments in Opera, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), and M.o.M., Inc. celebrate the life and legacy of Pauline Oliveros with the premiere of her opera collaboration with writer / director IONE. Encompassing the Nubian Diaspora and the life of Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener of Khartoum, the opera uses live performance, electronics and moving images to create a deep dream exploration of Nubian soul and Colonial Mind. EiO will also present selections from Rainbird, a work-in-development between EiO co-founder Aaron Siegel and director Mallory Catlett, based on the work of author Janet Frame.
Thursday, December 30 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Alexi Kenney, Violin Renana Gutman, Piano

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Violinist Alexi Kenney collaborates with pianist Renana Gutman for a recital of music by J.S. Bach, George Crumb, Schubert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Respighi.
Friday, December 1 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $33-$43
Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY
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Studio Dan

In their first US performance, the Austrian 10-piece ensemble Studio Dan presents the world premiere of a new work by composer Christian F. Schiller.
Friday, December 1 at 7:30 PM
Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY
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Kaija Saariaho– Photo by Priska Ketterer

Ekmeles vocal ensemble will perform Ekmeles+, a program of works for voices augmented by innovative electronics. The program includes music by Christopher Trapani, Kaija Saariaho, and John Cage.
Friday, December 1 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY
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Behind the Mask

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra continues its 2017-2018 season with a performance featuring Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk in Shostakovich’s first Cello Concerto and the world premiere of Shuying Li’s Out Came the Sun, inspired by the profound and transformative experience of postpartum motherhood. Also on the program is Handel’s Water Music and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite.
Saturday, December 2 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $12.50-$115
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY
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Resistance | The Greenwich Village Orchestra

Composer Michael Daugherty (photo credit: Michael Daugherty)

Members of the GVO take center stage in this concert featuring Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, Michael Daugherty’s Raise the Roof, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10.
Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20
Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 West 66th Street, New York, NY
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Nothing Proved – New Works for Viols, Voice and Electronics

The concert celebrates the recent release of Parthenia’s newest disc on MSR Classics, Nothing Proved – New Works for Viols, Voice and Electronics, which features works that Parthenia commissioned over the past decade by American composers Kristin Norderval, Tawnie Olson, and Frances White. The quartet, with guest Baritone Malcolm Merriweather, will also perform contemporary works from past Parthenia CDs by Richard Einhorn and Will Ayton, along with a cantata for voice and viols by the late Brooklyn composer Saville Clark.
Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 PM
Tickets $35
Picture Ray Studio, 245 West 18th Street, New York, NY
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