Evan Ziporyn – Photo by Standa Merhout

This week: concerts in New York (April 23, 2018 – April 29, 2018)

Cutting Edge Concerts: Hub New Music

Boston-based Hub New Music performs Laura Kaminsky’s The Full Range of Blue, the New York premiere of Robert Honstein’s Soul House, and Victoria Bond’s Bridges.
Monday, April 23 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20
Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY
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Cycles of My Being | Lawrence Brownlee

Tyshawn Sorey

Tyshawn Sorey (photo: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Cycles of My Being is a song cycle composed by Tyshawn Sorey with lyrics by Terrance Hayes that explores what it means to be a black man in America today. The performance will feature the piece in its original ensemble version.
Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $48-$58
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY
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A 30th Anniversary Celebration | New York Festival of Song

New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) celebrates the end of its 30th season with an evening that spans the globe and musical genres with a cast of vocalists.
Tuesday, April 24 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $40-$55
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
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Andy Warhol : Tap Dancer | Art of Sound

The statement from Andy Warhol, “I never wanted to be a painter; I wanted to be a tap dancer,” serves as the basis for the program, featuring the tap dancer and body percussionist Max Pollak. In celebration of one of Warhol, video clips combine with the instrumentation of french horn, guitar, violin, congas, electric bass, keyboards, and electronic sound, for a set of premieres from composer-performers Gene Pritsker, John Clark, Mark Kostabi, Lynn Bechtold, Dan Cooper, and Samuel Torres.
Tuesday, April 24 at 9:30 PM
Tickets $15
DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY
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“…through which the past shines….”

Guitarist, Daniel Lippel

Daniel Lippel

Guitarist Daniel Lippel celebrates the release of his album “…through which the past shines….”. The release features a collection of the current complete works for guitar by composers Nils Vigeland and Reiko Füting. Daniel is joined by cellist John Popham and pianist Nils Vigeland.
Wednesday, April 25 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, Brooklyn, NY
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The Gaviláns: A Family in Music

Conceived and curated by Cristina Altamura, founder of Legacy Arts International, this concert celebrates the musical contributions of Cuban conductor/composer Guido López-Gavilán, with performances by his two sons Ilmar (violin) and Aldo (piano) alongside vocalist Anna Tonna, pianist Cristina Altamura, percussionists David Degge and Adam Sliwinski (Sō Percussion), and vocal chamber group Os Ensemble, led by Raquel Klein. The program explores Gavilán’s compositional language, which fuses his European training in Moscow with an Afro-Cuban eclecticism.
Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 PM
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY
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Ecstatic Music Festival: Margaret Leng Tan premieres George Crumb, Suzanne Farrin & Kelly Moran

Composer Suzanne Farrin

Suzanne Farrin

Pianist Margaret Leng Tan gives the New York premiere of Metamorphoses, a major new work written for her by composer George Crumb, for amplified piano, toy piano, percussion, and voice. Metamorphoses is performed with Monica Duncan’s video projections. Tan will also premiere two new EMF-commissioned pieces by young composers responding to Cage and Crumb’s influence: a work for prepared piano by Kelly Moran, and a new piece by Suzanne Farrin. Works by Toby Twining and John Cage round out the program.
Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25
Kaufman Music Center, Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
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Tomeka Reid Quartet Presented by Bang on a Can

Tomeka Reid

Tomeka Reid

Cellist, composer, and improviser Tomeka Reid performs with her own collection of Chicago and New York-based musicians, including Jason Roebke, bass; Mary Halvorson, guitar; and Tomas Fujiwara, drums, to perform a set combining her love of groove along with freer concepts inspired by Scenes from the Collection.
Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $18, $15 students/seniors, $12 members
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, New York, NY
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Vocal Works of Robert Paterson | American Modern Ensemble

An evening of vocal music featuring American Modern Ensemble and the music of Robert Paterson, including In Real Life (text by David Cote), Batter’s Box, (text by Kenny Berkowitz and Bridget Meeds) and Crossing the Hudson (text by Mark Campbell), and three world premieres: Night Songs for bass-baritone and piano (settings of poems by W. H. Auden, Michael Collier, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dana Gioia, and Ted Kooser), CAPTCHA (version for mezzo soprano and piano), and Spring Songs for tenor and piano (settings of poems TBA).
Thursday, April 26 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $40
Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY
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Chanticleer: Upon this Rock

John Harbison’s Psalm 116 forms the centerpiece of the program of sacred vocal music spanning over 550 years including music by Victoria, Poulenc, Palestrina, di Lasso, Weelkes, Morley, and traditional American spirituals and folk hymns.
Thursday, April 26 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $35-$85
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York, NY
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LPR Presents at Elsewhere: Tigue (Album Release)


The percussion trio TIGUE celebrate the release of their second album, Strange Paradise.
Friday, April 27 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $12
Elsewhere, Zone 1, 599 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Silent Voices: If You Listen | Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Bora Yoon - Photo by Cory Weaver

Bora Yoon – Photo by Cory Weaver

In this performance of the Silent Voices series, eight composers, all women, collaborate with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus to confront the challenges of division and categorization, racism, sexism, social and economic disparity, immigration, our environment, and threats to our understanding of truth, moving towards a more inclusive and compassionate vision of the future. Featured composers include National Sawdust Artistic Director Paola Prestini, along with Julia Adolphe, Olga Bell, Anna Clyne, Toshi Reagon, Shelley Washington, and Bora Yoon.
Friday, April 27 at 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM and Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $35
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
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The Kostabi Effect | Art of Sound

This concert focuses on the art and music of Mark Kostabi, featuring the CompCord Ensemble. His paintings and music will be remixed and arranged by composers Joe Pehrson, Joseph Waters, Dan Cooper, Gene Pritsker, Peter Jarvis, Ginka Mizuki, Franz Hackl, and Dick Griffin.
Friday, April 27 at 8:00 PM
Estonia House, 234 East 34th Street, New York, NY
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The Dream Unfinished: Activist Orchestra

Composer and conductor Tania León

Composer and conductor Tania León (photo by Nantapipat Vutthisak and Natthapong Sirisit)

Join the musicians of this activist ensemble in “I Am In Constant Transit!” a family-friendly interactive exploration of the colorful music and groundbreaking career of Cuban-born composer and conductor Tania León. The resource fair is free and open to the public. All are welcome!
Saturday, April 28 at 10:30 AM
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, 450 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY
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Prelude and Spiritual for Mother Emanuel

Robert and Victoria Sirota’s Prelude and Spiritual for Mother Emanuel, with music by Robert and text by Victoria, will be performed by The Dessoff Choirs under the direction of Malcolm J. Merriweather. Entitled Freedom Concert, this program is modeled after “freedom concerts” presented by the late Coretta Scott King and offers a choral tapestry of music that reflects on events of the past while promoting hope for the future.
Saturday, April 28 at 4:00 PM
Tickets $20-$40
Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 West 86th Street, New York, NY
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Composer Petr Kotik’s chamber opera, Master-Pieces, receives its first staged performance in the U.S. Master-Pieces is a meditation on the nature of creative process and works that we identify as masterpieces. Kotik’s libretto uses text from Gertrude Stein’s 1936 lecture, “What Are Master-Pieces and Why Are There So Few of Them.” The piece combines a conversation among the singers with a quasi-lecture, interrupted by three narrators whose text comes Stein’s diary she kept from 1943 to 1944, “The Wars I Have Seen.” The diary refers to situations Stein experienced during WWII and places the opera in a certain time and space.
Saturday, April 28 at 8:30 PM
Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY
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The Secret Diary of Nora Plain | Nora Fischer, Ragazze Quartet, and Remco Menting

The Secret Diary of Nora Plain is a song cycle that tells the intimate story of a girl who tries to lead her own life in a world that relentlessly encroaches on her innermost thoughts and feelings. The music tells a personal and heartbreaking narrative about the relationship between society, privacy, paranoia and eroticism. The lyrics were written by Dutch singer-songwriter Lucky Fonz III, and the music by composer Morris Kliphuis.
Sunday, April 29 at 4:00 PM
Tickets $29
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
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