This week: concerts in New York (May 28, 2018 – June 3, 2018)

The Sacred and Profane: Carmina Burana

This concert by DCINY will feature the New York Premiere of Rosephanye Powell’s Gospel Trinity as well as a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Monday, May 28 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20-$100
Lincoln Center, David Geffen Hall, New York, NY
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Press Play Backwards

Press Play Backwards is a new work written by Irish vocalist Lauren Kinsella in collaboration with the Brooklyn-based, Austrian pianist Elias Stemeseder. The work is a cross-disciplinary music theatre piece that uses sung and spoken text, original composition, and stage movement directed by the New York-based artist, choreographer and dancer K.J Holmes.
Wednesday, May 30 at 7:30 PM
Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY
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thingNY and Varispeed: Musical Voices Around A Table


thingNY members (l-r) Jeffrey Young, Andrew Livingston, Erin Rogers, Paul Pinto, and Dave Ruder (photo by Michael YU)

Experimental composer-collectives thingNY and Varispeed perform Rick Burkhardt’s Passover and Kenneth Gaburo’s Maledetto.
Wednesday, May 30 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Sarah Bernstein + Emilie Lesbros, Laura Ortman at W/O/N

Violinist/vocalist Sarah Bernstein is joined by percussionist Satoshi Takeishi for a set of original music and spoken text. Unearthish showcases Bernstein’s distinctive poetry in compositions that deftly integrate song, spoken word, groove, post-tonality, improvisation, and electronic processing. The duo celebrates the release of their second album Crazy Lights Shining.
Wednesday, May 30 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10
Wonders of Nature, 131 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY
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Gabrielle Herbst: Ashes

Gabrielle Herbst

Gabrielle Herbst

World premiere of composer and vocalist Gabrielle Herbst’s opera exploring vulnerability, anxiety, fear, and struggle through the lens of self-care and interpersonal relationships.
Thursday, May 31 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Music and Migration

Kinan Azmeh

Kinan Azmeh – Photograph by Joanna Williams

The Aizuri Quartet continues its Met residency with this exploration of music in migration with Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh, a member of the Silk Road Ensemble, featuring works by Azmeh, Komidas, and Lembit Beecher, plus a suite of short commissions by composers Pauchi Sasaki, Michi Wiancko, Wang Lu, and Can Bilir.
Friday, June 1 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $35
Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY
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Marginal Consort

Marginal Consort is a Japanese collective improvisation group founded by members of East Bionic Symphonia, an outfit assembled from students of Fluxus artist Takehisa Kosugi’s class at the radical Bigaku school of aesthetics in Tokyo in the ‘70s. Meeting only once each year since their formation in 1996, Marginal Consort discuss nothing before their annual performances, preferring to gather as a collective of horizontally organized independent solos rather than a cohesive goal-oriented ensemble. The start and end times are the only fixed elements in their longform happenings, featuring the players spread out across the performance space, distant enough to concentrate on perfecting their own work without distraction.
Friday, June 1 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 members
Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY
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LPR X: NEXT Festival of Emerging Artists: New Music for Strings

Jessica Meyer

Jessica Meyer– Photo by Ana Pinto

Le Poisson Rouge Presents NEXT Festival of Emerging Artists: New Music for Strings. Featuring Tony Arnold and the string orchestra music of Jessica Meyer, Liisa Hirsch, Peter Askim, and the world premiere of Brett Dean’s And once I played Ophelia for soprano and string orchestra.
Sunday, June 3 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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Clara Latham: Bertha the Mom

Bertha the Mom excavates the story of the birth of psychoanalysis via the famous case history of Fräulein Anna O, as farcical melodrama. Jump cuts between surreal and abstract sonic textures, rapid-fire dialog, and campy pop songs weave a multilayered narrative involving a man and a woman with a sordid history and the historical people they are meant to be playing as actors. Soprano Alice Teyssier and baritone Michael Weyandt are joined by trumpet player Peter Evans, pianist Emily Manzo, and cellist Seth Parker Woods to create a bizarre romp through the unconsciouses of composer Clara Latham and librettist James Currie. Bertha the Mom is directed by Katherine Brook.
Sunday, June 3 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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