This week: concerts in New York (October 29, 2018 – November 4, 2018)

Words on the Street

In this hybrid music-theatre performance, a baby is abducted, and the Seven Deadly Sins call a summit meeting at which they play out their power struggle. Pandemonium reigns in a dystopian world teaming with falsehood and plagued by threat. This book of poetry, written by Anna Rabinowitz, has been transformed into a hybrid performance event, collaboratively conceived and developed by the writer, director Kristin Marting, video designer Lianne Arnold, and the late composer Matt Marks (1980-2018). Additional compositions were provided by Lainie Fefferman, John Glover, Mary Kouyoumdjian, David T. Little, Kamala Sankaram, Caroline Shaw, and Randall Woolf.
Monday, October 29, Tuesday, October 30, and Thursday, November 1 to Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $36
Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
..:: Website

Tessa Lark

Violinist Tessa Lark performs Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, and her own composition, Appalachian Fantasy.
Wednesday, October 31 at 6:30 PM
Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
..:: Website


Wadada Leo Smith

Composer/Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith (courtesy of

The concert includes the world premiere of Red Autumn Gold by Wadada Leo Smith, followed by Annea Lockwood’s 1998 piece Immersion performed by Dominic Donato and Frank Cassara, and the U.S. premiere of Catherine Lamb’s Prisma Interius VIII performed by Wet Ink Ensemble.
Wednesday, October 31 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $12-$15
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY
..:: Website

Seth & Gene’s Live Score Horror Show

Composer/performers Seth Boustead and Gene Pritsker present a chilling, thrilling double bill of live musical scores to short silent horror and horror spoof films.
Wednesday, October 31 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $10
The Delancey, 168 Delancey Street, New York, NY
..:: Website

Elliott Sharp: IrRational Music

The evening features a solo set by Sharp on 8-string guitarbass, playing selections from his album Octal, in addition to the realization of his graphic score Mare Undarum. The second half of the program brings SysOrk, Sharp’s ensemble dedicated to performing algorithmic scores and graphic notations together with the members of VENI ACADEMY to perform three of the pieces.
Thursday, November 1 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
..:: Website

Modularias | Experiments in Opera

Experiments in Opera presents four new works for voice and modular synthesizer commissioned from Jason Cady, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Joan La Barbara, and Kamala Sankaram. Each of these new works focuses on a single story that is told through the surprising and absorbing sound world of modular synthesizers. All four works are presented back-to-back in an evening-length production.
Friday, November 2 at 7:00 PM & Saturday, November 3 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Tickets $30, $20 students/seniors
The Flea Theater, 20 Thomas Street, New York, NY
..:: Website

Phenomenal Women | American Composers Orchestra

Valerie Coleman

Valerie Coleman

The performance will feature the world premiere of Valerie Coleman’s Phenomenal Women performed by the Imani Winds with ACO; as well as the world premiere of Alex Temple’s Three Principles of Noir with singer Meaghan Burke, director Amber Treadway, and costumes by Storm Garner. Joan Tower’s Chamber Dance from 2006 completes the program.
Friday, November 2 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $43-$51
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY
..:: Website

Situation 2 | Wavefield Ensemble

New York’s newest new music collective, Wavefield, begins its existence through a residency at MANA Contemporary in Jersey City, culminating with its debut performance on Saturday November 3 at 7pm.
Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20
Mana Contemporary, 888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ
..:: Website

Sandbox Percussion and Eliza Bagg | Kettle Corn New Music

Sandbox Percussion Quartet - Photo by Noah Stern Weber

Sandbox Percussion Quartet – Photo by Noah Stern Weber

Kettle Corn New Music presents Sandbox Percussion with singer Eliza Bagg, in a program of György Ligeti’s Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedűvel and the premiere of with gentle fingers by Alex Weiser. Also featured is Andy Akiho’s Pillar IV, a movement from a forthcoming large-scale work commissioned by Sandbox Percussion, as well as the world premiere of a new movement from that work. Lukas Ligeti’s Pattern Transformations and Viet Cuong’s Water, wine, brandy, brine round out the program.
Saturday, November 3 at 2:30 PM
Tickets $20
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY
..:: Website

Young People’s Chorus of NYC Vocal Currents

Young People’s Chorus of New York City (now celebrating their 30th anniversary) presents the inaugural concert in their Vocal Currents new music series, which continues their decades-long efforts to build up the repertoire for youth chorus via new commissions. Eight of the nine works on the program are YPC commissions, and five of those are world premieres.
Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
..:: Website