This week: concerts in New York (May 27, 2019 – June 2, 2019)

Ostrava: Influences and Initiatives

The S.E.M. Ensemble performs music by Lucie Vítková, Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, Anna Heflin, Petr Kotik, and Earle Brown.
Tuesday, May 28 at 8:00 PM
Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY
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University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and University of Kentucky Wind Symphony

For the University of Kentucky School of Music’s centennial, both its Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony present an array of contemporary and traditional concert band compositions, such as Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever, Dvořák’s From the New World, and the world premiere of James M. Stephenson’s Wildcat Run. The evening’s 130 players, between the ages of 18 and 30, are conducted by John Cody Birdwell and John Nardolillo.
Wednesday, May 29 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY
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N O W strings attached

The wide scope of styles, concepts and instrumentation includes the NYC premiere of newly conceived game pieces by Israel-Canadian composer Ofer Pelz, performed by cellist Mariel Roberts with Nadav Lev on electric guitar. Tal Gur and his band present Mind Crossing, a multi-media piece featuring poetry and video-dance based on a collection of letters written by Gur’s grandfather after the Holocaust. Composer Guy Brash performs on electronics together with poet Nick Flynn present their project KILLlDEER, with special composer/performer guest Ronen Shai. Singer-songwriter Yonatan Gutfeld performs his recently composed set of songs In Exile Even in His Room, and Nadav Lev presents additional collaborations with clarinetist Vasko Dukovski and cellist Mariel Roberts.
Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, Brooklyn, NY
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Alexei Lubimov + Calidore String Quartet

Alexei Lubimov premieres works he commissioned from Russian composers Pavel Karmanov and Sergei Zagny. Lubimov plays organ in Zagny’s nod to baroque music. In Karmanov’s I Made My Home, he plays prepared piano and is joined by bass player Logan Coale and the Calidore String Quartet, which opens the concert with one of the Haydn opus 20 quartets.
Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25
Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street #501, New York, NY
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As One

Rebecca Krouner and Scott Ballantine in Laura Kaminsky's As One

Rebecca Krouner and Scott Ballantine in Laura Kaminsky’s As One–Photo by Dan Busler

Two voices share the role of the sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, in this story that follows her journey to self-truth. With empathy and humor, As One traces Hannah’s experiences from her youth in a small town to her college years on the West Coast, and finally to Norway where she is surprised at what she learns about herself. Two rotating casts that emphasize diversity and the universal nature of its story. Music by Laura Kaminsky and libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed.
Thursday, May 30 at 8:00 PM and Saturday, June 1 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $30-$95
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
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Chunky in Heat

Paula Matthusen

Paula Matthusen–Photo by Tomas Muscionico

Experiments in Opera and Contemporaneous present the premiere of Chunky in Heat an opera based on a libretto by celebrated author A. M. Homes. Chunky in Heat tells the story of a young girl who comes of age poolside at her family’s home in the canyons of Los Angeles. Against this backdrop of privilege, she struggles to understand her place in her family and the world. Chunky in Heat features music by Jason Cady, Paula Matthusen, Erin Rogers, Aaron Siegel, Shelley Washington, and Matthew Welch.
Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, June 2 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $37, $27 students/seniors
The Flea, 20 Thomas Street, New York, NY
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The Harlem Chamber Players

The Harlem Chamber Players perform music by Adolphus Hailstork, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Samuel Barber, and Jean Sibelius
Friday, May 31 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25, $50 VIP, $20 students/seniors
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY
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CURATOR SERIES: confluss & Christopher Adler/Andrea Violet Lodge

New works will be premiered by confluss: Amber Evans soprano and Sam Zagnit, double bass.
Friday, May 31 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $10-$15
MISE-EN_PLACE, 678 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY
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Kendrick Scott, Oracle, Attacca Quartet

Harlem Stage celebrates Chamber Music America’s 7th Annual National Chamber Music Month with a concert from jazz drummer and bandleader Kendrick Scott with his ensemble, Oracle. The program will also include new contemporary works performed by the Attacca Quartet.
Friday, May 31 at 7:30 PM
Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY
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Piano Palette | The Dream Unfinished

A concert of works by Trevor Weston, Margaret Bonds, Harry Burleigh, and others, in the newly opened Soapbox gallery, which presents performances and works of art which engage the issues of our time. Featuring a conversation with composer Trevor Weston.
Friday, May 31 at 7:30 PM
Soapbox Gallery, 636 Dean Street, New York, NY
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The Dessoff Choirs

Eve Beglarian

Eve Beglarian

On May 31, 2019, the day of Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday, The Dessoff Choirs honor him with world premieres of new Whitman settings by Matthew Aucoin, Eve Beglarian, Douglas Geers, and Ian Sturges Milliken.
Friday, May 31 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $30, $40 preferred seating, $20 students/seniors
Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 West 86th Street, New York, NY
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Generations IX: Strings + Electronics

Composers Concordance, in conjunction with Goddard Riverside Community Arts, presents its 9th annual Generations concert, featuring music for strings and electronics by composers Lynn Bechtold, John Clark, Dan Cooper, Carrie Frey, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, Otto Luening, Gene Pritsker, and Dorian Wallace, as well as competition winners in two categories: 25 or younger and 65 or older.
Friday, May 31 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $12-$15
Goddard Riverside, Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY
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Ensemble Connect | Rite of Summer Music Festival

Gabriella Smith

Gabriella Smith

Ensemble Connect performs works by Lou Harrison, Gabriella Smith, Yie Eun Chun, and Charles Ives.
Saturday, June 1 at 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Governors Island, Nolan Park, New York, NY
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Resplendent: A Silver Anniversary Concert

The Concert will feature men’s choral works by composers David Conte, Gwyneth Walker, George Gershwin, Orlando di Lasso, Ysaye Barnwell, and Elizabeth Alexander. The chorus will also present two world premieres, underscoring its mission to foster and cultivate artistic contributions to men’s choral music repertoire.
Saturday, June 1 at 6:00 PM
Tickets $30, $20 students/seniors
St. Bart’s, 325 Park Avenue, New York, NY
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The Next Festival of Emerging Artists

Reena Esmail

Reena Esmail–Photo by Rachel Garcia

Led by the festival’s founder and artistic director, Peter Askim, the young musicians of Next Festival 2019 are joined by violinist Miranda Cuckson for a program including the U.S. premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Hika (2015) for violin and string orchestra and Toru Takemitsu’s Nostalghia (1987) for violin and string orchestra; as well as three works for string orchestra alone: Aaron Jay Kernis’s Sarabanda in Memoriam (2004), Reena Esmail’s Teen Murti (2018); and the world premiere of a work by Peter Askim.
Sunday, June 2 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
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