Arvo Pärt – Photo by Peeter Langovits

This week: concerts in New York (September 16, 2019 – September 22, 2019)

The Instant and the Eternal | The Crypt Sessions

Cellist Joshua Roman returns to The Church of the Intercession with pianist Conor Hanick to perform the works of Arvo Pärt and Alfred Schnittke.
Wednesday, September 18 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $80, including Wine Tasting & hors-d’oeuvres
The Church of the Intercession Crypt, West 155th and Broadway, New York, NY
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Pamplemousse presents: Chance and Circumstance, Vol. 3



Ensemble Pamplemousse and JACK arts curates and produces a three-day festival of experimental music and performance at The Chocolate Factory Theatre from September 19 – 21, 2019. The third iteration of an annual festival follows in the tradition of the Annual Avant-Garde Festival, which took place between 1963 and 1980, advancing the careers of hundreds of young musicians and artists while deeply expanding the repertoire of the disciplines featured. Chance and Circumstance seeks to bring together American collectives and sound/media artists working in the field of experimental arts, music, and music theater, with a strong focus on the community of New York City.
Thursday, September 19 to Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $10-$15
The Chocolate Factory Theatre, 5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, NY
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Alarm Will Sound & Eartheater: The Hunger | Ecstatic Music Festival

Donnacha Dennehy--Photo by Britt Olsen-Ecker

Donnacha Dennehy–Photo by Britt Olsen-Ecker

Donnacha Dennehy’s The Hunger concerns itself with the Great Irish Famine of 1845–52, which transformed Irish society irrevocably, resulting in the loss of approximately one million people to death and another million to emigration. The Hunger will be presented alongside Eartheater’s When Fire is Allowed to Finish by Queens-based artist Alexandra Drewchin (A.K.A. Eartheater), creating an evening of music centered around historical accounts of personal loss.
Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $35
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
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Musical Ecologies: Anastasia Clarke

The 2019-20 season of Musical Ecologies kicks off on September 19 with New York-based performer Anastasia Clarke. Now in its seventh season, Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event typically focuses on a single artist who presents a work or project either in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by an extended conversation between the artist and curator.
Thursday, September 19 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10
The Old Stone House in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Here to Stay | The Chelsea Symphony

The Chelsea Symphony opens its fourteenth season concert series Here to Stay, featuring pieces from the American canon: Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, the three-movement Prelude, Fugue and Riffs by Leonard Bernstein featuring clarinet soloist Alicia Bennett, and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. The first half of the concert presents the NYC premiere of Jeremy Crosmer’s Masks: A Heroine’s Tale with Mitsuru Kubo on viola (Friday), the Nautilus Brass Quintet performing Eric Ewazen’s Shadowcatcher (Saturday), and with both concerts in the series opened by a world premiere piece by composer Mike Boyman.
Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY
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Reigakusha: Gagaku & Bugaku

Known for its ethereal tones and timbres, gagaku has been the official music of the Japanese imperial court for over a millennium and has become synonymous with the luxurious court life of the Heian period (794—1185). Founded by the late Sukeyasu Shiba, a former member of the gagaku ensemble at the Imperial Household, the distinguished gagaku ensemble Reigakusha presents a full spectrum of the world’s oldest surviving orchestral music for this rare U.S. appearance. Reigakusha will perform from the ancient ceremonial repertoire including a bugaku piece (music ensemble with accompanying dancers) as well as contemporary works by Toru Takemitsu and Shiba himself.
Saturday, September 21 at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Tickets $40
Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY
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Composers With Drinks

Composers Concordance and Access Contemporary Music co-present a social event and masterclass entitled Composers With Drinks. Composers are invited to drink, listen to an open rehearsal by a great chamber ensemble, and are encouraged to submit a short piece of music to the ensemble, as they sight-read and discuss it.
Saturday, September 21 at 6:30 PM
Tickets $10
Michiko Rehearsal Studios, 149 West 46th Street, Floor 3, New York, NY
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