Classical Music Listings From the New York Times


Continuum (Sunday) This ever-inquisitive new-music ensemble, a vital part of New York’s concert life since it was founded in 1966, celebrates its 45th anniversary with an evening of new works composed for the group by Ursula Mamlok, Wang Jie, Carman Moore, Ileana Perez Velázquez and Roberto Sierra. Rounding out the bill is Elliott Schwartz’s “Vienna Dreams,” played in honor of his 75th birthday. At 7 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan , (212) 501-3330,; $20; students and 65+, $10. (Smith)

Curtis 20/21 (Thursday) Joan Tower is one of the most respected contemporary American composers, but her music is still heard too rarely in New York. An out-of-town group, the Curtis Institute of Music’s 20th- and 21st-century repertory ensemble, does their part to rectify the situation with a wide-ranging program of Ms. Tower’s recent chamber works. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights , (212) 854-7799,; $25. (Woolfe)

Music of Steve Reich (Saturday) When a piece by Mr. Reich was first performed in Carnegie Hall in 1973, a riot nearly resulted. Times change: Now Mr. Reich, among the world’s most influential composers, celebrates his 75th birthday with a program featuring three New York premieres: “WTC 9/11,” played by the Kronos Quartet; “2 x 5,” performed by an augmented Bang on a Can All-Stars; and “Mallet Quartet,” featuring So Percussion. Completing the program is Mr. Reich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Double Sextet,” done by Eighth Blackbird and members of Bang on a Can. At 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall , (212) 247-7800,; limited availability. (Smith)

New York Festival of Song (Tuesday) That the composer Phil Kline will unveil new songs on texts by Emily Dickinson and Hunter S. Thompson here surely says something about his artistic stance: mindful of tradition, happy to flout convention. Overseeing the second installment of NYFOS Next, a series devoted to contemporary song, Mr. Kline also showcases recent music by David Lang, Meredith Monk, Elliott Sharp and Corey Dargel. At 7 p.m., Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan , (646) 731-3200,; free, but reservations required. (Smith)

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