Classical Music Listings from the New York Times


Axiom (Sunday) Birthday celebrations large and small are just beginning for the composer Steve Reich, who turns 75 in October, but the concerts are already memorable. Le Poisson Rouge is more intimate than Carnegie Hall, which hosted a major party last weekend, but the program planned by Juilliard’s 20th-century music ensemble is epic, if simple: a complete performance of Mr. Reich’s “Drumming,” the culmination of his hypnotic “phasing” pieces. The work is 40 years old now but sounds ever-young. At 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 505-3474,; $25. (Woolfe)

Chiara String Quartet / Matmos / Now Ensemble (Friday) Three hot new-music groups share the spotlight at Le Poisson Rouge. The Chiara performs string quartets by Jefferson Friedman, and the electronic music duo Matmos responds with remixes of the same works. (The two groups collaborate similarly on their new New Amsterdam CD.) The NOW Ensemble plays music from their new “Awake” album (also on New Amsterdam), which includes works by Patrick Burke, David Crowell, Mark Dancigers, Sean Friar, Judd Greenstein and Missy Mazzoli. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 505-3474,; $15 in advance; $18 at the door. (Allan Kozinn)

Ensemble ACJW (Tuesday) The young artists of the Academy have become known for their vibrant programming, and this concert is no exception. Steve Reich, getting a burst of attention in his 75th birthday year, is represented by his “Different Trains,” a piece for string quartet and tape recording about the Holocaust. It follows two other powerful, propulsive works: Copland’s Sextet and Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments. At 7:30 p.m., Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall , (212) 247-7800,; $25. (Woolfe)

Mata Festival (Monday through Thursday) This inventive, stylistically nondogmatic new-music festival gets under way with a party and salon on Monday, at which a few of the featured composers discuss their works with the conductor Alan Pierson and the composer Aaron Jay Kernis. The music gets going on Tuesday, with an afternoon workshop by Phil Kline and a concert in the evening by the New York ensemble ACME and L’Arsenale, an Italian group. The Corey Dargel, the Dither Guitar Quartet, Cantori New York, Chris Danforth and Florent Ghys are among the performers (and in some cases composers) in Wednesday evening’s concert. And Thursday includes a composer’s roundtable (called “Composer Survival School”) led by Lisa Bielawa, in the afternoon, and a concert by the Metropolis Ensemble (works by Ryan Carter and Remmy Canedo and a hip-hop opera, “The Rake,” by Brad Balliett and Elliot Cole). The opening-night discussion is Monday at 7 at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 529 West 20th Street, 10W, Chelsea; $50 to $200. Mr. Kline’s and Ms. Bielawa’s workshops are at 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village; $7. The concerts are at 7:30 p.m. at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 505-3474,; $15 to $75, $100 for a festival pass. (Kozinn)

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