Classical Music Listings from the New York Times

John Zorn


Axiom (Monday) Honoring the composer Elliott Carter on the day after his 103rd birthday, Jeffrey Milarsky conducts this outstanding Juilliard contemporary-classical ensemble in the premiere of “Three Explorations,” based on T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” and sung by Evan Hughes, a baritone. Also included on the program are two canonical modern works: Milton Babbitt’s “All Set” and Pierre Boulez’s “Sur Incises.” At 8 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, (212) 769-7406,; free with tickets, available in advance at the Juilliard box office. (Smith)

Darmstadt Essential Repertoire (Friday and Saturday) The latest edition of this lively series continues with what is billed as the New York premiere of “Cosmic Pulses,” Stockhausen’s last completed work, as performed by Analog Arts on Friday night. On Saturday the series concludes with what has become a tradition: New York new-music luminaries convene to perform Terry Riley’s buoyant “In C.” At 8 p.m., Issue Project Room, Old American Can Factory, 232 Third Street, at Third Avenue, third floor, Gowanus, Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313,; $10. (Smith)

Tactus (Friday) This fine new-music ensemble ventures a characteristically bold mix of works: George Crumb’s “Madrigals, Book I”; Steve Reich’s “Eight Lines”; Mario Davidovsky’s Piano Septet; and Jacob Druckman’s “Come Round.” Jeffrey Milarsky conducts. At 7:30 p.m., Greenfield Hall, Manhattan School of Music, 122nd Street and Broadway, Morningside Heights, (917) 493-4428,; free. (Smith)

John Zorn (Friday) The Miller Theater’s Composer Portraits series turns its attention to this prolific iconloclast, who is fully at home in jazz, avant-garde, game theory and Modernist classical forms. A starry ensemble — the cellist Fred Sherry, the violinist Jennifer Koh, the pianist Stephen Gosling and the Talea Ensemble, among others — performs a handful of recent works: “Bateau Ivre” and “Passagen,” both composed this year, and “Illuminations,” “Cerebrus” and “À Rebours,” from 2010. During the intermission, Mr. Sherry will interview Mr. Zorn, and after the concert proper, Mr. Zorn will repair to St. Paul’s Chapel on the Columbia University campus to perform one of his organ works. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater at Columbia University, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 854-7799,; $25. (Kozinn)

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