Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Kronos Quartet performing in Warsaw, Poland in...
Kronos Quartet performing in Warsaw, Poland in the summer of 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Bang on a Can 25th Anniversary Concert (Saturday) For many institutions, the quarter-century mark would be an occasion to assess past victories. Naturally, Bang on a Can forges ahead resolutely with a triple bill featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars in nine thematically related premieres and Asphalt Orchestra in a first-time collision with Tatsuya Yoshida of the Japanese prog-rock band Ruins. Gamelan Galak Tika provides the evening’s sole retrospective glance, Evan Ziporyn’s “Tire Fire.” At 7 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500,; remaining tickets $45. (Smith)

Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival (Monday) The new-music series founded and run by the composer Victoria Bond is celebrating its 15th season with two new operas, both Renaissance-theme: Theodore Wiprud’s “My Last Duchess” and Robert Sirota’s “Clever Mistress.” Neither soars, though Mr. Sirota’s has a liveliness wholly absent from Mr. Wiprud’s stolid, madrigal-inspired score. The sweet, acute soprano Maeve Höglund stars ably in both. Ms. Bond conducts; Tom Dulack directs a simple production. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street), Manhattan, (212) 864-5400,; $20 ($15 for seniors). (Woolfe)

Either/Or Spring Festival (Friday) The inventive Either/Or ensemble is devoting its short spring festival to works by New York composers. The program for the second (and final) installment includes a collaboration by John Cage and Max Neuhaus, and works by Gérard Grisey, George Lewis, Rebecca Saunders and Elliott Sharp. At 8 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 255-5793, Ext. 11,; $12. (Allan Kozinn)

Ensemble ACJW (Sunday) Caleb Burhans, the composer and violinist (and also violist and singer, though not this time), joins the virtuosos of the Ensemble ACJW for an unusual program in which his own arrangements of excerpts from Bach’s “Art of Fugue” are juxtaposed with works by Morton Feldman, Michael Gordon, Louis Andriessen, Steve Reich and David Lang. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, (212) 505-3474,; $15 in advance, $20 at the door. (Kozinn)

International Contemporary Ensemble (Wednesday) Music by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho has been much in the air this season, thanks to her Carnegie Hall residency. But leave it to the enterprising players of ICE to find corners not otherwise illuminated with a program titled “Changing Light,” which spans two decades of Ms. Saariaho’s evocative chamber-music oeuvre. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,; $20, or $15 for students and 65+. (Smith)

Kronos Quartet (Wednesday) Presented in collaboration with the PEN World Voices Festival, Kronos shares the stage with the writers Tony Kushner, Marjane Satrapi and Rula Jebreal for an evening of readings interspersed with music. Among those composers whose works might be heard, according to the Kronos Web site, are Morton Feldman, Terry Riley, Hamza El Din, Laurie Anderson and Omar Souleyman. At 7 p.m., Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, (212) 570-3949,; $30. (Smith)

Yarn/Wire (Saturday) This intrepid, engrossing quartet of two pianists and two percussionists devotes the second concert of its current repertory-development residency at Issue to a single work: “Chalk,” by Tristan Perich, whose energetic, merrily chirping electro-acoustic compositions stretch the boundaries of technology and music. At 8 p.m., Issue Project Room, Old American Can Factory, 110 Livingston Street, downtown Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313,; $10 suggested donation. (Smith)