Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

The main stage of (le) Poisson Rouge.
The main stage of (le) Poisson Rouge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Steven Beck (Saturday) Elliott Carter’s solo piano output is compact but varied. Steven Beck, who has played several of Mr. Carter’s works in recitals in recent seasons, now turns his attention to the complete set, which he is presenting at Spectrum, a new performing space in Chelsea. At 7 p.m., Spectrum at the Piano Building, 115 West 23rd Street, No. 22, (650) 400-5100; suggested donation: $20, or $10 for students and 65+. (Allan Kozinn)

David Lang’s ‘Wed’ (Sunday) “I think of it as it being the ability for me to date more people,” the composer David Lang said in a New York Times article about the YouTube-based piano competition he started late last year. On Sunday, Mr. Lang showcases the winner of his contest, Peter Poston — but also keeps his options open by featuring some of the runners-up. At 6 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474,; seating $20, standing room $15. (Smith)

‘How to Get Started’ (Friday) Presented in collaboration with the PEN World Voices Festival, the John Cage Trust and the Slought Foundation, this pair of events recreates a 1989 work by Cage, in which he extemporized on the contents of 10 shuffled note cards as his recorded voice, played back and altered, formed an increasingly complex accompaniment. Audience members are invited to participate; for instructions, see At 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400,; at 11 a.m. $15, students $10; at 7 p.m. $20, students $10; both events $30, students $17. (Smith)