Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

ACME at (le) Poisson Rouge (1)
ACME at (le) Poisson Rouge (1) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


ACME (Friday and Saturday) Also known as the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, this intrepid young band of hardy explorers tackles a pair of diverse assignments in these concerts. Part of the program consists of a world premiere composed by Mick Barr, a guitarist known for his blistering speed and agility in avant-garde metal bands like Orthrelm and Krallice; the rest is devoted to bright, joyous chamber works by William Brittelle as heard on “Loving the Chambered Nautilus,” ACME’s latest release on New Amsterdam Records. At 8 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 255-5793, Ext. 11,; $12. (Smith)

Bargemusic (Friday through Sunday) This intimate and increasingly adventurous floating concert hall on the East River starts the weekend with an installment of its Here and Now new-music series, performed by Geoffrey Burleson, the pianist. Included are works by Arthur Berger, Scott Wheeler and Frank Zappa, with a rarity by Saint-Saëns for perspective. On Saturday and Sunday the violinists Mark Peskanov and Laura Goldberg, the violist Ah Ling Neu and the cellist Guy Fishman join forces for quartets by Haydn, Borodin and Beethoven. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing, next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, (718) 624-2083,; $35, $30 for 65+, or $15 for students. (Kozinn)

ImproTech Paris/New York 2012 (Wednesday) Kicking off a three-day conference on music and technology at New York University and Columbia University, a heady cabal of American and French composers, performers and improvisers — including George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Coleman, Steve Lehman and Jean-Baptiste Barrière — offer an evening of electro-acoustic sounds. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,; $10. (Smith)

★ Look & Listen Festival (Saturday through Monday) This personable festival has hit on a winning formula: vital new music presented by authoritative players in an informal setting, surrounded by contemporary art. So Percussion starts things with a bang on Saturday in a concert featuring the drum mavens Bobby Previte and Doug Perkins. On Sunday, the Mivos Quartet introduces a new piece by Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, the winner of Look & Listen’s 2012 Composers’ Competition. Monday’s finale includes performances by Brooklyn Rider, ACME, janus trio and Michael Brown. Saturday and Monday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m., Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, second floor, Greenwich Village, (718) 622-3005,; $15, $10 for students and 65+, or $35 for an all-festival pass. (Smith)

Terry Riley and Gyan Riley (Sunday) New Yorkers are seeing a lot more of the seminal Minimalist composer and keyboardist Terry Riley now that his son, the guitarist and composer Gyan Riley, has made his home here. The pair returns to Le Poisson Rouge with Tracy Silverman, an electric-violin player, and David Cossin, a percussionist, for an evening of original music likely to remind you of jazz, Bach, New Age music, raga and dreams — sometimes all at once. At 8 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474,; $20 in advance, $25 at the door. (Smith)