Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Cover of "Unsilent Night"
Cover of Unsilent Night


Aeolian Chamber Players (Friday) Long a potent source of new music, this ensemble celebrates its 50th anniversary with a trip down memory lane — revisiting works it has commissioned over the years by Luciano Berio, William Bolcom, George Crumb and Ralph Shapey. It will also give the premiere of a work by Huang Ruo. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, Manhattan, (212) 864-5400,; $30, $15 for 30 and under. (Woolfe)

International Contemporary Ensemble (Saturday) The innovative ICElab series pairs composers and performers in a collaborative process that yields substantial new compositions. Here, the virtuoso ICE musicians will perform in multimedia premieres by the composers Patricia Alessandrini and Juan Pablo Carreño, who are based in France. At 7 p.m., Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan, (646) 731-3200,; sold out. (Schweitzer)

Mantra Percussion (Friday and Saturday) This ensemble, formed in 2007, takes on Michael Gordon, who has made a name with compositions that mix electronic and acoustic instruments. In “Timber,” scored for six amplified planks of wood, he creates subtle textures and patterns that seem to ricochet around space. At 7:30 p.m., Fishman Space, Fisher Building, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 321 Ashland Place, near Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (718) 636-4100,; $20. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Talea Ensemble (Friday) Adventurous and technically assured, this group strides confidently into the thornier corners of contemporary music. “Synchronicities,” a program of four premieres, shares a title with a work by the excellent, subtle Anthony Cheung, who is the ensemble’s artistic director. The concert also features pieces by George Lewis, Christopher Trapani and Steve Lehman. At 8 p.m., Mannes College the New School for Music, 150 West 85th Street, Manhattan, (212) 580-0210, Ext. 4817,; free. (Woolfe)

Unsilent Night’ (Saturday) Handel’s “Messiah” and Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” are not the only holiday staples on offer. Since 1992 enthusiasts have flocked to Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night,” a parade held in Greenwich Village (and now 26 cities in the United States and abroad). Participants carry boom boxes or 21st-century music-making gadgets in the procession and play one of four tracks provided by Mr. Kline. There’s even an “Unsilent Night” app for smartphones and tablets. The parade starts in Washington Square Park and concludes about an hour later in Tompkins Square Park. At 7 p.m., the Arch at Washington Square Park,; free. (Schweitzer)