Classical Music Listings from the New York Times

DJ Spooky in 2008
DJ Spooky in 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


American Composers Orchestra (Friday) Always focused on the new, this adventurous orchestra presents “Time Travels,” a program of premieres by Kate Soper (a work for voice and orchestra with the composer as the soloist) and Kyle Blaha, and a United States premiere by Zhou Long. Also featured: Lukas Foss’s innovative “Time Cycle” from 1960, with the soprano Jennifer Zetlan. George Manahan conducts. At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800,; $40 and $50. (Woolfe)

Bargemusic There’s an appealing lineup this weekend at the Barge, the intimate floating concert hall. On Friday, as part of the Here and Now series, the Dorian Wind Quartet offers Elliott Carter’s Woodwind Quintet and several works by David Del Tredici, including a premiere. On Saturday two notable young musicians, the pianist Michael Brown and the violinist Arnaud Sussmann, join forces for music by Janacek, Prokofiev, Debussy and Strauss. On Sunday the pianist Jeffrey Swann continues his exploration of the complete Beethoven sonatas, offering Opus 26, 109 and 54, with onstage commentary. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing, next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, (718) 624-4924,; $35, $30 for 65+ and $15 for students. (Vivien Schweitzer)

DJ Spooky (Friday) Paul D. Miller, the composer, multimedia artist and D.J., teams up with the fiendishly talented teenagers of Face the Music in a work that combines music for string quartet with video footage and digital animation from Nauru, a small island in the South Pacific, as a reflection on ecological colonialism. The performance will also be streamed live on the museum’s Web site. At 7 p.m., Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, (212) 570-3949,; $30. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Nunc (Friday) Currently celebrating the release of her outstanding Luigi Nono recording, the adventurous and enterprising violinist Miranda Cuckson is not resting on her laurels. She will lead an ensemble in this new series of contemporary chamber music (its name Latin for new) with a free program of works by Sofia Gubaidulina, David Loeb, Iannis Xenakis, Georges Aperghis, Michael Hersch, Charles Wuorinen and James P. Johnson, whose “You’ve Got to Be Modernistic” gives the concert its name. At 8 p.m., Mannes College the New School for Music, 150 West 85th Street, Manhattan, (212) 580-0210, Ext. 4817,; free. (Woolfe)

Oberlin in New York (Friday and Saturday) Many of the classical music world’s most innovative artists and ensembles have Oberlin on their résumés. Distinguished alumni unite for several concerts in New York this weekend. On Friday, Timothy Weiss conducts the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and the International Contemporary Ensemble in works by composers including Christopher Rouse, Berio and John Zorn, whose “Tempest” will receive its premiere. On Saturday afternoon, Jason Harris conducts the Oberlin College Choir and Oberlin Baroque in music by Tallis, Gombert, Rachmaninoff, Ola Gjeilo and Arvo Part. On Saturday evening, Raphael Jiménez conducts Jeremy Denk in Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C (K. 467); the program also includes works by Ravel, Stravinsky and Mr. Rouse. Friday at 8 and 10 p.m., DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan, (440) 775-8200,; free, but reservations required. Saturday at 2 p.m., Brick Presbyterian Church, 62 East 92nd Street,; free. Saturday at 8 p.m., Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800,; $10 to $25. (Schweitzer)