Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Nederlands: Laurie Anderson in De Vereeniging ...
Nederlands: Laurie Anderson in De Vereeniging te Nijmegen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet (Friday and Saturday) This trailblazing string quartet teams up for the first time with the iconoclastic performance artist and composer Laurie Anderson in “Landfall,” a new work by Ms. Anderson that was specially commissioned for the final installment of the Peak Performances series. This is also one of the last opportunities to hear the quartet with Jeffrey Ziegler, its cellist, who leaves later this month. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m., Montclair State University, Alexander Kasser Theater, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, N.J., (973) 655-5112,; sold out. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

D.J. Spooky: A Civil War Symphony (Friday) Under his nom de musique, the composer-performer-beatmaker Paul D. Miller returns to the Metropolitan Museum, where he is in residence this season, for another of his amalgams of string ensemble writing, live-mixed electronic music and video. This latest piece takes its inspiration from one of the Met’s current exhibitions, “Photography and the American Civil War.” At 7 p.m., Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, (212) 570-3949,; $30. (Woolfe)

An Evening With Nico Muhly (Tuesday) Next season the Metropolitan Opera presents the American premiere of a work it commissioned, Nico Muhly’s “Two Boys.” In early anticipation of that event, the Met and the new music club Le Poisson Rouge present an evening with Mr. Muhly and friends. There will be excerpts from the opera with the tenor Paul Appleby and the soprano Jennifer Zetlan, accompanied by Mr. Muhly at the piano, and also other Muhly works, featuring the violist Nadia Sirota and the violinists Angela and Jennifer Chun, as well as pieces from the 17th century that Mr. Muhly loves. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474,; $20 to $35. (Tommasini)

International Contemporary Ensemble (Thursday) The Miller Theater caps its season with a portrait of the Mexican composer Julio Estrada whose music is colored by his fascination with mathematics and Mexican history. Steven Schick conducts the International Contemporary Ensemble and Third Coast Percussion in works dating from the mid-1970s to a new commission. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 854-7799,, $25 and $30, $15 and $18 for students. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Tribeca New Music Festival (Friday through Sunday) This capacious and exciting series of concerts brings together a range of contemporary composers and their devoted performers. Friday’s show features the pianist Kathleen Supové and the guitarist James Moore, who perform as the duo A Musical Sacrifice, in works by Lisa Coons, Daniel Felsenfeld and others. Saturday’s performance, with the pianist Geoffrey Burleson and the violinist Mary Rowell, includes composers like Annie Gosfield and Judd Greenstein and a tribute to William Duckworth. On Sunday afternoon the pianist Anthony de Mare presents a range of “re-imaginings” of pre-existing material, and that evening’s closing concert features The Living Earth Show, a San Francisco-based combo of the guitarist Travis Andrews and the percussionist Andrew Meyerson. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 and 8 p.m., The Cell Theater, 338 West 23rd Street, Chelsea, (212) 234-4325,; $20 to $25, $10 for students. (Woolfe)

Odean Pope + Andrew Cyrille This Monday at Ars Nova Workshop

Odean Pope, saxophone with Lee Smith, bass
Odean Pope, saxophone with Lee Smith, bass (Photo credit: Timothy Forbes Photography)

From Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Monday, May 13, 8:00pm
Odean Pope, tenor saxophone; Andrew Cyrille, drums

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present a performance by Philadelphia saxophonist Odean Pope and drummer Andrew Cyrille, two avant-garde jazz giants who will play in tonight in a very rare duet.

Odean Pope, who has lived in Philadelphia since he was 10-years-old, began his career performing with Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown, frequently at Philadelphia’s Uptown Theater. He then went on to work with jazz artists such as Jimmy McGriff and Max Roach, and, in the late-1970s, he formed Catalyst, a funk-infused jazz quartet with Philadelphia-based musicians Eddie Green, Sherman Ferguson, and Al Johnson. He is the leader of the Odean Pope Saxophone Choir and the Odean Pope Trio.

Andrew Cyrille, a Brooklyn-born drummer with Haitian roots, has worked with Coleman Hawkins, Milford Graves, Anthony Braxton, David Murray, Reggie Workman, and Marilyn Crispell. Cyrille was a member of the Cecil Taylor Unit, and he played on Taylor recordings such as Unit Structures and Conquistador, as well as other essential free-jazz albums, like Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra and Marion Brown’s Afternoon of a Georgia Faun. In January, Cyrille’s 21st Century Big Band, a 12-piece ensemble that performs its leader’s compositions, played for the first time at Lincoln Center, in New York City.

Tectonics Festival Glasgow This Weekend

Iancu Dumitrescu
Iancu Dumitrescu (Photo credit: Fredrik M)

On Saturday and Sunday, the Tectonics Festival Glasgow takes place:

The BBC Scottish Symphony orchestra will stage the first Tectonics Glasgow festival on 11 and 12 May 2013, with a line-up featuring featuring Alvin Lucier, Iancu Dumitrescu, Stephen O’Malley, Oren Ambarchi, Aidan Moffat, Stuart Braithwaite, Hanna Tuulikki, Hildur Gudnadottir, Anton Lukoszevieze and BBC Commissions from Martin Suckling, John de Simone and David Fennessy.

A rough schedule is here.

Newsbits: Other Dimensions in Music / Saft’s Slobber Pup / Jaap Blonk and others in LA / John Butcher and Thomas Lehn Stream

Jaap Blonk, Sound Poet
Jaap Blonk, Sound Poet (Photo credit: massdistraction)

Burning Ambulance profiles Other Dimensions in Music.

Black Aces by Jamie Saft‘s Slobber Pup is previewed.

On Saturday, May 11, Jaap Blonk, Jake Rosenzweig, Ted Byrnes (trio) will perform with Joe Potts and Rick Potts (duo), and Casey Anderson and Josh Gerowitz (duo) at Human Resources, 410 Cottage Home Street, Los Angeles CA.

A duet between John Butcher and Thomas Lehn is available for streaming.