MATA Festival Returns, With Spotlight on Helsinki


If there is one thing that sets the MATA Festival apart from many of the other contemporary-classical bounties New York regularly produces, it might be a robust international representation, which seems to have grown sharply since Yotam Haber — a Dutch-born global citizen and the festival’s artistic director from 2009 until this year — has been at the helm. This year’s series, the 16th since MATA began in 1996, includes composers from 17 countries. Performers, too, hail from around the world. Familiar faces like the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ekmeles and the Mivos Quartet will appear over the course of the eight-night series.