Classical Music Listings From The New York Times


Argento Chamber Ensemble (Friday and Sunday) The Austrian Cultural Forum plays host to an absorbing exploration of new music tinged with electronic effects, with an arrangement of Schoenberg’s dense and melancholic “Five Pieces for Orchestra” alongside new works by Michael Klingbeil, Hannah Lash, Jonathan Forshee and Jeff Brown. Free beer and discussions with some of the composers will follow the performance by this fine ensemble. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m., Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, Manhattan, 212-319-5300,; free, $10 suggested donation. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Ensemble ACJW (Saturday) The Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki, a rising star, takes the helm of this probing and gifted ensemble in a program bracketed by Schoenberg’s vibrant “Chamber Symphony No. 1” and John Adams’s vibrantly oddball “Chamber Symphony.” The fine tenor Topi Lehtipuu joins in for “Mora” by his and Ms. Malkki’s fellow Finn Jukka Tiensuu; “Three Inventions” by George Benjamin offers yet another reflection on Schoenberg’s chamber work. At 8 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800,; $43 to $50. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Loadbang (Sunday) The League of Composers/ISCM presents this contemporary music ensemble, which offers the unusual configuration of baritone voice, bass clarinet, trumpet and trombone. Here the group performs recent works by Christian Carey and Alexandre Lunsqui; world premieres by Rob Deemer and Ryan Francis; and the New York premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s “Alphabetical Ashbery.” At 7:30 p.m., DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan, 212-594-6100,,; $20, $10 for students and 65+. (Schweitzer)

Peter Serkin (Saturday) Juxtaposing old and new works in interesting ways in becoming a popular approach to programming among younger performers. But the adventurous and masterly pianist Peter Serkin has been doing this kind of thing for decades. He does it again with this recital: After opening with a capriccio by the Renaissance Dutch composer Sweelinck, he will play three works by Charles Wuorinen, all 92nd Street Y commissions. He then plays the Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s little-heard 1917 Theme and Variations, Op. 40. To end? Beethoven’s splendid “Les Adieux” Sonata. At 8 p.m., 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue, 212-415-5500,; $25 to $57. (Tommasini)

Nadia Sirota and Missy Mazzoli (Tuesday) The violist Nadia Sirota has become a major presence on the New York contemporary music scene; if there’s a new work for viola, chances are she had a hand in commissioning it. Here Ms. Sirota performs music by Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly and Shara Worden, plus excerpts from her albums “First Thing First” and “Baroque.” Ms. Mazzoli will lend a pianistic hand. At 8 p.m., SubCulture: Arts Underground, 45 Bleecker Street, near Lafayette Street, East Village, 212-533-5470,; $20. (Schweitzer)