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 (Saturday) 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)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music – May 22-25

Frederic Rzewski
Cover of Frederic Rzewski

From the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music:

Thursday, May 22
seven episodes: 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p, 9p, 11p
Perfect Lives by Robert Ashley, performed live by Varispeed in sites around the city — free

Thursday, May 22, 7:30p
New Hazlett Theater
The Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo performs Stravinsky‘s Agon, Ligeti’s Self-Portrait, and music by Williams, Kurtág, Garcia-De Castro, and Michaels

Friday, May 23, 7:30p
New Hazlett Theater
Alia Musica Pittsburgh performs Berio’s Folk Songs, and music by Haas, Matthew Heap, and Eric Moe

Saturday May 24, 2p
New Hazlett Theater
The most active new music companies in the city, featuring Freya String Quartet in Steve Reich’s Different Trains

Saturday May 24, 7:30p
New Hazlett Theater
Pianist/composer Frederic Rzewski in a rare recital of his own music, including the US premiere of Dreams

Sunday May 25, 2p
Lake Elizabeth
Inuksuit, the piece for 99 musicians by 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams

Sunday May 25, 5p
New Hazlett Theater
Guest ensembles Clocks in Motion, Duo Scordatura, and the East Liberty Community Engagement Orchestra

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Tim Berne
Cover of Tim Berne


Jeff Davis Trio (Saturday) The exploratory, texture-minded drummer and composer Jeff Davis made the spirited new “Dragon Father” live at Cornelia Street Café, where he’s returning for its album-release celebration this weekend. Joining him once again are the cornetist Kirk Knuffke, the alto saxophonist and clarinetist Oscar Noriega, the pianist Russ Lossing and the bassist Eivind Opsvik. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Erik Friedlander’s Bonebridge (Thursday) On his smartly springy new album, “Nighthawks,” the cellist Erik Friedlander presents a new book of material for his Bonebridge band, with the guitarist Doug Wamble, the bassist Trevor Dunn and the drummer Michael Sarin. This show will likewise feature Mr. Friedlander’s pizzicato technique, which creates the impression of an earthy fluency, and some tunes inspired by the Hopperesque mood of a recent New York City blackout. At 7:30 p.m., SubCulture: Arts Underground, 45 Bleecker Street, near Lafayette Street, East Village, 212-533-5470,; $15 in advance, $20 day of show. (Chinen)

Matt Mitchell and Ches Smith (Tuesday) Last fall Matt Mitchell, a hyperacute pianist heard to great effect in bands led by Tim Berne and Dave Douglas, released “Fiction,” an album of self-invented études, often harrowingly complex, played in coordination with Ches Smith, the drummer in Mr. Berne’s quartet. A similar book of music will come into play during this 10:30 p.m. duo performance, part of the Konceptions series. (A preceding set, at 9 p.m., will feature the saxophonist Louie Belogenis, the pianist Roberta Piket and the drummer Billy Mintz.) At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $10 suggested donation, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Marc Ribot (Friday) As a centerpiece of this spring’s Undead Music series, Mr. Ribot, the flinty and endlessly inventive guitarist, has been playing in a range of settings over the past week. The run concludes on Friday, when he’ll convene Los Cubanos Postizos, his beloved retro Cuban band. At 6:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, 212-505-3474,; $25. (Chinen)

Just Outside Reviews

From Just Outside:

Mark Alban Lotz – Solo Flutes (LopLop)
Mark Alban Lotz/Islak Köpek – Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th (Evil Rabbit)
Michael Ammann – Work 2010/2011 (
Tetuzi Akiyama/Anla Courtis – Naranja Songs (Public Eyesore)
Benjamin Finger – The Bet (Watery Starve Press)
Thomas Ankersmit – Figueroa Terrace (Touch)
Natura Morta – Decay (FMR)
Arek Gulbenkoglu – untitled (no label)