Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

HDaniel Bernard Roumain rehearsing with Maestr...
Daniel Bernard Roumain


Alarm Will Sound (Friday) The Temple of Dendur has been the backdrop for many memorable concerts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In Kate Soper’s specially commissioned new-music drama, “I Was Here I Was I,” with a libretto by Nigel Maister, who also directed, the temple becomes a character in a suspenseful story inspired by the Victorian adventurer Amelia Edwards. This intrepid ensemble performs under Alan Pierson. At 7 p.m., 212-570 3949,; $60 (limited availability); $1 for children 7 to 16. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Bang on a Can Marathon (Sunday) Pushing 30, this venerable new-music extravaganza — part of the River to River festival — will last eight hours this year. Among the impressive lineup of performers are vocal artists like Anonymous 4, singing selections from “love fail,” by David Lang, a Bang on the Can founder); Roomful of Teeth; and Meredith Monk. The instrumentalists include So Percussion; the ensemble Contemporaneous, playing Andrew Norman’s “Try”; and the resident Bang on a Can All-Stars. The mood is always delightfully loose and the music a rich swath, heavy on American composers. At 2 p.m., Brookfield Place, Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street, at West Street, Lower Manhattan,,; free. (Woolfe)

Caramoor Music Festival (Saturday) This international music festival at the bucolic Caramoor Center opens with a gala program featuring, as so many gala festival do, the violinist Joshua Bell, who is appearing with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the conductor Cristian Macelaru. Mr. Bell performs Ligeti’s “Concert Romanesc” and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D (Op. 47). The program concludes with Bizet’s exuberant Symphony in C. At 8:30 p.m., Venetian Theater, Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, N.Y., 914-232-1252,; $20 to $105. (Tommasini)

Make Music New York (Saturday) The streets, plazas, parks and waterfronts of the five boroughs will be alive with music during this free, outdoor extravaganza, which features over 1,300 concerts from dawn to dusk. Many events are audience participatory, like “And Death Shall Have No Dominion” — a singing event for synchronized headphone choir celebrating Dylan Thomas’s famous poem. The 50th anniversary of Terry Riley’s “In C” will be commemorated on Cornelia Street in the West Village. Uptown, on Amsterdam Avenue, the teenagers of Face the Music will perform works by Daniel Bernard Roumain and Gregory Huebner. More than 100 saxophonists will gather on Columbia’s campus and dozens of flute players will converge in Central Park. A trio, a quartet and a solo pianist are among the performers at a six-hour concert at Bargemusic in Brooklyn. And part of the fun is the unexpected: discovering a string quartet, a rock band or an opera singer in the city’s many nooks and crannies. A schedule is at (Vivien Schweitzer)

River to River Festival (through June 29) This summer’s outdoor arts festival in Lower Manhattan continues on Friday at 7:30 p.m. with a performance of music by Terry Riley and composers he influenced, at Federal Hall, 26 Wall Street. This weekend the programming is heavy on sound walks and other participatory processional events: including, on Saturday, a Dylan Thomas-inspired participatory singalong at 11 a.m., which celebrates one of his famous poems, “And Death Shall Have No Dominion,” and a “walkscape” — with an app for the iPhone — designed by the Dutch composers Strijbos & Van Rijswijk, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. No smartphones are needed for the flutist Claire Chase and the percussionist Svet Stoyanov’s performance of a new duet, “Alone,” by the composer Marcos Balter (on Saturday evening at Federal Hall). This is just a sampling of the dozens of cultural events taking place during River to River’s nearly two-week run. More details: Events are free, but some require reservations. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)