Classical Music Listings From the New York Times

Tyondai Braxton
Cover of Tyondai Braxton


Alarm Will Sound (Friday and Saturday) The Next Wave festival continues its homage to Minimalism with performances of music by John Adams (on Friday) and Steve Reich (Saturday) by this group, one of the most adventurous new-music ensembles around. Led by Alan Pierson, Saturday’s program also includes works by Tyondai Braxton and Donnacha Dennehy. At 7:30 p.m., Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, 718-636-4100,; $16 to $45. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

‘Become Ocean’ Listening Party (Friday) Advancing in great orchestral heaves and sighs, this 40-minute work by the Alaskan composer John Luther Adams, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and its music director, Ludovic Morlot, won this year’s Pulitzer Prize in Music. By that time it had already been recorded in Seattle, and it is scheduled for release just as the new season gets underway. This event features a conversation with Mr. Adams and a playback of the recording, in surround sound. At 8 p.m., the Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, at Varick Street, SoHo, 866-811-4111,; sold out. (Woolfe)

‘Heart & Breath’ (Thursday) The adventurous Miller Theater at Columbia University opens its season with the intriguing program “Heart & Breath: Colombine’s Paradise Theater,” featuring the dynamic instrumental ensemble Eighth Blackbird. The production is described as a contemporary fantasia on 17th-century Italian music and theater, combining new arrangements of Monteverdi and Gesualdo with several modern scores. The six performers play, sing, speak, growl and dance in this musical-theatrical piece. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799,; $25 to $40. (Tommasini)