Classical Music Listings From the New York Times

English: BAMcafe, Brooklyn Academy of Music, B...
English: BAMcafe, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


‘The Difficulty of Crossing a Field’ (Sunday) Based on a brief tale by Ambrose Bierce, David Lang’s 2002 opera, with a libretto by the experimental playwright Mac Wellman, is an enigmatic exploration of the metaphysical costs of slavery featuring five principal singers, a small chorus and a string quartet (here, the Harlem Quartet) that acts as both orchestra and an element of the set. At 7:30 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363,; $20, $15 for students and 65+. (Woolfe)

Laurie Anderson (Friday and Saturday) Hurricane Sandy was the inspiration behind parts of “Landfall,” a song cycle by this composer and songwriter in which she teams up — for the first time — with Kronos Quartet. Their instruments here are amplified and the sound digitally altered to create a weather front of acoustic effects. At 7.30 p.m., Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, 718-636-4100,; $20 to $70. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Claire Chase (Thursday and next Friday) This daring, incisive flutist and administrator, the founder and artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble, has begun “density 2036,” a 22-year project that will culminate at the 100th anniversary of Varèse’s groundbreaking 1936 flute solo, “Density 21.5.” Each year from 2014 to 2036, Ms. Chase will commission a new program of works for her instrument, and things get started with a set of premieres by George Lewis, Matthias Pintscher, Felipe Lara and Du Yun. At 8 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 212-255-5793,; $15. (Woolfe)

Composer Portrait: Chou Wen-chung (Thursday) To many, the 91-year-old composer Chou Wen-chung is revered as the trailblazer who paved the way for and mentored a generation of successful Chinese-born composers, and as Varèse’s student. Here is a rare chance to hear his own meticulously crafted, atmospheric compositions — some written as recently as 2003 — performed by an excellent roster of musicians, including the Brentano String Quartet and Talujon. James Baker conducts. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799,; $20 to $30; $18 for students and those under 25. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)