Classical Music Listings From the New York Times


American Composers Orchestra (Friday) This excellent and important ensemble begins its new season with a concert at Zankel Hall, part of its Orchestra Underground series. The program, titled “Monk’s Sphere,” is the first of many tributes this season to the innovative, influential composer and vocalist Meredith Monk, who is celebrating 50 years of performing and creativity in New York. The orchestra, conducted by George Manahan, plays works by A.J. McCaffrey, Ian Williams, Theo Bleckmann, Loren Loiacono and Ms. Monk. At 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800,; $43 and $50. (Tommasini)

Axiom (Monday) An exciting program from Juilliard’s relentlessly excellent new-music ensemble brings together two works by John Cage — “Third Construction” and Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra, with the pianist Han Chen — as well as Conlon Nancarrow’s String Quartet No. 1 and Lou Harrison’s Varied Trio for Violin, Piano and Percussion. Jeffrey Milarsky conducts, with the Aeolus Quartet. At 8 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 212-799-5000,; free, but tickets are required and will be available at the Juilliard box office starting Saturday. (David Allen)

Brooklyn Youth Chorus (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) As part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, this gifted young ensemble presents “Black Mountain Songs,” a multimedia choreographed work that explores the utopian spirit of North Carolina’s Black Mountain College, where John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg and other luminaries worked and collaborated in the 1940s and ’50s. The score features music by Jherek Bischoff, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry, Caroline Shaw, Aleksandra Vrebalov and others. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, 718-636-4100,; $20 to $55. (Vivien Schweitzer)