Classical Music Listings From the New York Times


Avant Music Festival (Friday and Saturday) This adventurous new-music festival concludes on Saturday with a three-and-a-half hour meditative “drone epic” by Randy Gibson, with light and video installations. But first, on Friday, a new cantata by the singer-composer Imani Uzuri, based on words by Toni Morrison, will be performed. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m., Wild Project, 195 East Third Street, East Village, 212-228-1195, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Meitar Ensemble (Monday) This up-and-coming chamber ensemble from Israel, conducted by Yuval Zorn, asserts its identity with fresh programming and a generous commissioning program. Here they perform American premieres of works by the Israeli composers Ayal Adler and Yair Klartag alongside Hanns Eisler’s “Fourteen Ways of Describing the Rain,” Gérard Grisey’s “Talea” and Spencer Topel’s “Details on the Strasbourg Rosace.” At 8:30 p.m., 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 212-415-5500, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

MET Chamber Ensemble (Sunday) At the core of an outstandingly ambitious program from the players of the Metropolitan Opera is the premiere of Elliott Carter’s “The American Sublime,” a setting of five poems by Wallace Stevens for baritone and ensemble. Equally making this concert unmissable are a Charles Wuorinen cantata, “It Happens Like This,” John Cage’s “Atlas Eclipticalis” and works by Stravinsky and Ives. At 5 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, (Allen)

New York Philharmonic: Contact! (Saturday) The next concert in the Philharmonic’s Contact! series of contemporary music programs is titled “New Music From Nordic Countries.” The Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho has organized this program, offering works by Per Norgard, Kalevi Aho and Duro Zivkovic, along with the United States premiere of her own “Terra Memoria” for string orchestra. Alan Gilbert and Courtney Lewis will conduct. At 7 p.m., Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 212-570-3949, (Tommasini)