Classical Music Listings from the New York Times


Eighth Blackbird and Will Oldham (Thursday) The adventurous and excellent Chicago-based contemporary music ensemble Eighth Blackbird takes part in the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell with a free program. The players will perform Frederic Rzewski’s dazzling spoken-word piece “Coming Together.” Teaming up with the folk artist and singer Will Oldham, they perform arrangements of Oldham songs and more. The jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and the folk revivalist Sam Amidon are featured in the second half of this double bill. At 7:30 p.m., Prospect Park West and Ninth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 718-683-5600, (Anthony Tommasini)

Either/Or (Saturday) Members of this flexible new-music ensemble present two American premieres of works by the late French-Romanian master of spectral composition, Horatiu Radulescu, as well as Morton Feldman’s lovely tribute “For John Cage.” At 8 p.m., University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, at Rivington Street, Lower East Side, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance (Wednesday and Thursday) Each summer this ambitious institute and festival, founded and directed by the pianist Marc Ponthus, brings together exceptional student performers with established artists and composers for an immersion in contemporary music. There are workshops and coaching sessions galore, but also public concerts, the first one this summer, on Wednesday, is titled “Polymedia Continuous Performance.” What that means, it’s hard to say. But who can resist a concert with that billing? There will be works by Boulez, Stockhausen, Kurtag and more. The second concert, “Third Stream Tangents,” on Thursday, has works by Stravinsky, Charles Mingus, David Sanford and other composers, the theme being music that draws from both contemporary classical and jazz traditions. (Through June 21, with various programming.) At 8 p.m., Mannes Concert Hall, 150 West 85th Street, 212-580-0210, ext. 4884, (Tommasini)

Lukas Ligeti (Sunday) The Austrian Cultural Forum and Roulette join forces in presenting a 50th birthday tribute to Mr. Ligeti, a ceaselessly innovative composer. Members of the Ensemble Mise-En present old and new works, including “Champagne for Urbana,” “Thinking Songs” and a new version of “Zambezi.” At 5:30 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)