A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.
Source: The New York Times.
Artists at the Noguchi: Bang on a Can Music Series (Sunday) The latest edition of this now happily long-running series comes on the Noguchi Museum’s Community Day, when admission is free. The concert features the cellist Ashley Bathgate — a Bang on a Can All-Star — who will play just one work: “Stories for Ocean Shells,” an hourlong piece by the young Australian composer Kate Moore. At 3 p.m., 9-01 33rd Road, between Vernon Boulevard and 10th Street, Long Island City, Queens, 718-204-7088, noguchi.org. (David Allen)
Cantata Profana (Friday and Saturday) The German composer Hans Werner Henze, who died at 86 in 2012, wrote richly scored, emotive orchestral, chamber and vocal works that often proved a stark contrast to the avant-garde music of his contemporaries. He wrote “Kammermusik 1958,” a 12-movement chamber piece for tenor, guitar and eight instruments, during a visit to Greece that year. Cantata Profana offers a new staging of the work, directed by Ethan Heard and featuring the tenor Thomas Cooley, the guitarist Arash Noori and projections by Christopher Ash. At 8 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, at 54th Street, cantataprofana.com. (Vivien Schweitzer)
JACK Quartet (Thursday) Simon Steen-Andersen’s season-opening work for Columbia University’s Miller Theater may be called “Run Time Error,” but make no mistake: With the ever-adventurous JACK Quartet teaming up with Mr. Steen-Anderson for this piece that blends theater and music (with the composer “playing” the very surfaces of the building), chances are good that they’ll get the mix just right. At 8 p.m., Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, millertheatre.com. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)
Takehisa Kosugi (Saturday and Sunday) After its Conlon Nancarrow retrospective earlier in the year, the Whitney Museum of American Art explores another radical: the Japanese composer and violinist Takehisa Kosugi, a kindred spirit of John Cage who was aligned with the Fluxus movement and long associated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. “Music Expanded” spreads over two concerts, concentrating mainly on works from the 1960s but also turning to later electronic music. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m., Susan and John Hess Family Theater, 99 Gansevoort Street, at Washington Street, 212-570-3600, whitney.org. (Allen)