Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

American composer Terry Riley Interview at Lin...

Source: The New York Times.

­‘Quicksand’ (through Feb. 6) Robert Ashley, the brilliant, innovative American composer who died in 2014, forged a distinctive, surrealist operatic aesthetic that meshes speech and song. This premiere of his opera-novel “Quicksand,” a mystery story, features a recording of Mr. Ashley singing the narrative, choreography by Steve Paxton, an electronic score by Tom Hamilton and light design by David Moodey. Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 212-255-5793, thekitchen­.org. (Schweitzer)

Composers Now Festival (Saturday through Feb. 29) This worthy festival showcases an eclectic range of composers, including Steve Mackey, beginning on Saturday with a multimedia lineup that features music for piano, violin, bassoon and electronic kumongo, with a painter performing alongside the musicians. On Monday Marilyn Nonken performs spectral music at Le Poisson Rouge and the violist Nadia Sirota performs Renaissance and contemporary works at Symphony Space. On Tuesday the Attacca Quartet performs Richard Wilson’s String Quartet No. 3. On Wednesday the American Composer’s Orchestra presents Angélica Negrón’s song cycle “El Colapso” and on Thursday Lori Freedman performs solo bass and contrabass clarinet music. At various times and locations, more information is at composersnow.org. (Schweitzer)

Dither (Tuesday through Feb. 7) This electric guitar quartet takes up residence at The Stone, in a series that includes, on Wednesday night, a rare performance of Cornelius Cardew’s experimental “Treatise,” for which the group is joined by TILT brass and four percussionists. Full details online. The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com. (David Allen)

Ashley Fure (Thursday) This young composer is better known in the European experimental scene than here, but that should change with this Composer Portrait, the first of the season. The International Contemporary Ensemble plays five works, including the premiere of “Etudes from the Anthropocene,” a study on her forthcoming “opera for objects.” At 8 p.m. Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, millertheatre.com. (Allen)

Terry Riley (Wednesday) Among the many celebrations honoring the 80th birthday of the brilliant Minimalist composer Terry Riley, his seminal work “In C” will figure largely. Here it is presented by Darmstadt Essential Repertoire, an ensemble dedicated to performances of vital new and recent music. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village, 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)