Source: The New York Times.
‘Quicksand’ (Friday and Saturday) This witty and enigmatic espionage opera by Robert Ashley, the brilliant, innovative American composer who died in 2014, comes to the stage in a creative production by the choreographer Steve Paxton, with an electronic score by Tom Hamilton and light design by David Moodey. At 7 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 212-255-5793, thekitchen.org. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)
Composers Now Festival (Friday through Feb. 29) This worthy festival continues to showcase an eclectic range of composers. The legacy of David Diamond is explored at a concert at the Tenri Cultural Institute on Saturday that features a premiere by David Del Tredici. On Sunday in Park Slope, Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” is paired with a work by Reena Esmail that was influenced by Hindustani ornamentation. On Sunday in Manhattan the Momenta Quartet presents new pieces by American, Columbian and Mexican composers, and on Tuesday, music by five composers is performed by their pianist wives (who include Kathleen Supové and Lisa Moore). At various times and locations, complete scheduling information is at composersnow.org. (Schweitzer)
Contemporaneous (Thursday) “Laws of Nature” is the theme for this enticing program, yours to hear for a suggested donation of $10. It includes the premiere of Fjóla Evans’s “NÓTT”; “Days and Nature,” a multimedia work by Kate Moore; Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s “Streaming Arhythmia”; and “Sawdust and Diamonds,” by Joanna Newsom. At 7:30 p.m., Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, contemporaneous.org. (Davide Allen)