This Week in New York

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ENSEMBLE ÉCHAPPÉ
Ensemble Échappé presents a program of 21st-century music. The highlight of the evening will be identical twin composers and performers Brad Balliett and Doug Balliett (hosts of WQXR’s Q2 show The Brothers Balliett) premiering Cryptophasia – a duo bassoon and double-bass concerto about their unique “twin language”. Échappé also gives the U.S. premiere of acclaimed Austrian composer Beat Furrer’s Ira-Arca alongside performances of Nina C. Young’s bassoon pocket concerto, Nick Omiccioli’s push/pull, Jason Eckardt’s Flux, and Sky Macklay’s Lake Dublin.
Monday, November 14 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20, $10 students/seniors
Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

MICK BARR AND JUDITH BERKSON
Roulette hosts an evening of premieres from two composer/performer virtuosos, Mick Barr and Judith Berkson, in which each artist performs the other’s pieces. The program will include Berkson premiering Barr’s Wethantheld (2015) for voice and organ followed by Barr premiering a new work from Berkson. Berkson will also premiere a new piece for piano and her 72-tone microtonal vocals.
Monday, November 14 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

THE ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET
The Alexander String Quartet performs Haydn’s “Emperor” String Quartet in C major, Op. 76, No. 3, Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887, and the New York premiere of Cindy Cox’s Patagón written for and dedicated to the ASQ in 2011. Patagón is a portrait of the southern Argentinian landscape inspired by a trip to the Valdes peninsula nature preserve. Cox employs non-traditional string techniques to evoke the sea- and landscapes from this part of the world.
Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25, $30 alumni, $25 staff, $15 students
Baruch Performing Arts Center, Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

GNARWHALLABY: HETEROPHONIC AVANT-GARDE
The Los Angeles-based quartet gnarwhallaby invades Spectrum, performing music by Adriana Hölszky, Manuel Mora, Ramón Lazkano, Włodzimierz Kotoński, Michelle Lou, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and Nicholas Deyoe.
Wednesday, November 16 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

MEREDITH MONK & ANI CHOYING DROLMA
This concert by the World Music Institute features Meredith Monk and Nepalese singer Ani Choying Drolma performing an evening of works and premieres, each offering an engagement with art as spiritual practice.
Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Tickets $45-$65
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

THE RIVER | ETHEL & ROBERT MIRABAL
ETHEL will tour its live show The River, which the ensemble released as an album in June 2016 via Innova Recordings. The River continues ETHEL’s deeply successful nine-year collaboration with Native American musician Robert Mirabal. The live performance immerses the audience in a flow of music, narrative, and ritual, created by ETHEL and Mirabal exclusively for this program, evoking timeless Native American traditions through contemporary artistry.
Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St, New York, NY

ENSEMBLE LUX
On their first North America tour, the Vienna-based string quartet ensemble LUX stop in NYC to perform a program comprised of 100 years of Austrian modern music at the ACFNY. The chronological beginning of the program is Anton Webern’s “Five Movements” for string quartet from 1909, continuing on with Arnold Schönberg’s String Trio (1946). Hans Erich Apostel 6 Epigramme for string quartet were composed in 1962. Two considerably more contemporary pieces—settori by Olga Neuwirth (1999) and Thomas Wally’s la pureté de l’envie blanche (2010)—complete the program.
Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 PM
Free
Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY

COMPOSER PORTRAITS | LEI LANG
Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues its Composer Portraits series with Lei Liang, featuring loadbang, JACK Quartet, Mark Dresser, and Steven Schick. The concert includes an onstage discussion with Lei Liang and Steven Schick
Thursday, November 17 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20-$30
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

MEMORY / NOSTALGIA / SOMESUCH THING | ELLEN REID
wildUp’s first of three concerts at National Sawdust includes music by NS Artist in Residence Ellen Reid, Samuel Barber, Franz Schubert, George Lewis, Richard Valitutto, Andrew Tholl, Pete Seeger, the Books, and others.
Friday, November 18 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

THE CELL: MUSIC BY ROBERT PATERSON, ANDY AKIHO, AND LOU HARRISON
American Modern Ensemble opens its 2016-17 season joined by the harp duo Duo Scorpio at The Cell in Chelsea in a concert of harp-centric music ranging from a 1949 piece by Lou Harrison to three works written in the past five years by Robert Paterson and Andy Akiho.
Friday, November 18 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $75
The Cell, 338 West 23 Street, New York, NY

THE ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET
The Alexander String Quartet pairs Schubert and Haydn with a newly written work. Commissioned by the Boise Chamber Music Society for the ASQ, Tarik O’Regan’s Gradual (2016) is a reflection of the “perpetually shifting and evolving landscape… the unique geographical phenomena of Idaho.” Also on the program is Haydn’s “Rider” String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, No. 3, and Schubert’s String Quintet in C major, D. 965 with guest cellist Jay Campbell.
Friday, November 18 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25, $30 alumni, $25 staff, $15 students
Baruch Performing Arts Center, Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

KANON POKAJANEN | ARVO PÄRT
Westminster Williamson Voices of Westminster Choir College perform Arvo Pärt’s Kanon Pokajanen (Canon of Repentance) in the contemplative setting of The Temple of Dendur.
Saturday, November 19 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $75
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY

ASCENSION | WILDUP
wildUp’s second of three concerts at National Sawdust includes music by Machaut, Ray Charles, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, J.S. Bach, new work of Ted Hearne and others.
Saturday, November 19 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

LA PASSION DE SIMONE | KAIJA SAARIAHO
Mannes School of Music presents two staged performances of Saariaho’s cornerstone oratorio La Passion de Simone. This musical path in 15 stations is a major work crafted by composer Kaija Saariaho and writer Amin Maalouf, a contemporary Passion play on the “luminous trajectory” of philosopher and activist Simone Weil, who devoted her life to the oppressed and met an untimely death in 1943.
Saturday, November 19 & 20at 7:00 PM
Tickets $35
The Gerald W Lynch Theatre, 524 West 59th Street, New York, NY

YOU OF ALL THINGS | JODIE LANDAU
wildUp’s third of three concerts at National Sawdust features the East Coast premiere of Jodie Landau’s you of all things, which was released on the Bedroom Community label and premiered live in Los Angeles in October 2015.
Saturday, November 19 at 10:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

RAMIN ARJOMAND: REINTERPRETATIONS
Ramin Arjomand’s Reinterpretations series continues at Spectrum.
Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

EAVESDROPPING: (H)ARTDRIVE
Guy Barash’s Eavesdropping series features Nadav Lev and Giacomo Baldelli’s new electric guitar duo, (h)artDrive.
Sunday, November 20 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

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