Classical Music in NYC This Week

Tyondai Braxton at the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Source: The New York Times.

ALARM WILL SOUND at Merkin Concert Hall (May 13, 8:30 p.m.). Alarm Will Sound is one of those ensembles that you simply trust to have put together an interesting and fulfilling concert, whatever it is they are playing. This one, part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, is made up entirely of New York premieres and includes music by Valgeir Sigurdsson, Brian Reitzell, Tyondai Braxton, Matt Rogers and Chris Thompson.

THE CROSSING at St. Michael’s Church (May 12, 7:30 p.m.). “Canticles of the Holy Wind” is one of two major works that this committed contemporary-music choir from Philadelphia has commissioned from John Luther Adams, a composer uncommonly concerned with the relationships between music, nature and humanity. This performance, celebrating a worthy new recording to be released on Cantaloupe Music in June, is part of an Adams series sponsored by Symphony Space. Another notable attraction will be Alarm Will Sound giving the New York premiere of “Ten Thousand Birds,” in Morningside Park at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

‘NEW MUSIC, THEN AND NOW’ at the New School (May 14, 2 p.m.). The affordable Schneider Concerts remain a solid deal for more intrepid classical music lovers, and this is a particularly intriguing program. On the first half, the inimitable soprano Tony Arnold sings in two works, Luciano Berio’s “Circles” and Matthew Ricketts’s “Song Cycle.” On the second, the excellent Calidore String Quartet plays Caroline Shaw’s “First Essay: Nimrod” and the premiere of Hannah Lash’s “How to Remember Seeds.”

NOVUS NY at St. Paul’s Chapel (May 18, 1 p.m.). If your John Luther Adams cravings are not fulfilled by the Crossing’s concert on Friday and Alarm Will Sound’s on Sunday, here’s a free lunchtime opportunity to hear “Become Ocean,” his symphonic masterpiece of tone painting, compositional process and ecological awareness, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014. Alongside it, Julian Wachner conducts a premiere from Jessica Meyer and Luna Pearl Woolf’s “After the Wave.”