Classical Music in NYC 

Source: The New York Times.

BANG ON A CAN at the Museum of Modern Art (May 23-24, 7 p.m.). As part of MoMA’s continuing Robert Rauschenberg’s exhibition, Bang on a Can will explore avant-garde composers related to that artist and more. Tuesday’s concert includes music by Christian Wolff, Christian Marclay, Bryce Dessner, Anna Clyne and Morton Feldman; Wednesday’s, directed by Todd Reynolds, dwells on Rauschenberg’s work with John Cage and David Tudor, and includes a performance of Cage’s beguiling “Atlas Eclipticalis.”

LOOK & LISTEN FESTIVAL at BRIC House (May 19, 8 p.m.). Pairing new music with new art, this free festival has three concerts this year, and perhaps the most interesting is the second, on Friday. Hosted by Lara Pellegrinelli, it includes So Percussion playing Paul Lansky’s “Springs,” Yarn/Wire in Zibuokle Martinaityte’s “Unique forms of continuity in space,” and both sets of percussionists in parts of Michael Gordon’s “Timber.” There’s also work by Jen Shyu and Nina C. Young, with Ensemble Échappé. (The last concert is on Sunday afternoon at the Studio Museum in Harlem).

NOVUS NY at Trinity Wall Street (May 19-20, 8 p.m.). Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 5 is music of Mahlerian scale, a 100-minute work requiring five solo singers, a choir and a children’s chorus. Mr. Glass doesn’t stint on philosophical ambition in the piece, either, its 12 movements aiming high with titles like “Joy and Love,” “Judgment and Apocalypse,” and “Evil and Ignorance.” Julian Wachner conducts Trinity’s new-music ensemble, with arrayed voices. If you’re feeling brave, the performances are free.