Classical Music in NYC This Week

English: (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Source: The New York Times.

HERE AND NOW SERIES LABOR DAY FESTIVAL at Bargemusic (Aug. 30 and Sept. 1-2, 8 p.m.). Credit to Bargemusic for taking a stand, at last, with the latest iteration of its new-music series: All three of these programs, for the most part the same but all slightly different, are made up wholly of work by female composers. World premieres come from Dalit Warshaw, Missy Mazzoli, Alexandra du Bois, Miya Masaoka, Milica Paranosic, Gity Razaz, Whitney George, Nina C. Young and Paula Matthusen; additional works are by names including Laura Kaminsky and Paola Prestini. And the players are all women, too, Ursula Oppens, Jennifer Choi and Kathleen Supové among them.

TAKA KIGAWA at Le Poisson Rouge (Aug. 28, 7 p.m.). You can rely on Mr. Kigawa for programs that step beyond the ordinary repertoire of most pianists, and here is another one: a performance of Olivier Messiaen’s “Catalogue d’Oiseaux.” Written in the late 1950s for Yvonne Loriod, a former student of Messiaen’s whom he went on to marryand who was a crucial pianist for postwar composers, it’s a series of portraits of birds and their surroundings, 13 in all, stretching well over two hours of playing. To experience it all, in one sitting, is a rare sighting indeed.

LOCRIAN CHAMBER PLAYERS at Riverside Church (Aug. 25, 8 p.m.). Among the New York contemporary music scene’s best-kept secrets, this group continues its mission to present music from the last 10 years or so, in the unusual setting of a church tower in Morningside Heights. On the bill this time are pieces by John Luther Adams, Adrienne Albert, Aaron Alter, Caroline Mallonée, Andrew Lovett and David Macdonald.