From The New York Times.
CONTACT! at National Sawdust (Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m.). The New York Philharmonic’s new music series, saved from the chopping block last season, always offers valuable helpings of contemporary works for chamber forces and small ensembles. This program is a particularly timely one amid widespread and justified outrage about gender inequity. It focuses on a fine set of female composers: Du Yun, Ashley Fure, Fernanda Aoki Navarro, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.
‘ACQUANETTA’ at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center (Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m., through Jan. 14). Inspired by cult horror films, Michael Gordon’s one-act opera (with a libretto by Deborah Artman and directed by Daniel Fish) ends up a reflection on identity and acting. It is a highlight of this year’s Prototype festival of new music theater, which runs through Jan. 20 at a variety of locations and includes a characteristically bold and broad range of styles.
ROOMFUL OF TEETH at Zankel Hall (Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m.). This intrepid vocal ensemble, whose repertoire of clicks, hisses, yodels and pitch-bends borrows from styles that span the globe, includes here the shining, endlessly resourceful work that has become its standard, its “Born to Run” or “Let It Be”: “Partita for Eight Voices,” which won Caroline Shaw, a group member, the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013. The program is rounded out by premieres of pieces by two young artists from the jazz tradition: the trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and the pianist Tigran Hamasyan.