Classical Music in New York

The New Yorker previews some upcoming shows:


Under the leadership of the violinist Mark Peskanov, the floating chamber-music series has gone in for new music in a big way. The brash young Fireworks Ensemble (featuring the guitarist Oren Fader and the flutist Elizabeth Janzen) takes the stage for four concerts, with Peskanov and the composer-pianist David Del Tredici as guests. Sept. 2 and Sept. 4 at 8: Del Tredici performs the world première of “Mandango Suite,” in a program that features new and recent pieces by such composers as David Shohl, Elizabeth Adams, Charles Wuorinen (Sept. 2 only), and Frederic Rzewski (“Les Moutons de Panurge,” which closes each of the four concerts). | Sept. 5 at 8 and Sept. 6 at 3: Largely the same program, with the addition of the world première of another Bargemusic commission, Russell Platt’s Duo for Violin and Cello (with Colin and Eric Jacobsen of Brooklyn Rider). (Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn. 718-624-2083. For program details, see


Sept. 8 at 7:30: Christopher O’Riley’s NPR program “From the Top” has given valuable exposure to many outstanding young classical musicians. One of them, the violinist Caroline Goulding, is about to go pro, with a self-titled album on the Telarc label. Her New York recital début (with O’Riley at the piano) features works by Gershwin, Kreisler, and Corigliano, the first of two Tuesday concerts at the cutting-edge downtown performance space; two more “From the Top” stars, the pianist Ji-Yong and the composer-pianist Stephen Feigenbaum, are her guests. | Sept. 8 at 9:30: The Amsterdam Cello Octet—the only full-time combo of its kind—makes its New York début, offering a diverting mix of U.S. and European minimalist and avant-garde music—most of it new to New York—by Arvo Pärt, Terry Riley, Krzyztof Penderecki, Olga Hans, and Cristóbal Halffter. (158 Bleecker St.

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Université de Liège Honor Musicians and Composers

The Université de Liège will be bestowing honorary doctorates on a number of musicians:

During the ceremony marking the beginning of the 2009-2010 academic year to be held on Thursday September 17, the University of liège will honour and confer its insignias of Doctor honoris causa upon the following seven musicians and composers of international renown:

* Dick Annegarn
* Anthony Braxton
* Arvo Pärt
* Henri Pousseur (posthumously)
* Frederic Rzewski
* Archie Shepp
* Robert Wyatt

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This Weekend at the Issue Project Room

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

06/05 @ 8pm – Matthew Welch and Daniel Wohl: Composer Portraits by Transit
Ulrikke for cello and percussion (2008)—Matthew Welch Big Hands (2009)—Daniel Wohl The Secret Labyrinth of Ts’ui Pen (2008)—Matthew Welch Suite Primaire (2008)–Daniel Wohl Symphony of Drones #2 (2002)–Matthew Welch Plus ou Moins (2007) for Bass Clarinet, Cello, Piano, percussion and electronics — Daniel Wohl The music of Matthew Welch (b.1976) stems from a remarkably multi-faceted foundation. Matthew holds two university degrees […]

06/07 @ 7pm – Ne(x)tworks
7pm – Fredric Rzewski’s Les Mouton de Panurge A rare complete reading of this seminal work from 1969 that audaciously combines pure Minimalist additive/subtractive technique with bold inderterminacy. 9pm – Music for and by Ne(x)tworks Michael Schumacher – isorhythmic variations Anthony Coleman – Seven at the Golden Shovel Joan La Barbara – Scatter Kenji Bunch – selections from Woman in the Dunes Miguel Frasconi – new work Ne(x)tworks is […

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Monday Evening Concerts – American Originals

Monday Evening Concerts features American Originals on January 12.

Monday, January 12, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School

American Originals
Morton Feldman The Viola in My Life II
Alvin Curran Schtyx L.A. premiere
Frederic Rzewski 96 L.A. premiere
Frederic Rzewski Pocket Symphony L.A. premiere

Donald Crockett, conductor
Vicki Ray, piano
David Johnson, percussion
Movses Pogossian, violin
Sarah Thornblade, violin
Kazi Pitelka, viola
Roger Lebow, cello
Phil O’Connor, clarinet
Gary Woodward, flute

“Schtyx are charts, bones, professions, shades, numbers, glues, hypes, acts, devils, organgrindings, wood implements, jugglers, chance operations, performance art, the Yiddish underground,” writes composer Alvin Curran. His wonderfully irreverent and lyrical music blends an array of compositional practices into a singular musical language. Two recent chamber works by Curran’s longtime friend Frederic Rzewski—a 4-minute canon dedicated to Elliott Carter, and the witty and improvisatory Pocket Symphony—share the program with Feldman’s hypnotic The Viola in My Life II.

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Creative Music Studio Yields a Trove of Tapes

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An article discusses a proejct to restore hundreds of hours of archival recordings.

The constant musical activity at the studio, in workshops and concerts, yielded about 400 hours of tapes: startling performances by Don Cherry, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Lee Konitz, Frederic Rzewski, Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Lacy, Abdullah Ibrahim, Carla Bley, Ed Blackwell and many others.

If the studio is to get its historical due, the tapes will lead the way. Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, the husband and wife who founded the school, have recently started restoring and remastering the recordings, a task expected to cost about $120,000. A benefit concert on Friday at Symphony Space will raise money toward that end, gathering friends, supporters and former associates of the school, including Mr. Braxton, John Zorn and Steven Bernstein. (Information and tickets are at

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