Tag Archives: classical music

The Soprano Barbara Hannigan on Girl Craziness and ‘Lulu’

Source: New York Times » Music

An interview with the singer, who will perform at the Park Avenue Armory this week, about how “Lulu” has influenced her latest album and her career.

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Lincoln Center to End Its Namesake Summer Festival

Source: New York Times » Music

Jane Moss, who revived the center’s Mostly Mozart festival, will take control of all summer programming with the demise of the Lincoln Center Festival.

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Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for November and December 2017

Source: New York Music Daily

Dozens of listings coming momentarily for venues who wait til the eleventh hour to update their calendars!

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

Constant updates. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked ...

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Hear 9 New Psalm Settings for Challenging Times

Source: New York Times » Music

Listen to pieces written by Nico Muhly, David Lang and more for the Psalms Experience, which runs through Nov. 11 at Lincoln Center.

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My Favorite Page: Contemplating a Mystically Charged Two-Hour Piano Epic

Source: New York Times » Music

Steven Osborne, a pianist acclaimed for his Messiaen, discusses “Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus,” which he will play on Tuesday at Lincoln Center.

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The Greenwich Village Orchestra Salute a Beloved, Tireless Champion of Classical Music in This City

Source: New York Music Daily

Beethoven was just about to dedicate his Third Symphony to Napoleon, but then Napoleon got too big for his britches, crowned himself emperor…and missed his chance to have a Beethoven symphony named in his honor. Last night at the Greenwich Village Orchestra’s sold-out performance in the Lincoln Center complex, conductor Barbara Yahr dismissed the speculation of what unnamed “great man” the composer actually dedicated the mighty piece to after Napoleon went over to the dark side. “I’ve decided that it’s for the greatness in every one of us,” Yahr intimated, and with that, dedicated this concert to the orchestra’s ...

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Your Week in Culture: Kendrick Lamar, Leonard Bernstein and Crime Scene Dioramas

Source: New York Times » Music

Also the week of Oct. 22: Wooster Group channels voices from prison, Benjamin Millepied dances about architecture, and the Bernstein centennial celebration starts early.

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Hear the Martha Argerich Recordings That Inspired 8 Young Pianists

Source: New York Times » Music

Daniil Trifonov, Khatia Buniatishvili and more talented pianists (and one harpsichordist) share their favorite albums by the great Argentine musician.

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Colin Stetson Hauntingly Reinvents an Iconic Eulogy For the Victims of Genocide

Source: New York Music Daily

What’s more Halloweenish than the arguably most evil event in human history? Friday night at the World Financial Center, saxophonist Colin Stetson led a twelve-piece jazz orchestra through his inventive, intensely immersive original arrangement of Henryk Gorecki’s third Symphony, better known as the “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.” The Polish composer dedicated it to victims of the Holocaust and World War II; the 1992 recording by the London Sinfonietta with soprano Dawn Upshaw remains one of the very last classical recordings to sell a million copies worldwide.

Stetson pointedly remarked before the show that he’d remained true Gorecki’s original melodies, beyond ...

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As Geffen Hall’s Renovation Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

Source: New York Times » Music

Reopening after a $143 million renovation, which removed a thousand seats, Cincinnati’s stately Music Hall offers a model for Lincoln Center.

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Who’s Afraid of ‘Goldberg Variations’? Not This Choreographer.

Source: New York Times » Music

The music may be intimidating, but Pam Tanowitz, collaborating with the pianist Simone Dinnerstein, found freedom in its formal structure.

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Your Week in Culture: Jay-Z, Eugene O’Neill and ‘Princess Bride’ in Theaters Nationwide

Source: New York Times » Music

Also the week of Oct. 15: Monteverdi’s groundbreaking “Orfeo” in Manhattan, and Mona Hatoum’s sly sculptures in Houston.

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Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the New York Philharmonic Think Outside the Box

Source: New York Music Daily

It’s almost twenty years to the day that virtuoso Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes made his debut with the New York Philharmonic. In another stroke of fate, he was playing a Rachmaninoff concerto, with a Scandinavian conductor on the podium, just as he will during his first stand as artist-in-residence with the orchestra, which starts tonight at 7:30 PM, featuring Rachmaninoff’s relatively rarely programmed Piano Concerto No. 4 and Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony.

In conversation with the Philharmonic’s Isaac Thompson at Lincoln Center last night, Andsnes revealed that he’s played New York more than any other city in the ...

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Revisiting One of the Most Haunting String Quartets of Recent Years

Source: New York Music Daily

One of the most sepulchral and chilling albums of recent years is the Blair String Quartet’s 2014 recording of Michael Hersch’s Images From a Closed Ward. Hersch takes his inspiration from Michael Mazur’s 1960s series of etchings of patients grimacing, contorted, sometimes catatonic patients in a Rhode Island mental institution, lost in perpetuity in their own worlds. In a particularly tragic footnote, just when Hersch had finished his own sketches for this work and reached out to his old artist pal, Mazur died. So there’s a doubly elegaic quality to this music.

It’s very slow and ghostly ...

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Hear the Music Behind Dan Brown’s Latest Novel

Source: New York Times » Music

The author’s idea for “Origin” began with hearing his brother, Gregory Brown, blend sacred music and science in a Darwin-inspired mass.

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The Momenta Quartet’s Marathon Week Just Won’t Stop

Source: New York Music Daily

If you’re regretting that you missed the Momenta Quartet’s marathon four-day festival that wound up last night, wait – there’s more! The indomitable string quartet are playing an all-Ursula Mamlok program to accompany Miro Magloire’s New Chamber Ballet performing Stray Bird, a tribute to the pioneering 20th century composer, tonight, Oct 5 and tomorrow night, Oct 6 at 7 PM. It’s happening at the German Academy New York, 1014 5h Ave. (between 82nd & 83rd Sts), and if’s free; an rsvp would be a good idea.

This year’s third annual Momenta Festival started on Sunday night at a classy ...

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Clint Mansell’s Loving Vincent Soundtrack: A Darkly Familiar Masterpiece

Source: New York Music Daily

Is the soundtrack to a film which deals with madness Halloweenish enough for you? If so, check out Clint Mansell’s soundtrack to Loving Vincent, streaming at Spotify. Mansell has a long resume writing eclectic and frequently brooding scores for all sorts of films, but it’s horror that he really excels at. This isn’t a horror film per se, but it is relentlessly dark, and Mansell runs with that all the way to an ending  we can all see coming a mile away. Or can we?

The opening theme has a bell-like pulse, played on the piano: does this ...

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This Year’s Momenta Festival, Installment Three: Fun Night!

Source: New York Music Daily

Even by the rigorous standards of the string quartet world, the Momenta Quartet have to assimilate an enormous amount of material for their annual Manhattan festival. Never mind the kind of stylistic leaps and bounds that would drive most other groups to distraction. This year’s festivities conclude tonight with a free concert at 7 at West Park Church at 86th and Amsterdam put together by violinist Alex Shiozaki. The centerpiece is Per Norgard’s mesmerizingly dark String Quartet No. 8, and reportedly there will be free beer. But the music will be better than the beer. What’s better than free ...

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David Geffen Criticizes ‘Shameful’ Lack of Support for Concert Hall

Source: New York Times » Music

Mr. Geffen lamented the downsizing of the $500 million David Geffen Hall project at Lincoln Center. “New York should have the best of everything,” he said.

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A Stunning, Harrowing, Relevant Night at This Year’s Momenta Festival

Source: New York Music Daily

Who says music for string quartet isn’t as relevant in the here and now as, say, hip-hop? Who says classically trained professional musicians can’t improvise with the best of them? Could there be a better concert for Halloween month than a program of works written in opposition to tyrants?

Yesterday evening’s second installment of this year’s Momenta Festival answered those questions decisively.

The Momenta Quartet stages this annual festival at venues across New York. Over the past three years it’s come to be one of the most amazingly eclectic, never mind herculean, feats attempted by any chamber ensemble in this ...

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