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Classical Music in New York City This Week - January 7-January 14

January 7, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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From the New York Philharmonic to churches and smaller concert halls, you'll find the best of New York's classical music in City Guide's calendar. When it comes to acoustics, famous destinations like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center are world-class attractions and we've got every upcoming performance listed in our system.

Choral Evensong - The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine
January 07, 2018 - Upper West Side

Choral evening prayer in the tradition of the great Cathedrals of the Anglican Communion. Preces and Responses, Anthems, and Canticles sung by the renowned Cathedral Choir.

Classical Sundays: Pianist Huizi Zhang - National Sawdust
January 07, 2018 - Brooklyn

National Sawdust's Classical Sundays series presents renowned pianist Huizi Zhang to explore the evolution of piano composition and virtuosic performance. The program will include selections from the dense melodic webs of Ligeti in addition to world premieres from a diverse pool of contemporary composers. This program explores the evolution of piano composition and performance, as it continues to be reinvented at the turn of the century. Additionally, Zhang will be joined by violinist Holly Nelson as guest artist, exploring repertoire for violin and piano. Composers to be performed include Michael Levinas, Patrick Thompson, Gu Wei, and Fabian Beltran. Banner Photo Credit: Stephen Shooster — http://www.shoosty.com/

Christopher North, bass - 92Y
January 07, 2018 - New York

Christopher North, bassist and 92Y School of Music string faculty member, presents a recital in the Warburg Lounge as part of the Faculty Concert Series.

Entertaining Science: Fourier and Frequencies, Music and Noise - The Cornelia Street Cafe
January 07, 2018 - New York

The modern world would be entirely different without the contributions of French Revolutionary physicist/mathematician Joseph Fourier. Matthew Herman, mathematician and musician, will take us on a journey of Fourier's impact on art and science. Music and MRI, harmony and Hedy Lamarr, analysis of the genome, USA spying on the Soviet Union, and more! Music! Matt, along with cosmologist and author of the critically acclaimed The Jazz of Physics, Stephon Alexander and Grammy-nominated bassist Melvin Gibbs will demonstrate Fourier's thesis with drums, saxophone, and bass guitar. Drums, in particular, pose challenges that are fundamentally different from melodic instruments; how are emotion, groove, and musical expression evoked from these noise-like devices? Some great music will come our way.

Davy Lazar Quintet - The Cornelia Street Cafe
January 07, 2018 - New York

Davy Lazar's catalog of new quartet music, Birds of Augury, is a constantly evolving series of compositions modeled after scenes in a surrealist narrative he is writing to mirror emotional landmarks in his life. Utilizing a chordless instrumentation is vital to the harmonically orbital, guttural nature of this project. Pulling and molding from influences such as Bartok, Mingus, Ligeti, Feldman, and Roscoe Mitchell, Lazar aims to create a boundary-less totality of his voice as a composer and improviser. Textural explosions, chorale-like moments of solace, soaring melodies, powerful rhythmic hocketing & exploratory noise all comprise the mysterious and spacious sonic zone throughout "Birds of Augury"

New York Philharmonic: Contact - National Sawdust
January 08, 2018 - Brooklyn

CONTACT! returns to National Sawdust — "the sort of place that makes a new-music aficionado want to bring a sleeping bag and move in for a few weeks" (New York magazine) — for another season of "must-hear adventures" (The New York Times).

New York Philharmonic Presents Contact! - National Sawdust
January 08, 2018 - Brooklyn

CONTACT! returns to National Sawdust — "the sort of place that makes a new-music aficionado want to bring a sleeping bag and move in for a few weeks" (New York magazine) — for another season of "must-hear adventures" (The New York Times).

Great Organ: Midday Monday - The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine
January 08, 2018 - New York

Cathedral organists provide a 30-minute break for mind, body and spirit on Mondays at 1 pm with an entertaining and informative demonstration of the Cathedral's unparalleled Great Organ.

Mozart and Tchaikovsky - Lincoln Center
January 09, 2018 - Manhattan

Tchaikovsky called Mozart the greatest of all composers, and this concert is an audience-pleasing convergence of the two. Jeffrey Kahane is both conductor and soloist in Mozart's graceful 17th Piano Concerto, and cello virtuoso Alisa Weilerstein joins the Philharmonic for Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, a kind of tribute to Mozart that extends from ravishing to rhapsodic to bravura.

Chamberfest 2018 - Paul Hall
January 09, 2018 - New York

Voxecstatic: Kari Van Der Kloot Quintet - The Cornelia Street Cafe
January 09, 2018 - New York

Canadian vocalist and composer Kari van der Kloot has a unique vocal sound that has been described as "ethereal" and "bell-like". Her thoughtful compositions and arrangements show an intensely personal commitment to the lyrics and music: every word is felt deeply and honestly, and the music is intricate while leaving room for each band member to express themselves. Kari has performed throughout the United States, Canada and South Korea.

The Commons Choir : mayday heyday parfait - Rubin Museum
January 10, 2018 - New York

As we celebrate the closing of The World Is Sound, the Rubin asks: What does humanity sound like? The Commons Choir offers an answer with Mayday Heyday Parfait, a performance that sets humanity's troubles and highest aspirations to song, dance, and poetry, discovering the human capacity for empathy across difference. Led by choreographer Daria Faïn and poet Robert Kocik, the large ensemble weaves an intricate narrative of individual stories through complex musical harmonies and highly personal movement, from the mayday of distress to the heyday of success, creating an irresistible, multilayered parfait of the complexities of the shared human experience. About the Performers The Commons Choir, a core and variable cast of roughly 30 singers, actors, composers, and people, is the performative aspect of the Prosodic Body, a new field of research founded by Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik, which explores language as sound, embodiment, and utmost expression. Tone, intention, rhythm, gesture, the tacit, hesitation, interaction, evocation, and even cosmogenesis are all acts of prosody. The Prosodic Body is a practice that manifests in various areas: principally performance, architecture,... (read more)

Wednesdays at One: Chamberfest 2018 - Alice Tully Hall
January 10, 2018 - New York

Happy Hour Karaoke with Matt Hartman - Sid Gold's Request Room
January 11, 2018 - New York

Matt grew up listening to Ben Folds, Elton John, and Billy Joel. When he's not playing at Sid Gold's, you can find him playing on the Internet.

Lisa Hilton & Friends - Carnegie Hall
January 11, 2018 - New York

Composer and pianist Lisa K. Hilton debuts new compositions from her 20th release, ESCAPISM. Hilton and her band perform the pianist's original compositions inspired by American composers, including Miles Davis, Count Basie, and Horace Silver. Ms. Hilton's expressive and impressionistic compositions explore the soundscape of jazz and blues alongside classical and modernist ideas. ESCAPISM is the result of Hilton's artistic explorations, attempting to savor uplifting moments and beauty in music.

'Overlord': A Music Theater Work by Yu Bin and Ensemble (Show 2) - Asia Society
January 11, 2018 - New York

Asia Society and the China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF) come together again for the annual showcase presenting emerging talent from RAW (Rising Artists Works), a platform developed by CSIAF to present new ideas and bright young artists from across China.Overlord, a performance by the Yu Bin Ensemble, is a music-focused, interdisciplinary performance created by the pipa (traditional Chinese 4-stringed lute) player Yu Bin, who will be joined by an ensemble of some of the most talented young musicians in China, playing both Chinese and western instruments. Overlord is inspired by two traditional Chinese pipa masterpieces: Ambush on All Sides and King Doffs His Armor. Overlord is based on historical facts, portraying the Chinese warlord Xiang Yu, using music to explore his inner world at different moments in his life. Unlike other film and traditional Chinese opera adaptations, Overlord avoids focusing on the retelling the story, and instead attempts to find the humanity inside this complex figure — who has often been portrayed as a ruthless leader, a notorious killer and a gruesome enemy — and explore the emotional connection he had to humanity as he led the rebel forc... (read more)

Live Piano Karaoke with Joe Mcginty - Sid Gold's Request Room
January 11, 2018 - New York

Joe McGinty was the keyboardist for the Psychedelic Furs from 1987 until 1992. He is also the founder and music director of Loser's Lounge, an NYC tribute series that has played to sold out crowds in NYC for over 20 years. He has worked with The Ramones, Ronnie Spector, Nada Surf and many others. TV and film credits include "One More Time" with Christopher Walken, "Bored To Death" and "Last Chance Harvey" Interests include pinball, roller coasters and vinyl records.

Farah Siraj - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
January 12, 2018 - New York

Named Jordan's "Musical Ambassadress", jordanian virtuoso Farah Siraj balances a career that spans the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Farah has performed at some of the world's most prestigious platforms, including the United Nations, Nobel Prize Hall, the World Economic Forum, MTV, Coke Studio, the TV show Good Morning Live in the USA, MBC TV in the Middle East and the Antena de Oro Awards of Spain. To this date, Farah has toured the Middle East, Europe, India, SouthAmerica and the United States, spreading the message of peace and unity through her music. Farah will be performing repertoire from her "vivacious Arabian Flamenco Jazz" style (Rolling Stone Magazine). On stage Farah will be accompanied by her ethnically diverse band,with musicians from the Middle East, Europe, the United States and South America. The concert will include music from all four regions as well as original material that fuses these influences.

Live Piano Karaoke with Joe Mcginty - Sid Gold's Request Room
January 12, 2018 - New York

Joe McGinty was the keyboardist for the Psychedelic Furs from 1987 until 1992. He is also the founder and music director of Loser's Lounge, an NYC tribute series that has played to sold out crowds in NYC for over 20 years. He has worked with The Ramones, Ronnie Spector, Nada Surf and many others. TV and film credits include "One More Time" with Christopher Walken, "Bored To Death" and "Last Chance Harvey" Interests include pinball, roller coasters and vinyl records.

Chartreuse String Trio: By the Water - Bloomingdale School of Music
January 12, 2018 - New York

String trio Chartreuse, featuring BSM violin/viola faculty member Carrie Frey, explores music about water and life by women composers including Kaija Saariaho and Pauline Oliveros.

IMPACT Young Artists Competition Silver Winners Concert - Carnegie Hall
January 13, 2018 - New York

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy - Carnegie Hall
January 13, 2018 - New York

Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY brings its concert production to the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. With composer Nobuo Uematsu in attendance, the Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dessoff Choirs under the direction of Grammy Award-winner Arnie Roth celebrate the 30th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY. The evening features exclusive HD video presentations from Square Enix alongside classic scores and new premieres.

IMPACT Young Artists Competition Gold Winners Concert - Carnegie Hall
January 13, 2018 - New York

Anne Hutchinson: A New Play - Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site
January 13, 2018 - New York

Enjoy a performance by Tutti Bravi Productions of an original, multi act musical, dramatic play exploring the odyssey of Anne Hutchinson, the Puritan rebel exile, who lived near St. Paul's Church in the 1640s.

The Music of Billy Joel: Cold Spring Harbor - BB King Blues Club & Grill
January 13, 2018 - New York

The Cold Spring Harbor Band is headed up by lead vocalist/pianist: Pat Farrell a six time Grammy contender and voting member of NARAS (Grammy Awards). Pat recorded his solo album "I GOT NO PLACE TO BE" with Billy Joel Band members, Richie Cannata (saxophone), Mark Wood (violin), Ozzie Melendez (trombone) and Barry Danielian (trumpet). Members include: Tom Staab - Lead Guitar; Steve Siracusa- Lead Guitar; Paul Tuthill - Alto/Baritone Saxophone, Percussion and Backing Vocals; Nick Cangemi - Drums and Percussion; Peter Salvato - Bass and Backing Vocals; Robert Goebel - Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion and Backing Vocals.

The Universal Drum - Dixon Place
January 13, 2018 - New York

SIGN & SING and Dixon Place present The Universal Drum: A Dramatic Visual Poem in ASL, English, & Percussion. The Universal Drum is an experimental work in development that explores the harmony of Deaf and Hearing worlds through drums. This piece integrates new music, drama, and American Sign Language (ASL) poetry that can be experienced by Deaf and Hearing audiences alike. Commissioned by SIGN & SING, the work was first written by Willy Conley, translated by Gallaudet University students, and set to music by Brad Balliett for SIGN & SING’s ensemble of singers, Deaf actors, and percussionists. SIGN & SING will enjoy featuring this work at Dixon Place, and engaging the audience with instruments of their own. Performers: Francesca Federico Dylan Greene Heather Jones Andrew Morrill Malik Paris Karl Ronneburg General Admission: $15 in advance $18 at the door Stu./Sen./idNYC: $12 SIGN & SING thanks and acknowledges Gallaudet University’s “Sign Language Translation” students for their ASL translation work: Lucia Cavalier, Gideon Firl, Jacinda Baldwin-Gomez, Carrie Suggs, Trent Harper, Chuck Kalu, Thandiwe Dunn, and Angela Reel. http://www.signandsing.org/ http... (read more)

Live Piano Karaoke with Leslie Goshko - Sid Gold's Request Room
January 13, 2018 - New York

Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post Comedy) is the host and creator of the monthly storytelling series, Sideshow Goshko, which has been hailed as a Time Out New York and New York Times "Critics' Pick", and also noted as "a well-programmed night" by the New York Times.Sideshow Goshkohas been featured on TruTV'sImpractical Jokers, NPR'sSnap Judgment, and inThe New Yorker. Her cabaret show "An Old-Fashioned Piano Party with Leslie Goshko" is heralded as a Time Out New York "Critic's Pick" and she served as the musical director for NY1 anchors Pat Kiernan and Jamie Stelter's live show at 92Y, "Pat and Jamie's NY." And thanks to the support of many Internet voters, she performed with the cast of Hairspray on Broadway.

Marshall Charloff & The Purple Xperience - Cutting Room
January 13, 2018 - New York

The most Authentic Tribute to Prince and The Revolution in the World. Marshall Charloff styles the magic of Prince in unmatched fashion with his appearance vocal imitation, and multi-instrumental capacity on guitar and piano. Come see for yourself why this show is the real deal!

Apollo Uptown Hall: 50 Years After MLK: A Dream Deferred - Apollo Theater
January 14, 2018 - Harlem

The '60s: The Years that Changed America festival kicks off at the Apollo Theater with the longstanding annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration from WNYC and the Apollo Theater, which features musical performances and brings together audiences from Harlem and around the city. The afternoon includes scholars, community leaders, and activists engaging in conversations that examine the future of social justice movements as we traverse the current social and political climate. The event also includes a performance by Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens.

Julian Gargiulo, Piano 'Getting to Carnegie Hall' Violin Competition Finals - Carnegie Hall
January 14, 2018 - New York

Steinway Artist, pianist, and composer Julian Gargiulo leads the 2018 "Getting to Carnegie Hall" Competition. Four violinists perform the world premiere of Mr. Gargiulo's new violin sonata, followed by a live audience vote for the winner.

Choral Evensong - The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine
January 14, 2018 - Upper West Side

Choral evening prayer in the tradition of the great Cathedrals of the Anglican Communion. Preces and Responses, Anthems, and Canticles sung by the renowned Cathedral Choir.

The Echo Drift - Baruch Performing Arts Center
Through January 20, 2018 - New York

“New York’s most dependably interesting source of new music theater…This vibrant festival becomes more central to the future of opera with every passing year.” — The New York Times Convicted murderer Walker Loats is trapped in a timeless prison. Unexpectedly befriended by a moth with an offer of a perceived way to freedom, Walker must choose between paying her dues or taking a shortcut that offers to rig the game in her favor. Oscillating between the confines of a tiny cell and an expansive visual world of animation, The Echo Drift unravels a cycle of deceit, temptation, seduction, and fantastical perception. Featuring a live chamber ensemble, electronics, and a six-channel surround sound system, this world premiere opera explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli and questions, when in extreme circumstances, is it possible to act in a way that goes against one’s nature?

Leonard Bernstein at 100 - Lincoln Center
Through March 24, 2018 - Bronx

Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebrates the centennial of America's greatest classical composer and conductor. Drawing from more than 150 photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture, and films, Leonard Bernstein at 100 marks the official exhibit of the centennial and is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bernstein's life and career ever staged in a museum setting. Items on display will include Bernstein's conductor baton; his first childhood piano; the desk used to compose West Side Story; handwritten score sheets for songs from West Side Story, including "America," "Tonight," and "Maria"; Bernstein's handwritten Harvard study notebook from 1939; and more. In addition to the objects and the multi-media presentations, the exhibit includes a number of interactive displays, designed to allow the museum visitor deep access into Bernstein's creative mind and music legacy. A listening bar will enable visitors to explore some of Bernstein's most noted works; and a vocal booth gives visitors the chance to sing lead in West Side Story. Another interactive breaks down the parts of a symphony for greater understanding of Bernstein's greatest orchestral w... (read more)

Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound - Lincoln Center
Through April 08, 2018 - Bronx

Arturo Toscanini (1867 - 1957) remains among the most revered figures in classical music, due in large part to the dissemination of his work through hundreds of commercially produced recordings and wide-reaching radio broadcasts, which helped to define and perpetuate his cultural significance during the second half of his meteoric career. This exhibition explores the iconoclastic yet beloved conductor's legacy through the very medium in which he worked: sound. With a particular focus on his 17-year career with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound draws foremost upon the Toscanini Legacy collection of sound recordings, the single largest collection held by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The over 43,000 items represent the full array of audio formats in use during Toscanini's lifetime, including lacquer, shellac, and vinyl discs, tape reels, cylinders, and wire recordings as well as the more obscure selenophone recordings and the metal parts used in the production of 78 rpms discs. As one of the world's leading sound archives, the Library for the Performing Arts will plac... (read more)

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