Classical Music Geek: The CMG Live performance Calendar: March 2022


A screencap from the digital rework of Metal Hammer

February was a month of some nice exhibits, some mediocre exhibits, and lots of exhibits that have been simply…superb. I am nonetheless reeling from an eight-show-in-seven-day week the place a lot of the concert events fell into that final camp, I’ll must rethink my technique — I’ve at all times had hassle balancing amount and high quality. This month, I’ll be slightly extra prudent about my nights off, and possibly that may let me get my April calendar on-line a number of days earlier…


February 28, March 3, 6mat, 10, 13mat, 18, 22, 26mat | Met Opera Home | $30 and up

These subsequent few years are the time to refine my opera tastes — embarrassingly, I nonetheless have not made it by a lot of the canon, just because I’ll by no means decide to see Traviata on an evening when, say, Worldwide Modern Ensemble is enjoying down the road. However the Met has exhibits six nights per week, and now could be the time for an open thoughts. I could not fairly speak myself into making an attempt the six-hour Meistersinger earlier this season, (which I remorse having skipped now that I’ve seen soprano Lise Davidsen in motion, see Ariadne beneath), however 4 and a half hours of attention-grabbing French Verdi with what seems like a star forged looks as if a great way to spend a night.

March 1, 5mat, 8, 12mat, 17 | Met Opera Home | $30 and up

I acquired to see this on opening evening. Run, do not stroll. Simply the most effective issues I’ve ever seen on the Met. I might pay one other $30 simply to listen to Lise Davidsen sing the opening sequence of Act II over once more — and I very properly would possibly, particularly contemplating somebody’s telephone chime went off each 5 minutes by your entire 85-minute act. (The remainder of the forged sounded good too, though with such a small orchestra, for those who’re getting coated up, it is most likely your fault…) Ariadne is a comedy at its coronary heart, however the opera-within-an-opera format permits for these lengthy, drawn-out sections of almost-plotless meander the place you possibly can simply lose your self within the music. Throughout a kind of chunks, take a couple of minutes to admire Strauss’s orchestration — that orchestra of 30 is way larger than the sum of its components.

March 2, 5, 9, 12 | Met Opera Home | $30 and up

An oldie, a goodie. I’ve seen it twice and I keep in mind so little of it that I wish to see it once more. I imply, it is Puccini, the opera is not going to blow my thoughts. However I at all times love seeing married {couples} play star-crossed lovers on stage, so I will go see Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna if I’ve a serendipitous free night. And Željko Lučić isn’t dangerous.

March 25, 29 (into April) | Met Opera Home | $30 and up

I am not a Tchaikovsky fan, however I noticed Onegin throughout undergrad and I had enjoyable! This is not a Saturday evening headliner for me, however like, positive I will go see Onegin on a random Tuesday evening! Ailyn Pérez goes to be a improbable Tatiana, Ain Anger at all times stuns, and I am inquisitive about Igor Golovatenko, who’s enjoying Onegin. Piotr Beczała….no matter.


March 2-5 | The Stone at The New Faculty | $20 (money on the door)

My method by the huge world of jazz could be very, very sluggish. I begin with an artist I do know I like, hearken to a few their albums. Then I give attention to to one in every of their bandmates, chosen at random, and hearken to a few their albums. Rinse and repeat. It is like a snail’s sport of six-degrees. Drummer Tomas Fujiwara was my first-degree foray from guitarist Mary Halvorson, and I am form of hooked — not simply on them, but additionally on their bandmates: cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, violist Jessica Pavone (who I acquired to profile earlier this 12 months), the record goes on. I will be at The Stone on Friday 3/4, when Fujiwara celebrates his Triple Double ensemble’s (2x trumpet/cornet, guitar, drums) new album, and for his Thumbscrew trio with Halvorson and bassist Michael Formanek on Saturday 3/5.

EDIT: We acquired turned away on the door for Triple Double — apparently The Stone’s on-line signup is simply to get your contact tracing data into the system and would not depend as a reservation. Not my favourite system, however I might count on nothing else from an avant-garde jazz venue. Tonight, I present up half an hour early.

Half I: March 9, 10, 11, 12 | Alice Tully Corridor | $52 and up (restricted availability)

Half II: March 17, 18, 19, 20mat | Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Middle | $59 and up

I’ve an immense quantity of pleasure in my native arts scene, and a lot of the greatness that comes out of LA stems straight from Dudamel and the LA Phil. Now, he brings a few of his revolutionary programming to NYC. Premieres by Gabriela Ortiz and Andreia Pinto Correia unfold Dudamel’s Pan-American Music Initiative’s past Los Angeles, flanked on both aspect by Schumann’s 4 beautiful symphonies. I am on the waitlist for this collection, however I am praying to the live performance gods…

March 22-30 | Park Avenue Armory | $45

Michel van der Aa’s Add opened final fall at Dutch Nationwide Opera to unilaterally rave evaluations. The present exists someplace on the cusp of analog and digital, movie and reside. Normal rule of thumb: if Julia Bullock is in it, it is most likely going to be insanely cool — her programming ranks among the many classical world’s most imaginative. And Roderick Williams is a classical music superhero, I’d rush equally quick to see him in Bach as Brahms as Vaughan Williams as van der Aa.

March 25, 26mat&eve, 27mat | Neidorff-Karpati Corridor, Manhattan Faculty of Music | $30

I am not going to show down a Sunday within the Park. Particularly not one with $15 scholar tickets. The MSM opera I noticed a number of months in the past was fairly laughable, however I have been assured the musical theatre college students are higher actors…

March 29, 31 | St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (29), Trinity Wall Avenue (31) | $20 and up

I imply, it is a St. Matthew Ardour with NYC’s foremost baroque ensemble and choir. I can think about what it will sound like in my head — most of NYC’s skilled baroque ensembles share the identical pool of freelancers, so all of them sound considerably related. It will sound like a St. Matt ought to: dependable, tight, very fairly, and an effective way to spend a Tuesday or Thursday evening.


March 3 | Carnegie Corridor (Zankel) | $35 and up

One in every of my final papers of undergrad was a six-page profile of Julia Wolfe. The one caveat: we could not interview our topics. I spent hours and hours on that task, and now I really feel invested in her Carnegie Corridor residency. Metal Hammer facilities round divergent accounts of the John Henry folktale, and this explicit group of performers premiered a surprising digital rework of the piece by Berkeley’s Cal Performances final 12 months.

EDIT: This efficiency was SUPERHUMAN. Be sure you get to Anthracite Fields, Metal Hammer‘s Pulitzer-winning sequel-of-sorts, which Carnegie is placing up in Might.

March 10 | Carnegie Corridor (Weill) | $57 and up (however truly offered out)

You are not going to get tickets to this present. Hell, I am most likely not going to get tickets to this present — I am deep on the waitlist after saying for months that, if I did not act quick, I most likely would not get a ticket. Phrases to reside by, phrases to die by. However let this be your cue to hearken to the 2 fabulous albums of Jupiter, a baroque ensemble based by it-boy lutenist Thomas Dunford and his mates. Their Vivaldi album is maybe among the many most spirited takes on the often-dialed-in composer’s works, and their more moderen Amazone is stuffed with underheard French Baroque gems and moments that make you say “Aaaaahh…”


March 10 | Carnegie Corridor (Stern) | $15 and up

So then, the cardinal query: if not seeing Jupiter, the place will I be on March 10? In all chance, I will be just some flights upstairs, seeing MasterVoices. Anybody Can Whistle is one in every of Sondheim’s much less good musicals, however which means it comes round much less usually than the others — I might prefer to pounce on this chance to see it, even when solely in live performance(?). And the forged seems nice, from what little I learn about musical theatre casts. I can toss opera singers into dialog all day, each day, however ask me a single factor a couple of Broadway actor and my thoughts goes clean.

March 10 | Roulette Intermedium | $20 

A part of my consideration for March 10: the commute. Carnegie is half an hour from me, Roulette is double that. That is going to be a captivating live performance — Thomas Buckner was a detailed collaborator of Robert Ashley, who’s theatre-opera-poetry-performance artwork items are delightfully wacky. (I acquired to see his eL/Aficionado earlier this 12 months, learn my editor/companion’s response right here.) Right here, he is joined by synthesist Earl Howard, avant-garde violin duo String Noise, and others, for a program of recent works. If I lived in Brooklyn, I might be there. However generally, you simply have to think about how a lot your time is value.

March 13mat | Carnegie Corridor (Weill) | $54 and up

There’s not a complete lot to say right here. Mark Padmore is without doubt one of the nice gentle tenors of our time, excellent for Bach, early Lieder, and anything the place the tenor must float above reasonably than chopping by. Mitsuko Uchida, a titan pianist whose cautious contact matches that timbre completely. And a program of music I like — most notably, Schubert’s Schwanengesang, the tune not-cycle that so usually will get missed in favor of its programmatic counterparts.

March 15 | Carnegie Corridor (Stern) | $22.50 and up

Wozzeck is freaky. It is this bizarre psycho horror story — I will not wreck it, as a result of it performs so seamlessly with the music that you will wish to protect the shock. Bo Skovhus is well-renowned for his Wozzeck, however Goerke is comparatively new to the function; upon cursory search, it seems like this program’s October performances in Boston have been one in every of, if not her first run. However she’s simply an all-around badass, I am fairly positive it will be nice.

March 18 | Jalopy Theatre | $20 

No disgrace, I found these guys on TikTok, singing Corsican polyphony that I’ve dabbled in however by no means studied. They do folks music from all around the globe, though their web presence principally exhibits Corsican, Sardinian, and American traditions. This one’s a schlep — Carroll Gardens, 15min stroll from the F prepare — however it’s a Friday evening journey, and a much-needed change of tempo. For the document, I’d completely attend a Windborne workshop on Corsican polyphony….

March 26 | Merkin Corridor, Kaufman Middle | $25

Just a few years in the past, Anthony de Mare launched a three-plus hour album of residing composers’ solo-piano takes on Sondheim — everybody from Steve Reich to Nico Muhly to Wynton Marsalis to Tania León. I listened to a little bit of it, and it is maybe one of the crucial attention-grabbing albums I’ve come throughout this 12 months. As a result of Sondheim balances the weather of his music simply so (reductively: rhythm, concord, melody, and so forth.), each composer zeroes in on a special facet, every focus as legitimate because the final. Now, he is commissioned one other handful of composers for a brand new cycle. I wish to see it actually badly, however…

March 26 | St. Luke within the Fields | $35

…I promised a buddy I might go along with her to this. Just a few weeks in the past, one in every of my mates texted me: “It is nearly time for TeneSchütz!!” I knew precisely what she meant — TENET canceled a Schütz live performance (for which I had tickets) on March 20, 2020, and that is the alternative. Mentioned buddy and I have been alleged to go collectively in 2020 as properly. That is the primary time this month that I am actually torn, it might need to be a coin toss.

March 31 | Merkin Corridor, Kaufman Middle | $25

Holland Andrews was my first artist profile ever — they placed on this digital phone efficiency that was revolutionary, calming, and oh so beautiful. Now, their identify will not depart my newsfeed. I led that first artist profile with, “Holland Andrews has had a giant 12 months,” however this 12 months has been a lot greater. Main symphony orchestra debuts. Headshots on posters exterior of the Kaufman Middle. Touring with Anna Meredith, who I collect is a giant deal within the electronica world. I owe them a textual content. And possibly one other article…


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