Classical Music Geek: The CMG Live performance Calendar: September 2022 (We’re Again!)


Teatro Actual Orchestra

After a busy summer season of tying off free threads and beginning new ones, I am itching to get again into the live performance corridor — musically, it has been a dry season in NYC absent the once-robust Principally Mozart Pageant. And naturally, I had COVID straight by means of two of my favourite August occasions: the TIME:SPANS pageant, a haven for the most mind-rending of latest music, and dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s three-show season, the place probably the most promising artists of tomorrow’s opera world make themselves recognized. (I did get to at least one TIME:SPANS present of 13, a superb program of works by Eric Wubbels and Catherine Lamb with the JACK Quartet. It was the identical day I exited quarantine. No relaxation for the depraved.)

And now, September heralds the beginning of NYC’s busy live performance routine, tough selections, FOMO, and all. Many of the huge firms do not open till late within the month (or early subsequent), however there’s lots to whet the urge for food.

A fast private observe: this can be my final put up on this house. As Blogger continues to age, I feel it is time to bounce ship. The plan is to begin a Substack publication for listings, opinions, and suggestions, to be archived on my forthcoming private web site. My new-season decision is to publicize myself for actual — extra posts on social media, extra self-promotion, extra presence within the music world’s collective consciousness. It is huge speak, however hopefully I will discover the time to modify!

Sept 10, 5pm | Good Shepherd-Religion Presbyterian Church | $30+

It is The Sebastians’ tenth anniversary, they usually’ve lined their eight-concert season with loads of music by their namesake, J.S. Bach. They open with a program that options a few Brandenburg concerti and works by Bach sons and mates, some consolation meals to begin a season that features singing, dancing, video, new music, previous music, and a Louis XIV-sized string band (the biggest The Sebastians have ever assembled). And so they’re experimenting with this new 5pm Saturday slot — if it means I can see one other live performance at 7:30, I am all in favor!

Sept 14, 7:30pm | Roulette Intermedium | pay what you may ($20 recommended, college students free)

Kate Soper’s latest work, an infernal, self conscious satire, celebrates Moist Ink Ensemble’s Artists-in-Residence (drummer-composer Vicente Hansen Atria and composer-playwright Rick Burkhart) in tandem with “Alien chamber-folk” septet Orlando Furioso, who stand on the cusp of their first album launch (October 9). What does “alien chamber-folk” entail? I plan to search out out.

Sept 15, 8:30pm | Carnegie Corridor (Stern/Perelman) | $12.50 and up

Many years of snarky feedback about how “French composers write the perfect Spanish music” (ugh) have cheapened the masterful colours of de Falla, Albéniz and firm, and I am right here to dispel that notion as soon as and for all: turn-of-the-Twentieth-century Spanish music is admittedly unbelievable stuff. Madrid’s Teatro Actual was named the perfect opera firm of 2021 by the Worldwide Opera Awards, a conglomerate that appears highly effective, if not completely goal. However hey, I will chew, particularly for a possibility to listen to pianist Javier Perianes stay. And nobody ever performs zarzuela — Spain’s opera-adjacent heritage theatrical kind — within the U.S., so I am in it as a lot for the training because the enjoyment.

Sept 16 (8pm) & 18 (3pm) | Park Avenue Armory | $55

In between high-profile roles on the world’s foremost opera homes, Emily D’Angelo is spending the ’22-’23 season touring her October 2021 debut album, enargeia, This system consists of new Hildegard preparations. plus new works by Missy Mazzoli, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Hildur Guðnadóttir. Recently, D’Angelo has been turning heads within the early music sphere, garnering reward for her Handel and Mozart — and prowesses in early and new music typically go hand in hand. (I do not know why I am speculating, I’ve heard the album. It is nice.)

Sept 16, 17, 23, 24, 8pm | Irondale Heart | $25+

Lili Boulanger left greater than 50 works when she died in 1918 aged solely 24 — in my view, probably the most tragically early demise of any composer within the Twentieth century, and one of the tragic in music historical past. However brief as her life was, her singular musical language stands in a definite vein from these of her French contemporaries (assume Debussy and Ravel). NCO mounts a staging of Boulanger’s cantata Faust et Hélène, a free adaptation of Goethe’s Faust which garnered Boulanger the distinguished Prix de Rome at age 19. To enrich, Ravel’s Spain-flavored comedy L’heure espagnole.

Sept 18, 4pm | Holy Trinity Lutheran Church | $30+ ($10 college students/seniors)

An precise (paraphrased) dialog I had with TENET’s Basic Supervisor at their final live performance in April:

CMG: So, any spoilers for subsequent season?

GM: I can not provide you with a lot, however I can let you know we have some nice Bach on faucet.

CMG: Ooh, perhaps the motets?

GM: ….If I informed you, I would need to kill you.

Although TENET is simply doing 5 of the six motets (the place’s the love for Lobet?), I am nonetheless content material in each my prescience and their programming. Plus, Telemann instrumental music by no means disappoints.

Sept 22, 8pm | Merkin Corridor, Kaufman Heart | $25+

Once more, the oldsters at Parlando are mates — doubly so this time, with harp soloist Parker Ramsay. However Parlando at all times places on a present value seeing, and this can be a nice intro to some nice music. Debussy’s double dances for harp and strings do not get performed too typically (I hear they’re fiendishly tough), not like the cavatina (Op. 130) and Grosse Fuge (Op. 133) from Beethoven’s later quartet oeuvre. They’re common for a motive! Reena Esmail’s Teen Murti tableaux, apt representations of Esmail’s signature Hindustani-Western combine, begin this system.

Sept 27-Oct 28 | Metropolitan Opera Home | $30+

Bummed as I’m that that is Cherubini’s Medea and never the Barber’s (seems that one is a ballet with vocalists, potato potahto), this must be an enchanting manufacturing. There are few opera stars who singers laud as extremely as Sondra Radvanovsky, and this position — a Callas favourite — gives loads of room for fireworks. David McVicar, a Met favourite for Italian opera, directs.

Sept 27-Oct 8 | Park Avenue Armory | $40+

The Rothko Chapel opened in 1971, one yr after Mark Rothko died by his personal hand; Morton Feldman wrote his Rothko Chapel to commemorate the opening. 50 years later, the Houston chapel commissioned polymath Tyshawn Sorey for one more tribute, this time each to the house and to Feldman’s immense output. I really like Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel a lot that I named my wi-fi router after it, so I am understandably excited for the “sequel.” And the performer record is a real who’s-who — star violist Kim Kashkashian, avant-garde titan percussionist Steven Schick, baritone Davóne Tines (presently be among the many nation’s most seen classical singers), and extra, all presided over by director Peter Sellars and, after all, Sorey himself.

Sept 27, 7:30 & 9:30pm | The Jazz Gallery | $20+

There are just a few jazz cellists on at this time’s scene, however Tomeka Reid reigns amongst them. Her gritty, delightfully erratic type produces improvisations which are fast each in wit and approach. This quartet has been garnering acclaim since they first recorded collectively in 2015, and consists of a number of favourite members of avant-jazz scenes each in NYC and past: Mary Halvorson (guitar), Jason Roebke (bass), and Tomas Fujiwara (drums).

Sept 29, 6pm | Roulette | $20

Sept 29, 8pm | Miller Theatre | $20

I skilled Many Many Girls final June, in what should have been the one stuffiest room in Brooklyn. It is six hours lengthy, no intermissions — a Gertrude Stein novella, begin to end. I lasted about three, with many breaks, and the music is simply enchanting. I might completely go once more, but it surely’s the identical evening as Miller Theatre’s opening live performance, a portrait of Australian composer Liza Lim. This system consists of each a fee and this fascinating piece for “solo cello ready with violin and thread,” an idea I needed to clarify in a sentence and a half on a social put up earlier this yr. That was actually tough, so I will refer you to the video under. My resolution for this night is partially coloured by the truth that Miller Theatre is near dwelling, so I would encourage you to take that under consideration. You may’t lose.

Sept 29-Oct 21 | Metropolitan Opera Home | $20

This opera is the explanation Shostakovich feared the federal government each second for the rest of his life. I do know little or no in regards to the present, however listed here are some opinions that pique my curiosity:

“Pornophony” –The New York Solar, 1935

“Lamentably provincial” –Igor Stravinsky

“A justification of genocide” –Richard Taruskin

Sept 30 (7:30pm) & Oct 2 (2pm) | NYU Skirball | $50

One of many remaining concert events I noticed earlier than the pandemic concerned Talea Ensemble and a Toshio Hosokawa opera on the 92nd Avenue Y. I do not keep in mind my particular impressions of the live performance (extra vital issues to recollect from that interval), however I do recall having fun with myself. I simply hope they’ve supertitles this time, I keep in mind struggling to know the singers.

Sept 30, 7:30 & 9:30pm | The Jazz Gallery | $20+

My greatest buddy noticed this ensemble at The Stone final month, and he mentioned they broke out into Bach within the center of the set. Who is aware of if they will do it once more, but when they do, I wish to be there. I noticed Peter Evans do a solo set as a part of that very same residency, and I’ve by no means been so enthralled by trumpet taking part in — he simply stood there and performed for, like, an hour. The stuff of legends.


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