Once again the time of year is upon us when musicians depart various bucolic points of interest and return to the city. With this mass migration comes the excitement of a new concert season. Below are three events that I consider to be truly unique and well worth the effort to attend. Feel free to augment this list in the comments section below.
Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel Performed In The Rothko Chapel
Da Camera of Houston and The Houston Chamber Choir
February 25 and 26, 2011
Both concerts start at 8pm
Despite the fact that this concert will not take place until February, I mention it first because it is incredibly rare that one of Feldman’s most unusual and striking works is performed in its namesake. I only wish the concerts were scheduled during daylight hours, when the fluctuating outdoor light causes dramatic variations in how one perceives the colors of Rothko’s canvases. Regardless, this concert more than justifies the cost of travel and Houston is quite pleasant in February.
September 27 and 30, 2010
October 4, and 9, 2010
March 30, 2011
April 2, 2011
New York, NY
Within minutes of seeing a PBS preview of this production, I was online dropping serious bank on a ticket. While this short video clip isn’t as compelling, it nonetheless gives you a taste.
Danish Counterpoint – Music of Sorensen and Abrahamsen
58 Park Avenue
New York, NY
To choose just one concert from Talea’s upcoming season is completely unfair. They kick things off with Partch and Biber on September 26th, and continue with an impressive array of programs featuring Bernhard Lang, James Dillon and Unsuk Chin among others. Although the Danish Counterpoint concert does not yet have a posted date, this promises to be a highlight of the New York concert season. Talea will perform the American premiere of Abrahamsen’s Schnee, a beautiful, stark and substantial work recently recorded by Ensemble Recherche.