An unusual weekend is ahead, even by New York's varied and vibrant standards. Our picks include a Gertrude Stein-themed marathon, a New York Phil premiere and a YouTube competition winner.
Friday, May 4 at 11 am
New York Philharmonic
Yefim Bronfman, pianist
Avery Fisher Hall
Get your weekend started early with this matinee concert. Yefim Bronfman joins the Phil for the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2, a big, bristling work by one of Finland’s most prominent composers. Lindberg was the orchestra’s composer-in-residence from 2009-11 and this score promises to be a fine summation of his talents. It shares a program with Dvorák’s Carnival Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
Saturday, May 5, 11 am - 11 pm
Gertrude Stein’s Paris
Symphony Space’s annual spring festival examines the Paris of Gertrude Stein’s era, when the avant-garde was exploding across the visual arts, music and literature. The day begins with a chamber concert featuring works by Debussy, Stravinsky, Milhaud, Ravel and Poulenc, played by several chamber groups including Le Train Bleu. The rest of the day features cabaret sets, chamber opera, jazz and of course, plenty of readings. It’s a sprawling agenda and, coupled with the free admission, one should expect crowds. If you still have energy left afterwards, hop a crosstown bus and check out the Met Museum’s blockbuster (and controversial) exhibit “The Steins Collect.”
Sunday, May 6 at 6 pm
Winners of the David Lang Online Piano Competition
Le Poisson Rouge
Last November, David Lang, a co-founder of Bang on a Can and a Pulitzer Prize winner, announced a unique competition. Together with a new CD of his piano works, contestants could download a free score of his short piece wed and post their own performances of it on YouTube. The winner of the contest is Peter Poston from Melbourne, Australia, who is being flown to New York to play in a concert at LPR. Three runners-up were also invited to perform, alongside Andrew Zolinsky, guitarist Derek Johnson and surprise guests.