This weekend's lineup runs the gamut, with the citywide Make Music NY festival, cross-cultural programming at the Rubin Museum of Art, American music at Symphony Space and floating chamber music at Bargemusic.
Thursday, June 21, all day
Make Music New York
Make Music New York is now in its sixth year of bringing live music to all corners of the five boroughs for an entire day each summer. The day is made up of performances of almost every type of music imaginable, and includes some of the most interesting classical events of the year. Among them will be a full performance by a relay team of vibraphonists of Erik Satie's 18-hour-long composition Vexations at the corner of Broad and Wall Streets. Also on the day's packed schedule is Mass Appeal, where musicians will meet up with others of the same instrument at designated locations for performances of pieces written for single instruments.
Friday, June 22, 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm
The Chelsea Music Festival at the Rubin Museum of Art
Debussy VI: Violin Daybreak: 7:00 pm
Continuing the French-Japanese theme of this year's performances, the Chelsea Music Festival presents a concert by violinist and Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation artist Fanny Clamagirand, who will perform works by Debussy, Ysaÿe, Takemitsu and Chausson. She will be joined by pianist Katsura Tanikawa, violinists Liana Gourdjia and Alex Shiozaki, violist Derek Mosloff, and cellist Marc Coppey.
Debussy VII: Rêverie-mix
Later in the evening will be a laid-back event featuring "remixes" of music of the troubadours, Dufay, Machaut, Debussy, and Takemistu using contemporary pop and hip-hop language. This music will be performed with singers, instrumental ensemble, koto, live electronics, and rhythm section.
Saturday, June 23, 8 pm
ACA Celebrates 75 Years of American Concert Music
In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the American Composers' Alliance will present a concert of works by American composers of the past and present. The ACA was established in 1937 by a group of composers, including Aaron Copland, who sought to professionalize their work and to increase public awareness of classical music by composers living and working in the United States. The Orchestra of the League of Composers, guest-conducted by Oliver Hagen, will be joined by soprano Jo Ellen Miller, cellist Fred Sherry, violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved, and pianist Orion Weiss in performing music by Ben Weber, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Elliott Schwartz, George Edwards, and Miriam Gideon.
Sunday, June 24, 2:00 pm
Saint-Saëns, Beethoven, and Ravel
Since 1977, Bargemusic has presented the classics of the chamber music catalog in an unlikely setting: on a barge under the Brooklyn Bridge. However, this venue has proven to create perfectly the intimate type of setting in which these works were meant to be heard. This weekend at the "floating concert hall," violinist Mark Peskanov, who is also the president and director of Bargemusic, will be joined by cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park in a performance of Saint-Saëns's Piano Trio No. 2, Beethoven's "Ghost" Trio, and Ravel's Piano Trio.