The WQXR Weekender: Sept. 6-9

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Bawdy drinking songs, Jack Kerouac readings and a helping of Beethoven cello sonatas are among the musical offerings around New York this weekend.

Thursday, Sept. 6 at 8 pm
Jimmy's No. 43 (43 East 7th Street
Men, Maids and Mischief
Musica Nuova

The early-music organization promises an evening of bawdy songs and tales from the pubs and brothels of Renaissance-era England. That includes music by Purcell, Weelkes, Eccles "and many dirty anonymous minds." Jimmy's No. 43, a cozy basement gastropub, serves up brews from Germany, Belgium and elsewhere while the music pours forth.

Friday, Sept. 7 at 8 pm
Symphony Space
New York Chamber Music Festival
David Amram and friends

David Amram, a multi-genre composer and multi-instrumentalist, heads a program of his chamber music interspersed with readings from Jack Kerouac, with whom he was a friend. The evening features an appearance from The Sopranos actor John Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco) and performances by several top-flight area musicians.

Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8 pm
Symphony Space
New York Chamber Music Festival
Massenet Centennial Concert

Damien Top, a French tenor, conductor and artistic director of the International Albert Roussel Festival, pays homage to Jules Massenet, who died 100 years ago this year. His program features four song cycles: Poéme d'Avril, Poéme d'Octobre, Poéme d'un Soir and Expressions Lyriques.

Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8 pm
Cooper Union, Great Hall
Roaming Urban Soundscapes, a John Cage Tribute


This year is also the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth – and the 50th anniversary of a non-musical organization he co-founded: The New York Mycological Society – for mushroom lovers. (You knew Cage was a fun guy.) The society presents a multimedia performance of Cage’s 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs with a visual backdrop of mushroom stills and movies.

Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 pm

All-Beethoven program (complete works for cello and piano, part I)
Edward Arron, cello
Jeewon Park, piano

The husband-and-wife duo of Edward Arron and Jeewon Park rock the barge in a program of Beethoven's cello-and-piano works. Slated are the sonatas nos. 1, 3 and 4, and the 12 Variations in F Major on Mozart’s “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen,” Op. 66. Insider tip: Stop by the nearby Tobacco Warehouse in Dumbo beforehand for the new South Brooklyn outpost of the Smorgasburg food market.


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