The WQXR Weekender: Sept. 13-16
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Brahms in a beer hall, a baroque pastiche and a survey of Stravinsky's colorful violin music are among the concerts featured around New York this weekend.
Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 pm
WMP Concert Hall, 31 East 28th Street
Violinist Gil Morgenstern begins his annual “Reflections” series with a typically thoughtful program exploring Stravinsky’s “Violin Years: 1930-1935.” Joined by pianist J.Y. Song, he presents a broad selection of the composer’s colorful music written and transcribed for violin and piano including the Firebird Suite, the Suite Italienne and the Duo Concertant.
Nearby Dining Options: A wealth of Indian restaurants in Curry Hill. Consider Vatan (409 Third Ave.).
Friday, Sept. 14 at 8 pm
Miller Theater at Columbia University
For Miller Theater's season opener, the French early-music ensemble Le Poème Harmonique arrives with a semi-staged, candlelit pastiche that juxtaposes songs and madrigals to depict life in seventeenth-century Venice. Works by Monteverdi, Ferrari and Manelli are included.
Nearby Dining Options: Consider Le Monde (2885 Broadway) or Havana Central (2911 Broadway)
Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4:30 pm
Brahms and Beer
Bryant Park Quartet
Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen Street)
The young Bryant Park Quartet comes to this Lower East Side beer hall with an assortment of short classical works. Selections include pieces by Brahms, Janacek, Adams and arrangements of Schubert songs for string quartet and voice by BPQ violinist Anna Elashvili. According to a release, the event will include “interactive drinking games and musical drink pairings.” The BPQ is the first ensemble-in-residence at Stony Brook University’s Community Music Program.
Nearby Dining Options: Katz's Delicatessen (205 Houston St.)
Saturday, Sept. 15 at 8 pm and Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 pm
The Primo Quartet, an ensemble of American, Russian and Hungarian string players, comes to the barge to play two certifiable hits – the Mozart “Dissonance” Quartet and Schubert’s “Quartettsatz” in C Minor – plus one relative rarity, Taneyev’s Piano Quintet, a late-Romantic work. The pianist Olga Vinokur joins in on the latter piece.
Nearby Dining Options: Bevacco (Italian cuisine at 60 Henry Street); Henry's End (44 Henry St.)