As the city’s opera houses and concert halls get ready to for the 2013-14 season, here are five venues to make sure to add to your list in the coming months.
Greenwich Village, bursting with jazz clubs and bars with live music, became a destination for classical music buffs when (le) poisson rouge opened in the former Village Gate in 2008. Since last May, SubCulture (45 Bleecker St)—formerly a black box theater operated by its upstairs neighbor, Culture Project—has added another reason for contemporary and chamber music fans to head downtown. With partnerships with the 92nd Street Y, which just closed downtown outpost 92YTribeca, and the New York Philharmonic’s Contact! series, the space seems to be off to a good start.
2. Original Music Workshop
Having organized performances at the River to River Festival and at the Greene Space over the past 12 months, Original Music Workshop (80 North Sixth St.) will open the doors to its Williamsburg home in 2014. The still-under-construction venue was inaugurated last September with an ambitious “Skyful” concert, featuring contemporary music darlings International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Talea Ensemble. We imagine that OMW’s creative director Paola Prestini will continue to showcase inventive programs with these groups as well as others. WQXR also spoke with founder Kevin Dolan about the space and its myriad facilities last fall.
Concertgoers wouldn’t be faulted for overlooking Clinton Hill for its artsy neighbor Fort Greene, but that may change with JACK (505 ½ Waverly Ave), a new music and performance venue, which was founded last year with the intention of becoming a cultural hub for the neighborhood. The schedule already promises a dense fall with theater, dance, and music offerings, including a performance by saxophonist Ned Rothenberg and bass player Mark Dresser.
4. Issue Project Room (Ongoing)
Issue Project Room (22 Boerum Pl) has been around for more than a decade now, but the institution is still just getting used to its new digs inside 1925 McKim, Mead and White architectural gem. The City of New York awarded Issue Project Room a 20-year lease for the space. The organization plans to renovate the limestone and terra-cotta festooned space with Corinthian columns and vaulted ceilings through 2015. However, it began staging all of its concerts there in 2012.
Though not a venue itself, Tertulia, a floating chamber music series, has brought performances by pianist Benjamin Hochman, violinist Lily Francis, and the Momenta Quartet to restaurants around New York City. This new model for dinner theater allows people to either buy a full prix fixe meal to eat along with the performance, or the option to sit at the bar and order a la carte. Continually finding new venues for performances, events have popped up in the Czech restaurant Hospoda, Le Pain Quotidien, Soho's Antiques Garage (below), and Taralluci e Vino in the Flatiron.
Photo Elliott Forrest/WQXR
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