As much as we love listening to music, we also appreciate listening to talks about music, especially when the latter helps us augment our experience of the former. As we reach the heart of the fall season, a lot of verbiage will be created around the musical topics. Here are five venues to catch these discussions over the next several weeks.
1. András Schiff Talks Variations (Oct. 29, 92nd St. Y)
For the last several seasons, pianist András Schiff has been tickling his way through Bach’s complete works. On October 29, he’ll return to the scene of his successful series for A Night with András Schiff, Bach & Beethoven, a so-called a lecture-recital, in which Schiff will play excerpts from the respective composers’ Goldberg and Diabelli Variations, and compare the two works.
2. Glenn Dicterow's Tales from the Philharmonic (Oct. 23, David Rubenstein Atrium)
Having staged both pre-concert talks and its Insights series, the New York Philharmonic has actively fostered discussion around the music it presents for years. This season, the organization will open these talk to a larger audience by holding the "Insights" series to the public free of charge in Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium. The first of the events comes up on October 23 with concertmaster Glenn Dicterow reminiscing about his 34-year career in New York alongside the Phil’s Archivist/Historian Barbara Haws.
3. Nico Muhly Gabs with Ira Glass (Oct. 29, New York Public Library, central branch)
The New York Public Library’s LIVE program brings thinkers from across all fields to discuss their lives and livelihoods at the flagship Steven A. Schwartzman building. On October 29, one week and one day after the premiere of his work Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera, Nico Muhly will speak about the piece, music, and life with This American Life creator Ira Glass in what is sure to be a lively wide-ranging discussion. The evening is co-sponsored by the Met, which inaugurated its own series of talks in 2010.
4. Pablo Heras-Casado Talks Shostakovich (Oct. 22, DiMenna Center)
Since the opening the new DiMenna Center, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s has been taking advantage of the flexible space for rehearsals, performances, and a series of sneak-peaks at upcoming concerts, branded Preview & Chat. The event on October 22 boasts an evening with new principal conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. The orchestra will play excerpts from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, which it will present the following night at Carnegie Hall, while Heras-Casado places the piece in historical and musical context.
5. Waxing Philosophical at Lincoln Center (Nov. 9, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center)
One of the legacies of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival is how it encourages audience members to linger at the end of a program for discussion and post-concert prosecco. The annual series has also made a free conversation part of its offerings. This year’s talk explores the concept of time. WNYC’s John Schaefer will moderate a panel including Buddhist psychotherapist Sylvia Boorstein, physicist Alan Lightman, film director Peter Mettler and three figures from the modern music scene—composer Georg Friedrich Haas, conductor Alan Pierson, and percussionist Chris Thompson,