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Monday, September 3, 2012

The September Short...Circuit

Back to the concert hall...slightly re-branded.
by Paul J. Pelkonen
Just listen to the donut.
Hi folks. Yes this is our same monthly calendar with all the exciting performances happening in and around New York City. Just trying to brand it a little differently, in keeping with the blog name Superconductor.

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September is the start of the 2012-2013 classical and opera season in New York. The first ten days are pretty much dead, as we're all on vacation or engaged in furious writing of blog posts!

Here's the slate:

The month starts at Symphony Space with a September 5th birthday tribute to John Cage. Presented by the New York Chamber Music Festival, the concert features percussionists from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The program concentrates on Cage's most "theatrical" works, including Living Room Music, Four for String Quartet; Third Construction; and The City Wears a Slouch Hat.  

The next night, Symphony Space presents a birthday tribute to composer Joan Tower, featuring a selection of her compositions and the presence of the birthday lady herself!

On September 11th, Le Poisson Rouge presents ACME, offering a complete cycle of Steve Reich's works for string quartet: the Triple Quartet, Different Trains and  WTC 9/11. This l marks that fateful day, incorporating air-to-tower communications alongside the composer's trademark minimalist music.

Also at Le Poisson Rouge on Sept. 12: the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo offering Happy Birthday, Conlon! a 100th birthday tribute to American piano innovator Conlon Nancarrow.

The Miller Theater at Columbia University opens its season on Sept. 12th with the early music ensemble Le Poème Harmonique, performing Venezia, a candle-lit concert evoking life in the 17th century birthplace of opera. The program features an imaginative blend of madrigals by Monteverdi and opera excerpts by Francesco Manelli.

Sept. 14 at BAM is opening night of this year's NextWave Festival. It starts with a two-week run of Philip Glass' massive non-opera Einstein on the Beach. This is the first time this work has been performend in New York in 21 years.

The New York Philharmonic opens Sept. 19 (early this year!) with a concert featuring Leif Ove Andsnes playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3. Also on the program: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Alan Gilbert conducts.

The pianist Kimiko Ishikaza, who made headlines earlier this year with her project the Open Source Goldberg Variations is on tour to fund her next recording, Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. She'll be playing Book I of "the 48" at the WMP Concert Hall on Sept. 20.

The Met opens on Sept. 24 with a new Bartlett Sher production of L'Elisir d'Amore. As usual, the company offers an outside broadcast in Lincoln Center and Times Square so you can get a really good look at star Anna Netrebko.

Superconductor offers full coverage of the coming season throughout the year at the Metropolitan Opera Season Preview. Other operas this month include:
  • Turandot with Maria Guleghina (Sept. 26)
  • Carmen with Anita Rachvelishveli (Sept. 28)
  • Il Trovatore with Carmen Giannatasio. (Sept. 29)
On Sept. 27th, the Philharmonic has its "proper" opening gala featuring guest soloist Itzhak Perlman playing a selection of violin favorites. Also on the program: Ottorino Respighi's picturesque Fountains of Rome and The Pines of Rome.

The following afternoon (Sept. 28 at 2pm), the orchestra presents its second subscription series of the year, featuring new Artist-in-Residence Emmanuel Ax playing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. The concerto is book-ended by two Russian favorites: the orchestrated version of Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain and the Rimsky-Korsakov fantasy Scheherezhade. Alan Gilbert conducts.

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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.