Once again, if you were me, you’d want to be in three places tonight. So much going on. So much. So. Much.
For example! You could—and should—attend the excellent Archipelago Chamber Music Series at Galapagos Art Space for a wild evening of music about, yes, love. The first half will be Corey Dargel singing his very cool, very special songs, promoting the release of his new record on the formidable New Amsterdam Label—and he’ll be joined by pianist Kathleen Supové—who is a wonder—and percussionist (and composer!) David T. Little, not to mention members of ICE (the International Contemporary Ensemble). Then, ACME (American Chamber Music Ensemble) will join Craig Wedren (of Shudder to Think) for Jefferson Freidman’s crossover song cycle On In Love. It’s beautiful. It’ll be just a great show. Go here for tickets.
You could go to Bargemusic for Here and Now, an evening of Cabaret protest songs presented by Sequitur, one of New York’s most formidable and venerated New Music Ensembles. They’ve commissioned a slew of new protest songs by the likes of Lee Hyla, Stefan Weisman, Phil Kline, Robert Beaser, Martin Bresnick, Michael Fiday, and Tom Cipullo. Should be an equally compelling show—and it’s on a boat! Go here for tickets.
I love this kind of thing that Sequitur does, taking a theme and unleashing composers upon it. They’ve also done this with sex and money—and have released a gorgeous CD called To Have and to Hold (for which I happily provided the booklet notes). Even if you go to this concert, you should get this CD to supplement. You’ll not regret this choice, with some truly antic and also fantastic music.
You could be at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, to hear the world premiere of The Reed by the amazing composer Jennifer Griffith sung by the Grace and Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn. I know this group is amazing (though I’ve never heard them live, I must confess) and I know Jennifer’s work is beautiful, pluralistic and gorgeously vivid. This plus music by Claudio Monteverdi, Barbara Strozzi, Lili Boulanger, Samuel Barber and Franz Schubert. (But don’t worry, if you miss this one, there’s two other performances this weekend.) Go here for tickets.
Let me say, and not for the last time, that being a New Yorker involved in music is one of the best things but also, from time to time, the most exasperating. If nothing else, the sheer number of concerts one is forced to miss can cause a vertigo-of-possibilities type anxiety. I am sure this is not the last time I’ll overwhelm you (as I am overwhelmed) with the sheer amount of events you ought to be at. The price of being the opposite of away-from-it-all, I suppose. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Daniel Felsenfeld is a composer living in Brooklyn.