Critic’s Choice

Tue Mar 21, 2017 at 11:28 am


Start with the best ensemble name in classical music: International Street Cannibals. Don’t let the punk quality of the moniker camouflage their musicianship—the Cannibals play chamber music, old and new, with a beautiful sound, technical skill, and vivid expression.

Wednesday evening, the Cannibals will feature some of New York City’s leading musicians, including cellist Dan Barrett, pianist Conor Hanick, and soprano Ariadne Greif, in a program full of rich meat. The palate cleanser of Arvo Pärt’s Fratres will be followed by music by Webern, Berg, Schoenberg, Brahms, and more.

Songs from Webern and Berg will be set against Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10, and there will be additional vocal music by Zemlinksy and Korngold, Schubert’s Erlkönig, and Alfred Schnittke’s own delicate violin and piano piece, Silent Night.

International Street Cannibals present “Air Schoenberg: Connecting Flights,” 7:30 p.m Wednesday, at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery.

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