Critic’s Choice

Thu Apr 12, 2018 at 11:30 am
Ariadne Greif. Photo: Caroline Mariko Stucky

Ariadne Greif. Photo: Caroline Mariko Stucky


The International Street Cannibals don’t eat people; they please and stimulate them with provocative and impeccably executed chamber music programs.  Their latest offering, Sunday at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, is intriguingly titled “The Easily Satisfied Lover.” It features Schoenberg’s 1912 monodrama Pierrot Lunaire, surrounded by Schoenberg songs, an excerpt from Act II of Berg’s Lulu, and items by Casimir Oberfeld and Sholom Secunda, including the pre-Andrews Sisters version of “Bei Mir Bistu Shein.”

It’s all designed to make a musical afternoon that, says the group’s website, “turns its lens on archaic male narratives of romance and reframes them through the voice and sensibility of a 21st century woman.” Presumably that woman is soprano Ariadne Greif, who created this program along with director Gray Palmer and ISC’s founder/director Dan Barrett.  Christopher Lyndon-Gee will conduct, with new film footage made for this performance by Swiss-Japanese filmmaker Caroline Mariko Stucky. There’s something for everyone in this lineup, even archaic males.

International Street Cannibals performs works by Schoenberg, Berg, Oberfeld and Secunda 3:30 p.m.Sunday at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery.  Tickets at the door; further information at 212-674-6377.

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