Critic’s Choice

Tue Feb 04, 2020 at 3:31 pm
Nadia Sirota

The New York Philharmonic’s Sound ON series is their latest take on new music, and in its early stage has already shown a refreshing and clear-eyed view both toward what contemporary composers are thinking and doing, and how to put that music before an audience.

Next Monday night is the next installment. Nadia Sirota hosts this concert which will present three world premieres, products of the Philharmonic’s Project 19 (which will deliver 19 new works from women composers through the next several seasons, honoring the ratification of the 19th Amendment): Tears/Pillow by Nicole Lizée, Joan La Barbara’s Ears of an Eagle, Eyes of a Hawk: In the Vortex, and Thrush Song, from Paola Prestini.

The Philharmonic musicians will also play George Crumb’s Night of the Four Moons and Luciano Berio’s classic Folk Songs. Jeffrey Milarsky will conduct musicians and singers; mezzo-sopranos Kelley O’Connor and Lucy Dhegrae, and La Barbara herself.

Sound ON takes place 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 10 in the Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center.


The superb Danish String Quartet begins their cycle of the complete Beethoven quartets for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with the composer’s Op. 18 Quartets, Nos. 1-3, 7:30 p.m. Friday in Alice Tully Hall).

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