Nico Muhly

September Songs

I don’t have the stan­dard rec­om­mended list­ings this month; since the per­form­ing sea­son gets its offi­cial start, I’ll be doing some indi­vid­ual posts on dif­fer­ent orga­ni­za­tions, what they’ve been doing and what they have com­ing up. Expect the usual sus­pects, i.e. City Opera, the Phil, Miller The­ater, Issue Project Room … I do want to(…)

CONTACT! Live Blogging; “Detailed Instructions”

8:36PM — As the musi­cians change for the Muhly piece, John Schae­fer has a few words on stage with Mag­nus Lind­berg … Lind­berg is talk­ing about the impor­tance and legacy of what he calls the “sin­foni­etta” world, which is essen­tially the cham­ber orches­tra, col­or­ful but small ensem­bles, cheaper to run, flex­i­ble, great for con­tem­po­rary composers(…)

CONTACT! Live Blogging, 1

Nicely mixed crowd, young and old com­ing in.  Haven’t spot­ted any of my fel­low cranks … er, crit­ics tonight.  There’s more Andriessen at Carnegie tonight, of course.  I had been plan­ning on attend­ing the Andriessen con­cert at Zankel Sat­ur­day night, but then this hap­pened: But that’s what us live blog­gers are for, to fill the gaps.(…)

CONTACT! Live Blogging: Prelude

Ensconced in a cozy bal­cony seat, watch­ing peo­ple file in… About fif­teen min­utes until the stated cur­tain time… Musi­cians warm­ing up onstage include harp, vibes, clar­inet, bas­soon and cello… no way to know what they are play­ing, but I keep hear­ing frag­ments of what sounds like Le Sacre du Print­emps … but that’s actu­ally not(…)

Nature Boys

Word­less Music began it’s 2009-10 sea­son uptown at Miller The­ater Thurs­day night, and there were many words and plenty of singing, and strangely more than a few empty seats. While Le Pois­son Rouge has been the series’ home away from home (like Al Sharp­ton, it’s a preacher with­out a pul­pit), mak­ing it easy to think(…)

Music Humor

If you’ve attended a music school, or even a music camp, you’ve heard a lot of viola jokes (not to worry, there are jokes about most other instru­ments as well). I’ve been mildly amused by a few, but I never felt the incli­na­tion to pick on the viola – like Mozart, I’m par­tic­u­larly fond of(…)