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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

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(…)