November Is The Coolest Month

As I look at my schedule and the announcements I receive, it’s clear that this month is packed with a broad and stimulating variety of music, familiar and as yet unknown. I’ll be seeing some of this, but obviously can’t go to everything, so you should try.

This week starts tonight, with Brad Mehldau bringing his Highway Rider show to Zankel Hall, and if you get there early the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will treat you with the Shostakovitch Chamber Symphony. Then, through Sunday, you’re going to have to resolve some conflicts: Vital Vox at Issue Project Room, Henry Threadgill at Roulette, the Cypress String Quartet at Tenri.

I know, it’s cruel the way it’s all taunting you. And to top if off, Ideal Bread is playing a gig on Thursday night, and the more I listen to their new CD the more I think this is one of the best jazz groups out there right now, and Elizabeth Futral is singing at the Morgan Library on Sunday.

Forget about getting some sleep, because next week you need to go see Ne(x)tworks and the Now Ensemble, playing the same night, unfortunately, in two different locations. There’s also the excellent Early Music group, Apollo’s Fire, playing Sunday the 21st as part of the Music Before 1800 series. There’s never enough Early Music in New York, so this is a highlight of the year. And, for something completely different, Jacob Cooper is showing is experimental opera about a reunion between Brittany Spears and Justin Timberlake on the 18th – 20th. A must see!

Also at the end of next week, the new CONTACT! concerts from the New York Philharmonic, and Fred Lerdahl’s portrait at Miller Theater. Finally, try and make it to Film Forum to see some of the brilliant, ahead-of-their-time films of Bruce Conner. Then you can take the rest of the year off.



Author: gtra1n

I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.