5 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend
“NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC at David Geffen Hall (Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.; through Jan. 26). So much for Jaap Van Zweden’s supposed reticence regarding new music. Here the conductor gives the premiere of Julia Wolfe’s “Fire in My Mouth,” a reflection on the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire of 1911 and the death of 146 garment workers, most of them immigrants, in Manhattan. (An earlier politically engaged piece by Wolfe, “Anthracite Fields,” won the Pulitzer Prize in 2015.) The Philharmonic is joined by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and the Crossing, an outstanding chamber choir. The projections and video are by Jeff Sugg, and the whole thing is directed by Anne Kauffman. Before that, Van Zweden leads the “Elegy” from Steven Stucky’s “August 4, 1964,” a piece he debuted with the Dallas Symphony, and Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. Anthony McGill is the soloist.”
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