Correction to This Article
An earlier version of this story misidentified the composer of the music theater piece "Slide." The composer is Steven Mackey, not Steven Stucky.

Alt-Classical Events Coming to the Washington Region

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Upcoming alt-classical performances in the Washington area:

Oct. 14: The Chiara Quartet, which plays Beethoven in bars, performs at the National Gallery.

Oct. 16: The Chiara Quartet performs at the Mansion at Strathmore.

Oct. 17: Christopher O'Riley plays Nirvana and Radiohead at the Barns at Wolf Trap.

Oct. 18: Time for Three plays at Grace Church in The Plains, Va.

Oct. 19: The NOW Ensemble, from New York, plays music by composers associated with the New Amsterdam label at the Corcoran.

Oct. 20: The NOW Ensemble plays as part of Baltimore's Evolution Contemporary Music series.

Oct. 28: So Percussion performs Steve Reich and its own latest work at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore.

Oct. 30: Guy Livingstone performs "One Minute More," 60 one-minute works by 60 composers, with video, at the Library of Congress.

Oct. 30: The Great Noise Ensemble performs a program called "Twilight Music" at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring.

Nov. 14: Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet made up of members of the Silk Road Ensemble, performs with the spike-fiddle player Kayhan Kalhor at the Library of Congress.

Dec. 12: In Baltimore, Mobtown Modern presents Phil Kline's "Unsilent Night," a now-traditional participatory "holiday caroling" piece that involves walking through the city streets with boomboxes.

Dec. 18: The Parker Quartet, which has performed in clubs as well as concert halls, plays at the Library of Congress.

In 2010: on April 9 and 10, the ensemble eighth blackbird will perform Steven Mackey's music theater piece "Slide," with the vocalist/actor Rinde Eckert, at the Clarice Smith Center.

-- Anne Midgette

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