Music List

Music List

Ongoing: New York Klezmer Series. Curated by Aaron Alexander, who is as adept with a calendar as he is with a drum kit, this is now the premier regular klezmer program in town. This fall’s events will include a birthday tribute to saxophonist-rabbi Greg Wall, a special program dedicated to the music of Moyshe Oysher and several dance parties. Bring your high-heeled sneakers and your bestest wig. Stephen Wise Synagogue (30 W. 68th St.)

Sept. 12 – Oct. 4. Zorn@60. If you thought that John Zorn was everywhere in New York before, wait until the birthday festivities start this month. He’ll be programming films at Anthology Film Archives, playing in a Masada Marathon at NYU’s Skirball Center, leading orchestra and chamber music events at Columbia’s Miller Theatre and an organ recital at St. Paul’s Chapel and partnering with Ryuichi Sakamoto at the Japan Society. There’s so much going on, the festival has its own website:

Oct. 12. Anat Cohen Quartet. The dazzlingly creative clarinetist and tenor sax player will be all over the region this fall. She’ll be at Columbia University’s Miller Theater (116th Street and Broadway) here. And if you’re up for a little road trip, she’s appearing in Rockland County on Oct. 26 at a benefit for the JCC up there. George Wein will also be honored at that gig; who knows, maybe they’ll duet? RCC Cultural Arts Center (145 College Rd., Suffern).

Oct. 15. Israeli Chamber Project, a gathering of some of the brightest young Israeli players, performing a blend of contemporary and classical chamber music. Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Music Center (129 W. 67th St.).

Oct. 23-29. Gotham Chamber Opera presents the U.S. Stage Premiere of “Baden-Baden 1927,” a vivid recreation of an evening of four one-act operas that was performed at that German festival before the storms of Nazism broke. The prime attraction is Kurt Weill’s seldom-seen “Mahagonny Songspiel,” which he and Bertolt Brecht would eventually develop into a full-scale opera. Gerald Lynch Theater, John Jay College (524 W. 59th St.).

Oct. 27. Lower East Side Accordion Arkestra. Four master accordionists — Lou Fanucci, Cory Pesaturo, Peter Stam and Walter Kuhr — recreated the rich tapestry of ethnic musics that emerged from the Lower East Side before the high-rises took over. Museum at Eldridge St. (12 Eldridge St.).

Nov. 6. “The Yiddish Heart,” an evening of Yiddish music and drama in honor of the Dorot Jewish Division of the New York Public Library. Among the performers will be Frank London, David Mandelbaum, Zalmen Mlotek, Eleanor Reissa and Miryem-Khaye Seigel. It’s a free event, although registration is required. Celeste Bartos Forum, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of NYPL (Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street).

Nov. 17. Following Different Strings, a concert with the Juilliard School, focusing on four Jewish classical composers whose lives were marked by the rise of Nazism and the war. Gideon Klein, Erwin Schulhoff, Joseph Achron and Hollywood legend Erich Wolfgang Korngold were each touched by historical events in Germany and Central Europe and, for better and worse, their music reflects the turmoil of their age. Museum at Eldridge St. (12 Eldridge St.).

Dec. 7. I’m sure it’s a coincidence that Jewmongous is performing on Pearl Harbor Day but . . . well, you never can be sure. Sean Altman will be bringing his own blend of musical madness to Long Island with a gig at the Knock Knock House concert series in Commack (For reservations and address e-mail Susan & Dan at And on Dec. 25 — and that’s not a coincidence — he’ll be playing at the Cutting Room (44 E. 32nd St.).

Dec. 29. Send off the old year in prime Yiddish style with the second annual Sholem Aleichem Yiddish Klezfest, with several klezmer bands and dancing, at the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center (3301 Bainbridge Ave., Bronx). Last year’s participants included Frank London and Psoy Korolenko, so expect some powerful talent.