2013: concerts of the year
Strauss / Strauss / Ligeti – 2001
The NY Philharmonic did two sold out nights doing a play-along to the entirety of 2001. The weirdness of watching a movie with 2,700 other people aside, it was a fantastic performance: dense and hypnagogic for the Ligeti, brassy and climbing for the Strauss.
Chaya Czernowin – Upstream
Honorable mentions to Nadia Pona’s grad recital, the Bozzini’s Composer’s Kitchen concert, Preston Bebe’s jam that involved throwing popcorn around, the Boston pops doing Fantasia (and the percussionist who blew an entrance!), and SCIPP’s Xenakis freakout.