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Marc Ribot – Josef von Sternberg’s The Docks of New York (1928, 75 min.)
Chris Eldridge – Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s Coney Island (1917, 24 min.)

Marc Ribot did such a fabulous job with Chaplin’s classic The Kid at the 2010 Festival,” NYGF Founder David Spelman remembers, “bringing out not just the humor, but the deep humanity of the film, that I knew we wanted to have him back, but this time with a film that might summon up an even wider emotional palette.” This season, Ribot returns with a new score for von Sternberg’s passionate drama The Docks of New York, which tells the New York waterfront story of a boiler room stoker’s romance with a suicidal dance-hall girl. Ribot has frequently collaborated with Tom Waits and John Zorn; his most recent band is the trio Ceramic Dog. For sheer contrast, bathing beauties and Keystone Kops abound in Fatty Arbuckle’s 1917 short comedy Coney Island, screened with a suitably raucous new score by Chris Eldridge of the progressive bluegrass band Punch Brothers.

Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30pm. Single Tickets are $25.

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FREE for the first time in Festival’s history; 2-5 pm & 7-10 pm



Reservations are strongly suggested. They’ll guarantee you a seat if you arrive 1

5 minutes before showtime. Call 212 501 3330 or reserve online for 2-5 pm; reserve online for 7-10 pm.
Co-curated by Brazilian phenomenon Badi Assad and Los Angeles Guitar Quartet founder William Kanengiser, the six-hour Marathon focuses on classical guitar in North and South America, contrasting rich traditions with bold experimentation. Featured composers include Heitor Villa-Lobos, Egberto Gismonti, Joan Tower, Elliot Carter, Alberto Ginastera, Leo Brouwer, Robert Beaser, Manual Ponce, Antonio Lauro, Agustín Barrios and many more.

About the curators: A founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Kanengiser displays his multi-varied musical interests in recordings of composers as dissimilar from one another as Bartók, Handel and Jerome Kern. Assad hails from a musical family of guitarists-composers.

A singer and percussionist to boot, she fuses pop-jazz with worldbeat in a sensuously Brazilian sensibility.


Strongly suggested: 

or call 212 501 3330.

William Kanengiser has invited four brilliant guest artists to help celebrate the guitar of North America. David Mozqueda, a young virtuoso from Gaudalaja, Mexico, will present masterworks by Ponce and Olivas, as well as arrangements of popular Mexican folksongs. Colin Davin, prizewinner in the GFA competition and modern-music specialist, will present compelling works by

Joan Tower, and with flutist Daniel James, a new work by Alaska-based composer Conrad Wilson. Connie Shue, an emerging artist specializing in women composers, will play works by Canadian composer Dale Kavanaugh, Brazilian Clarice Assad (Badi’s niece) and John Anthony Lennon. The ph

enomenal Naumberg Award-winner Jorge Caballero will play the first of his two sets in the Marathon, presenting some of the most important American guitar compositions by Elliott Carter and John Major, as well as the stunning Sonata #1 by Cuban master Léo Brouwer. William Kanengiser will close out the afternoon by presenting an eclectic mix of Mexican, Cuban and American works, ranging from folkloric to contemporary to jazz-inspired.


Strongly suggested:

or call 212 501 3330.

For the second part of the Marathon, Badi Assad has crafted an evening of propulsive rhythm and sensuous melody from South America. The award-winning Brazil Guitar Duo will open the evening with pieces by Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Gismonti and others. Samba master Rom

ero Lubambo will bring his technical fireworks and serious Brazilian groove to a set of popular pieces by Jobim, Garoto and others. Jorge Caballero will return to the stage to present some of the mo

st important South American compositions for guitar, including works by Barrios, Antonio Lauro, and the seminal Sonata by Ginastera. Making their NY debut, the incredible Duo Siquiera/Lima will present fiery duets by Brazilian, Argentinian and Ecuadorian composers. The grand finale of the Marathon will be the inimitable Badi Assad, who brings a feminine sensibility to her stunning world-beat fusion of pop, jazz and Brazilian music.


Monday, January 20 at 2:00pm. Free.

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Kaufman Music Center’s “alt-classical” youth ensemble Face the Music will perform at Merkin Concert Hall on Sunday, June 9, 6:30 pm.


The only student ensemble in New York City dedicated to performing music by living classical composers, Face the Music has been praised by the New York Times for its “stunning performances” of music by contemporary composers and hailed by critics as “polished, exuberant” (New York Times) and one of “New York’s favorite contemporary-classical ensembles” (Time Out New York). Since its founding in 2005, the ensemble has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City’s vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what Allan Kozinn of the New York Times has called “a force in the New York new-music world.”


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Flutist Immanuel Davis presents New Classics for the Flute, a diverse, provocative program of new and rarely performed pieces for flute on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 7:30pm at Merkin Concert Hall. New Classics for the Flute features works by Kenji Bunch, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Erwin Schulhoff, Carl Vine and the New York premiere of a piece written especially for Davis and pianist Stephen Gosling by Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin. Cellist Käthe Jarka, bassist Kurt Muroki and violist Daniel Panner complete the evening’s line-up of exceptional musicians.

Merkin Concert Hall is located at 129 West 67th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here: Senior tickets are $15 and Student tickets are $10; both are available for purchase at the Box Office or by calling 212-501-3330.

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A New Generation of Performers, Songwriters and Composers Comes Together for Collaborations Blending Classical and Popular Music

Merkin Concert Hall’s Ecstatic Music Festival kicks off on Monday, January 17, 2011 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), 2-9, pm with a free 7-hour marathon featuring artists appearing later in the festival along with special guests.

Program highlights include headliners Buke and Gass with Victoire, a rare performance of Julius Eastman‘s “Stay On It” with Ne(x)tworks; the U.S. premiere of John Matthias, Adrian Corker and Andrew Prior‘s new work for violin, voice, electric guitar, piano and NeuroSampler, “what happens”; the second-ever New York performance of Corey Dargel‘s complete “Other People’s Love Songs” with NOW Ensemble; and the Chiara String Quartet performing Jefferson Friedman‘s String Quartet No. 3.

The program includes the following performers and composers:

Face the Music – Missy Mazzoli, “Death Valley Junction”; Christine Southworth, “Volcano”

Timo Andres – Charles Ives, “The Alcotts”; Timo Andres, “Everything is an Onion” from “It takes a long time to become a good composer”

Ne(xt)works – Julius Eastman, “Stay On It”

So Percussion – Selections from “Imaginary City” and “Amid the Noise”

NOW Ensemble – Judd Greenstein, “City Boy”

NOW Ensemble with Corey Dargel & Nathan Koci – Corey Dargel, “Other People’s Love Songs”

Chiara String Quartet – Jefferson Friedman, String Quartet No. 3

John Matthias, Adrian Corker & Andrew Prior – John Matthias, “What Happens & Cortical Songs/Mercedes the Dancer” (U.S. Premiere)

Vicky Chow – Daniel Wohl, “Aorta”

Ashley Bathgate – Michael Gordon, “Industry”

Ashley Bathgate & Lisa Moore – Kate Moore, “Velvet”

Gabriel Kahane – A selection of songs by Gabriel Kahane

Nadia Sirota – Nico Muhly, Keep in Touch

Buke and Gass with Victoire – TBA

A panel discussion with Ecstatic Music Festival artists will take place on Sunday, January 16, 2011, 7 pm at the Apple Store on Broadway at 67th Street. Moderated by Nadia Sirota, the panel will include Dan Deacon, Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Missy Mazzoli and Tristan Perich. Admission is free.

Merkin Concert Hall’s Ecstatic Music Festival
The 15-concert Ecstatic Music Festival (January 17-March 28, 2011) showcases a new generation of composers and performers drawing on multiple influences and creating new work that seamlessly blends classical and popular music. Each concert in the festival features collaborations between artists from different musical backgrounds exploring the fertile terrain between genres. These collaborations include composers Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigurðsson with the Chiara String Quartet; Owen Pallett with Nadia Sirota and Thomas Bartlett (Doveman); Clogs with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus; electronic iconoclast Dan Deacon with So Percussion; tUnE-yArDs, William Brittelle and Caleb Burhans with Roomful of Teeth; a Ben Frost arrangement for Alarm Will Sound; Vijay Iyer with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society; Darcy James Argue with Newspeak and many others. All of the concerts will include premieres. The Ecstatic Music Festival is curated by Judd Greenstein and presented in association with New Amsterdam Records.

For a full schedule of Ecstatic Music Festival concerts, click here:

Single tickets: $25
Students: $15
4-concert subscription: $80 for 4 concerts
4-concert New Sounds Live subscription: $80

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

Ecstatic Music Festival information at
Tickets at 212 501 3330 or

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