Tanya Morgan, Ben Allison, Charalambides, the Seattle Symphony, Jason Lescalleet, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.

In Review: Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

“Resist!” could be the 21st-century motto of Handel’s serenata Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, a mythological story of steadfast love cleverly interpreted by the director Christopher Alden as a modern-day tale of bullying and manipulation. The staging, co-produced by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, Cath Brittan, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and National Sawdust, completes its brief run this week.


Maria Pomianowska, Yannis Kiriakides, Morton Subotnick, Jute Gyte, Impalers, Jake Muir, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.

Anthony Roth Costanzo and Christopher Alden: The Timeless, Timely Handel

A curator at National Sawdust from its inception, Anthony Roth Costanzo fashioned one of the most striking presentations of the young organization’s inaugural season with ‘Orphic Moments.’ Now, Costanzo returns to offer Handel’s ‘Aci, Galatea e Polifemo,’ a seldom-encountered dramatic serenata, staged by Christopher Alden, one of the opera world’s most insightful, inventive directors.

Vijay Iyer: Taking Stock of the Ojai Music Festival Experience

“My approach was that, instead of genre, we should talk about community,” Vijay Iyer told a near-capacity crowd that filled a local community center in Ojai, California, on a hazy but pleasant Thursday afternoon in early June. The audience had gathered to get to know Iyer: a celebrated composer, improviser, pianist, and bandleader, and the music director of the 2017 Ojai Music Festival. What distinguished a community, he explained, is that it is intergenerational, and continually renewing. The resulting aesthetic, he said, might be one of “openness, welcome, and tolerance.”


Michael Pisaro, Laurence Crane, Tyshawn Sorey, Dennis González, Mulatu Astatke, Anthony Pateras, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.