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(Le) Poisson Rouge Celebrates 10th Anniversary With An Eye Toward the Future

Billboard | By Dan Ouellette

High-profile club venues in New York tend to come and go, with only a few stalwarts managing to hang on amidst rising rents, changing demographics and gentrification -- and often, those that do manage to stick around and build a following end up getting absorbed by larger live-music conglomerates who take over ownership, management or booking. On the other hand, there's Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, which has maintained a determinedly-independent, artsy flair since first opening its doors in 2008.

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Review: A Wink Toward Tradition in a Modern Evening

The New York Times | By Steve Smith

Successful entrepreneurs know that there’s an art to naming a new venture. You need to get your point across quickly, clearly and with nuance. Beth Morrison and Paola Prestini, the impresarios behind 21c Liederabend, nailed this straightaway when they started the biennial performance series in 2009: “21c” proclaims modernity. “Liederabend,” a 19th-century German term meaning “song night,” labels the package neatly, while hinting at Romantic notions of intimacy and literary depth.

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Review: To Boldly Go Beyond the Limits of Sacred Music

The New York Times | By Steve Smith

Spirituality is in the eye of the beholder and, perhaps as important, in the ear: a truism embraced by the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center. But whereas many of the events included in the series have featured performances of explicitly sacred works, “Credo,” a concert presented at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle near Lincoln Center on Monday night, stood as a bold departure. At the heart of this event were new compositions by members of Sigur Ros, an Icelandic alternative-rock band not known for espousing any particular creed.

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Joonbug Interview: David Handler, Founder of (Le) Poisson Rouge

Joonbug.com | By Josh Gordon

Joonbug met up with David Handler, one of the founders of Le Poisson Rouge, to discuss how the West Village hot spot continues to be the shuffle button for the music lover, party goer and art aficionado. While sitting on a fish throne David spoke about how a group of classical musicians wanted a new outlet for young people to get down with class, culture and alcohol.

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Close Listening: Classical music in a jazz-club space

The New Yorker | By Alex Ross

In November, the National Endowment for the Arts released the latest installment of its Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, which has been appearing every five years since 1982. Most people might be unable to imagine a duller document, but for those working in the arts—not least those working in classical music—it was as unputdownable as anything by Stephen King. The survey, whose results have been further refined in a report by the League of American Orchestras, indicates that the number of people who venture out to classical performances in a given year has been declining for almost three decades, and that such people are getting steadily older. Further, each new generation participates less than the one that came before it, and every generation—from Kurt Cobain’s X to Tom Brokaw’s Greatest—gives less of a hoot than it did when the previous survey was made, in 2002.

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Feeding Those Young and Curious Listeners

The New York Times | By Anthony Tommasini

Le Poisson Rouge, the coolest place to hear contemporary music in New York, did little to celebrate its first anniversary on Sunday night. A renovated Bleecker Street club, formerly the Village Gate, it presented a typically adventurous program. Alarm Will Sound, the brilliant 20-member contemporary-music ensemble, conducted by Alan Pierson, played five polystylistic pieces by the audaciously eclectic composer Derek Bermel, who draws from firsthand exposure to indigenous music of West Africa and elsewhere.

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The Music Is Classical, and the Bar Is Busy

The New York Times | By Anthony Tommasini

In some ways, it was a familiar New York scene: a crowd of people, mostly young, seated at tables in a no-frills, black-walled Greenwich Village music club on Wednesday night, sipping drinks and listening to a group playing its first set.

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Chaser of Beer, Rock or Bebop With Your Bach?

The New York Times | By Allen Kozinn

You might not expect to find a polished young ensemble like the Parker String Quartet playing music by Beethoven, Bartok and Ligeti — or collaborating with ensembles like Las Rubias del Norte, which specializes in Latin American folk music — in the no-frills back room of a Brooklyn bar. But the group spent this season as the resident quartet at Barbès, a Park Slope bar that regularly presents classical performers in a schedule otherwise devoted to jazz, pop and world music.

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