Out of Town News, Harvard Square.
This weekend at Galapagos and (Le) Poisson Rouge, Le Train Bleu will put on a show called Prison Life, pairing Frederic Rzewski's Coming Together and Attica with Corey Dargel's More Last Words from Texas, the composer-vocalist's second setting of the final words of inmates about to be killed by the state of Texas. Dargel will also sing/speak the Rzewski pieces. Michael Gordon and Jacob TV fill out the program.... New York City Opera announces a limited but enticing group of works for the 2012-13 season: Adès's Powder Her Face, Britten's The Turn of the Screw, Rossini's Mosè in Egitto, and Offenbach's La Périchole. Performances at BAM and City Center.... Robert Ashley's The Old Man Lives in Concrete unfolds at Roulette April 25-28. There's a video of the composer talking to Richard Carrick.... Speaking of Carrick — his Either/Or Festival unfolds at the Kitchen on April 26 and 27. George Lewis has written a piece for the occasion.... John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles has a revival next week at the Manhattan School, in a reduced version.... A new group called The Declassified, inspired by the community-minded Carnegie / Juilliard program know as The Academy, will be launched in New York on April 26, with a concert at Bargemusic. A great many talented young players on this roster; I recognize quite a few from Marlboro.... The Yale Baroque Opera Project, the brainchild of the great Baroque scholar Ellen Rosand, presents Monteverdi's Return of Ulyssses May 4-5.... A few years back I noted a performance of Mahler's Second Symphony in Helena, Montana. Now the Helena Symphony is taking on the Eighth, mustering nearly five hundred performers. (Via Allen Lefohn.) ... Hannah Lash's Requiem Pro Avibus Mortuis, which "mourns the loss of birds that have either become extinct or endangered," has its premiere at Park Avenue Christian Church this Sunday.... Worth exploring: the John Cage Living Archive at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts's online incarnation.