This Saturday, the musical forces of Trinity Wall Street will give a benefit performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor. According to the press release, "The event will benefit the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, which is gathering donations to provide essential living supplies to New Yorkers in need – including food, water, blankets, baby supplies, and other emergency items. The Mayor’s Fund retains no administrative fee, and 100 percent of donations are being dispersed to relief efforts and organizations to provide essential living supplies to storm victims in the New York City area." Julian Wachner will conduct. I think back to the Bach Collegium Japan's rendition of the Mass at Carnegie last year, in the wake of the terrible Tohoku earthquake. Once again, it will probably seem as though Bach had heard the bad news in advance.
If your taste goes more toward the Pop Music that the kids like so much these days, my friend Brandon Stosuy, of Pitchfork, has helped to organize a benefit at St. Vitus, in Brooklyn, tomorrow night. The lineup includes Neon Indian, Buke and Gase, Believer/Law, Bloodyminded, and Walter Schreifels.