ClassicalRelÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¥che has been heralding a British invasion in new music for a number of years now. It may not be the Beatles or the Stones they're celebrating, but there is a vivacity and originality in this material that does not stray so far from the rock 'n' roll spirit. The three composers featured for this season-opening concert, Michael Nyman (best known for scoring the film The Piano), Stephen Montague and Gavin Bryars, are quite distinct, but share directness of expression and accessibility. This is not to say that this is dumbed-down music; these composers can be appreciated on a variety of levels. But they do create work that flows into a venerable RelÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¥che tradition of presenting music that can be enjoyed, and may actually be fun, even as it might be a bit audacious. Something like rock 'n' roll, that is. The event will also be the launch of the latest RelÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢che CD.
The temperature is turned down a few notches for a song recital of some more contemporary items, this time from Network for New Music. The program is titled "Fragments of Love," and features music by two of our most compelling modern voices, Bernard Rands (another Brit, but a longtime American resident) and John Harbison (he's from New Jersey). Messo-soprano Janice Felty will sing.
RelÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢che, Sat., Nov. 11, 8 p.m., $10-$20, Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., 215-569-9700.
Network for New Music, Sun., Nov. 12, 3 p.m., $10-$20, Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St., 215-848-7647.