Wordless Music, the concert series run by Ronen Givony when he is not overseeing the classical and new-music programming at Le Poisson Rouge, is devoted to showing fans of indie rock and contemporary classical music that the two genres have a common appeal.

Mr. Givony’s latest offering, heard on Saturday evening (21 st May) at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (the program was also played on Friday), was built around two works with rock connections: Philip Glass’s “Heroes” Symphony (1996), which is based on themes from David Bowie’s 1977 album “Heroes,” and “Doghouse” (2010), the latest orchestral score by Jonny Greenwood, who is best known as a member of Radiohead. Gyorgy Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto (1970), a study in energy and texture that prefigures some of Mr. Greenwood’s work, was interposed between them.

For the occasion the conductor Brad Lubman convened the Wordless Music Orchestra, a freelance new-music band that included, this time, all four members of the JACK Quartet and players from Alarm Will Sound, Signal (which played the Ligeti on its own) and other ensembles.

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