When The New Philharmonic played its first show at Kaneko in January, no one was really sure what to expect, including the organizers. It was a free concert of contemporary chamber music. Some of the program was fairly out there, featuring sporadic bursts of atonal noise, experimental video and performers meandering about the audience. How many people would show up?

As it happened, quite a few. The collective, led by New York-based conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni (a Millard West graduate), played to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people.

Consider that show a prologue for what’s to come. With its second concert, The New Philharmonic begins what it’s calling a 26-year, 26-concert project, with each installment based on a letter of the alphabet and dedicated to challenging the conventions of the concert experience. In the case of this weekend’s concert, that apparently involves apples, anvils, artifacts, auctions, atlases and anti-jokes.

In other words, expect the unexpected. Unless it begins with “A.” Then maybe expect that. And get there early if you want a seat.

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