6 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend
Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Carnegie Hall (Nov. 18, 8 p.m.). Straight-down-the-line classics in this concert, the first of three the Boston Symphony gives in New York this season. (Two more follow in April.) Leif Ove Andsnes is the soloist in Grieg’s Piano Concerto, before the soprano Genia Kühmeier joins the orchestra for Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Andris Nelsons conducts.
CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Carnegie Hall (Nov. 15-16, 8 p.m.). Riccardo Muti brings his typically well-drilled orchestra to New York for two concerts. The first, on Friday, takes the Eternal City as its theme, with Bizet’s “Roma,” Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” and Berlioz’s cantata “La Mort de Cléopâtre,” which the French composer entered for the Prix de Rome. Joyce DiDonato, an outstanding singer of Berlioz’s music, does the honors. On Saturday, the theme is a single composer, Prokofiev, in the form of Symphony No. 3 and selections from his “Romeo and Juliet.”
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IRISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA at Zankel Hall (Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.). Jörg Widmann may hold the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie this season, but the concerts associated with that appointment showcase his work as a clarinetist and a conductor, too. Hear him in all three roles in a concert that, just like his music, reflects deeply on the links between past and present. On the bill: a Mendelssohn string symphony, Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C minor, Weber’s Clarinet Quintet, and two Widmann works, “Versuch über die Fuge” and “180 Beats Per Minute.”
NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at David Geffen Hall (Nov. 17, 3 p.m.). On the afternoon that Carnegie Hall rests between its visitors from Chicago and Boston, head over to Lincoln Center to catch this Washington ensemble, very much on the upswing. Revitalized by the conductor Gianandrea Noseda, the National Symphony performs Act II of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” with Stephen Gould and Christine Goerke in the title roles, and Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne and Günther Groissböck as Marke.
‘LE NOZZE DI FIGARO’ at the Metropolitan Opera (Nov. 16, 1 p.m.; Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.; through Dec. 14). Mozart’s great comedy returns in Richard Eyre’s production, for the first of two runs this season. Antonello Manacorda conducts a cast that includes Susanna Phillips as the Countess, Nadine Sierra as Susanna, Luca Pisaroni as Figaro and Adam Plachetka as the Count. Plachetka, amazingly and quite amusingly, reappears as Figaro when the production returns in February.
CONRAD TAO at Weill Recital Hall (Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.). Talk about range: On his Carnegie debut, this brilliant pianist and composer skips from Bach, Schumann and Rachmaninoff all the way forward to pieces by Elliott Carter, David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Jason Eckardt. Pianophiles might also note recitals in the coming week by Vadym Kholodenko, playing Medtner, Beethoven and Godovsky as part of the Peoples’ Symphony Concerts at Washington Irving High School (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.); Alessio Bax doing a program of Dallapiccola, Liszt and more at the 92nd Street Y (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.); and, most enticingly, Michael Brown and Orion Weiss at the Rose Studio, performing Messiaen’s “Visions de l’Amen” and the four-handed version of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” (Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.).
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