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.
TIMO ANDRES at Bargemusic (Sept. 6, 7 p.m.). This pianist and composer always intrigues in the way he pairs his music with music of the past, and this recital is no exception. In addition to one of his own pieces, “Moving Études,” Andres performs three impromptus by Franz Schubert and three études by Philip Glass.
‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ at David Geffen Hall (Sept. 11-12, 7:30 p.m.). For all the sprawling innovations that Jaap van Zweden and Deborah Borda have introduced at the New York Philharmonic, the season still, happily, opens with “The Art of the Score,” in which the orchestra plays live accompaniment to film screenings. John Williams’s score to Steven Spielberg’s epic is first up this year, with Richard Kaufman conducting; Bernard Herrmann’s brilliant music for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” is up on Sept. 13 and 14.
STEPHEN GOSLING at Miller Theater (Sept. 10, 6 p.m.). The premiere of a new, evening-length piano work by the relentlessly productive John Zorn is on the bill for the first pop-up concert of the new season. It features “18 Studies From the Later Sketchbooks of J M W Turner (1841-1845),” one of Zorn’s longest works, which includes études, preludes, nocturnes and more. A free drink, should you need it, comes with admission.
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PAUL JACOBS at Paul Recital Hall (Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.). That the organ of Notre-Dame Cathedral survived the fire in April is little short of a miracle, so it’s a good time for Jacobs, one of our leading organists, to celebrate the culture that this instrument still represents. In the first of three concerts this month under the rubric of “The Great French Organ Tradition,” Jacobs plays works by Marcel Dupré, Nadia Boulanger, César Franck, Jehan Alain, Naji Hakim, Camille Saint-Saëns and Alexandre Guilmant.
METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE at 1 Rivington Street (Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.). Now in its 13th year, this vibrant collective opens its season with a concert that takes in music from the French Baroque, the Swedish folk tradition and the contemporary era, in the shape of works by Gabriella Smith and Paul Wiancko. Alexi Kenney, Ayane Kozasa, Gabriel Cabezas and Wiancko play strings, under the artistic director Andrew Cyr.
NOVUS NY AND THE CHOIR OF TRINITY WALL STREET at St. Paul’s Chapel (Sept. 12, 7 p.m.). In the 10 seasons that the conductor and composer Julian Wachner has been director of music at Trinity Wall Street, he has turned its artistic programming into a genuine cultural force, as adept in Baroque music as it is in the most modern sounds. I am not sure there is a more valuable musical institution at work in New York today. As part of a celebratory weekend, Wachner leads a concert looking back at just some of the contributions he and his forces have made, whether downtown, elsewhere in the city or on record, with music by Paola Prestini, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Jessie Montgomery, Ellen Reid, Edward Thomas, Trevor Weston, Du Yun, Philip Glass and Wachner himself. As is the norm, the concert is free.
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