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5 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Oct 3, 2019

Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

AIZURI QUARTET at Advent Lutheran Church (Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.). Aaron Wunsch, the artistic director of the Music Mondays series, joins this innovative foursome, which was recently nominated for a Grammy Award. The wide-ranging program includes Hildegard of Bingen’s “Columba aspexit,” Caroline Shaw’s “Blueprint,” a quartet by Haydn and Brahms’s Piano Quintet. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; admission is free, as is the wine reception afterward.
212-665-2504, musicmondays.org

CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA at Carnegie Hall (Oct. 4, 8 p.m.). This orchestra’s music director, Franz Welser-Möst, just renewed his contract, one that now lasts, scarcely conceivable, until 2027, by which point he will have been in charge at Severance Hall for a quarter-century. Hear why in this program, pairing Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, which opens with a massive funeral march, with “Trauermarsch” by Jörg Widmann, who is in Carnegie’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair this season. Yefim Bronfman is at the piano.
212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org

‘MANON’ at the Metropolitan Opera (Oct. 5, 8 p.m.). My colleague Joshua Barone wrote that this revival of Laurent Pelly’s production may have been the “dark horse” of the Met’s opening week, largely thanks to the performance of Lisette Oropesa in the title role. Oropesa is joined by Michael Fabiano as Chevalier des Grieux, Carlo Bosi as Guillot de Morfontaine, Artur Rucinski as Lescaut, Brett Polegato as De Brètigny and Kwangchul Youn as Comte des Grieux. Maurizio Benini conducts.
212-362-6000, metopera.org

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NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC at David Geffen Hall (Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.). Lang Lang seems to be the go-to soloist for many orchestras when they try to swell their coffers with a gala concert, and the Philharmonic is no exception. Lang is the pianist in this all-Beethoven evening, with Jaap van Zweden on hand to conduct the Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Symphony No. 5. Earlier in the coming week at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Laurie Anderson curates a Nightcap concert (Saturday at 10:30 p.m.), hosted by Nadia Sirota.
212-875-5656, nyphil.org

STRING ORCHESTRA OF BROOKLYN in the Green-Wood Cemetery Catacombs (Oct. 8-10, 7:30 p.m.). As part of the pioneering Angel’s Share series, and accompanied by projections, Eli Spindel conducts Pärt’s “Fratres,” Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater,” with the soprano Molly Netter and the mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney. As ever, a whiskey tasting begins at 6 p.m.

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