Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA at David Geffen Hall (July 26-27 and 30-31, 7:30 p.m.). Two programs from Mostly Mozart’s resident band, the first of which, on Friday and Saturday, begins in cult-classic territory with the violinist Pekka Kuusisto as the soloist in Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” before it veers into unconventionality, with traditional music from Finland, Norway and Hungary. Andrew Manze conducts, with the bass Knut Erik Sundquist also on hand. The festival’s music director, Louis Langrée, returns to the podium on Tuesday and Wednesday, for Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 and some Mozart — the overture to “Don Giovanni” and the Piano Concerto No. 20, with Martin Helmchen billed as playing cadenzas by Clara Schumann. Of the festival’s other highlights in the coming week, note the soprano Susanna Phillips’s A Little Night Music concert of songs by Fanny Hensel, Alma Mahler and Clara Schumann on Tuesday night, and a free performance of Mozart’s “Gran Partita” at St. Paul’s Chapel on Saturday at 3 p.m.
NYO2 at Carnegie Hall (July 30, 7:30 p.m.). Carlos Miguel Prieto takes the helm of this orchestra of young musicians, who play an abridged version of Falla’s “The Three-Cornered Hat,” Stravinsky’s “Pétrouchka” and Gabriela Montero’s Piano Concerto No. 1, “Latin,” with the composer at the piano.
ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S at Temple Emanu-El (July 30, 7 p.m.). The free Naumburg Orchestral Concerts are always worth a visit, and this one is particularly so for a performance of songs by Florence Price, whose music is starting to receive a welcome renaissance. Jasmine Muhammad is the soloist. Also on the bill are Anna Clyne’s “Prince of Clouds,” Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.”
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‘DIE WALKÜRE’ at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. (July 27, 8 p.m.; July 28, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.). Exiled from the Bayreuth Festival, Andris Nelsons seems to be consoling himself by embarking on Wagner’s “Ring” in the Berkshires, with this “Walküre” following on from “Das Rheingold” two years ago. Oddly he will be at the helm not of the Boston Symphony, but of its young relative, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Christine Goerke, one of today’s Brünnhildes of choice, leads the cast, with James Rutherford as Wotan, Simon O’Neill as Siegmund, Amber Wagner as Sieglinde, Franz-Josef Selig as Hunding and Stephanie Blythe as Fricka. Act I will be performed on Saturday night; Acts II and III will follow on Sunday.
‘DAS WUNDER DER HELIANE’ at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (July 26, 7:30 p.m.; July 28, 2 p.m.; through Aug. 4). Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s ultraluxurious scores are heard all too rarely outside of Central Europe, and to hear anything other than “Die Tote Stadt” anywhere is almost impossibly so. Credit, as ever, to Leon Botstein and his insatiable appetite for the exotic, then, for these performances at Bard College’s SummerScape of the opera that followed “Die Tote Stadt” in 1927. Botstein conducts the American Symphony Orchestra in a production directed by Christian Räth, with a cast including Ausrine Stundyte, Alfred Walker and Daniel Brenna.
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