Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
A FAR CRY at Temple Emanu-El (July 18, 7 p.m.). The Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series hosts this Boston-based, self-conducted chamber orchestra for a typically wide-ranging program that starts with a concerto grosso by Georg Muffat, takes in works by Caroline Shaw and Lembit Beecher, and finally lands on Tchaikovsky’s Serenade in C. Tickets are free.
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. (July 12-13, 8 p.m.; July 14, 2:30 p.m.). An entire weekend of Andris Nelsons concerts at this orchestra’s summer home in the Berkshires starts on Friday, when works by Copland frame Grieg’s Piano Concerto, performed by Jan Lisiecki. Verdi’s “Requiem” is the main event, on Saturday, with the soloists Kristine Opolais, Oksana Volkova, Jonathan Tetelman and Ryan Speedo Green backed by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. And on Sunday, there’s another chance to hear a piece that Nelsons has often promoted, H K Gruber’s “Aerial,” with the trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger. Beethoven and Strauss fill out the afternoon.
‘CARAMOOR TAKES WING!’ at Caramoor in Katonah, N.Y. (July 13-14). Taking its cue from the Aldeburgh Festival a few years ago, Caramoor has put together a weekend of bird walks, a panel discussion and other activities, all based around a complete performance of Messiaen’s “Catalogue d’Oiseaux” by the outstanding pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard. When Aimard isn’t playing, the clarinetist David Rothenberg will commune with the birds, and Sandbox Percussion will play John Luther Adams’s “Songbirdsongs.”
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CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER at Alice Tully Hall (July 14, 5 p.m.; July 17, 7:30 p.m.). Two concerts from the Chamber Music Society this week, both of them in the Summer Evenings series. On Sunday, there’s a performance of Brahms’s Clarinet Trio featuring Anthony McGill, the excellent principal of the New York Philharmonic, and there is Mozart and Arensky from the pianist Juho Pohjonen, the violinist Bella Hristova and the cellist Nicholas Canellakis. On Wednesday, the Calidore String Quartet plays Haydn and Schumann, as well as Vivaldi and Boccherini, for which the foursome is joined by the guitarist Sharon Isbin.
‘THE MAGIC FLUTE’ at the David H. Koch Theater (July 17-20, 7 p.m.). Barrie Kosky’s well-traveled Komische Oper Berlin production of Mozart’s great comedy, which brilliantly uses projections to evoke silent films and cabaret, arrives in New York as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival. Louis Langrée conducts the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, leading an alternating cast that includes Maureen McKay and Vera-Lotte Böcker as Pamina, Julien Behr and Aaron Blake as Tamino, Christina Poulitsi and Aleksandra Olczyk as the Queen of the Night, and Rodion Pogossov and Evan Hughes as Papageno.
TEATRO NUOVO at the Rose Theater (July 17-18, 7:30 p.m.). Will Crutchfield’s forces have become go-tos for unexpected bel canto repertoire, and this year they give two performances at Lincoln Center. On Wednesday, there’s the rarer of the two, Bellini’s “La Straniera,” written in 1829; Crutchfield conducts a cast that includes Christine Lyons in the title role. On Thursday, Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra” takes the stage, with Rachelle Jonck conducting a large cast, led by Alisa Jordheim and Hannah Ludwig.
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