Weekly Classical Events

10/8/2017

AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Carnegie Hall (Oct. 11, 8 p.m.). Leon Botstein conducts a reflection on American democracy through three works: Copland’s “Canticle of Freedom,” written as a response to McCarthyism; Sessions’ Symphony No. 2, dedicated as a memorial to Franklin Roosevelt; and Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3, the “Kaddish,” dedicated to John F. Kennedy. The orchestra is joined by the soprano Pamela Armstrong, speaker Thomas Q. Fulton Jr., and the Bard Festival Choral and Manhattan Girls Chorus.
212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC at David Geffen Hall (Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., through Oct. 17). Paavo Jarvi is the guest conductor on the rostrum this week, taking the orchestra through the New York premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Gambit,” Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4, with the inimitably sophisticated Leif Ove Andsnes at the Steinway.
212-875-5656, nyphil.org

ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S at Carnegie Hall (Oct. 12, 8 p.m.). Pablo Heras-Casado, now this orchestra’s conductor laureate, leads Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Mozart’s C minor Mass, the “Great,” with the soloists Camilla Tilling, Susanna Phillips, Thomas Cooley and Michael Sumuel, as well as the Westminster Symphonic Choir.
212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org

PATRICIA KOPATCHINSKAJA AND JAY CAMPBELL at the Park Avenue Armory (Oct. 9-10, 7:30 p.m.). Creative, provocative, extreme — all words that could be applied to Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s musicianship, and still the description would not quite capture her talent. The violinist joins Jay Campbell, a young cellist with the JACK Quartet, for music by Gibbons, Ravel, Kodaly, Ligeti, Xenakis, Widmann and the premiere of a new work from Michael Hersch, “… das Rückgrat berstend.”
212-616-3930, armoryonpark.org

‘REPONS’ at the Park Avenue Armory (Oct. 6-7, 8 p.m.). Surely there can be no finer exponents of the work of Pierre Boulez than the group he founded, the Ensemble Intercontemporain. With the conductor Matthias Pintscher and sound engineers from IRCAM, they come to New York for performances of “Repons,” Boulez’s mighty piece for chamber orchestra and electronics that was written in the early 1980s. They will give it twice each evening, with the audience sitting in a different place for each performance, all the better to hear the spatial wizardry that is crucial to the composition.
212-616-3930, armoryonpark.org

TAKACS QUARTET at Zankel Hall (Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.). A relatively rare excursion into contemporary music for this eloquent quartet is at the heart of this concert, with the American premiere of Carl Vine’s String Quartet No. 6, “Child’s Play.” Also on the bill are the second of Haydn’s Opus 76 quartets and Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2, for which Erika Eckert joins the group.
212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org

‘TURANDOT’ at the Metropolitan Opera (Oct. 12, 8 p.m., through Nov. 16). The Zeffirelli “Turandot” is back again, and for the long haul: there are 15 performances this season, split into two runs. In this first one, Oksana Dyka is in the title role, Maria Agresta is Liù and Calàf is Aleksandrs Antonenko. Carlo Rizzi conducts.
212-362-6000, metopera.org