5 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.
THE KNIGHTS at Temple Emanu-El (June 18, 7 p.m.). Alas, Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell is out of action this summer while it undergoes repairs, depriving us of the annual, free outdoor concerts that have been a staple of the summer season for more than a century. However, the Naumburg concerts themselves have moved across the street temporarily to the Temple Emanu-El’s Streicker Center. The Knights are first up, with the chamber orchestra playing music that includes the premiere of an arrangement of Lisa Bielawa’s “Fictional Migration” for solo flute and horn with strings, and Mendelssohn’s Octet. Tickets must now be reserved online, but they are still free.
MET ORCHESTRA at Carnegie Hall (June 14, 8 p.m.). The symphonies of Anton Bruckner are among the conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s great loves, a cycle he has recorded with one of his other orchestras, the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal. Here he leads the Symphony No. 7, prefacing it with Mahler’s “Rückert Lieder.” Elina Garanca is the singer.
ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S at Zankel Hall (June 20, 7:30 p.m.). The conductor Bernard Labadie is one of numerous musicians who have transcribed the keyboard score of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations for different instruments, and he concludes the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Bach Festival with the United States premiere of his arrangement. You can hear the original at the DiMenna Center on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., when the harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï performs it in a special presentation with lighting by Burke Brown.
MITSUKO UCHIDA at Carnegie Hall (June 18, 8 p.m.). Rescheduled after a cancellation earlier in the year, this concert is part of Uchida’s ongoing return to Schubert’s piano sonatas, music in which she has always had such grace and insight. She performs three sonatas, two of which are among the composer’s darkest and most turbulent: the D. 784 in A minor and the D. 959 in A.
‘WHITMAN IN MUSIC AND WORDS’ at the Morgan Library & Museum (June 20, 7:30 p.m.). Catch the Morgan’s new exhibition on Walt Whitman, then head to this concert put together by the young composer-conductor Matthew Aucoin, whose 2015 opera “Crossing” was based on Whitman’s diaries during the Civil War. In addition to excerpts from the opera, played by Aucoin at the piano and sung by the baritone John Moore, there is more music by John Adams and Leonard Bernstein, accompanied by letters and poems read by Ben Lerner.