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4 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.

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. (Aug. 17, 8 p.m.; Aug. 18, 2:30 p.m.). In the past couple of seasons, François-Xavier Roth has proved himself to be one of the most interesting and insightful of the Boston Symphony’s regular guest conductors, and he makes his Tanglewood debut in these two concerts. On Saturday, he leads Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with Kirill Gerstein as the soloist. On Sunday, there’s music by the same composers, with Brahms’s Serenade No. 1, Schumann’s “Konzertstück” for four horns and orchestra and Schumann’s Cello Concerto. Yo-Yo Ma is the cellist. The crowds, one imagines, will come on Friday night, for a screening of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,” with the Boston Pops playing John Williams’s score live.
617-266-1200, bso.org

‘KORNGOLD AND HIS WORLD’ at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Aug. 16-18). Bard College’s SummerScape Festival has been much ado about Korngold this year, with the American premiere of his “Das Wunder der Heliane” in July and two weekends of programming for the Bard Music Festival in August. This second weekend of the festival is as packed as ever, with everything from solo piano music to film scores. Take note of the American Symphony’s performance of the Symphony in F sharp, alongside Strauss’s “Four Last Songs,” on Saturday at 8 p.m., but the main event is undoubtedly “Die Tote Stadt,” Korngold’s most successful opera, in a semi-staged account on Sunday at 5 p.m. Leon Botstein conducts the Orchestra Now, with a cast that includes Allison Oakes and Clay Hilley.
845-758-7900, fishercenter.bard.edu

[Read about the events that our other critics have chosen for the week ahead.]

‘PRINCESS MALEINE’ at La MaMa (Aug. 16, 20, 22 and 24, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 18, 2 p.m.). The enterprising Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, which showcases younger singers in often less-heralded repertoire, puts on the premiere of this opera by the composer Whitney George and the librettist Bea Goodwin. Originally made into an opera by Lili Boulanger, who died before she could complete it, the play is by Maurice Maeterlinck. Elyse Kakacek is the lead, with Jeremy Brauner, Eric Lindsey and Liz Bouk also singing. Chris Fecteau and George conduct the run.

TIME:SPANS FESTIVAL at the DiMenna Center (Aug. 16-21, 8 p.m.). The first three concerts of the second week of this excellent festival are all titled “After Experimental Music” and include the world premieres of Okkyung Lee’s “‘Once Upon a Time, We Used to Share This Same Light …’” on Friday and Matana Roberts’s “I Call America: Sandy Speaks …” on Saturday. Monday sees new-music royalty, the Bozzini Quartet, play music by Michael Oesterle and Ana Sokolovic, who also features in a Tuesday concert from the Talea Ensemble. And on Wednesday, Talea rounds out the series with a helping hand from Yarn/Wire, performing works by Oesterle, Denys Bouliane, Claude Vivier, Nikolaj Korndorf and Linda Catlin Smith.

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