Thursday, January 14, 2010

Classical Music Concerts in NYC - If I Had My Way..

NYC Classical Music Picks

Due to that awful thing known as "work committments" (which should be outlawed, if I had my way - we need to get a petition going,) it looks like I won't make it back to New York City for another month at least. But, if I had unlimited money, unlimited time, and a place just waiting for me in Manhattan whenever I felt like jetting over, I've looked through at least part of the treasure trove of what's on offer in the next little while, and this is what I'd take in:

The Big Shows:

Daniel Baremboim (piano), Pierre Boulez (conducting) & the Vienna Philharmonic playing Schoenberg, Webern and Mahler (as they should!) at Carnegie Hall - January 16 (image of Daniel Barenboim, above, by Fernando Delgado Bépar, 2005)

The Zukerman ChamberPlayers with Angela Cheng at the piano, playing Brahms & Kodaly at Kaufman Concert Hall - January 24

Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax playing Schuman and Chopin at Carnegie Hall - January 29 (image of Yo-Yo Ma courtesy of the World Economic Forum, taken 2008)

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Angela Hewitt and Christopher Taylor at Carnegie Hall - February 6


Off the Beaten Path:

Chamber Music at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Yefim Bronfman and members of the NY Phil playing Mozart, Ravel & Brahms - January 17 (image of Yefim Bronfman, bottom, taken at the Tanglewood Festival, July 3, 2009)

The Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players with Adam Neiman (piano) & Xiao-Dong Wang (violin) play French composers - Poulenc, Gaubert, Ravel, Delibes, Dubois at the Good Shepherd Church - January 18

Northern Lights music from the far north at Scandinavia House - January 21

Mozart, Khachaturian, Bruch & Brahms on the Barge - January 29

The Fauré Quartet makes their NYC debut in a Sunday Morning Coffee Concert at the Lincoln Center - January 31


Cool Stuff:

Open End contemporary music specialists play Atar Arad, Gyorgy Ligeti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky, Andrew Waggoner, and Anna Weesner plus four free improvisations in a FREE concert at Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church - January 17

The Dodd String Quartet plays Mozart, St-Georges and Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga on period instruments at Merkin Concert Hall - January 19 (2pm matinee)

Con Vivo New Jersey - The Strangetet + String Music for a New World at the Stone NYC, with the Music of Mexico, Lior Novak, Simon Fink and Ben Greenstein - January 22

The Bronx Art Ensemble plays Mozart, Beethoven, with Stewart Goodyear at the piano for the World Premiere of Dogged by Hellhounds - January 24

The Houston Symphony plays Stravinsky, Dutilleux, and Holst's The Planets with a spanking new HD film to add to the experience, Carnegie Hall - January 28

I'd be tired but very happy - and I didn't even include opera!

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