Winter classical music preview | The New Yorker


After last year’s deprivation season, classic presenters are bouncing back with a feast of winter events that offer familiar comforts and surprising delicacies.

The Metropolitan Opera embarks on his second opera of the 21st century in as many months, the “Eurydice” (November 23-December 16). Then it pivots to a proven vacation game plan, condensing the dreamy production of Laurent Pelly de Massenet “Cinderella” in a family attraction in English (December 17-January 3) before unveiling the Art Deco version of Bartlett Sher “Rigolet” on New Year’s Eve.

The New York Philharmonic the annual “Holiday Brass” concert returns, in all its glory, to Alice Tully Hall (December 16-18). The New York Oratorio Society and Sacred music everyone brings their own COVID– friendly summary of Handel’s eternal oratorio “Messiah” at Carnegie Hall (December 20 and 21, respectively).

At 92nd Street Y, Jeremy Denk, whose memoir “Every Good Boy Does Fine” comes out in February, plays Book I of Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” (December 4), and the violinist Randall Goosby plays Florence Price (December 9). In Morningside Heights, Miller Theater resumes its activities in person with a concert “Portraits of composers” of the work of Kati Agócs (December 9) and the magnificent Saint-Jean-le-Dieu cathedral hosts free events by the Saint-Luc Orchestra (November 19) and American Symphony Orchestra (December 16).

The Prototypes festival, marking ten years of essential contemporary opera and musical theater, rushes into the post-holiday void of the classic calendar with a barrage of premieres (January 7-16). Drag artist and “genius” scholarship recipient MacArthur Taylor Mac portrays Socrates in ” The shot “, a queer reinvention of the philosopher’s final hours, and hip-hop-jazz group Soul Inscribe tells the story of marijuana in “Cannabis! A Vaudeville Viper.

A constant stream of stars, including Igor levit (January 13), Maxime Vengerov (January 20), and Renee fleming (January 23), walk through the gilded Carnegie Hall front stage and the Painter Pianist Vikingur Ólafsson makes its expected debut at Zankel Hall (February 22). The Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society premieres in New York the chamber opera “A Song by Mahler” by Marc Neikrug (February 17) and the string quartet “Breathing Statues” by Anna Clyne (March 24). Death of the classic, which has a series of concerts in a crypt and another in a catacomb, unearths a third underground space, under the Episcopal Church of St.George, for “The cave sessions”, inaugurated by violinist Jennifer Koh (February 8-28). ??


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