Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, www.viparis.com
Oct. 21 and 22
Classical storytelling enthusiasts can celebrate the three-decade collaboration between Danny Elfman and Tim Burton in this Emmy-winning production. Mr. Elfman’s film scores will be performed by a full choir and orchestra in tandem with Mr. Burton’s imagery, including original sketches, drawings and film clips from “Edward Scissorhands,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and others. The show, which has sold out performances in 10 cities worldwide — including four shows at Le Grand Rex in Paris — will return to that city at the Palais des Congrès de Paris.
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Ravinia Festival, www.ravinia.org
June 3 to Sept. 17
This year’s festival will feature a Chicago Symphony Orchestra two-night performance of Beethoven and Sibelius with the conductor Susanna Malkki, an “all-Russian evening” with Krzysztof Urbanski and a splendidly cadenced version of Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto with Kent Nagano. Longtime devotees will flock to Haydn’s oratorio “Creation,” conducted by James Levine, the orchestra’s newly appointed conductor laureate. Also notable are an appearance by the popular a cappella group Pentatonix, the Ravinia debut of John Mellencamp and performances by the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.
Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” of 1947 epitomizes enchantment, the theme of this season’s Aspen Music Festival and School, as it depicts puppets come to life — one of them agonizing over the failure to lure a ballerina in the shadow of a high trumpet solo. The piece will follow Steve Mackey’s “Urban Ocean” and Haydn’s Violin Concerto in C major. Conducted by Hugh Wolff, an alumnus of the Aspen school, the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra’s performances are known to be both sumptuous and wild, drawing crowds around the open-sided Benedict Music Tent, whose curving roof is made of the same Teflon-coated fiberglass as the canopies at Denver International Airport.
Bach Odyssey, www.kioi-hall.or.jp
Sept. 13 and 14
As part of her continuing world tour of Bach’s complete solo keyboard works, the pianist Angela Hewitt of Canada will take the stage in Kioi Hall. Ms. Hewitt, considered one of the world’s leading interpreters of Bach’s piano works, will offer a full cycle of 12 recitals in the space, mirroring similar programs in New York, Ottawa and London. Known for her nuance and control, Ms. Hewitt plays with a lightness that will draw even casual listeners to seats where they can carefully watch her fingertips.
Mozart 1791, Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, www.laphil.com
Select dates Sept. 29 to Oct. 8
This three-program season opener covers works from the final year of Mozart’s life, including his last piano concerto and the choral works “Ave Verum Corpus” and the rarely performed “Little Masonic Cantata” for men’s voices; a night of chamber music; and highlights from the transcendent opera “The Magic Flute.” The series, performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, hints ruefully at the masterpieces Mozart might have produced if he had lived beyond the age of 35. The conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who directs the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, is known for bringing flair to the classics.
‘Batman meets Alice’ at Hollywood in Hamburg, www.elbphilharmonie.de
This season’s Hollywood in Hamburg series will honor the composers Danny Elfman, David Arnold and John Powell in one of the world’s most advanced acoustic chambers, Elbphilharmonie. “Batman meets Alice,” the first part in the series, to be performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Choir and conducted by John Mauceri, will give insight into the process and techniques behind Mr. Elfman’s scores for “Alice in Wonderland” and “Batman.” The program will also include the German premiere — and only the second performance anywhere — of Mr. Elfman’s first violin concerto, written for Sandy Cameron. Mr. Arnold’s work will be honored next March in “The Sound of James Bond,” and Mr. Powell’s animation scores next June in “‘Ice Age’ and Beyond.”
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