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Classical Music in NYC This Week


The saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman at the Village Vanguard in 1961.

Sam Falk/The New York Times

Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.

STEVEN BECK at Bargemusic (July 14, 8 p.m.). Completism in Bach reigns ever more supreme in classical programming, but it’s still rare to hear a pianist take on a task like the six French Suites in an evening. Here’s your chance.
800-838-3006, bargemusic.org

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY at Alice Tully Hall (July 16, 5 p.m.). The last of the Chamber Music Society’s summer evenings includes Beethoven’s String Trio in D; Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata in D; and Dvorak’s String Quintet in E flat, “The American.” The roster of players includes the pianist Michael Brown; the violinist Erin Keefe; the violinist Kristin Lee; the violinist and violist Yura Lee; the violist Richard O’Neill; and the cellist Efe Baltacigil.
212-875-5788, chambermusicsociety.org

ENSEMBLE SIGNAL at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (July 16, 2 p.m.). A new-music ensemble that by this point practically guarantees quality performances takes on the chamber music of the saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman, who died in 2015. Among the more classically inclined music on this Lincoln Center Festival program is a solo violin work, “Trinity,” as well as “Forms and Sounds” and “The Sacred Mind of Johnny Dolphin.”
212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org/lc-festival

NYO2 AND MEMBERS OF THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA at Carnegie Hall (July 20, 7:30 p.m.). This youth orchestra comes to town with music from two ballets — “Billy the Kid” by Aaron Copland, and “The Firebird” by Stravinsky — as well as performances by Leonardo Genovese and Esperanza Spalding, who takes the stage with vocals and electric bass.
212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org

ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA at Naumburg Bandshell (July 18, 7:30 p.m.). Bach time in Central Park in this free concert, with four of that composer’s famous Brandenburg Concertos on offer. So too is Christopher Theofanidis’s “Muse,” composed as part of the orchestra’s decade-old project to match Bach’s works with contemporary responses.

‘DAS RHEINGOLD’ at Tanglewood (July 15, 8 p.m.). This year Andris Nelsons may not have the dates at the Bayreuth Festival that he is accustomed to, but there is still Wagner in his summer. In one of a series of opera performances with the Boston Symphony, he leads the first part of the “Ring,” with Thomas J. Mayer singing Wotan; Stephanie Blythe as Fricka; Jochen Schmeckenbecher as Alberich; and Morris Robinson and Ain Anger as Fasolt and Fafner, the two giants.
617-266-1492, bso.org

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