Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.
LES ARTS FLORISSANTS at Alice Tully Hall (July 27, 7:30 p.m.). Paul Agnew leads this top French ensemble and choir, for so long associated with the conductor William Christie and so often revelatory in its New York performances, in a program devoted to sacred music by the Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA at David Geffen Hall (July 25, 8 p.m.; July 26, 7:30 p.m.). Louis Langrée kicks off this year’s festivities at Lincoln Center with a peculiar program. There’s Mozart, naturally, in the form of an early Kyrie and the Symphony No. 35, and Beethoven comes along for the ride with his overblown “Choral Fantasy” for piano (Kit Armstrong), choir and orchestra. In between is a selection of traditional songs from Mozart’s time; the singers include Jennifer Johnson Cano.
NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF CHINA at Carnegie Hall (July 22, 8 p.m.). Cultural diplomacy, of a kind, is on offer at Carnegie Hall this week, as young musicians from China and the United States play on successive nights. Ludovic Morlot leads this group from across the Pacific, conducting Zhou Long’s “The Rhyme of Taigu,” Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The propulsive Yuja Wang is the soloist.
NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA at Carnegie Hall (July 21, 8 p.m.). Marin Alsop is the conductor in charge of this year’s cohort of superlative young players from around the country. Before setting off for a tour of Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia, these instrumentalists, ages 16 to 19, play John Adams’s “Short Ride in a Fast Machine”; Mahler’s Symphony No. 1; and a new work by Gabriela Lena Frank, “Apu: Tone Poem for Orchestra.”
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA at Tanglewood (July 24, 8 p.m.). The conductor, pianist and composer Thomas Adès has two programs this week in Lenox, Mass.: one with the Boston Symphony and Emanuel Ax at 8 p.m. on Saturday, and this much more interesting affair, featuring music from Britten’s “Peter Grimes,” Sibelius’s “The Bard” and Symphony No. 7, and Mr. Adès’s own “Polaris.”
VERONA QUARTET at the Museum of Modern Art (July 23, 8 p.m.). Part of MoMA’s Summergarden series of new music, this free concert, by a foursome that was recently in residence at the Juilliard School, consists of works having their first hearings in the United States: quartets by Teizo Matsumura, Alejandro Cardona, Elzbieta Sikora and Marko Nikodijevic.
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