Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.
‘DIMITRIJ’ at Bard College (July 28, 7:30 p.m.; July 30 and Aug. 2, 2 p.m.; through Aug. 6). Beyond “Rusalka,” Dvorak’s operas are woefully unexplored, so here’s a welcome opportunity to hear his “Dimitrij,” whose plot picks up the story of Boris Godunov where Modest Mussorgsky’s masterpiece left off. Leon Botstein, that purveyor of all things underplayed, conducts the American Symphony Orchestra at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in a production by Anne Bogart. The cast is led by Clay Hilley (Dimitrij), Olga Tolkmit (Xenie) and Melissa Citro (Marina).
INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE at Hearst Plaza (July 28, 7 p.m.). The Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival offers this tribute to the composer Pauline Oliveros, who died last year. The band universally known as ICE will play three works in this free, open-air concert: “Applebox Double,” “Heart of Tones” and “One Hundred Meeting Places.”
JACK QUARTET at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music (Aug. 3, 8 p.m.). Part of the superb Time Spans festival, which also features intriguing Talea Ensemble concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday, this performance is devoted to the New York premiere of a new work by John Luther Adams, “Everything That Rises,” a string quartet piece based on an upward journey through the harmonic series.
MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA at David Geffen Hall (July 28-29, 7:30 p.m.). The house band at Mostly Mozart has two programs this week, but this is potentially the more interesting. Edward Gardner, a conductor rapidly on the rise, leads Mozart’s “Masonic Funeral Music” and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, and is joined by the exuberant, charismatic, ever-delightful Jeremy Denk for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.
SO PERCUSSION at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (Aug. 2, 10 p.m.). The Mostly Mozart Festival’s A Little Night Music series, with its perch above the city and its free wine, begins another season with this superlative quartet playing John Cage’s “Living Room Music” and “Credo in US,” as well as Caroline Shaw’s “Taxidermy” and Viet Cuong’s “Water, Wine, Brandy, Brine.”
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