Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.
‘DON GIOVANNI’ at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center (Aug. 19, 7 p.m.; Aug. 20, 5 p.m.). Ivan Fischer’s production of this tumultuous tale by Mozart will have its final performances this weekend, and even if only to hear the Budapest Festival Orchestra, one of the finest around, it should not be missed. Among a decent cast, Christopher Maltman is the Don, José Fardilha is Leporello, Laura Aikin is Donna Anna and Lucy Crowe is Donna Elvira.
MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA at David Geffen Hall (Aug. 18-19, 7:30 p.m.). The conductor Louis Langrée rounds out the summer plans of Mostly Mozart’s house band with this program. It features two symphonies — one Classical (Mozart’s No. 25), one Neo-Classical (Prokofiev’s No. 1) — as well as one of the grandest of the Romantic odes to solo virtuosity, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Gil Shaham is the soloist.
ST. PETERSBURG PIANO QUARTET at Bargemusic (Aug. 19, 6 and 8 p.m.). Bargemusic is always a favorite in summer, and there are few finer places to enjoy chamber music in the city at this time of year. On Saturday, this foursome plays two works in E flat, with piano quartets by Beethoven and Schumann.
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA at Tanglewood (Aug. 20, 2:30 p.m.). Last season, the pianist Paul Lewis played Brahms with these younger players, with Andris Nelsons at the helm; this year, it’s Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 from the same forces. Also on the bill, Strauss’s tormented, glorious “Alpine” Symphony. If you head up to Lenox, Mass., on Sunday, get there early: At 10 a.m., the composer John Harbison will conduct four of Bach’s cantatas.
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