Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.
TIMO ANDRES AND DAVID KAPLAN at National Sawdust (June 17, 7 p.m.). Because of the burdens on contemporary composers, we predominantly hear their newer pieces. So this is a welcome opportunity to hear an early Andres work, an hourlong epic in 10 movements for two pianos that was Mr. Andres’s senior thesis at Yale.
‘THE GUILTY MOTHER’ at the Garage (June 20 and 22-24, 7:30 p.m.). Performed in its American premiere, this 1966 Darius Milhaud work completes On Site Opera’s survey of lesser-known adaptations of the French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais’s Figaro trilogy. Benefiting from a luxury pit band in the form of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Geoffrey McDonald conducts Jennifer Black as Rosina, Adam Cannedy as the Count, Amy Owens as Florestine and Andrew Owens as Leon. Eric Einhorn directs a site-specific production.
LOFTOPERA at the Muse (June 16-17, 8:30 p.m.; through July 8). This pioneering opera company will make a detour into sacred music to perform Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater,” along with works by Vivaldi, in a Bushwick, Brooklyn, circus school. John de los Santos directs a production including four dancers, the soprano Heather Buck and the countertenor Randall Scotting. Brian Gilling conducts.
MAKE MUSIC NEW YORK (June 21). Walk around the boroughs on Wednesday and you’re almost certain to bump into a Make Music New York event: There are over 1,000 of them, morning, afternoon and evening. Part of the fun is simple exploration, the pleasure of the unexpected, but three highlights are worth noting: “49 Flutes,” a citywide performance of John Cage’s “49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs”; a performance of Gérard Grisey’s “Le Noir de l’Étoile” at the American Museum of Natural History at 12:30 p.m.; and “WTC @ WTC,” a complete account of Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” at the 9/11 Memorial plaza, at 4 p.m.
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