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In observance of Labor Day, we're taking a break from The New Canon live chat this week — but we'll see you in the listening party next Monday with two exciting new composers.

I love fall. I love back-to-school sales, I love getting sweaters out of storage, I love having to put a blanket back on the bed... Growing up in New England I would regularly overdose on foliage and apple everything. And for me, Labor Day is what sets all of this in motion. You can keep your white pants and shoes, I'll wait eagerly for a white Chrismukkah.

Also awesome about this time of year is the deluge of season openers and new releases. The Tudors go to the Met! The New York Philharmonic premieres a new work by John Corigliano! The mothers of all badasses Valery Gergiev and Brooklyn Rider take over Carnegie Hall (not together, but wouldn't that be amazing?)! We finally are going to see James Dillon's Nine Rivers at Miller Theatre! Nico Muhly brings his own Book of Mormon to Gotham Chamber Opera!

And on the CD front, there's also a lot to love. We're getting a head start on that with three new discs that haven't left my iTunes rotation (seriously, I've played Wolfgang Rihm's Lichtes Spiel 18 times already). One of classical music's biggest names, Anne-Sophie Mutter, makes a Q2 appearance with a new disc for Deutsche Grammophon of works that she played as Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic last season. Michael Gordon's Timber falls into place with some sublime work from Slagwerk den Haag. And our favorite cellist-vocalist Jody Redhage strings and croons works by Missy Mazzoli and Derek Muro.

The one thing all of these folks have in common? The ability, in Tim Gunn's phrasebook, to "make it work." Perfect for car rides back from your long weekends or afternoons spent switching your wardrobe out from madras to tartan.