June can be a slow time for classical music in New York — but not entirely. This week, there's Mahler in Newark, Puccini in Chelsea, Beethoven in Bed-Stuy and a Boston chorus uptown.
Thursday, June 7 at 1:30 pm and Sunday, June 10 at 3 pm
New Jersey Symphony
Mahler Symphony No. 9
Jacques Lacombe wraps his second season as music director of the New Jersey Symphony with Mahler's Ninth Symphony. It's been an eventful season for Lacombe: on Wednesday the National Order of Québec announced that Lacombe is to be knighted for his influence in Canada. The Knighthood is the top honor conferred by Québec's government. Last month, the conductor brought the New Jersey Symphony to Carnegie Hall for the Spring for Music festival.
Friday, June 8 at 7:30 pm and June 9 at 4 pm
St. Peter's Church, 346 W. 20th Street
Daniel Rodriguez will probably always be known as "the singing cop." The tenor, formerly an officer with the New York City Police Department, achieved notoriety after 9/11 with his hearty singing of "God Bless America" during an interfaith service held at Yankee Stadium and televised worldwide. The classical music world took notice and, along with appearances on David Letterman and Oprah, he sung with orchestras in Chicago, Boston, Atlanta and elsewhere. A decade later, he's become a regular at Chelsea Opera, which brings the Puccini favorite to a modest stage at St. Peter's Church in Chelsea. Christina Rohm is Cio-Cio San, Justin Ryan is Sharpless and Yajie Chen is Suzuki.
Saturday, June 9 at 8 pm
Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St.
The Brooklyn Philharmonic has sought to reinvent itself this year as a touring orchestra after a dark year in which it grappled with severe financial troubles. It caps its year with this performance featuring rapper Yassin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) along with the results of a Beethoven remix contest. The orchestra put out a call to DJs and sound artists to take the final movement of Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the Eroica, and transform it by using sampling, looping, synthesizers and turntables. The winning version, by Brooklyn-based DJ Eddie Marz, will be performed by the orchestra in an arrangement by the young composer (and 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist) Andrew Norman.
Sunday, June 10 at 4 pm
St. Ignatius of Antioch Church
552 West End Ave. at 87th Street
The Boston Chorus Blue Heron sings some old-school love songs -- as in 16th-century old-school -- at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, a hotbed of choral concerts on the Upper West Side. Its program features music, sacred and amorous, by Victoria, Guerrero and Gombert.