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The WQXR Weekender: August 9-12

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Our picks for this weekend include Pablo Heras-Casado at Mostly Mozart, chamber music at the Norfolk Music Festival, the Avalon String Quartet at Bargemusic and The Music Man at Glimmerglass.

Thursday, August 9 at 7:30 pm
Freiberg Baroque Orchestra at the Mostly Mozart Festival
Alice Tully Hall

Pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, a fortepiano expert, is working his way through Mozart's major keyboard works in a series of recordings. But the Mostly Mozart Festival is more than just its namesake composer these days and thus he'll instead do his solo turn in Schumann's Introduction and Allegro appassionato ("Concertstück"). For the rest of the program, the period instrument Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado will perform Schubert's Symphony No. 3 and Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony No. 4. Bezuidenhout will also give a pre-concert recital at 6:30, where he will play works by Schubert and Voríšek.


Friday, August 10 at 8 pm
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Norfolk, CT

With muggy weather on tap, it's a good time to escape to rural Connecticut. As part of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's Weekend Series, which concludes this weekend, flutist Carol Wincenc and several colleagues will perform chamber music by Beethoven, Debussy, Max Reger and Paul Schoenfield.


Saturday at 8 pm
Avalon String Quartet at Bargemusic

The Avalon String Quartet, now in its 17th year, comes to the Barge to perform Beethoven's String Quartets Nos. 14 and 16. They will also perform Friday night at 8 pm, playing his String Quartet No. 13 and Mozart's "Dissonant" Quartet in C Major.


Sunday, August 12
The Music Man at Glimmerglass
Cooperstown, NY

The classic musical about a vagabond con artist and a local librarian comes to life at Glimmerglass, performed with a full orchestra and no amplification. Cooperstown native Dwayne Croft stars as Harold Hill. Soprano Elizabeth Futral is Marion Paroo. This production runs through August 24. Also see "Send in the Cons" on the Operavore blog.

-- Emily Ostertag