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The WQXR Weekender: Aug. 23-26

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Late August may appear to be a cultural dead zone in New York City, but this weekend promises several events to occupy your days and nights. It includes a Mostly Mozart finale and an operatic double bill in the East Village.

Friday at 8 pm & Sunday at 3 pm: Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites
Thursday and Saturday at 8pm: Bizet's Carmen
dell'Arte Opera Ensemble
East 13th Street

The dell'Arte Opera Ensemble spotlights emerging post-collegiate singers in a concept program about political protest and women's struggle for liberation. On Thursday and Saturday nights, Russian mezzo-soprano Anna Yelizarova sings the title role in Carmen, while on Friday and Sunday, a young ensemble takes on Poulenc’s Carmelites. Both performances are fully staged and with English supertitles.

Friday at 8 pm
Mark Morris Dance Group performs Dido and Aeneas
Mostly Mozart Festival


The Mark Morris Dance Group has been a staple at Mostly Mozart for a decade but this year brings a first: The choreographer himself conducts Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas – his podium debut at the festival – while mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe stars as Dido and baritone Joshua Jeremiah is in the role of Aeneas. While Morris danced both roles in the 1989 debut of this production, tonight’s performance features dancer Amber Star Merkens.

Saturday at 8 pm
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Avery Fisher Hall

Closing night of the Mostly Mozart Festival has arrived, and conductor Louis Langrée celebrates with Beethoven’s rarely-heard Mass in C major, featuring solo vocalists Sasha Cooke, Layla Claire, Paul Appleby and Matthew Rose. Young Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst plays Mozart's beloved Clarinet Concerto in A major.

Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm
St. Petersburg
String Quartet

The St. Petersburg String Quartet arrives on the boat with a meaty program featuring Schubert’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 29, D. 804 “Rosamunde,” Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, “Unfinished” and Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major.