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The WQXR Weekender: Aug. 30-Sept. 3

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Although it's fashionable to see Labor Day weekend as the end of summer, we're not so fatalistic. After all, there are nearly three weeks of the season left on the calendar. And the holiday weekend offers several chances to get out and enjoy summer in the New York area, from Bargemusic to Governor's Island to Woodstock, NY.

Thursday and Friday at 7 pm
Bohemian National Hall
321 E. 73rd Street

Opera Slavica, a training company for young professionals, presents Janácek’s grittily realistic opera Jenufa, fully staged, with chamber orchestra and English subtitles. The Thursday performance marks a return to the stage by soprano Susan Marie Pierson, whose performing career was cut short by a car accident two years ago. She plays Kostelnika, opposite Ashley Becker in the title role.


Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm
Here and Now Labor Day Festival
The Knights, The Declassified et al.


BargeMusic presents an ambitious “Here and Now Festival,” a contemporary music blowout by Babbitt, Bolcom, Carter, Musto, Rorem, Caleb Burhans, Libby Larson, Rob Schwimmer and others, including world premieres. Performers include the orchestra The Knights and the new-music collective The Declassified.


Sunday at 3 pm
Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, NY
The Jupiter String Quartet with Pianist Ilya Yakushev

Maverick Concerts presents a double-bill of chamber music: Pianist Ilya Yakushev and Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, the Jupiter String Quartet playing Beethoven and Webern, then all together for Franck’s F-Minor Piano Quintet. At the historic music shed in Woodstock.


Monday at 1 pm and 3 pm, free of charge
Governor’s Island
Todd Reynolds, violinist
Rite of Summer Music Festival


The Governor's Island Rite of Summer Festival concludes with a group led by violinist Todd Reynolds, formerly of the quartet Ethel and now with other genre-bending and boundary-pushing ensembles. Find out what classical, bluegrass, minimalist and electronica music have to say when they get together at Colonels' Row.