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The WQXR Weekender: Sept. 20-23

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A Schubert mini-festival, Buddhism-inspired pieces, and John Adams on Staten Island: Here are several concerts to consider as you plan your weekend.

Thursday, Sept. 20 & Friday, Sept. 21 (both 8 pm)
Baryshnikov Arts Center 450 West 37th St.
Orchestra of St. Luke’s

St. Luke's has a busy weekend ahead making some creative juxtapositions. At the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble presents "Whirlwind," a program of wind instrument compositions written by Ligeti and Mozart: the former’s Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet and the latter’s Gran Partita. The evening features set design by visual artist Anne Patterson and lighting design by Matt Frey.

Sept. 21 at 8 pm and Sept. 22 at 3 pm and 8 pm
Central Presbyterian Church of New York
Schubert & Co.

A new organization calling itself Schubert & Co. plans to present all of Schubert’s solo vocal music -- a body of work that comprises more than 600 pieces -- over the span of four weekends between September and May. Three concerts are planned each weekend, including a Saturday evening performance programmed around a single song cycle. This week's is Die Schöne Müllerin, performed by tenor William Ferguson and pianist Brian Zeger. *The organization is so young it doesn't appear to have a website.

Saturday, Sept. 22 at 4 pm
Rubin Museum of Art
Momenta Quartet: “Awakenings”

The adventurous young Momenta Quartet presents a program of new music inspired by Buddhism. On tap are works by Huang Ruo, Ushio Torikai, Jason Kao Hwang, Kee Yong Chong, and John Cage. The program includes the premiere of Canadian artist John Gurrin’s video art, created for Cage’s composition.

Saturday, Sept. 22 at 12:30 pm
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble
Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island
Sunday, Sept. 23 at 12:30 pm
Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn

Taking a cue from New York’s baseball teams, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble is presenting a subway series, with free, one-hour concerts in each of New York City’s five boroughs. The program features Beethoven’s Septet and John Adams’s John’s Book of Alleged Dances.

Sunday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 pm
Le Poisson Rouge
Inna Faliks, pianist

In this Sunday night recital, Ukrainian-American pianist gives the world premiere of John Eaton’s Songs of Nature and Beyond, with baritone David Adam Moore; Fantasia on an Ostinato by John Corigliano; and Beethoven’s Sonata in c minor.