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The WQXR Weekender: Sept. 27-30

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Several concerts around New York this weekend have a visual bent, including a multimedia take on Pictures at an Exhibition, a tribute to Montsalvatge with film and a performance of David T. Little's opera Dog Days.

Thursday & Friday at 8 pm
Guggenheim Museum
“Pictures at an Exhibition”: Multimedia Performance Based on Vasily Kandinsky
Mikhail Rudy, piano

In 1928, the abstract painter Vasily Kandinsky designed sets and lighting to accompany a German performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. All that remains are a set of 16 watercolor drawings, which were recently exhibited by the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Russian pianist Mikhail Rudy has constructed those for a multimedia performance of the work. His piece gets its New York premiere at the Guggenheim, and will be followed by a discussion about his discovery and the origin of the project. Watch a video of the project (in French).

Friday at 7:30 pm
Morgan Library and Museum: Season Opener
Tim Fain, violin
Harolyn Blackwell, soprano
Lynn Baker, piano
Perspectives Ensemble (Sato Moughalian, artistic director)
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor

The Morgan's fall music series kicks off with a tribute to the Spanish composer Xavier Montsalvatge (1912–2002). The event features not only works by Montsalvatge but also by Federico Mompou, Robert Gerhard and Benet Casablancas. Film clips of performances and interviews round out the evening.

Saturday at 8 pm
New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano

Daniil Trifonov, a 21-year-old Russian dynamo with technique to burn, was a highlight of a concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra last fall at Carnegie Hall, broadcast on WQXR. The winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition is back, joining the New York Phil with another Russian potboiler: Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. Also on the program are Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and Mussorgsky's satanic Night on Bald Mountain.

Sunday at 3 pm (also on Saturday at 8 pm)
David T. Little's Dog Days
Montclair State University, Alexander Kasser Theater

Peak Performances, a New Jersey performing-arts series at Montclair State University, gives the premiere staging of the first full-length opera by the noted New York composer David T. Little. Dog Days is taken from a short story by Judy Budnitz and tells the story of a family hiding in their suburban home as war rages in the United States. As their neighbors disappear around them, a strange man, who dresses and acts like a dog, appears at the family's door and befriends the youngest daughter, Lisa. The family comes to accept the man/dog, Prince, and treat him as a pet dog even though it is clear to them that he is a man. Alan Pierson conducts this production, which is directed by Robert Woodruff. Listen to a performance on Q2 Music's Cued Up.