This weekend's concert calendar takes us from the Met Museum to the Met Opera, from the Chicago Symphony to the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
Thursday at 8 pm
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
With a recent down-to-the-wire strike settled, the Chicago Symphony is opening the Carnegie Hall season with a three-night run. The second of the series features the Overture to Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer, the local premiere of CSO composer-in-residence Mason Bates's Alternative Energy, and Franck's lush Symphony in D minor.
Friday, from 5 to 8 pm
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Having just undergone a major personnel change that saw the arrival of two new violinists (Kip Jones and Tema Watstein), the electric string quartet Ethel begins a new residency at the Met museum's Balcony Bar. The three sets, between 5 and 8 pm, are free with museum admission. Repertoire hasn't been announced but expect it to be decidedly more eclectic than the Balcony Bar has seen in the past.
Saturday at 12 pm
Franco Zeffirelli's lavishly over-the-top production of Puccini's beloved masterpiece is back with soprano Maria Guleghina starring as the doomed Chinese princess. Hibla Gerzmava is Liu and James Morris is Timur. Tenor Marco Berti takes on the epic aria "Nessun dorma."
Sunday at 5 pm
Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Hong Kong Sinfonietta
The Hong Kong Sinfonietta, as part of its inaugural North American tour, comes to the Rose Hall in its first U.S. performance. Led by music director Yip Wing-sie the performance features Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto, with soloist Tianwa Yang, as well as his Classical Symphony and the suite from Stravinsky's Pulcinella. A special treat promises to be Chan Hing-yan's 'Twas the Thawing Wind, a concerto for sheng and orchestra, performed by Sheng player Loo Sze-Wang.