6 Programs This Fall for Classical Music Lovers

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Ludovico Einaudi's performance at NYU Skirball is one of several engaging events for those interested in classical music this fall. (Ray Tarantino/Ludovico Einaudi's Website)

There will be many opportunities at a wide variety of institutions across New York City in the upcoming season to attend lectures that can broaden your understanding and appreciation of classical music. Here are some of our favorites:

Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, since 1984 has championed new works and provided access to leading creators and performers. Upcoming programs will focus on a new opera, co-commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera, based on the film It’s a Wonderul Life, and a new Metropolitan Opera production of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin, among others.

The Aspect Foundation for Music & Arts will present its first concert series in New York since the organization launched in London in June 2011. Its first event, on Oct. 5 at the Italian Academy, will link Bach and Mozart via a common thread — amateur composer and diplomat Baron Gottfried van Swieten, who invited Mozart to concerts featuring works by Bach in late 18th century Vienna.

Ludovico Einaudi, the alt-classical composer-pianist, will appear in a concert at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 18, celebrating the release of his latest album, Elements. This will be preceded by a pre-performance educational event with Einaudi and students from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

The 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, a legendary presenter of classical music programs, also regularly offers a wide variety of talks and classes complementing its concerts. This season includes tutorials on Bach's inventions and cello suites, Mozart's music for the piano, Rachmaninoff's Music for an Exhibition and more. Benjamin Verdery, the chair of the Yale University guitar department, also gives preconcert talks prior to his "Art of the Guitar" events. 

The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx will offer a cross-genre “Winter Harmonies” concert on Dec. 18, featuring the Cassatt String Quartet and visual artist Rebecca Allan, who will create a "live painting" inspired by the musical performance. A post-concert Q&A will offer insight into the practices of Allen and the musicians. 

This season, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts launches a new series of concerts, called "Encounters," that promises to bring audiences even closer to the work of great composers. Focusing on Brahms, the events will give audiences the opportunity to view manuscripts of the composer’s works, hear performances of those works by the New York Classical Players and participate in a conversation with the musicians.


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