The summer calm is over. The fall concert storm is about to begin, with a full slate of serious works, ambitious premieres, and major celebrations of composer milestones. But fear not -- help is on the way. From September 22-29, WQXR looks ahead to the not-miss events around New York for the 2010 fall season. Below is our schedule.
September 22: The New York Philharmonic
As music director Alan Gilbert comes back for round two at the Philharmonic, WQXR looks at what to expect, from the opening night gala to the new artist-in-residence, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Tune in tonight for a live broadcast of that gala.
September 23: New York's Other Orchestras
Sure, there's the Philharmonic. But don't forget the city's many other hard-working bands: the American Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's and American Composers Orchestra.
September 24: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
As construction work on Lincoln Center's 16-acre campus continues, with a new restaurant and other enhancements on the way, the fall season includes a quieter focus. The "White Light Festival," opening Oct. 28, addresses spirituality in music.
September 25: New Jersey Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra...and beyond
We turn our focus across the Hudson to the major series in the Garden State and Philadelphia. The NJSO welcomes Jacques Lacombe as its new music director, while the proud, historically revered Philadelphians are struggling to rebound from a financial crisis. Upstate, the Caramoor Festival kicks off a fall mini-series.
September 26: Chamber music
New York's lean, mean chamber music series take the spotlight including The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 92nd Street Y, Bargemusic and Merkin Concert Hall.
September 27: Metropolitan Opera & New York City Opera
As the Met opens its new season tonight with Robert Lepage's much-anticipated new production of Wagner's Das Reingold, we look at New York's two big opera companies and their cross-plaza rivalry.
September 28: Alternatives & the Unusual
As the center of musical gravity in New York spreads further downtown and beyond, hear what's in store at Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and our own Greene Space.
September 29: Carnegie Hall
We conclude our preview with Carnegie Hall, which opens its season in glitzy fashion with the first of four performances by the Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt gets things started before handing off the baton to the young firebrand, Gustavo Dudamel.