Critics’ picks: Opera & Classical events

See the best Opera & Classical shows in NYC this week, as chosen by Time Out New York's critics.

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The Knights

  • Critics choice
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Brooklyn’s versatile young chamber orchestra returns to the Naumburg Bandshell with a exceptionally fine (and free) program this evening. Stravinsky's boisterous and moody Concerto in E-flat (a.k.a. "Dumbarton Oaks") sits next to Bartók's Divertimento, Ligeti's Old Hungarian Ballroom Dances and

  1. Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park 72nd St, at Fifth Ave
  2. Tue Jul 22
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Jason Vieaux

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Caramoor welcomes the veteran classical guitarist for a wide-ranging program of pieces by Bach, Pat Metheny and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

  1. Caramoor Center for Music and Arts 149 Girdle Ridge Rd, 10536
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Sila: The Breath of the World

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  • Free

If a new-classical composition "composed to be played out of doors" sounds like a gimmick, then take heart from the fact that John Luther Adams can make such conceits take wing and really fly. (His prior outdoor piece, Inuksuit, is also available as a home recording, if you'd like to get a sense of

  1. Hearst Plaza (at Lincoln Center) W 65th St, at Columbus Ave
  2. Fri Jul 25 - Sat Jul 26
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Euryanthe

  • Critics choice

As part of Bard's SummerScape festival, the adventurous conductor Leon Botstein will lead a promising cast and the American Symphony Orchestra in this opera by Carl Maria von Weber (which has not been seen, stateside, in the last century). Kevin Newbury directs.

  1. Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College Manor Ave, at Robbins Rd
  2. Fri Jul 25 - Sun Aug 3
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Zuill Bailey & Natasha Paremski

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The cellist returns to the Maverick Concerts hall, along with pianist Natasha Paremski, for a program that includes two Richard Strauss items: the Romance for cello and piano in F major and the Cello Sonata, Op. 6. The pair will also dig into Stravinsky's charming Suite Italienne and Rachmaninoff's

  1. Maverick Concert Hall 120 Maverick Rd
  2. Sat Jul 26
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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

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Louis Langrée returns to lead the summer's sprightly celebration of First Viennese School heavyweights. A free concert kicks things off on July 26, with the overture to Don Giovanni, a clip from Gluck's Don Juan, and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. July 29 and 30 are devoted to the titular focus

  1. Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center) 132 W 65th St, at Broadway
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sat Aug 23
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Sirius Quartet

  • Critics choice

The adventurous foursome dedicates an evening to the chamber music of Medeski, Martin & Wood member Billy Martin.

  1. The Stone Ave C, at 2nd St
  2. Sat Jul 26
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She, After

  • Critics choice

The Secret Opera company mounts a pair of linked monodramas by rising star composer Daniel Felsenfeld, whose work you might have heard on orchestral sections of the Roots' undun or on a recent program in the New York Philharmonic's first Biennial. Soprano Alexis Rodda will inhabit two different

  1. Scholes Street Studio 375 Lorimer Street, 11206
  2. Sat Jul 26
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Vox Novus/Composer's Voice

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Vox Novus/Composer's Voice presents an afternoon set of contemporary works, guest-curated by Joseph Bohigian. Featured composers include Benjamin Boone, Anna Aidinian, Kenneth Froelich, Octavio Vasquez, Rain Worthington, Joshua Marquez and Bohigian himself (who, in triple-threat mode, will also

  1. Jan Hus Presbyterian Church 351 E 74th St, at First Ave
  2. Sun Jul 27
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Americas Society

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Americas Society exists to provide public programming and forums to encourage ideas, discussions and debates about issues throughout the Western Hemisphere.

  1. 680 Park Ave, at 68th St
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