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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Resonant Bodies Festival

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  • Critics choice

An ambitious festival spanning a vast range of vocal styles, Resonant Bodies brings together a choice group of up-and-coming artists in the classical and improv modes. The Sept 2 opening program features Christie Finn singing Helmut Lachenmann's Got Lost (with Neus Estarellas Calderón on piano) at

  1. Jack 505 ½ Waverly Ave, between Atlantic Ave and Fulton St, 11238
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Thu Sep 4
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As One

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Baritone Kelly Markgraf and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke take on aspects of the same transgender role at the heart of Laura Kaminsky's new chamber opera. Steven Osgood conducts; Ken Cazan directs.

  1. BAM Fisher 321 Ashland Pl, between Hanson Pl and Lafayette Ave, 11217
  2. Thu Sep 4 - Sun Sep 7
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Dither Extravaganza 2014

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Electric-guitar quartet Dither's yearly bash has a lot going for it this time around: sets by Jace Clayton (a.k.a. DJ Rupture); James Ilgenfritz, a bassist as adept at playing Anthony Braxton pieces as he is at performing Annie Gosfield's music; plus a guitarist named Lee Ranaldo (who used to be in

  1. Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity 157 Montague St, between Clinton and Henry Sts
  2. Fri Sep 5
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Here Be Sirens

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Let me start 2014 with a bold statement: We are living in a new golden age of opera. It’s not just a matter of talented singers, though we’ve plenty of those; what’s really exciting is the proliferation of bold new pieces by composers of all genders, nationalities and stylistic inclinations.

  1. 161A Chrystie St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts, 10002
  2. $25, advance $20, seniors and students $15
  3. Fri Sep 5 - Sat Sep 13
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Carole Farley & Friends

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Renowned soprano Carole Farley joins up with members of the Delphinium Trio and the New York Piano Quartet, as well as musicians from the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, for this program. The set list features pieces by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Gershwin and others.

  1. Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, at 95th St, 10025
  2. Fri Sep 5
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John Cage’s 102nd Birthday: A Celebration

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Avant Media opens its formidable season with a set of selections from Cage's Song Books. Performers will include Eve Beglarian, Nick Hallett and Randy Gibson.

  1. The Wild Project 195 E 3rd St, between Aves A and B
  2. Fri Sep 5
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Rite of Summer Music Festival

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  • Free

This free series on Governors Island concludes its yearly run with two sets (1 and 3pm) by Grand Band—an apt name for a piano sextet that includes Vicky Chow, and which will play pieces by Michael Gordon and Steve Reich. See riteofsummer.com for full details.

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sat Sep 6
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Pascal Rogé & Friends

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The formidable pianist plays French sonatas for violin and piano on Sept 6, alongside Metropolitan Opera concertmaster Elmira Darvarova. On Sept 7, Rogé is joined by his wife, Ami Rogé, and other players for a program of Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Ravel's Boléro—and a U.S.

  1. Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, at 95th St, 10025
  2. Sat Sep 6 - Sun Sep 7
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Michael Brown & Alexander Fiterstein

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  • Critics choice

The exciting young pianist joins up once again with the clarinetist for a solid-looking program. Composers on the bill include Bernstein, Brahms, Poulenc and Weber.

  1. Bargemusic Fulton Ferry Landing, at Furman and Old Fulton Sts
  2. Sat Sep 6
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Music for Contemplation

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A recently launched series of concerts happening once a month in spring and fall, Music for Contemplation offers a broad span of ancient and contemporary pieces meant to prompt consideration not only of the music and its makers, but of the space—a grand cathedral—and its natural ambience. The

  1. Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 259 North 5th St, between Havemeyer St and Metropolitan Ave, 11211
  2. Sat Sep 6
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