THOMAS ADÈS AND FRIENDS at Zankel Hall (Oct. 15, 3 p.m.). Thomas Adès is in New York for the buildup to the Metropolitan Opera’s performances of “The Exterminating Angel,” but here we find him as an accompanist for an afternoon of songs. Sally Matthews, Alice Coote, Iestyn Davies and Joseph Kaiser are the vocalists for works by Purcell (many of them transcribed by Mr. Adès), Schubert, Britten, Woolrich, Stravinsky and the composer-conductor-pianist himself.
JACK QUARTET at Miller Theater (Oct. 19, 8 p.m.). The first of two concerts celebrating core American contributions to the 20th-century string quartet literature, this recital from our leading new-music foursome includes Elliott Carter’s String Quartet No. 2 and Morton Feldman’s “Structures for String Quartet,” putting those classics in the context of newer works by Cenk Ergun, Erin Gee, Mark Applebaum and Anthony Braxton. The second concert, on Oct. 21, centers on a Modernist masterpiece, Ruth Crawford Seeger’s “String Quartet 1931.”
JUILLIARD415 at St. Michael’s Church (Oct. 14, 7 p.m.). Masaaki Suzuki, one of the more intelligent exponents of Bach on period instruments, leads Juilliard students and the singers of the Yale Schola Cantorum in a free, unticketed program to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Naturally, the music is Bach: two cantatas, including “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott,” and the Mass in G Major.
MONTREAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Carnegie Hall (Oct. 18, 8 p.m.). Kent Nagano leads his Canadian forces in a program that’s notable mainly for a rare appearance by Maxim Vengerov, the commanding violinist, for the Brahms concerto. Also on the bill are Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Samy Moussa’s “A Globe Itself Infolding,” for organ and orchestra.
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC at David Geffen Hall (Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., through Oct. 21). Andras Schiff is both pianist and conductor for this subscription series, with a slightly stodgy program that should work well in practice. As soloist, he is featured in concertos by Bach and Schumann, but before that he takes the rostrum for two less frequently heard pieces: Bartok’s Divertimento for String Orchestra and Haydn’s Symphony No. 80.
ALISA WEILERSTEIN AND INON BARNATAN at Zankel Hall (Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.). A cellist and pianist whose quiet virtues make quite the partnership, these two artists play cello sonatas by Mendelssohn, Britten and Rachmaninoff, as well as the premiere of a new work by Steven Mackey called “Through Your Fingers.”
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