Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.
ACME at Roulette (Feb. 13, 8 p.m.). American Contemporary Music Ensemble, universally known by its acronym, celebrates the release of a new album with this concert, one in a series curated by Meredith Monk. Ms. Monk’s own “Stringsongs” can be heard along with Timo Andres’s “Thrive on Routine,” Caroline Shaw’s “in manus tuas” for solo cello, and Caleb Burhans’s “Jahrzeit.”
‘I PURITANI’ at the Metropolitan Opera (Feb. 10 and 14, 7:30 p.m.; through Feb. 28). Bellini’s bel canto touchstone, set in the English Civil War, requires four supreme singers, and the Met is likely to have them for this run. Javier Camarena, he of the encores, is Arturo, opposite Diana Damrau’s Elvira; Alexey Markov and Luca Pisaroni are Riccardo and Giorgio. Maurizio Benini conducts Sandro Sequi’s traditional production.
KETTLE CORN NEW MUSIC at Scandinavia House (Feb. 11, 7 p.m.). Now in its fifth year, this contemporary-music series creates that ideal listening environment that so many institutions aim for: relaxed, yet allowing for concentration. (The secret? Kettle corn.) Longleash, a piano trio, is on the bill this time around, with the violist Anne Lanzilotti as a special guest. The program is fascinating: Hans Abrahamsen, Scott Wollschleger, Kaija Saariaho, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Ingram Marshall.
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC at David Geffen Hall (Feb. 15-16, 7:30 p.m.; through Feb. 18). Manfred Honeck continues to excel as one of the Philharmonic’s major guest conductors, with the ability to extract, in just a short period of rehearsal, exactly what he wants from the players. These latest appearances are heavy on the Viennese classics, as they all tend to be: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with Inon Barnatan at the keyboard to conclude his stint as the orchestra’s artist in association, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.
ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S at Carnegie Hall (Feb. 16, 8 p.m.). Pablo Heras-Casado conducts a morbid program, prefacing Brahms’s “A German Requiem” with Lutoslawski’s “Musique funèbre.” Musica Sacra sings the choral parts, but this performance is perhaps most notable for its two superb soloists, the soprano Sophie Karthäuser and the baritone Florian Boesch.
CHRISTIAN TETZLAFF AND LARS VOGT at the 92nd Street Y (Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.). Mr. Tetzlaff remains the essential violinist of our time, and his partnership with the pianist Mr. Vogt has been going from strength to strength, at least to judge from their recent recording of Brahms. Here, they play Beethoven, Bartok, Mozart and Schubert.
‘WERTHER’ at the Metropolitan Opera (Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.; through Mar. 9). The second of the week’s major openings at the Met is Massenet’s opera of unrequited love. Vittorio Grigolo sings the title poet, Isabel Leonard takes on Charlotte, and Anna Christy is Sophie. Edward Gardner conducts Richard Eyre’s characteristically unobjectionable production.
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