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The Scene: The LPO and Jurowski Are Guests in San Francisco; There's Music Theatre and a World Premiere to Enjoy in New York State; Mahler's in Minneapolis and Montreal; and Mozart Is the Pick of Opera

Magazine article Gramophone

The Scene: The LPO and Jurowski Are Guests in San Francisco; There's Music Theatre and a World Premiere to Enjoy in New York State; Mahler's in Minneapolis and Montreal; and Mozart Is the Pick of Opera

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BROOKLYN, NY

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Kronos Quartet / Laurie Anderson: Landfall

(Sept 23,24,25,26 & 27)

The groundbreaking Kronos Quartet teams up with New York multimedia artist Laurie Anderson to present Landfall, a 70-minute work that integrates music, digital media and stories to create a dreamlike theatrical experience. Anderson was inspired to create Landfall after Hurricane Sandy flooded her downtown Manhattan apartment in 2012; she describes seeing her possessions floating in the water. Following performances last year, critics described the music as channelling elements of Beethoven, Philip Glass and Middle Eastern folk music. Strings are juxtaposed with startling electronics along with Anderson's enigmatic and poignant descriptions of loss. The presentation is part of BAM's Next Wave Festival as well as a celebration of the Nonesuch record label. bam.org

CHICAGO, IL

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Mozart: Don Giovanni (Sept 27-Oct 29)

The Lyric Opera kicks off its 60th season with Mozart's Don Giovanni in a new production by Robert Falls, the Goodman Theatre Artistic Director. There's some symmetry intended, as Don Giovanni was the very first production at the Lyric Opera (then called the Lyric Theatre of Chicago) back in 1954. The Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien plays the lecherous Don, with Marina Rebeka, a Latvian soprano, singing the role of Donna Anna, Puerto Rican soprano Ana Maria Martinez singing Donna Elvira, and American bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as Leporello. Sir Andrew Davis is on the podium. lyricopera.org

MONTREAL, QC

Orchestre Metropolitain

Mahler's Romantic Landscape (Oct 3 & 4)

When Yannick Nezet-Seguin took up his baton as Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Metropolitain, the Montreai-born maestro determined that symphonies by one of his favourite composers, Mahler, would be a programme staple. Now, as he begins his 15th season, and having performed all but one of the symphonies since 2001, he brings the monumental cycle to a close with Mahler's Tenth. This performance features the Deryck Cooke version of the composer's final symphony, which Mahler never finished orchestrating. orchestremetropolitain.com

NEW YORK, NY

New York Philharmonic

Thunderstruck--premiere (Oct 9,10,11 & 14)

Maestro Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic perform the world premiere of Thunderstruck by Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse. The work is intended to pay homage to rock artists from the 1960s and 70s. After this upbeat opener, Artist-in-Residence Lisa Batiashvili is the soloist in Brahms's Violin Concerto. …

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