Magazine article The New Yorker

New York Grand Opera; Bargemusic; Amy X Neuberg / Emily Bezar; Summergarden; Mostly Mozart Festival; Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival; Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival; Tanglewood; Bard Summerscape; Glimmerglass Opera; Caramoor Festival; Marlboro Festival; Music Mountain; Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; Maverick Concerts

Magazine article The New Yorker

New York Grand Opera; Bargemusic; Amy X Neuberg / Emily Bezar; Summergarden; Mostly Mozart Festival; Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival; Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival; Tanglewood; Bard Summerscape; Glimmerglass Opera; Caramoor Festival; Marlboro Festival; Music Mountain; Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; Maverick Concerts

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Vincent La Selva, a veteran conductor with a natural command of Italianate style, continues his thirty-two-year tradition of free opera in Central Park, leading his feisty company in a staged production of Puccini's "Turandot," with Luciana LaMonico, Maria Knapik, and Christopher Jackson in the leading roles. (Naumburg Band Shell, enter at 72nd St. Aug. 3 at 7:30. No tickets required.)

Every few weeks, Olga Bloom fills the little stage in her converted coffee barge with as many players as she can and presents an orchestral concert. The latest, a mostly Mozart program including the Symphony No. 29 in A Major and the Piano Concerto in E-Flat Major, K. 449 (with Steven Beck), is the highlight of the next two weeks at the floating chamber-music series. (Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn. 718-624-2083. Aug. 6 at 7:30 and Aug. 7 at 4. For full schedule, see www.bargemusic.org.)

Neuberg and Bezar, maverick singer-composers who have been colleagues since their Oberlin days, in the late nineteen-eighties, have become estimable figures in San Francisco's experimental-music scene. In their first joint New York appearance, Bezar offers a voice-and-piano concert (with the guitarist Michael Ross) featuring songs from her latest album, and Neuberg performs new compositions for voice and live electronics. (Makor, 35 W. 67th St. 212-415-5500. Aug. 6 at 9:30.)

Programming interest trumps the ambient street noise in this annual free concert series offered in the Museum of Modern Art's Sculpture Garden. Joel Sachs, Juilliard's new-music maven, has invited the young Attaca Quartet to perform an evening of string-quartet music (all premieres) by such figures as Eric Tanguy (from France) and Akira Nishimura (from Japan). (11 W. 53rd St. Aug. 14 at 8. Tickets are distributed at 5:30.)

Aug. 5-6 at 8: The pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the flutist James Galway, and the harpist Catrin Finch join Louis Langree, the festival's music director, and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in works by Mozart (the Concerto for Flute and Harp and the Symphony No. 31, "Paris") and Ravel (the "Mother Goose" Suite and the Piano Concerto in G Major), one of a number of concerts emphasizing Mozart's links to the great cities of Europe. (Avery Fisher Hall.) Aug. 5 at 10:30: Thibaudet repairs to the Kaplan Penthouse to perform an intimate recital of solo works by Debussy, Ravel, and Satie. Aug. 7 at 3: Emmanuelle Haim, continuing the Parisian theme, conducts her period orchestra Le Concert d'Astree in music by Rameau (suites from the operas "Hippolyte et Aricie" and "Les Indes Galantes") and Handel. (Alice Tully Hall.) Aug. 9-10 at 8: Tomas Hanus conducts the festival orchestra in the Symphony No. 38, "Prague," the concert aria "Bella mia fiamma" (with the soprano Mireille Delunsch), and the Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major (with Louis Lortie). (Avery Fisher Hall.) Aug. 11 at 8: The acclaimed Gabrieli Consort and Players arrive from London, with Paul McCreesh conducting and with the soprano Sally Matthews and the fortepianist Ronald Brautigam making their festival debuts in a program featuring Mozart's Symphonies Nos. 1 (K. 16, composed in England) and 40 (K. 550), along with songs by the composer's London colleagues Linley, Storace, and J. C. Bach. (Alice Tully Hall.) Aug. 14 at 5: In the first of two concerts, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra explores Mozart's profound connection to the music of Italy, mixing music by Hasse and Sammartini with several early Mozart compositions, including the rarely performed Symphony No. 47 and arias from "Mitridate" and "Lucio Silla" (with the soprano Sandrine Piau). (Alice Tully Hall.) (212-721-6500. For full schedule of evening and late-night concerts and pre-concert recitals, see www.lincolncenter.org.)

"Pictures at an Exhibition," a concert featuring a piano-trio version of Mussorgsky's immortal gallery walk by Jon Klibonoff, the pianist of Trio Solisti (which will perform it), opens the final round of concerts in the flutist Linda Chesis's new series, a pleasant diversion from the town's operatic fare. …

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