Magazine article The New Yorker

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Magazine article The New Yorker

Fall Preview

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Fall Preview

Sondra Radvanovsky takes the title role in the Met's new production of Bellini's "Norma."

In a fall season bustling with innovation, musical titans of the past cast looming shadows. Most familiar to New Yorkers will be that of Leonard Bernstein, for whom centenary celebrations will begin this year. During Bernstein's lifetime, the sheer force of his powers as a conductor, an educator, and a media personality outshone his music, but, as time passes, it is his music we treasure most. Carnegie Hall's opening-night concert (Oct. 4), an evening with the Philadelphia Orchestra and its music director, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, features the Symphonic Suite from the film "On the Waterfront" and the Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story." Lenny's old band, the New York Philharmonic, will go deeper, offering a survey of Bernstein's three symphonies in a trio of programs (Oct. 25-Nov. 14) conducted by Alan Gilbert and Leonard Slatkin. Even the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center takes part, presenting the composer's uninhibited late song cycle "Arias and Barcarolles" (Oct. 29).

The crystalline music of Anton Webern, the most controversial of the three great composers of the Second Viennese School, is often ignored. Leave it to the adventurous conductor Julian Wachner to take up the cause, leading the musical forces of Trinity Church Wall Street in the first phase (Sept. 12-14) of a two-season retrospective of Webern's complete works. Wachner's superb Choir of Trinity Wall Street plays an important role in "The Psalms Experience," a sequence of twelve concerts (Nov. …

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