MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL
(Avery Fisher Hall.) Aug. 10 and Aug. 12-13 at 7:30 and Aug. (Clark Studio Theatre, Rose Bldg.)
Aug. 11 at 5 and Aug. 13 and Aug. Aug. 13-14 at 8: Gianandrea Noseda, a rare conductor of style and force, leads the festival orchestra in a robust, non-Mozartean program consisting of Beethoven’s buoyant Second Symphony and Rossini’s grand «Stabar Mater» the latter featuring such singers as the soprano Maria Agresta and the bass-baritone Kyle Ke-telsen and rhe Concert Chorale of New York. (Avery Fisher Hall.) Aug.
«MOMA NIGHTS»: TRISTAN PERICH AND THE MEEHAN/PERKINS DUO
On Aug. 10, «Soundings», an exhibition of sixteen international artists who integrate sound into their works, opens at the Museum of Modern Art. A parallel series of kickoff concerts in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden concludes with an evening devoted to the percussion duo’s performance of «Parallels», a densely patterned piece by Perich, a composer boldly venturing into the liminal zone of one-bit technology by way of math, physics, and code.
Aug. 8 at 7:30, Aug. 10 and Aug. 19 at L30, and Aug. 17 at 8: Marking the Verdi bicentennial, Christian Rath directs «King for a Day», an English-language version of the composer’s early comedy. With Ginger Costa-Jackson,
Jason Hardy, and Andrew Wilkowske; Joseph Colaneri conducts. Aug. 9 at 7:30 and Aug.
Aug. 10 at 8, Aug. 12 and Aug. 20 at 1:30, and Aug. 16 at 7:30: It’s also the bicentennial year of Wagner, after all, and Zambello’s production of «The Flying Dutchman» has a Met-worrhy cast that features Jay Hunter Morris, Melody Moore, Ryan McKinny, and Peter Volpc; John Keenan. Aug. 11, Aug. 13, and Aug. 17 at 1:30 and Aug. 15 at 7:30: Lerner and Loewe’s «Camelot» featuring rhe charismatic Nathan Gunn as Lancelot, David Pittsinger in the role of King Arthur, and Andriana Chuchman as Guenevere; James Lowe.
Aug. 8 at 8: Several of the concerts in the densely-packed middle weeks of August at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s storied summer home are devoted to the annual Festival of Contemporary Music, with this years programs (curated by the pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard) heavily weighted toward European modernism. One of that movement’s American icons was the late Elliott Garter, who is represented in the opening chamber-orchestra concert by one of his last works, «Instances», part of a program that also features the world premiere of Christian Mason’s «Years of Light» and pieces by Marco Stroppa and Helmut Lachenmann. Aug. 10 at 8:30: In the second of two programs, Christoph von Dohnanyi comes to the B.S.O.’s podium, in which another Carter delicacy, «Sound Fields» is inserted between Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto (with the mighty Yefim Bronfman) and Brahms’s Fourth Symphony. Aug. 11 at 2:30: The pianist Christian Zacharias, who offers a solo recital on Aug. 7, returns to join the B.S.O. in an all-Beethoven program in which he’ll both play and conduct the «Coriolan» Overture, the Second Piano Concerto, and the Symphony No. 6, «Pastoral». Aug. 12 at 8: Fellows of the Tanglewood Music (Center present the U.S. premiere of George Benjamin’s «Written on Skin» which created a sensation during its recent performances at London’s Royal Opera House. Aug. 17 at 8:30: Bernard Haitink, another landed veteran of the podium, brings his sober yet incisive style to a B.S.O. concert that features Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, «Turkish» (with Isabelle Faust), and Mahler’s magical Fourth Symphony (with the soprano Camilla Tilling).
BARD MUSIC festival: «STRAVINSKY AND HIS WORLD»
Aug. The festival starts grandly with a concert offering «Les Noces», the «Symphony of Psalms», the Concerto for Two Pianos, and «Abraham and Isaac»; the soloists include the soprano Keira Duffy and the pianist Orion Weiss. Aug. 11 at 5:30: A concert performance of Stravinsky’s opera «Mavra» a one-act comedy based on a Pushkin poem, is the center of a program around which gallant works by Satie («Parade»), Poulenc, and others orbir like moons; the singers include Anne-Carolyn Bird,John Hancock, and Nicholas Phan, Aug. 16 at 8: The great Peter Serkin is a special guest in a piano-centric concert that includes Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds and Sonata for Two Pianos, in addition to important works by Barrok, Varese («Octandre»), Hindemith, and Messiaen. Aug. 17 at 8: The Stravinsky of the late American years is the focus of a concert that includes the ballet score «Jen de Cartes», the potent «Symphony in Three Movements», and the “Requiem Canticles», along with pieces by Schoenberg and Eisler; the soloists include the bass-baritone John Relyea.