Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. (Aug. 23-24, 8 p.m.; Aug. 25, 2:30 p.m.). John Williams’s Film Night is the popular highlight at Tanglewood this weekend, with the composer introducing excerpts from his films on Saturday; David Newman conducts the Boston Pops. Conrad Tao, the innovative young pianist, performs for the first time with the Boston Symphony on Friday, playing the Ravel concerto; he is joined by Yu-An Chang, making his debut as the orchestra’s new assistant conductor. And on Sunday, Giancarlo Guerrero leads the annual performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Nicole Cabell and Nicholas Phan are among the vocal soloists.
CONCERTS ON THE SLOPE at St. John’s Episcopal Church (Aug. 25, 3 p.m.). Eugene Drucker, Roberta Cooper and Beth Levin join forces for piano trios by three composers whose lives and music were inextricably linked: Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Admission is free, but there’s a suggested donation.
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TAKA KIGAWA at Le Poisson Rouge (Aug. 26, 7 p.m.). Kigawa has made a habit of taking on a bold program toward the end of the summer at Le Poisson Rouge. In past years, he has played everything from Messiaen’s “Catalogue d’Oiseaux” to the complete solo works of Pierre Boulez and the entirety of Bach’s “The Art of Fugue.” Monday’s program is especially bold. Plenty of other pianists have played Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas in one sitting, but Kigawa will play his last five, an expansion that means the evening will also include the massive “Hammerklavier.” I wouldn’t miss it.
LOCRIAN CHAMBER PLAYERS at Riverside Church (Aug. 29, 8 p.m.). Recent music, as ever, from this engaging group playing in an engaging space, the 10th floor of the Riverside Church tower, with views over the river. On the bill are scores by Louis Andriessen, Kevin Volans, Harold Meltzer, Richard Derby, Gilda Lyons and David Macdonald.
SUMMER HD FESTIVAL at Lincoln Center Plaza (Aug. 23-Sept. 2). About 3,000 free seats are available every night for the Met’s annual summer festival, which sees big-screen repeats of its cinema broadcasts out on the plaza. Full details are available online, but in the coming week there’s Verdi’s “Aida” on Saturday at 7:45 p.m., with Anna Netrebko and Anita Rachvelishvili in much-hailed performances, and Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites” on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m., featuring Isabel Leonard and Karita Mattila.
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