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Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.
ENSEMBLE SIGNAL at Zankel Hall (Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.). This new-music group from Brad Lubman have made a real specialty out of Steve Reich’s music over the past few seasons, and it presents another opportunity to grapple with that legendary composer’s work here. “Clapping Music,” “Quartet” and “Double Sextet,” which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009, are known quantities; “Pulse” and “Runner” are both much newer works.
MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN at Carnegie Hall (Nov. 1, 8 p.m.). With both Mr. Hamelin and Daniil Trifonov, hyper-virtuosos both, on the schedule, it’s a tough week for the Stern Auditorium’s Steinways. After some exploration of relatively modest works in recent years, Mr. Hamelin returns with a program that has its delicate sides (Liszt’s rapt “Bénédiction de Dieu Dans la Solitude,” Debussy’s “Images) but is otherwise filled with pyrotechnics, not least Godowsky’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Johann Strauss.”
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC at David Geffen Hall (Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., through Nov. 4). Alan Gilbert remains on the podium of his former ensemble this week, and with a further tribute to another former Philharmonic music director, Leonard Bernstein. On the bill this time are Lenny’s “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs” and his Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety,” with Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” for company. The jazz pianist Makoto Ozone and the orchestra’s principal clarinetist, Anthony McGill, are the soloists.
STEVEN OSBORNE at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.). As part of the White Light Festival, this urbane pianist performs the “Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus,” Olivier Messiaen’s transcendent meditation on the birth of Christ.
THE PSALMS EXPERIENCE at St. Paul’s Chapel (Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.). This mammoth festival of psalms, the centerpiece of this year’s White Light Festival, features the work of 150 composers, many of them writing today. The series runs until Nov. 11, but begins with Julian Wachner and the superlative Choir of Trinity Wall Street in this program dwelling on “Mortal Leadership, Divine Guidance.” The music ranges across the centuries, from Praetorius and Byrd to William Knight and James MacMillan.
DANIIL TRIFONOV at Carnegie Hall (Oct. 28, 8 p.m.). Carnegie Hall often hands its “Perspectives” series, in which stars conceive multiple programs over the course of a season, to artists at the peak of their careers, so it’s good to see the management entrust Mr. Trifonov, plenty established at the ripe old age of 26, with a few evenings to explore his considerable musical imagination. This program echoes his new recording with homages to Chopin — represented by the Piano Sonata No. 2 — by Mompou, Schumann, Grieg, Barber, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.