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Check out what's happening this weekend in classical music:

Thursday - Abraham Brody @ National Sawdust

National Sawdust is masterful at programming interesting, unique work that challenges the construct of the conventional. Join Abraham Brody, a member of Sawdust's artist-in-residence program, on an exploration of his Lithuanian ancestry through folksong and ancient rituals - showing us potential inroads for connecting to our own roots of creation. Check out his other work here.

Friday - Handel in Harlem @ Bargemusic

Tbh, I'm not sure exactly what to expect - which is thrilling. Will it be modern jazz inspired by Handel's melodies? Or will his sick beats drive the influence? Unclear, but the idea of Handel's classical aesthetic mixed with Harlem soul is my idea of a smoking Friday night. Mix it with the setting of a barge in Dumbo and I'm sold.

Saturday - Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique

In today's excessively visual age, Symphonie Fantastique is an evening of dance and puppetry accompanied by Liszt's transcription of Berlioz's transformative score - bringing this aural masterpiece to life in an exciting visual manifestation. With two evening performance times and a run time of about an hour, it's a great way to rev up your Saturday night while still leaving plenty of time to get into trouble once the show lets out.


Amadeus: Live with the New York Philharmonic

The Phil is creating magic with their live orchestral accompaniment of Peter Shaffer's masterpiece Amadeus. By integrating a live soundtrack into a film where music has a starring role, you can't help but be transformed. It's an event not to be missed.

Sunday - L'amore Dei Tre Re @ New York City Opera

New York City Opera has firmly found their footing back in the New York opera scene and this weekend are presenting Montemezzi's lush, rarely heard L'amore Dei Tre Re. The score is influenced by Wagner and Debussy and is packed with more drama than the Kardashian family - Khloé and Tristan included. It'll be a perfect anecdote to your Sunday Saddies.

Cover Image: Christopher O'Riley by Richard Termine

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