Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER at Alice Tully Hall (Dec. 13 and 17, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 15, 5 p.m.). The holiday season has come to mean Bach’s “Brandenburg” Concertos for the Chamber Music Society, and it gives three performances of the complete set this year. Note that Sunday’s concert has limited ticket availability.
JOYCE DIDONATO AND YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN at Carnegie Hall (Dec. 15, 2 p.m.). Two artists with the Perspectives series this season join forces for Schubert’s “Winterreise,” a work not usually sung by a female voice, but one that profits from it. “Winterreise” fans also can watch Eric Owens, joined by Jeremy Denk, for a performance at the 92nd Street Y (Friday, 7:30 p.m.).
JACK QUARTET at the Tishman Auditorium (Dec. 17-18, 7 p.m.). As if the nation’s leading contemporary-music quartet did not have enough to do, they have started JACK Frontiers, an annual free series showcasing some of the many new works they have had a hand in helping create. On Tuesday, they give the premiere of Catherine Lamb’s “Divisio Spiralis,” before a program of Clara Iannotta, Lester St. Louis and Tyshawn Sorey on Wednesday. Sorey’s willfully ungenred music also makes an appearance this week in a sprawling concert by the McGill/McHale Trio at the 92nd Street Y (Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.).
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NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC at David Geffen Hall (Dec. 17-19, 7:30 p.m.; through Dec. 21). Harry Bicket leads the Philharmonic in Handel’s “Messiah” this year, and with a solid cast, too: Louise Alder is the soprano, Iestyn Davies the countertenor, Joshua Ellicott the tenor and Dashon Burton the bass-baritone, while the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus makes its way down from Boston to sing all those holiday favorites. This is the season for “Messiah” fans, of course: You also can catch Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York, with a chorus that’s several times larger than that of the Handel and Haydn Society, at Carnegie Hall (Dec. 19, 8 p.m.).
‘DER ROSENKAVALIER’ at the Metropolitan Opera (Dec. 13 and 17, 7 p.m.; through Jan. 4). Simon Rattle makes an all-too-rare appearance in the pit for the return of Robert Carsen’s production of an opera it is impossible not to love. Camilla Nylund is the Marschallin, leading a cast that includes Magdalena Kozena as Octavian, Golda Schultz as Sophie and Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Also at the Met this week: the family-friendly, English-language production of “The Magic Flute” (Sunday, 3 p.m.; through Jan. 4).
TALLIS SCHOLARS at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (Dec. 14, 8 p.m.). Making their annual appearance in Miller Theater’s early music series, the singers of the Tallis Scholars present a clever program that compares how composers from different eras and different countries have set particular texts. Take your chance to see how Tallis’s “O Sacrum Convivium” stands up to Messiaen’s, how Byrd and Victoria compare in the Magnificat, and if Croce has any chance against the Allegri classic “Miserere.”
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