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The (RED) October Short List

By Superconductor @ppelkonen

The (RED) October Short List

Alec Baldwin (above) should use Superconductor to navigate the October schedule.
Image ftom The Hunt for Red October, © 1990 Paramount Pictures.

The season hits its stride in October, with the opening of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center's White Light Festival. BAM NextWave gets under way with a presentation of Threepenny Opera and the next chapter in the Met's new Ring Cycle.
On Oct. 4 Frank Peter Zimmerman starts his 2011 residency at the New York Philharmonic with Berg's Violin Concerto. Mr. Zimmerman will also offer a complete program of Bach's sonatas for violin and piano on Oct. 11.
Mack the Knife takes Brooklyn on Oct. 4 as the Brooklyn Academy of Music presents Robert Wilson's staging of The Threepenny Opera as part of the ongoing NextWave Festival.
Starting on Oct. 5, Carnegie Hall continues its celebration of 150 years in the music business. The season opens with a marathon of all six Tchaikovsky symphonies, played by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of their music director Valery Gergiev. Other October offerings include appearances by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä. The Hall will also see a recital by Anna Netrebko and the return of the Budapest Festival Orchestra with pianist Andras Schiff playing Bartók.
On Oct. 6, the Upper East Side-based Dicapo Opera opens its 2011 season with a production of Puccini's Tosca.
Starting on Oct. 13, Lorin Maazel returns to the Philharmonic for two weeks. He will conduct two programs, a survey of works by Mozart and Debussy and an all-Richard Strauss program, featuring the 22-movement Alpine Symphony. This final Strauss tone poem uses a small army of musicians to re-create the ascent and descent of a large mountain to impressive effect.
The Metropolitan Opera opens two new productions this month. Michael Grandage's production of Don Giovanni opens on Oct. 13. Mariusz Kwiecien sings the title role. On Oct. 27 the Met rolls out its new staging of Wagner's Siegfried, the third part of the company's new production of the complete Ring cycle. Gary Lehman sings the title role, and soprano Deborah Voigt adds the second of the three Brunnhildes to her repertoire. Newly appointed Met principal conductor leads both operas.
Also, the Met Live in HD season gets under way with Anna Bolena leading off on Oct. 15.
Oct. 20 sees the opening of Lincoln Center's second White Light Festival. Major works on the schedule include Beethoven's Missa Solemnis conducted by Sir Colin Davis, Benjamin Britten's War Requiem led by Gianandrea Noseda. The festival continues into November with multi-media installations, electronic music, and other cross-disciplinary efforts designed around the idea of mysticism in music and art.

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