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Lise Davidsen in the title role of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos Marty Sohl / Met Opera

It’s after labor day, which means the start of the fall season is upon us. Here is just a sampling of some of the classic arts events happening this week:

The New York Philharmonic opens its 2023-24 season September 12 with West Side Story (2021) in Concert. Part of the Philharmonic’s The Art of the Score series, audiences will see a screening of Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the iconic musical while the orchestra plays Bernstein’s score live. The New York Philharmonic played on the 2021 film soundtrack, which included new arrangements by David Newman. Newman will return to conduct these live performances, which continue through September 17.

The Metropolitan Opera prefaces their upcoming season, officially opening September 26, with a special one-night recital by soprano Lise Davidsen, with pianist James Baillieu. The September 14 recital will include lieder by Grieg, Sibelius, Schubert, and Strauss, as well as arias from operas by Verdi, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, and Kálmán. Lisa Davidsen, who in recent years has made her mark as a leading dramatic soprano, made her Met Opera debut in 2019, singing the role of Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, and will return in the latter half of the 2023-24 season to open a new production of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino.

Accordions Around the World at Bryant Park concludes September 11 with performances from 15 different artists representing a vast range of styles including Irish folk, Argentine tango, klezmer, and more.

September 15, saxophonist Andrew Harrison and pianist Jason Low perform “ Imaginary Folksongs for Saxophone and Piano” at Bargemusic. The program will include works by Stephen Lias, Florence Price, Lori Laitman, Ryota Ishikawa, and Jennifer Jolley.

September 16 and 17, violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Maureen Volk will come to Bargemusic, performing works by Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert.

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