Tempesta di Mare (Oct. 5)
Laura Heimes performs with Piffaro on Dec. 27.
The Crossing | This evening of music by the “other” John Adams — Mississippi-born, Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams — might get ethereal. And no one does ethereal better than the exquisite a cappella chamber chorus The Crossing. Sept. 15, Icebox at Crane Arts, crossingchoir.com.
Astral Artists | Aurora Astralis is a fascinating program of all South American music, much of it quite new, as played by the wunderkinder of Astral. Works by Golijov, Ginastera, Bandolim, Fernández and D’Rivera. Sept. 28, Kimmel Center, astralartists.org.
Tempesta di Mare | This spirited period instrument baroque ensemble has won international acclaim for unearthing great older music, but here they return to a program of chestnuts, care of Scarlatti, Telemann, Couperin, Pachelbel and Bach (his beloved Brandenburg Concerto No. 5). Oct. 5, Arch Street Meeting House; Oct. 6, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill; tempestadimare.org.
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia | This superb chorus celebrates its 140th anniversary with a rousing program of 20th-century music for voice and organ. Philadelphia Orchestra principal Michael Stairs will be at the console of the mighty Fred J. Cooper. Oct. 25, Kimmel Center, mcchorus.org.
Dolce Suono Ensemble | Paul Hindemith and Francis Poulenc do not usually get mentioned in top ten lists of composers, but they both wrote ingenious and compelling music. This concert commemorates the 60th anniversaries of their deaths. Oct. 27, Trinity Center for Urban Life, dolcesuono.com.
Philadelphia Orchestra | This unusually vivid season for the orchestra includes a series of concerts featuring music written for them. This program includes music by Bernstein, Dun and Rachmaninoff (the Russian adored our band) and a new work by Curtis faculty composer David Ludwig. Nov. 1, Kimmel Center, philorch.org.
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society | An evening of the glorious vocal music of Bach, all selected from his cantatas, as performed by a stunning ensemble of world-class singers and soloists. This is as good as it gets, and par for the course for PCMS. Nov. 19, American Philosophical Society, pcmsconcerts.org.
Piffaro | Chase the cold winter away, as the old English carol says, with the ebullient Renaissance sounds of this enchanting ensemble. The wonderful soprano Laura Heimes will help warm things up. Dec. 27, Trinity Center; Dec. 28, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill; piffaro.org.
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