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    Variety marks Gardner Museum, Emmanuel programs

    Pianist Jeremy Denk returns to play the Gardner’s Calderwood Hall in September.
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    Pianist Jeremy Denk returns to play the Gardner’s Calderwood Hall in September.

    The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will open its fall season of Sunday afternoon concerts with a recital by the acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk. Denk was the first musician to perform publicly in the museum’s brand-new Calderwood Hall in early 2012 when he played Bach’s Fifth Partita at a gala concert. His most recent Boston appearance was a Celebrity Series recital in March. He will play Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Calderwood Hall on Sept. 15.

    Elsewhere in the Gardner’s season, its resident chamber orchestra, A Far Cry, plays two Sunday concerts, each with a beguiling program. The first, “Tapas,” includes works by Corelli, Rossini, Grieg, Hindemith, and Jean Francaix (Sept. 22); the second, “Melting Pot,” features music by Dvorak, Ives, Gershwin, and Lev Zhur-bin, plus a new commissioned work by Vermont-based composer Erik Nielsen. (Dec. 8)

    The season will also see the continuation of some multi-concert series currently in progress. The 24-year-old pianist Charlie Albright completes a cycle of Schubert recitals he began in the spring; he’ll play the Moments Musicaux (D. 780) and A minor Sonata (D. 845) on Sept. 29, then return with the Impromptus (D. 935) and C minor Sonata (D. 958) on Nov. 17. Violinist Corey Cerovsek and pianist Paavali Jumppanen finish their exploration of the Beethoven violin sonatas on Oct. 13. Jumppanen joins the Borromeo String Quartet for the next installment in that ensemble’s series of Dvorak concerts with a program that includes the Second Piano Quintet and the C major String Quartet (Op. 61), a masterful but infrequently performed work (Oct. 6).


    Some of the Gardner’s frequent guests will return, including Musicians from Marlboro (Nov. 24), the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Oct. 27), and the New York Festival of Song (Nov. 3). Early music isn’t a traditional Gardner strength, but the Baroque ensemble Rebel puts in an appearance on Nov. 10. There are also three entries in Avant Gardner, the Thursday evening contemporary music series, most notably, a concert by the Callithumpian Consort spotlighting works by the Harvard-based composer Chaya Czernowin (Oct. 31).

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    Tickets for the fall season go on sale to museum members on July 17, and to the general public on July 31.

    Emmanuel season

    Fresh off the Boston premiere of John Harbison’s opera “The Great Gatsby,” Emmanuel Music has some quite different music theater in store for its 2013-14 season: Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” which Emmanuel will bring to the Boston Conservatory Theater on Jan. 18. Mezzo-soprano Lynn Torgove, who sang the role of the Tango Singer in “Gatsby,” will be the stage director. Ryan Turner, Emmanuel’s artistic director, will conduct the Sondheim and the season’s other two evening concerts: an all-Beethoven program that includes the Triple Concerto and Egmont Overture (Sept. 28), and Handel’s oratorio “Susanna” (Apr. 5).

    Emmanuel will also wind up its four-year series exploring the piano, chamber, and vocal music of Beethoven. Among the four concerts this year, two stand out. One features an as-yet unnamed pianist playing two late works: the mammoth Diabelli Variations and the more austere Bagatelles (Op. 126) on Nov. 3. The other features pianist Russell Sherman, violinist Gabriela Diaz, and cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer in the “Archduke” trio, among other works (Mar. 30).

    Concert tickets go on sale June 3. Of course, no Emmanuel season would be complete without its ongoing performances of Bach cantatas at Sunday services at Emmanuel Church. Those begin Sept. 22.

    An orchestra’s sendoff


    New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra will tour Argentina, playing four concerts June 17-25. In anticipation of the tour, the orchestra will play a free sendoff concert at Jordan Hall on May 25. The program includes Golijov’s tango-infused “Last Round,” the Act 3 Suite from Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” and Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique.” Hugh Wolff conducts.

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