NEW YORK CITY BALLET WORLD PREMIERES (David Koch Hall, Lincoln Center, Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 1, 5 and 15) Colombian-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa creates her first ballet for NYCB; Lauren Lovette, the troupe’s newest female principal, and audience favorite Justin Peck choreograph their firsts for the company — his, a pas de deux — and Corps de Ballet member Peter Walker brings his choreography from the screen to the stage for the first time. 212-496-0600, nycballet.com

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC OPENING NIGHT GALA (David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, Sept. 21) Ring in the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary as well as music director Alan Gilbert’s farewell season as he conducts a program of Dvořák’s New World Symphony, Gershwin’s Concerto in F and contemporary composer John Corigliano’s “Stomp.” 212-875-5656, nyphil.org

CARNEGIE HALL OPENING NIGHT GALA (Carnegie Hall, 57th Street at Seventh Avenue, Oct. 6-8) The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, led by charismatic Gustavo Dudamel, also music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, opens Carnegie’s season with music for dance, featuring Ravel’s “La Valse,” a waltz that whirls into a dance of death. It’s followed by concerts featuring pieces by Stravinsky, Villa-Lobos and Messiaen. 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org

TRAVIS WALL’S SHAPING SOUND: DANCE REIMAGINED (Tilles Center’s Hillwood Recital Hall, LIU Post campus, Brookville, Oct. 20) Led by Emmy-nominated Wall along with fellow choreographers Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson of TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “All the Right Moves,” Shaping Sound presents a mash-up of contemporary dance and musical genres. 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE WORLD PREMIERE (David Koch Hall, Lincoln Center, Oct. 21) Commissioned by the ABT, Jessica Lang (the choreographer, not the Lange-with-an-“e” actress), is a piece inspired by a piano suite by Fanny Mendelssohn, sister of Felix, depicting time she spent with her family in Rome. ABT’s fall season runs Oct. 19-30. 212-496-0600, abt.org

ESCHER STRING QUARTET (Staller Center Recital Hall, Stony Brook University, Oct. 28) The quartet that takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, who created conundrums between individual components and the whole picture, will perform “Ophelia and the Queen,” an original composition by Eugene Drucker of the Stony Brook University-based Emerson String Quartet. Allison Linker will speak and sing the roles of both title characters. 631-632-2787, stallercenter.com

WARSAW PHILHARMONIC (Tilles Center, LIU Post campus, Brookville, Oct. 29) Piano soloist Seong-Jin Cho, first prize-winner in the 2015 Chopin International Competition, is featured in the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in a program that also includes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and Weinberg’s Polish Melodies No. 2. 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org

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KATHLEEN BATTLE: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD — A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY (Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, Nov. 13) The legendary soprano makes her historic return to the Met for a recital, accompanied by a choir and to-be-announced special guests. Together they’ll sing spirituals inspired by the dangerous trek from slavery to freedom along the Underground Railroad. 212-362-6000, metopera.org

ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET’S ‘DRACULA’ (Staller Center, Stony Brook University, Nov. 19) One of the oldest ballet companies in North America makes a return visit to Stony Brook for a full-length contemporary ballet performance of Bram Stoker’s vampire classic. 631-632-2787, stallercenter.com

CHINA PHILHARMONIC (Tilles Center, LIU Post campus, Brookville, Dec. 10) The Beijing orchestra turns its attention to Russian composers in a program highlighted by Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring violin soloist Julian Rachlin, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org