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Fall 2012 classical music preview: opera, ballet, more

The Emerson String Quartet.

The Emerson String Quartet. Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

1. New York City Ballet (Koch Theatre, Lincoln Center, Sept. 18-30). A Balanchine and Stravinsky collaboration opens the troupe's season with a Greek trilogy: Apollo, Orpheus and Agon., 212-496-0600

2. Jupiter String Quartet (Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Garden City,Sept. 21). The quartet returns for its fifth season with a Haydn, Bartók and Brahms recital., 516-877-4000

3. New York Philharmonic (Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Sept. 19-22). Alan Gilbert conducts "The Rite of Spring" in the orchestra's season-opening series; gala, with Itzhak Perlman, Sept. 27., 212-875-5656

4. "Turandot" (Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, Sept. 26-Nov. 9). Maria Guleghina and Iréne Theorin share the title role of the Chinese princess doomed by beauty in this Puccini tragedy. A Franco Zeffirelli production., 212-362-6000

5. Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Carnegie Hall, Manhattan, Oct. 3). Carnegie's opening night gala features Orff's "Carmina Burana," conducted by Riccardo Muti. Also Oct. 4 and 5., 212-903-9600

6. "Rigoletto" (Madison Theatre at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, Oct. 6). The Long Island Opera, long confined by financial considerations to concert operatics, presents a fully staged production, with live orchestration, of the Verdi classic., 516-678-5000, ext. 7715

7. American Ballet Theatre (New York City Center, Manhattan, Oct. 16-20). The company's brief fall season covers lots of ground: choreography by Twyla Tharp, Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor, José Limón and artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky., 212-581-1212

8. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (Joyce Theater, Manhattan, Oct. 16-21). Contemporary ballet from the American West, including the New York premiere of Norbert De La Cruz III's "Square None" and a commissioned debut by Spain's Alejandro Cerrudo., 212-242-0800

9. Emerson String Quartet (Staller Center, Stony Brook University, Oct. 17 and Nov. 27). The world-renowned resident ensemble opens its final season in the foursome's current configuration -- violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist David Finckel. Paul Watkins replaces Finckel next fall., 631-632-2787

10. Warsaw Philharmonic (LIU Tilles Center, Brookville, Oct. 20). Poland's leading symphonic ensemble opens the Great Orchestras series at Tilles with a program of Chopin and Dvorák, Antoni Wit conducting., 516-299-3100

11. "Pagliacci" (LIU Tilles Center, Brookville, Nov. 2). Manhattan's Dicapo Opera Theatre opens Tilles' fully staged opera series with Leoncavalla's tragic Italian tale of romance and vengeance with its tour de force tenor arias., 516-299-3100

12. Joshua Bell (LIU Tilles Center, Brookville, Nov. 3). The onetime violin wunderkind, now mature virtuoso, opens Tilles' Great Artists in Recital series with a program of Schubert, Strauss, Dvorák and Prokofiev., 516-299-3100

13. Starry Nights (Staller Center Recital Hall, Stony Brook University, Nov. 9). Artists-in-residence, led by cellist Colin Carr and pianist Gilbert Kalish, perform a chamber recital ranging from Schumann and Messiaen to Takashi Yoshimatsu's "Fuzzy Bird" Sonata., 631-632-2787

14. Cleveland Orchestra (Carnegie Hall, Manhattan, Nov. 13). The acclaimed Ohio ensemble performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and an arrangement of his Grosse Fuge, concluding with Scriabin's "Poem of Ecstasy.", 212-903-9600

15. Limón Dance Company (LIU Tilles Center, Brookville, Nov. 16). Latin jazz legend Paquito D'Rivera collaborates with Brazilian choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras on new dance creations accompanied by José Limon classics., 516-299-3100

16. Shaolin Warriors (Staller Center, Stony Brook University, Dec. 2). The kung fu masters show off their theatrically choreographed martial-arts skills., 631-632-2787

17. Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra (LIU Tilles Center, Brookville, Dec. 2). Keith Lockhart conducts and Five by Design accompanies in this early holiday treat., 516-299-3100

18. Brandenburg Concertos (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Dec. 16 and 18). Bach's six masterpieces for diverse instruments are performed over two nights., 212-875-5788

19. Long Island Philharmonic (LIU Tilles Center, Brookville, Dec. 31). Maestro David Stewart Wiley conducts his first concert since reupping for three years with the Philharmonic. The annual gala winds up early enough for celebrants to attend other New Year's Eve festivities., 631-293-2222

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