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Second Time’s the Charm

If you missed these bright lights of the classical scene—a young dynamo and an established leader—in their recent high-profile city appearances, catch them this week.

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  1. 1. Gustavo Dudamel

    November 29 and 30 and December 1 and 4 at Avery Fisher Hall

    The vibrant Venezuelan just made a splash at Carnegie, but this is the real test: his New York Philharmonic debut, with an appropriately vivacious program ranging from Chávez to Prokofiev.

  2. 2. Valery Gergiev

    December 1, 2, and 4 at Carnegie Hall

    Perhaps Russia’s greatest advocate for the continued vigor of classical music (and the Mariinsky Theatre), Gergiev led the Kirov Opera in an epic Ring Cycle at the Met this summer. Here, he’ll open a “Perspectives” series of works he’s chosen, many by the Russian masters.


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