One of my first stops in a time machine would be seventeenth-century Venice, to share a jug of Amarone with Claudio Monteverdi. Until then, there’s the French early-music ensemble Le Poème Harmonique, which will conjure up that ancient flickering atmosphere at Miller Theatre for this candlelit, semi-staged performance of Monteverdi madrigals and other Venetian music. Sept. 12 and 14.
2. Gabriel Kahane
The pop and classical worlds have cultivated an open border for decades now. Still, few musicians go back and forth as nonchalantly as Gabriel Kahane, who has a lyrical ear and an elastic comfort zone. He’ll join singer Shara Worden and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider for a program at Zankel Hall. Oct. 25.
Properly presented, Berg’s Wozzeck is a scorching opera, grotesque, moving, and ghoulishly funny—but performances are rare, and excellent performances rarer still. Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct it with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, with Simon Keenlyside in the title role. Nov. 19.
4. Alisa Weilerstein
The powerhouse cellist plays a Zelig-like series in November: with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and with her parents as the Weilerstein Trio at (Le) Poissson Rouge. Nov. 1, 2, 4, and 16.
5. “Cosmic Pulses”
Despite his preposterous 9/11 comments, the late Karlheinz Stockhausen is experiencing a posthumous revival. The New York Philharmonic performed his Gruppen in June, and now Lincoln Center’s White Light festival will present an evening of his music for percussion and electronics. Oct. 30.