"Voices and Visionaries" opened this weekend with the first two concerts in a complete Beethoven symphony cycle performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under conductor Bernard Haitink: the Second and Third ("Eroica") Symphonies on Saturday (Oct. 7), and the Fifth and Eighth Symphonies the following afternoon. The cycle proceeds with three more concerts: the Fourth and Sixth ("Pastoral") Symphonies tomorrow evening, the Ninth Symphony on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and the First and Seventh Symphonies on Friday, October 13.
The Beethoven offerings continue through the weekend with cellist Pieter Wispelwey and pianist Dejan Lazic playing the complete works for cello and piano (October 15) and Rob Kapilow giving one of his "What Makes It Great?" lectures, titled "Beethoven in Context," with the Ying Quartet on October 16. (Kapilow gives another lecture, on Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 3 with pianist Adam Neiman, on November 6.)
Pianist Andršs Schiff and his instrumental ensemble, Cappella Andrea Barca (that's Italian for "Andršs Schiff"), play three programs of Mozart on October 18, 19 and 22, featuring Piano Concertos Nos. 9 (the "Jeunehomme"), 22-25 and 27 as well as the Symphonies Nos. 36 ("Linz"), 40 and 41 ("Jupiter").
Tireless visionary Valery Gergiev brings his own Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater to Lincoln Center for three concerts (October 23, 24 and 29) of Shostakovich symphonies. These performances — which offer the Symphonies Nos. 11 (nicknamed "The Year 1905"), 6, 12 ("The Year 1917"), 14, 8 and 13 ("Babi Yar") — complete a Shostakovich cycle at Lincoln Center which Gergiev began in the spring with the Kirov Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Three pianists — Anne-Marie McDermott, Jeremy Denk and Sergey Schepkin — explore the music of Bach in late-night concerts in the Kaplan Penthouse on October 19, 20 and 21.
One of the piano's most singular visionaries will be celebrated with a 10-program series titled "Glenn Gould on Film" at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater. The series assembles a number of the television and film appearances the legendary Canadian pianist made (interviews as well as concert performances), along with Bruno Monsaingeon's documentaries The Alchemist and Glenn Gould: Hereafter, the latter in its New York premiere.
The other visionary whose voice is being celebrated in this festival is Steve Reich, whose 70th birthday fell last week, on October 3. In Alice Tully Hall on October 28, the Los Angeles Master Chorale under conductor Grant Gershon performs the New York premiere of Reich's You Are (Variations) on a program that also includes Clapping Music and Tehillim. And on November 2 and 4 in the Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College, the Steve Reich Ensemble revives The Cave, the 1993 video opera on which Reich collaborated with his wife, video artist Beryl Korot. These performances are part of "Steve Reich @ 70," a city-wide celebration of the composer's birthday co-produced by Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Information on and tickets for "Voices and Visionaries" are available at www.lincolncenter.org.