Thankfully for those of us who couldn’t stay up late for those West Coast premieres, Music on the Strait 2022 is still streaming. This week’s list includes some highlights from the festival, plus some outstanding local events that you can experience live. Keep in mind that some of them do require advance registration.


Opening Night: Demarre McGill and Jeremy Denk play Beach and Franck
Claude Debussy | Syrinx for Solo Flute (1913)
Amy Beach | Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet, Op 80 (1916)
César Franck | Piano Quintet in F minor (1879)
Watch “Opening Night: Demarre McGill and Jeremy Denk play Beach and Franck” on YouTube

Efe Baltacigil and Jeremy Denk Play Beethoven
Jeremy Denk leads us on a musical journey from Mozart’s inventive G major sonata for Piano and Violin (not Violin and Piano, interestingly) to Robert Schumann’s enchanting Piano Quartet in E-flat. The dynamic Turkish cellist Efe Baltacıgil joins Denk for Beethoven’s fifth and last cello sonata.
James Garlick, violin, David Auerbach, viola, Efe Baltacıgil, cello, Jeremy Denk, piano
WA Mozart | Sonata for Piano and Violin in G major, K 379 (1781)
Ludwig van Beethoven | Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major, Op 102 No 2 (1815)
Robert Schumann | Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op 47 (1842)
Watch “Efe Baltacigil and Jeremy Denk Play Beethoven” on YouTube

Finale: A World Premiere by Paul Chihara
The Seattle-born composer Paul Chihara spent his childhood in Minidoka, Idaho, at an internment camp for Japanese Americans. Artistic Directors Richard O’Neill and James Garlick present the world premiere of a new duo that Chihara has written expressly for Music on the Strait. Felix Mendelssohn’s vivacious D minor Piano Trio and Edward Elgar’s romantic masterpiece, his Piano Quintet in A minor, conclude our 2022 season!
Kyu-Young Kim, violin, James Garlick, violin, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello, Richard O’Neill, viola, George Li, piano
Paul Chihara | Duo for Violin and Viola WORLD PREMIERE (2022)
Felix Mendelssohn | Piano Trio No 1 in D minor, Op 49 (1839)
Edward Elgar | Piano Quartet in A minor, Op 84 (1918)
Watch “Finale: A World Premiere by Paul Chihara” on YouTube

NPR presents Tiny Desk Concert: Randall Goosby
Violinist Randall Goosby has arrived – and not just at the Tiny Desk. The young Juilliard graduate is racking up debuts with the world’s most important orchestras, he just pocketed the $25,000 Avery Fisher Career Grant and he can boast none other than violin legend Itzhak Perlman as his mentor. Not bad for 26 years old. We know Goosby’s star is on the rise, but the way his career got off the ground is worth mentioning. Goosby is an alum of the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, which, for 25 years, has helped launch many prominent musicians of color, including composers Jessie Montgomery and Carlos Simon, pianist Lara Downes and opera stars Davóne Tines and Will Liverman. Goosby, at age 13, was the youngest to win the Sphinx Concerto Competition. Sphinx was also where he first performed neglected music by Black composers. “With each passing day,” Goosby told NPR last year, “you can almost see this wave of reckoning, and people starting to realize the magnitude of the body of work that we’ve not paid attention to.” Randall Goosby, violin and Zhu Wang, piano
Watch “NPR presents Tiny Desk Concert: Randall Goosby” on YouTube

The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg presents
Opening Night: Mahler’s Second Symphony (“Resurrection”)
The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and its chief conductor Alan Gilbert open the 2022/23 season with Gustav Mahler’s magnificent Second Symphony.  “Rise again, yes, rise again thou wilt!” With spine-tingling optimism, the chorus at the end of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony highlights the work’s religiously and philosophically motivated core message. Performances of Mahler’s epic “Resurrection” Symphony are always an impressive event – and that not only in Hamburg, where the composer found inspiration in St. Michel Church for the choral finale.
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, NDR Vocal Ensemble, Radio Chorus Berlin
Christina Nilsson, soprano
Sarah Connolly, mezzosoprano
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Listen to Opening Night on The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg website

Lincoln Center in partnership with Buglisi Dance Theatre presents
9/11 Performance Ritual for Peace – Table of Silence Project
Live stream
Sunday, September 11, 8:10am
Lincoln Center in partnership with Buglisi Dance Theatre honors the 21st year since the events of 9/11, and the current crises that face humanity today, with a live-streamed performance of the Table of Silence Project 9/11, an annual free public performance ritual for peace conceived and choreographed in 2011 by Jacqulyn Buglisi, Artistic Director of Buglisi Dance Theatre.
The live performance takes place in New York City at Lincoln Center. The company will perform the original large-scale version of the work, featuring more than 100+ dancers slowly ascending onto Josie Robertson Plaza to the sound of a conch shell’s call to action. Moving to the plaintive strains of the flute, the heartbeat of bass drums, trumpet, bells, and the cries of a chorus, the dancers form patterns of concentric circles around the iconic Revson Fountain to create an ancient Peace Labyrinth.
Access the 9/11 Performance Ritual for Peace livestream on YouTube

The Metropolitan Opera in association with PBS and The WNET Group presents
Great Performances at the Met: Turandot
The New York metro area premiere is Sunday, September 11, at 12pm on THIRTEEN.
Opera superstar Liudmyla Monastyrska portrays the title role of the legendary cold-hearted princess. Tenor Yonghoon Lee plays Calàf, the bold prince determined to win Turandot’s love, alongside soprano Ermonela Jaho as the devoted servant Liù and bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the blind king Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts Puccini’s stirring score. Hosted by Nadine Sierra.
Learn more about “Great Performances at the Met: Turandot” on

ArtsWestchester, the City of White Plains, and the White Plains BID present
JazzFest White Plains
September 14-18
White Plains, NY

JazzFest White Plains is back with an in-person program and a stellar lineup of artists. For its eleventh year, the festival remains true to its roots, presenting jazz from an outstanding roster of Westchester and NYC musicians. From September 14-18, you’ll hear some of the hottest rising stars in jazz today. JazzFest presents free and affordable jazz experiences to jazz enthusiasts from Westchester and beyond.
For more info, visit ArtsWestchester’s website

Friends of Music Concerts presents
Emerson String Quartet
Saturday, September 17, 8pm
Sleepy Hollow High School, 210 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY
We welcome the return of this world-renowned ensemble. The Seattle Times has placed it “high in the pantheon of chamber music,” while The Times (London) has enthused, “with musicians like these there must be some hope for humanity.” Over the years we have built a special relationship with the Emerson, which will be making its 18th appearance on our series. Unfortunately, however, it will be its last. One of the supreme ensembles of the world, its members have announced that the completion of their 2022-23 season will mark the end of their more than 30-year run.
Felix Mendelssohn, String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12
Johannes Brahms, String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1
George Walker, “Lyric” for String Quartet
Antonín Dvořák, String Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105
Get tickets for Emerson String Quartet 2022

The Greenburgh Public Library presents
The 2022 World Music Concert Series: David DeJesus y Las Panteras
Sunday, September 18, 2-3:30pm, at the Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an afternoon of Latin music featuring the David DeJesus y Las Panteras. David DeJesus is a multiple Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and bandleader from Brooklyn, NY. He has worked with Ruben Blades, Larry Harlow, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Arturo O’Farrill and Tito Rodriguez Jr. He is currently a full-time faculty member and Head of Jazz Studies at Purchase College. This event is live and in person in the GPL Multipurpose Room. Masks are required for entry. Seating is limited to 80. Please register below.
Register for the 2022 Greenburgh Public Library World Music Concert Series with David DeJesus y Las Panteras


Culture Picks is a weekly feature celebrating the performing arts. The arts are back and there is so much to take in, both live and virtual. Cultural connoisseur and PAC staff member Coni Guhl is here to help you sort through it all. Each week we will post her curated selection of events featuring the artists you know and love from The PAC Center Series, work being done by Purchase alums, plus a sampling of arts experiences you just can’t miss. Enjoy!

All times are EDT unless otherwise noted.

Pictured: Bassist Buster Williams, who will be performing at JazzFest White Plains