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From the prima ballerina on stage to the tuba down in the orchestra pit, the classic arts scene in New York is never quiet. Here is just a sampling of some of the classic arts events happening this week:

New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck makes her company choreographic debut February 1 with a world premiere. Peck's new ballet will be set to Poulenc's "Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra.” The piece will include costumes by fashion designer Zac Posen and lighting design by Brandon Stirling Baker.

The ballet will be performed on a program also including Rotunda, by NYCB Resident Choreographer Justin Peck, and Odesa, by Alexei Ratmansky, who joins the company as Artist in Residence this season. Rotunda is set to a commissioned score by Nico Muhly, while Odesa is set to Leonid Desyatnikov’s “Sketches to Sunset,” a suite from the klezmer and tango-infused score of the 1990 film Sunset, about Jewish gangsters in Odesa after the Russian Revolution.

Justin and Tiler will not be the only Pecks on the program. All of the ballets will be accompanied by the New York City Ballet Orchestra, which includes tuba player Dan Peck. You might catch Peck’s tuba in the third movement of the Poulenc concerto, in which a recurring motif has the tuba blare out an exposed low E while the pianos play descending scales above.

The New York Philharmonic will perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, January 31-February 3, with soprano Golda Schultz. Gianandrea Noseda will conduct the program, which also includes Mozart’s “Ch’io mi scordi di te?” and Piano Concerto No. 25, with pianist Francesco Piemontesi, making his NY Philharmonic debut.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra comes to Carnegie Hall for two concerts, January 29 and 30. The former program will include Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, with pianist Seong-Jin Cho, as well as Tania León’s Stride, and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The January 30 program will be a concert performance of Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, with soprano Kristine Opolais, tenor Brenden Gunnell, and bass Günther Groissböck. Though now highly regarded mainstays of the repertoire, both The Rite of Spring and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk were controversial early on for their boldly modern music and daring choice of subject matter.

The Metropolitan Opera is on hiatus through February, but the Met Orchestra is not. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the orchestra in a concert at Carnegie Hall February 1 with soprano Lise Davidsen. The program will include a six-voice fugue by Bach as orchestrated by Webern, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, and Mahler’s fifth symphony. Davidsen and Nézet-Séguin will return to the Met next month to kick off the latter half of the company’s 2023-24 season with a new production of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino.

The Munich Philharmonic, led by conductor Zubin Mehta, performs two concerts at Carnegie Hall February 3 and 4. Both concerts will be all-Brahms programs, featuring one piano concerto and one symphony each. The first concert will feature the first piano concerto and fourth symphony, while the second concert will feature the second of each. Pianist Yefim Bronfman is the soloist for both concerts.

Bronx Opera opens a double bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino this week. Gianni Schicchi, the sole comic opera by Puccini, concerns a greedy family who, upon learning that their recently deceased wealthy uncle Buoso Donati has left all his money to a monastery, employ the assistance of Gianni Schicchi to pose as the late relative and make out a false will. Il Signor Bruschino, an early work by Rossini, also concerns a disguise and a false relative, as Florville assumes the identity of the young Signor Bruschino so that he can marry Sofia, and while doing so, must attempt to pass off the disguise under the nose of the real Bruschino’s father.

Pianist Inon Barnatan will perform at the 92nd Street Y February 2, giving his own solo transcription of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. The program of dance musiic will also include Rameau’s Suite in G Major, RCT 6, Ravel’s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, and three movements from Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird, arranged by Agosti.

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