Technically outside our time-frame, but you’ll want to book this one early: Susanna Mälkki, perhaps the greatest of the many heroes of last season’s sublime L’amour de loin at the Met, returns to conduct the Philharmonic (January 11-13, David Geffen Hall) in the New York premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Helix, Debussy’s La Mer, and the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, with soloist Baiba Skride, the Latvian violinist who made such a noteworthy Philharmonic debut last season. Mälkki’s technical command is exceeded only by her deep musicality. It’ll be nice to see her working outside the pit, for a change.


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