IWAMI KAGURA — 17-meter long serpents made of a specialty paper and bamboo appear onstage. Photo by Yoko Essel.

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include Halloween concerts, Japanese folk art, contemporary Irish music, and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

    Witches, Goblins, and Sorcerers: NYU Orchestra’s Halloween Concert

    New York University—Frederick Loewe Theatre

    Manhattan

    Fri, Oct 27, 2017, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Audience members are encouraged to come in costume to this first-ever free Halloween concert from NYUO¹, one of the premier orchestras of New York University. The program will be conducted by Adam Glaser as part of Glaser's first season as the NYU Orchestras’ principal conductor. Professor Jonathan Hall will give a pre-concert talk at 7:30 pm.

    Irish Origins Series

    National Sawdust

    Brooklyn

    Fri, Oct 27, 2017 - Sat, Oct 28, 2017

    The Irish Origins Series highlights contemporary Irish music with the genre-defying quartet This Is How We Fly, master Sean-nós vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird, Brooklyn ensemble Contemporaneous, composer Dan Trueman, composer Donnacha Dennehy, and pianist Isabelle O’Connell.

    Ages of Enchantment: A celebration of traditional Japanese performing and folk arts

    Symphony Space

    Manhattan

    Sat, Oct 28, 2017, 6:30 pm

    Ages of Enchantment: A celebration of traditional Japanese performing and folk arts highlights five classic Japanese arts disciplines: traditional Kimono, Nichibu Dance, Bon Odori, Kagura and Bunraku. A splendid introduction or re-introduction to high folk arts of Japan’s Osaka, Akita and Shimane prefectures, the show includes detailed explanations together with photo and video projections offered before each live performance in order to promote better understanding of these unique features of Japanese culture.

    Halloween From The InsideOut

    DiMenna Center for Classical Music

    Manhattan

    Sat, Oct 28, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    It will be a musical Halloween with a difference as Music Director David Bernard and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony invite the audience to sit among the musicians as they perform Saint-Saens's Danse Macabre and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, two works full of witches and ghosts.

    All The World’s A Drag! Shakespeare in love…with opera

    National Sawdust

    Brooklyn

    Mon, Oct 30, 2017 - Tue, Oct 31, 2017

    After its celebrated reinterpretations of Butterfly and Carmen last spring, Heartbeat Opera celebrates its annual Halloween Drag Extravaganza, this year titled All the World's A Drag! Shakespeare in love...with opera. This new hour-long show takes the audience on an Elizabethan-punk-drag adventure with a signature blend of eye-popping spectacle, gender-bending mischief, and musical mastery. Each year’s Drag Extravaganza celebrates a different composer (previous shows were Queens of the Night: Mozart in Space, Miss Handel and Purcell’s ...

Ages of Enchantment: A celebration of traditional Japanese performing and folk arts

2537 Broadway

new york N.Y. 10025

2128645400

Ages of Enchantment: A celebration of traditional Japanese performing and folk arts highlights five classic Japanese arts disciplines: traditional Kimono, Nichibu Dance, Bon Odori, Kagura and Bunraku. A splendid introduction or re-introduction to high folk arts of Japan’s Osaka, Akita and Shimane prefectures, the show includes detailed explanations together with ...

Witches, Goblins, and Sorcerers: NYU Orchestra’s Halloween Concert

35 West 4th Street

new york N.Y. 10012

Audience members are encouraged to come in costume to this first-ever free Halloween concert from NYUO¹, one of the premier orchestras of New York University. The program will be conducted by Adam Glaser as part of Glaser's first season as the NYU Orchestras’ principal conductor. Professor Jonathan Hall will give ...