Sones de México Ensemble—Carnegie Hall. These lively Grammy nominees play Mexican folk music on traditional instruments—but they also play Bach and Led Zeppelin! “We are not necessarily preservationists in trying to pretend that we live in a small village in Mexico,” says the group. “We live in Chicago and interact with the world around us.” Fri., May 7, 10 p.m. Tickets: $38 – $46. 1 hour, 30 minutes, without intermission. 881 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019.
American Woman: Fashioning a National Indentity—Metropolitan Museum of Art. A new exhibit that explores the dress of American women from the 1890s to the 1940s. The dress of Bohemians, Flappers, and more are on display through Aug. 15. Met hours: Tues.–Thurs.: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat.: 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Sun.: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Recommended Donation: $20. Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street New York, NY 10028.
Dance on Shoestring—New York Theatre Ballet. Dance on a Shoestring offers a way for experienced and new dancers to regularly perform and learn from small classic masterworks that reflect the company’s Cecchetti aesthetic. The performances are offered in a venue where people can come with little fanfare and minimal cost to see high quality ballet. Fri-Sat., May 7-8, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. Children under 5 not permitted. Latecomers will not be seated. 30 E. 31st St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10016.
Armida—Met Opera. Renée Fleming stars in the title role of Mary Zimmerman's Met premiere production. Composed by Rossini (1792-1868). Zimmerman describes the opera as “a buried treasure, a box of jewels.” The fanciful story of a sorceress who enthralls men in her island prison of sensual delights, she says, “Has an epic, enchanted quality, and a tremendous visual element.” Tickets: $20-$295. Approximate running time 3 hrs. 50 min. Fri., May 7, Tues., May 11, 8:00 pm. Lincoln Center, New York, NY 10023.
World Falun Dafa Day—Union Square Plaza. Learn Falun Dafa meditation in the morning and be enchanted by Chinese music and dance in the afternoon. Also featuring the Divine Land Marching Band. This event celebrates the 18th anniversary of the mind/body practice’s introduction to the public. Sun., May 9. Meditation and tranquil exercises: 11 a.m.–1 p.m., performances: 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Free. Union Square, at 14th Street.
Maurizio Pollini Plays Chopin—Carnegie Hall. The third and final program this season that Maurizio Pollini plays Chopin, a composer he deeply understands. The program includes short pieces building to a climax with the masterful Sonata No. 3 in B Minor. Sun., May 9, 3 p.m. 1 hour, 55 minutes, with one intermission. Tickets: $39-$119.
Oratorio Society of New York—Carnegie Hall. The Society performs Mendelssohn’s Paulus, which traces the story of St. Paul. Mon., May 10, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20-$75.
Der Fliegende Holländer—Met Opera. Composed by Richard Wagner (1813–1883) Based on the legend of a Dutch sea captain who is condemned by the devil to sail eternally. One woman, Senta, has the power to break the curse. Approximate running time 2 hours and 18 minutes. Mon., May 10, 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $20–$295. Lincoln Center.
Masur Conducts Beethoven and Bruckner—New York Philharmonic. Acclaimed German composer Kurt Masur conducts. Wed.-Thurs., May 12-13. Tickets: $31.00-$109.00. Avery Fisher Hall. 132 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023.