Given the limited early music repertoire of Dutch conductor and harpsichordist/organist Ton Koopman, there is no possibility that he is a viable candidate to become CSO music director. But no one performs eighteenth-century music with more style and enthusiasm, and it was an extremely smart move by current CSO management to keep him engaged here as often as possible. This year’s Koopman concerts are heavy on Mozart because of the 250th birthday anniversary year, and include the “Serenata notturna,” K. 239 and the “Linz” Symphony No. 36, K. 425, the Haydn Notturrno No. 8 and Bach’s Three Harpsichord Concerto restored to what is believed to be its original instrumentation for flute, oboe and violin by Koopman himself and featuring CSO principal flutist Mathieu Dufour, new principal oboist Eugene Izotov and concertmaster Robert Chen. (Dennis Polkow)
October 12 at Orchestra Hall.