10 classical music choices for fall

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HANDEL AND HAYDN COMPANY The period instrument orchestra kicks off the fall with a classic among classics – “The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi conducted by solo violin Aisslinn Nosky – paired with the live premiere of Jonathan Woody’s suite on melodies by Charles Ignatius Sancho (October 8 and 10). The theme of the familiar and at least familiar continues as French conductor Laurence Equilbey makes her H&H debut with Beethoven’s Symphony No.6, “Pastorale” and Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No.3 (5 and 7 November). 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org

CELEBRITY SERIES Celebrity Series features performances in venues around Boston and Cambridge as well as online. Classic fall highlights include two performances by adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider, the second featuring tenor Nicholas Phan (October 7 and November 12), a solo recital at Symphony Hall by pianist Daniil Trifonov (November 14) and a Solo Piano Flash Tour Through Music History by Conrad Tao (December 1). 617-482-2595, www.celebrityseries.org

ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM The Gardner Museum plans to resume its usual weekend concerts in mid-October, starting with a recital of romantic, Roma-inspired and bluegrass music by violinist Tessa Lark (October 17); the Attacca Quartet finds common ground between Haydn and Dubstep (November 7), pianist Aaron Diehl combines Bach and bebop (November 21) and Imani Winds offers music from all walks of life (December 5). Before all of this, violinist Jennifer Koh performs solo Bach sonatas and partitas in the courtyard, free of charge with museum admission (September 26). 617-566-1401, www.gardnermuseum.org

ASHMONT HILL CHAMBER MUSIC Dorchester presenters have three concerts this fall; first the Iraqi classical music specialists Safaafir (September 12), then the Parker Quartet brings together string quartets by Schubert, Schumann, György Kurtág and Zosha di Castri (October 10); November offers a recital by cellist Sterling Elliott with pianist Wynona Wang (November 14). 617-827-7857, www.ahchambermusic.org

A CRIED AWAY This conductor-less, member-driven ensemble offers a host of carefully curated orchestral and chamber music programs slated for fall, and each weaves a proven repertoire with freshly composed pieces. Many dates offer both in-person and virtual options, including the opening of the “Circle of Life” season (September 17-18), which connects lullabies and children’s songs with musical meditations on discovery. of self and parenthood. (617) 553-4887, www.afarcry.org

BOSTON ANCIENT MUSIC FESTIVAL BEMF vocal and chamber ensembles open the door with a program by Monteverdi, subtitled “Here I am, ready for kisses!” – a particularly relevant sentiment, perhaps (October 16). The following month, an evening of Renaissance counterpoint offered by the Piffaro fanfare (Nov. 14) and a double program of baroque comic operas (Nov. 27 and 28). Each concert will be available for viewing online for a period of two weeks, starting two weeks after the live event. 617-661-1812, www.bemf.org

NEW ENGLAND PHILHARMONIC Looking at the adventurous repertoire and sharp musicality of this orchestra, you would never know that its ranks of musicians were made up of amateur volunteers. Following the season’s inaugural concert, which will be conducted by composer-in-residence Eric Nathan (October 16), the ensemble will begin auditioning new musical directors, starting with Massachusetts Institute of Technology orchestral director Adam Kerry Boyles. , who will conduct the music for Amy Beach. , Michael Gandolfi, Ravel, and more (December 5). 855-463-7445, www.nephilharmonic.org

BOSTON OPERA LYRIC BLO’s planned production of Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” has moved to the Leader Bank open-air pavilion in the harbor area, allowing large-scale live production with orchestra and choir. Giselle Ty is directing the show to replace Sarna Lapine; the cast includes Michelle Johnson, Adam Diegel, Nina Yoshida Nelsen, Javier Arrey and Chelsea Basler. October 1 and 3. Flag of the Bank Leader. 617-542-6772, www.blo.org

NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY Jordan Hall is once again open to the public, and the New England Conservatory has an impressive selection of students and faculty expected to take the stage in the fall. Notable attractions include performances of Beethoven’s string quartets by the Borromeo String Quartet (September 30, October 21, December 9); the return of the chamber art series First Mondays directed by Laurence Lesser (4 Oct, 1 Nov 1 Dec 6); a performance of Joby Talbot’s transcendent choral work “Path of Miracles” by the NEC Chamber Singers (November 16); and a concert celebrating the music of guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson, the culmination of her three-day residency in the Contemporary Improvisation Department (October 7). New England Conservatory. www.necmusic.edu/itstime


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