The cooler months are the perfect time to come indoors and experience all the culture Boston has to offer
Although the Boston area is a hotbed of classical music, every once in a while something unique still happens, even in this saturated space. This is the case on January 23 at Symphony Hall when Me2/, a New England-based classical music organization dedicated to helping people living with mental illness and those who support them, is bringing 100 of its musicians to perform a concert called “Stigma Free at Symphony Hall.” The show is free, but reservations are required. In another one-of-a-kind event, the Boston-based company Sheffield Chamber Players will premiere a commissioned work by up-and-coming composer Kevin Day in two concerts, one on January 27 at Waltham’s Lyman Estate and the other on February 13 at South End’s Chase Young Gallery. Also on February 13, get off the beaten path and enjoy a recital of music by Dvorak, Florence Price and Edvard Grieg at Peabody Hall in Dorchester hosted by Ashmont Hill Chamber Music and performed by acclaimed young violinist Randall Goosby. In the proven category, the famous Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) continues its season at Symphony Hall, including the return of BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons (pictured) to the conductor’s rostrum for several programs, starting with the concerts on February 24-26 and March 1 featuring music by Shostakovich and Stravinsky. The story Handel & Haydn Society (H&H) also takes up residence at Symphony Hall for a performance of Haydn and Mozart on January 28 and 30 in one of Harry Christopher’s final appearances as H&H Artistic Director and Conductor. Symphony Hall is again the site of another classical mainstay, the Boston Philharmonic, which features music by Mussorgsky, Shostakovich and Beethoven on February 6. Boston Celebrity Series welcomes a plethora of classical musicians to town this winter, including Russian piano prodigy Alexander Malofeev, who sits at the keys on February 2 in Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge to play Mozart, Rachmaninoff and more for his debut in the Boston area. The end of winter sees the return of Baroque Boston musical director/conductor Martin Pearlman on stage at GBH Calderwood Studio in Brighton, where his ensemble performs works by Vivaldi and Handel on March 19 and 20.
As of Jan. 15, the City of Boston requires patrons of indoor shows to wear masks and show proof of vaccination. Cambridge also has a mask mandate for all indoor spaces.