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    BOSTON CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY

    BCMS opens its season Sunday with a meaty program featuring both Brahms Sextets along with the Sextet from Strauss’s “Capriccio.” With Ida Levin and Harumi Rhodes (violins), Roger Tapping and Marcus Thompson (violas), and Ronald Thomas and Raman Ramakrishnan (cellos). 7:30 p.m., Oct. 14, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. 617-349-0086, www.bostonchambermusic.org

    NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG

    Steven Blier’s imaginative troupe makes a rare local appearance today with a program exploring Dvorak’s interest in African-American spirituals. With works by Dvorak, Burleigh, Will Marion Cook, Alex Rogers, and James Vaughan. 1:30 p.m., Oct. 14, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum.org

    JEREMY EICHLER