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Classical Notes

James Sommerville conducts, Stile Antico returns, Radius wins

Most local music fans know James Sommerville as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s superb principal horn. But he has another musical career: Sommerville has been music director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (in Ontario) since 2007 and is a frequent guest conductor with other orchestras in his native Canada.

Now Sommerville is set for his first full concert on a Boston podium. He will lead New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra on Feb. 12, in a program that includes Jennifer Higdon’s “blue cathedral,” Ravel’s G major Piano Concerto (with soloist Hannah Byun, a senior at the Walnut Hill School), and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Sommerville replaces BSO assistant conductor Marcelo Lehninger, who withdrew from the engagement because of a scheduling conflict. (Interestingly, Lehninger led a Hamilton Philharmonic concert in November that included the Ravel concerto.)

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