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winter arts guide: critics’ picks

Critic’s picks in Boston-area classical music

Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic will perform Mahler’s Sixth Symphony later this month.

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Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic will perform Mahler’s Sixth Symphony later this month.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

BOSTON LYRIC OPERA: ‘CLEMENCY’ The American premiere of a new Genesis-themed opera by Scottish composer James MacMillan, with a libretto by Michael Symmons Roberts. Feb. 6-10. Artists for Humanity EpiCenter. 617-542-4912, www.blo.org

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BOSTON PHILHARMONIC: MAHLER Mahler’s Sixth Symphony led by Benjamin Zander, one of the composer’s most devoted champions.
Feb. 21 and 24 in Sanders Theatre. Feb. 23 in Jordan Hall. 617-236-0999, www.bostonphil.org

JACK QUARTET: HAAS and SCIARRINO Pulse-quickening new music by Georg Friedrich Haas (Quartet No. 5) and Salvatore Sciarrino (Quartet No. 7), performed by a superb young ensemble. Feb. 26. Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center. 617-353-3350, www.bu.edu

CELEBRITY SERIES: JEREMY DENK The Jordan Hall debut of this independent-minded pianist, with works by Liszt and Brahms. March 2. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

CELEBRITY SERIES: LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

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The closely watched conductor Vladimir Jurowski leads his orchestra in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, with soloist Vadim Repin. March 8. Symphony Hall. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: THOMAS PREMIERE

Augusta Reade Thomas’s Cello Concerto No. 3, premiered on a program that includes Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony and Saint-Saens’s Symphony No. 3. With Lynn Harrell (cello) and Olivier Latry (organ). Christoph Eschenbach conducts. March 14-16. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL: STILE ANTICO An eclectic program of Renaissance choral music, sung by an excellent young ensemble. April 5. St. Paul Church, Cambridge. 617-661-1812, www.bemf.org

BOSTON BAROQUE: HAYDN’S ‘LORD NELSON MASS’ To be paired with Beethoven’s Second Symphony, and led by Martin Pearlman. April 19-20. Jordan Hall. 617-987-8600, www.bostonbaroque.org

HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY: ‘JEPHTHA’ Handel’s moving final oratorio, to be led by Harry Christophers. May 3-5. Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org

EMMANUEL MUSIC: ‘THE GREAT GATSBY’ The long-awaited Boston premiere of John Harbison’s opera, presented in a concert performance by Emmanuel Music. May 12. Jordan Hall. 617-536-3356,
www.emmanuelmusic.org
JEREMY EICHLER

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