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Taylor made

For almost 60 years, Paul Taylor has been creating modern dances about life, death, love, sexuality, and pivotal events in our country’s history. The result is 138 dances, a few of which will be performed Friday by his 16-member Paul Taylor Dance Company. The program is “Perpetual Dawn,” “Private Domain,” and “Black Tuesday.” 7:30 p.m. (through Nov. 3). $40 and up. Citi Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 617-482-6661. www.celebrityseries.org

FRIDAY

Grant-ed Give Grant Llewellyn a warm welcome when the former music director conducts the Period Instrument Orchestra of the Handel and Haydn Society for the first time since 2008. The “Mozart and Beethoven” program is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and Mozart’s “Haffner’’ Symphony. 8 p.m. (Nov. 3 at 3 p.m.; pre-concert talks one hour prior). $20 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-3605. www.handelandhaydn.org

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Fresh fish Steven Barkhimer wrote from experience for “Windowmen.” The playwright worked at the former Lower Manhattan Fulton Fish Market for three years after college and scaled his memory for his comedy. In the ’80s, Kenny works at a place that is fried and broiled in every way. 8 p.m. (through Nov. 24). $30, $25 seniors, $10 students. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre Walcott Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 866-811-4111. www.bostonplaywrights.org

Rock ’n’ roll and radio A young white DJ enters an underground club in the segregated ’50s and shakes up everything around him including the radio world. The Tony-winning “Memphis,” inspired by real events, offers music by Bon Jovi founding member and keyboardist David Bryan, and lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro. 8 p.m. (through Nov. 3). $37-$67. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 877-571-7469. www.thehanovertheatre.org

From Platters to poetry The music history of Greg Brown includes being a ghostwriter for Platters founder Buck Ram, and setting the poetry of William Blake to music. The baritone, songwriter, and acoustic guitarist will perform his trademark combo of Americana, country, folk, blues, and grooves accompanied by sideman Bo Ramsey. 8 p.m. $28. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

SATURDAY

Way to go Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener consider the sites for their dances to be an integral part of their choreography. The former Merce Cunningham dancers perform their new work “Way In.”
Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m. Free. Wellesley College’s Tishman Commons, Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center, 106 Central St., Wellesley. 781-283-1000. www.newhouse-center.org

SUNDAY

Old and new In May, Dr. Jamie Andrew Kirsch landed the gig as music director of Chorus pro Musica. The 34-year-old Medford resident gets the baton moving at “Heaven on Earth,” a program of contemporary and 19th-century works by Vaughan Williams, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Veljo Tormis, Eric Whitacre, Gerald Finzi, Tchaikovsky, and Liszt. Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. $25-$45. Old South Church,
645 Boylston St., Boston. 800-658-4276. www.choruspromusica.org

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.

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