ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER
A Far Cry, the dynamic local chamber orchestra, kicks off the Gardner Museum’s Sunday series with an intriguingly eclectic program devoted to works by Hildegard von Bingen, Osvaldo Golijov, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, and Beethoven. With guest clarinetist David Krakauer. 1:30 p.m., Sept. 9. Boston. 617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum.org
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Opening night is Sept. 22, with violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman; Bramwell Tovey returns to “Porgy and Bess”; and guest conductors of note this fall include Vladimir Jurowski, Charles Dutoit, and Thomas Adès (see story above ). Symphony Hall, Boston. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org
BOSTON CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA
Steven Lipsitt’s ensemble starts off with Bartok, Brahms, Vivaldi, and Mozart. Sept. 29 and 30. Faneuil Hall, Boston. 617-423-3883, www.bostonclassicalorchestra.org
Pianist Daniil Trifonov opens the Celebrity Series season (Oct. 5) in Longy’s Pickman Hall. Look out as well for fall appearances by the Pacifica Quartet (Oct. 24), Midori (Nov. 4), and the Takacs Quartet with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin (Nov. 16). Boston. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY
Harry Christophers kicks off the new H&H season with an all-Bach program that includes the composer’s “Magnificat.” Oct. 12, 14. Symphony Hall, Boston. 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org
Courtney Lewis’s adventurous orchestra returns with works by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Bach, and Mozart. Oct. 21. Jordan Hall, Boston. 617-800-7588, www.discoveryensemble.com
The Met opens its new season Sept. 24 with “L’Elisir d’Amore” and mounts a production of Thomas Adès’s opera, “The Tempest,” directed by Robert Lepage, on Oct. 23. New York. 212-362-6000, www.metopera.org
Benjamin Zander begins the new season with Sibelius’s “Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of the Island,” Strauss’s “Don Quixote,” and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with soloist Stephan Jackiw.
Oct 25, 28, Sanders Theatre; Oct 27, Jordan Hall, Boston. 617-236-0999, www.bostonphil.org
Andover Chamber Music Society hosts the Chiara Quartet (Sept. 23); Emmanuel Music embarks on the third season of its Beethoven chamber series (Sept. 30); Radius Ensemble has music by Prokofiev, Weber, Morton Gould, and Mark Schultz (Oct 6); Chameleon Arts Ensemble offers Brahms, Wagner, Schoenberg, and Berg (Oct. 6-7); members of Boston Chamber Music Society play both Brahms Sextets (Oct 14); the Boston Symphony Chamber Players open with Carter and Brahms (Nov. 18); and Concord Chamber Music Society presents the St. Lawrence String Quartet (Nov. 25). Boston area. 617-536-3356, www.emmanuelmusic.org;
617-792-7234, www.radiusensemble.org; 617-427-8200, www.chameleonarts.org; 617-349-0086, www.bostonchambermusic.org; 617-266-1200, www.bso.org; 978-371-9667, www.concordchambermusic.org
Martin Pearlman leads his period instrument band in Handel’s “Partenope,” with vocal soloists Amanda Forsythe and Owen Willetts. Oct. 19, 20.
Jordan Hall, Boston. 617-987-8600, www.bostonbaroque.org
BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL
BEMF’s fall series begins Oct. 27 with Concerto Köln and continues Nov. 2 with the return of Jordi Savall and his Hesperion XXI. This year’s annual chamber opera offering in Jordan Hall, Boston (Nov. 24-25) will be Monteverdi’s “Orfeo.” 617-661-1812, www.bemf.org
BOSTON LYRIC OPERA
Lillian Groag directs the season-opening production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” with Yunah Lee in the title role. Andrew Bisantz conducts. Nov. 2-11. Shubert Theatre, Boston. 617-542-4912, www.blo.org
Blue Heron sings the American premiere of a work by Nicholas Ludford (Oct. 11); Musica Sacra leads off with a Renaissance program (Oct. 27); Boston Cecilia opens (Oct 27) with a program led by Dan Perkins; the Cantata Singers present works by Bach and Frank Martin (Nov. 9); Masterworks Chorale performs Brahms’s “German Requiem” (Nov. 9); Emmanuel Music presents Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Dec. 1); and Exsultemus has an Iberian holiday program (Dec 9). Information on many local choruses in the Boston area is available at www.bostonsings.org.
MUSIC AT MUSIC SCHOOLS
At Longy, the annual SeptemberFest begins (Sept. 14) with a program of musical portraits; Music for Food’s Dvorak-themed season begins at New England Conservatory Sept. 17, and NEC’s First Monday series begins Oct. 1; NEC and Northeastern University are presenting a Harry Partch Festival (Sept. 19-21); at Harvard, the Chiara Quartet plays Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Gabriela Lena Frank (Sept. 28); Boston Conservatory’s new music (Nov. 8-11) festival focuses on composers under 40; and Boston University stages Massenet’s opera “Le Portrait de Manon” (Oct. 6) and, next year, Britten’s “Owen Wingrave.” Boston area.
NEW MUSIC IN BOSTON
Intermezzo presents “The Diva Monologues” (Sept. 15-16 at the Modern Theatre); Boston Musica Viva opens with works by Harbison, Lieberson, and Vores (Sept. 28 at Tsai Performance Center); Sound Icon performs Grisey (Oct. 21 at Boston University) and BMOP begins its season Nov. 10 (in Jordan Hall). Boston area. www.intermezzo-opera.org; 617-354-6910, www.bmv.org; www.soundicon.org; 781-324-0396, www.bmop.org.