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    Classical music: Critic’s tips

    Jennifer Taylor for The New York Times

    BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

    The French conductor Stephane Deneve returns with a mostly French program devoted to works by Berlioz, Roussel, and Saint-Saens (the Piano Concerto No. 5, with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, above). Also on the bill will be music by the contemporary Scottish composer James MacMillan. Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

    DISCOVERY ENSEMBLE

    Courtney Lewis’s dynamic chamber orchestra performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, Bartok’s “Divertimento,” and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Five Images After Sappho,” with soprano Karin Wolverton. Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. Sanders Theatre. 617-800-7588,
    www.discoveryensemble.com

    CHAMBER MUSIC

    On the eve of a big personnel change, the Emerson Quartet returns to Jordan Hall on Sunday afternoon with a program of works by Dvorak, Schumann, and Brahms (www.
    celebrityseries.org). Also on Sunday, the Borromeo Quartet continues its series at the Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall with an all-Dvorak program (www.gardnermuseum
    .org).

    HOLIDAY MUSIC

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    Harry Christophers leads the Handel and Haydn Society in its annual traversal of “Messiah,” Nov. 30-Dec. 2, in Symphony Hall (www.handelandhaydn.org); Ryan Turner leads Emmanuel Music in Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” on Saturday in Emmanuel Church (www.emmanuelmusic.org); the Tallis Scholars perform on Sunday evening at St. Paul Church in Cambridge (www.bemf.org); Chanticleer sings a holiday program on Friday night in Jordan Hall (www.celebrityseries.org); and Opera Hub takes on Hindemith’s opera “The Long Christmas Dinner,” with a libretto by Thornton Wilder,
    Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Boston Center for the Arts (www.operahub.org).

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    JEREMY EICHLER