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    Upcoming music events around Boston

    Rolling over Beethoven

    COREY CEROVSEK + PAAVALI JUMPPANEN The violinist (left) and pianist, respectively, embark on a multi-part survey of Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas, starting with the early Op. 12, Nos. 1-3. Jan. 13, 1:30 p.m. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156,

    Jeremy Eichler

    Pop & Rock

    KENDRICK LAMAR Still riding high from the critical and commercial success of last year’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” this rising hip-hop artist from Compton, Calif., is playing a few one-off shows. Since he’s not coming to Boston, a trip to Providence should be well worth it. After selling out the first show, a second performance, starting at midnight, has been added. Jan. 11, 12 a.m. Tickets: $27.50-$35. Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel,
    79 Washington St., Providence. 401-331-5876,

    FREAKWATER Reunited after a four-year hiatus, this beloved alt-country band from Chicago is on the road for the rerelease of its 1993 album, “Feels Like the Third Time.” As Janet Bean, who cofounded the band with Catherine Irwin, said in a recent e-mail: “This tour came about out of the blue, really. We shouldn’t be touring since we don’t have a new record out, but people kept asking us to play and we seem to have a perverse desire to head north in the winter.” Jan. 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004,


    EMELI SANDÉ Her debut, “Our Version of Events,” was the biggest-selling album of 2012 in her native United Kingdom, and yet this spirited soul-pop singer is still underrated in this country. This should change now that Sandé, who brings to mind both Adele and Beyoncé, is on a headlining tour. Jan. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Paradise Rock Club.

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    SMOKEY ROBINSON In a rare Boston appearance, this legend of American music will no doubt draw from his five decades as a pioneering songwriter, producer, and Motown artist with the Miracles, plus a solo career he launched in the early ’70s. Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $45-$65. Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000,

    James Reed

    Folk, World & Country

    BCM FEST This annual event has now reached its 10th anniversary. Accordingly, in addition to its usual survey of the music and dance of a variety of Celtic traditions, the festival will celebrate that milestone this year with a finale concert, titled “Forward and Back: The First
    10 Years.” Jan. 11, 7 p.m., 8 p.m.;
    Jan. 12, 10 a.m., 7:30 p.m. Tickets: priced per individual event. Club Passim, the Atrium, First Parish Church. 617-492-7679,

    THE GIBSON BROTHERS/COMPTON & NEWBERRY The Boston Bluegrass Union forges ahead with another pickin’ season, beginning with this attractive pairing of pairs: the Gibson Brothers, who continue to put their own spin on the genre’s brother tradition; and the duo of Mike Compton, one of the premier Monroe-style mandolin players around, and stellar multi-instrumentalist Joe Newberry. Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $27. National Heritage Museum, Lexington. 617-782-2251,

    INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT This touring festival is really an exchange in which four diverse acoustic guitar masters are brought together to play solo, in pairs, and as a quartet. Saturday’s performance will feature IGN founder Brian Gore, Scotland’s Martin Taylor, Brazilian classical guitarist Celso Machado, and the Malagasy style of Madagascar’s Solorazaf. Jan. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28. The Center for the Arts in Natick. 508-647-0097,


    THE IDAN RAICHEL PROJECT Idan Raichel is an Israeli musician, and a very successful one: Among other honors, his Project was named Israel’s musical group of the decade in 2010. It earned that award through music that incorporates and reflects the diverse musical cultures — African, Latin American, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern — of Raichel’s native country. Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30- $65. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275.

    Stuart Munro

    Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

    NEW BLACK EAGLE JAZZ BAND For over four decades, the NBEJB has ranked among the finest traditional jazz bands in the world. Leader/cornetist Tony Pringle, clarinetist/alto saxophonist Bill Novick, trombonist Stan Vincent, pianist Bob Pilsbury, banjo player Peter Bullis, bassist Jesse Williams, and drummer Bill Reynolds lovingly inhabit the music of King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, and more. Jan. 10,
    7 p.m. Tickets: $10. Sherborn Inn,
    33 North Main St., Sherborn. 800- 552-9742,

    BILL CHARLAP TRIO The masterful pianist is a standard-bearer for mainstream jazz and leads what is widely recognized as one of the finest groups in the music, featuring the magnificent rhythm section of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. Jan. 11, 12, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabar

    JOEY DEFRANCESCO/LARRY CORYELL/JIMMY COBB This all-star trio pays tribute to the partnership of Hammond B3 pioneer Jimmy Smith and guitar god Wes Montgomery. Organist DeFrancesco, guitarist Coryell, and Cobb — drummer on Miles Davis’s epochal “Kind of Blue” — are truly a triumvirate to be reckoned with. Jan. 11, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

    GRACIE CURRAN & THE HIGH FALUTIN BAND The powerhouse vocalist and her soulful band, victors of the recent 2012 Boston Blues Society Blues Challenge, play this “Memphis or Bust” gig to raise funds for their trip down south to compete in the 2013 International Blues Challenge. Jan 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004,

    Kevin Lowenthal



    BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Alan Gilbert returns to the BSO podium with works by Stravinsky, Ravel, and Dutilleux. Violinist Julian Rachlin replaces Lisa Batiashvili, who had to cancel for health reasons, as soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Jan. 10-15. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

    A FAR CRY: ‘LONG GAZE’ The conductorless chamber orchestra plays works by Weill, Webern, Britten, and McDonald. Jan. 11, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall.

    PAUL LEWIS The eloquent British pianist makes a rare local appearance with a Celebrity Series recital program devoted to Schubert’s last three Piano Sonatas. Jan. 12, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall, 617-482-6661, www.celebrity

    Jeremy Eichler