The week ahead: Music

Conductor Steven Karidoyanes.
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Conductor Steven Karidoyanes.

Choral delights

CHORAL MUSIC Masterworks Chorale pays bicentennial tribute to Verdi on March 15 in Sanders Theatre (617-858-6785,; Nicholas White leads Boston Cecilia on March 16 at All Saints Church in Brookline (617-232-4540,; Back Bay Chorale sings Mozart’s Requiem and a new work by Mohammed Fairouz on March 17 at Sanders Theatre (617-648-3885,; and Cantata Singers has music by Schumann, Marjorie Merryman, and James MacMillan on March 17 at Jordan Hall (617-868-5885,



RYAN LESLIE This Harvard-educated renaissance man wears many hats: record producer, singer-songwriter, and R&B singer. He comes back to his old stomping grounds ahead of a new album, “Black Mozart,” due next month. March 14,
8 p.m. Tickets: $25. The Sinclair.

PSYCHIC ILLS Sounding like a link between the Velvet Underground and Mazzy Star, this indie-rock band from New York finds beauty in the fuzz and feedback of its latest album, “One Track Mind.” March 15, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. T.T. the Bear’s. 617-492-2327,


ANTI-ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION In a week overrun with all things Irish – from Dropkick Murphys and the Saw Doctors to “Celtic Woman” and Paddy Saul – the Midway Café in Jamaica Plain is offering a respite with a strong roster of local talent. Rick Berlin’s Nickel & Dime Band leads a rootsy lineup that also includes Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, Ten Foot Polecats, and Jesse & the Hogg Brothers. March 17, 8 p.m. Free. Midway Café. 617-524-9038, www.midwaycafe

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JAVELIN On “Hi Beams,” the new record by the duo of Tom Van Buskirk and George Langford, candy-colored melodies carom off big, bouncy beats and distorted vocals. It’s electro-pop for the arrival of spring. March 19, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott. 617-566-9014, www.ticket



MAURA O’CONNELL County Clare’s O’Connell began her career as part of the celebrated traditional Irish group De Danann, and then flourished through solo outings (as well as a move to Nashville) that encompassed a wider range of material and collaborations with a litany of American roots and bluegrass artists and songwriters. March 14, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers Jazz Club. 617-562-4111.

GOITSE With two self-released albums to their credit, they’re just starting out, but these young traditionalists (who take their name from an Gaelic Irish greeting, “come here”) have begun making a name for themselves beyond the shores of their native Ireland with a mix of traditional material and their own compositions. March 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Belleville Congregational Church, Newburyport. 978-465-7734,

PADDY SAUL Like Maura O’Connell, Saul is an American transplant, and he’s one that Boston can claim as its own. No doubt Friday’s show will include his homage to his adopted hometown, “Beantown,” from his new CD, “The Way the Blood Flows,” a marvelous offering of Celtic, folk, and gritty roots-rock elements. Mar. 15, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,


THE SAW DOCTORS They kicked their career off with an album sporting one of the best titles ever, “If This Is Rock and Roll, I Want My Old Job Back,” and while they haven’t been exactly prolific as recording artists in the intervening years, these Irish roots-cum-punk-rockers are still going strong thanks to their ferocious live shows. Mar. 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $29.50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000.



THE MAKANDA PROJECT & OLIVER LAKE Pianist John Kordalewski’s 11-piece repertory band not only spotlights the neglected compositions of the late, Boston-born multi-instrumentalist and innovator Makanda Ken McIntyre, but also brings in soloists such as alto saxophone great Lake, a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet. March 16, 7 p.m. Free. Dudley Branch Library, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury. 617-442-6186,

SHEPLEY METCALF & RON ROY The superb cabaret/jazz singer and her ace piano accompanist specialize in unearthing lesser-known tunes from the Great American Songbook, bringing forgotten gems to light with lyrical acuity and melodic finesse. March 16, 7 p.m. Tickets: $9.99-
$12.50. Acton Jazz Café, 103 Nagog Park, Acton. 978-263-6161, www.actonjazz

SHEMEKIA COPELAND In 2011, the singer was officially proclaimed “Queen of the Blues” by the City of Chicago and the Governor of Illinois. It’s a crown she was born to wear, as both daughter of late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland and possessor of one of the most poignant and powerful voices in the biz. March 20, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabar

BRIAN BLADE AND THE FELLOWSHIP BAND The drummer, composer, and bandleader is a Louisiana native who’s been in Wayne Shorter’s quartet for more than a decade, and has played played with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Bob Dylan, and Bill Frisell. His own Fellowship Band features pianist Jon Cowherd, multi-reedists Myron Walden and Melvin Butler, and bassist Christopher Thomas. March 20, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullers




BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Cellist Lynn Harrell is the soloist in the premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s Cello Concerto No. 3 under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach, who also leads works by Mozart (“Jupiter” Symphony) and Saint-Saens (Symphony No. 3). March 14-16. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

‘COSI FAN TUTTE’ British baritone Thomas Allen directs — and sings the role of Don Alfonso in — Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of Mozart’s beloved opera, with a cast that includes Paul Appleby, Matthew Worth, Caroline Worra, Sandra Piques Eddy, and Phyllis Pancella. David Angus conducts. March 15-24. Shubert Theatre, Cambridge. 617-542-4912 or

HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY Richard Egarr returns to lead H&H in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 on a program that also features Mozart’s Clarinet Concert, with soloist Eric Hoeprich. March 15, 17. Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605, www.handeland

CHAMBER MUSIC Baritone Nathan Gunn, partnered by his wife, Julie, offers a Celebrity Series recital on March 15 in Jordan Hall (617-482-6661,; Chameleon Arts Ensemble continues its season with an eclectic program, March 16 in First Church Boston and March 17 at the Goethe-Institut (617-427-8200,; and Boston Chamber Music Society plays works by Beethoven, Bruch, Stravinsky, and Schumann on March 17 at Sanders Theatre (617-349-0086,


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