Critic’s picks: Classical music


Written for the Metropolitan Opera, where it premiered in 1999, John Harbison’s “The Great Gatsby” finally makes its way to Boston for a keenly anticipated concert performance. Ryan Turner will conduct the Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music in this local premiere, with a cast full of prominent Boston singers. May 12, 3 p.m., Jordan Hall. A pre-concert talk with Harbison and Robert Kirzinger takes place at 2 p.m. 617-536-3356,


Under the title “Rhetoric’s Revolution,” David Hoose has assembled an evening of familiar and obscure 18th-century works as well as the Boston premiere of Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Mass in E Minor. May 10,


8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-868-5885,


For the last decade these ardent Wagnerites have been guarding the composer’s locally flickering flame, and now for the Wagner bicentenary year, the Society offers a program of highlights from the “Ring’’ Cycle, featuring bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, soprano Joanna Porackova, tenor Alan Schneider, and contralto Marion Dry. With Kevin Owen (horn) and Jeffrey Brody (piano). May 11, 2 p.m., Old South Church, Boston. 617-323-6088,


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BCMS ends its season with performances

of two chamber music blockbusters:

Schubert’s Cello Quintet and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet. May 12, 7:30 p.m., Sanders Theatre. 617-349-0086,



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