Music

Critic’s picks: Classical music

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BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BSO assistant conductor Andris Poga leads an ambitious program featuring Wagner’s Overture to “Rienzi,” Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15, and Luto-slawski’s Piano Concerto, with Garrick Ohlsson as soloist. Jan. 23-25.
Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

ROBERT LEVIN  The eloquent Cambridge-based pianist might be best known as a specialist in music of the classical era, but he has also forged close links to living composers. In this recital, he plays works written for him by Yehudi Wyner, Hans Peter Türk, John Harbison, and Bernard Rands. Jan. 26, 3 p.m. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. Free. www.music.fas.harvard.edu

BORROMEO STRING QUARTET  Lean, angular, and unrelentingly powerful, Bartok’s set of six string quartets stands at the dark heart of the modern quartet literature. Chamber music fans with an ear for 20th-century music will not want to miss the Borromeo’s marathon performance of all six quartets. Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall. Free. 617-585-1260, www.nec.edu.

Jeremy Eichler can be reached at jeichler@globe.com