The ticket: Classical music

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The festival launches its new “Rising Stars” series on Tuesday with the Neave Trio; Thursday offers a solo recital by pianist Joyce Yang; on Friday pianist David Deveau and colleagues perform Schubert’s chamber music; and Saturday and Sunday feature the Shanghai Quartet. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

ASTON MAGNA The venerable early music summer festival opens its season with a program devoted to works by C.P.E. Bach and J.S. Bach, including the former’s Fantasia for Harpsichord and Violin and the latter’s “Musical Offering.” Among the performers will be Daniel Stepner and Anne Black (violins, violas); Christopher Krueger (baroque flute, recorder); Laura Jeppesen (viola da gamba); and Peter Sykes (fortepiano). June 19, 8 p.m., Brandeis University’s Slosberg Auditorium. 800-875-7156,

SICK PUPPY This annual new-music seminar at New England Conservatory draws its nickname from its acronym, SICPP, short for Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice. Roger Reynolds is this year’s composer-in-residence, and the seminar as a whole is being dedicated to the memory of composer Lee Hyla, whose works will be featured (June 17) at one of the festival’s seven free performances. Also of note should be insightful British pianist John Tilbury’s recital (June 15) of works by Morton Feldman and others, and Nino Jvania’s performance (June 16) of Stockhausen’s “Natural Durations,” the US premiere of the complete cycle. The festival culminates (June 21) in a six-hour-plus marathon concert aptly dubbed the “Iditarod.” New England Conservatory. 617-585-1122,


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