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Mahler marathon

For approximately 85 minutes, Mahler fans will be treated to Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” by the Boston Symphony Orchestra accompanied by Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling, British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Christoph von Dohnányi (above) conducts. 8 p.m. (through Oct. 1). $30-$130, $20 under 40 (on a first-come, first-served basis). Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1200. www.bso.org

WEDNESDAY

A hard punch The young, Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer Noah Preminger credits boxing for the title of his third album, “Haymaker.” “Boxing is like improvising in that you want it to become second nature. You master the technique so that you don’t have to think about it; you have a free mind to be fully in the moment,” according to the New England Conservatory alum. 8 p.m. $20. Scullers, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111. www.scullersjazz.com

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Breaking up is hard to do While Bryan Cranston is on stage in Cambridge in the sold-out “All The Way,” fans of the actor’s “Breaking Bad” AMC show are nearby at “Los Geek Hermanos: A Breaking Bad Quiz.” In anticipation of the Sept. 29 series finale, here’s an outlet for your Walter White addiction. 7 p.m. (arrive at 6 p.m. for a spot).
$5 per person per team of six (on a first-come, first-served basis). Tommy Doyle’s, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge. 617-225-0888. www.tommydoyles.com

No strangers What started in Burlington, Vt., in 1991 as the acoustic duo Strange Folk became Strangefolk when Jon Trafton and Reid Genauer added two members to handle bass and drums. The one-word, four-member band with Erik Glockler and Luke Smith brings its rock, folk, blues, and bluegrass blend plus its three-part harmonies to the Wilbur. 8 p.m. $35. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

THURSDAY

Old for Newpoli Members of this 10-year-old Italian ensemble went to church to record their “Tempo Antico.” Newpoli specializes in folk music from Southern Italy which draws from Africa, the Middle East, and ancient Greece. The eight Berklee College of Music alums included songs from the 16th century and two ballads from the early 20th century. Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. $15-$20. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300. www.americanrepertorytheater.org

Lost and found For years, Found Magazine has published love letters, birthday cards, to-do lists, napkin poetry, and other found objects that snoop into people’s lives. Founder and editor Davy Rothbart adds his life to the Found Unfinished Business Tour when he celebrates the paperback release of his personal essays, “My Heart Is an Idiot.” Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. Free. Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Boston. 617-491-2220. www.portersquarebooks.com

Creative ‘Soul’ About his new release, “Fight for My Soul,” Jonny Lang has said: “Creatively, I think there is a lot more going on inside of me than I’ve been sharing on record so far. Much of what I’ve experienced through music and life in general is in these songs.” The Grammy-winning guitarist’s record deals with the challenges of love and family. Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. $30-$50. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.
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