PICK OF THE DAY
Don’t be surprised if you are called to the stage to help Jorge Drexler “build a song in real time” on an iPad. The Oscar-winning Uruguayan singer-songwriter lives in Spain and writes about love, identity, race, and religion. Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. $28-$37. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org
Viva defiance We like defiance, as does Boston Musica Viva. The group opens its 45th season with “Banned in Boston,” a celebration of defiance in art featuring Gunther Schuller’s “Sonata Serenata,” Robert X. Rodriguez’s “Tango,” and a scene from Martin Brody’s “Bisclavret” opera in progress. 8 p.m. $30, $25 seniors, $20 ages 35 and under, $10 students. Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-354-6910. www.bmv.org
List’s version of Liszt Berklee College of Music professor Andrew List follows in the footsteps of Franz Liszt with his tone poem, “Sholem Aleichem’s Clock.” The Longwood Symphony Orchestra presents the world premiere, which was inspired by a Sholem Aleichem story. 8 p.m. $30 and $45, $25 and $35 seniors, $15 and $25 students (benefit for Women of Means). Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-987-0100. www.longwoodsymphony.org
July in October Ordinary lives fuel Miranda July, who finds their moments of beauty, humor, and poignancy. The performer, writer, and filmmaker offers “Society” (Oct. 5) and “Lost Child!” (Oct. 6). The former uses the audience to fuse fiction and reality; the latter is a lecture and performance about July's career. Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.,
Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. $30, $15 students. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103. www.icaboston.org
Plymouth’s rock Twenty years is a long time to own a car, be married, and conduct an orchestra. This last activity is celebrated by the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. Veteran Phil conductor Steven Karidoyanes opens the 98th season with “Celebrating 20!,” a program of music by John Williams, Demitrius Spaneas, Shostakovich, Gershwin, and Respighi. 8 p.m. (7 p.m. preconcert talk). $20-$50
(discounts available). Memorial Hall, 83 Court St., Plymouth.
They always had Paris You’re going to Paris for the Chameleon Arts Ensemble opening concert “immortal notes, Parisian air.” Chopin, Copland, Bennett, Feldman, and Mendelssohn were not French by birth, but all were French in their hearts and were influenced by visits to the City of Light. The program includes Chopin’s Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op. 65. 8 p.m. (Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. at Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon St.). $25-$45, $5 student and senior discount. First Church, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. 617-427-8200. www.chameleonarts.org
Blues in the night Being born to Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis makes it easy to see where Guy Davis got his acting and directing leanings. But it was his grandmother who influenced the musician’s love of the blues. The guitarist and singer has a new record, “Juba Dance,” featuring original tunes plus covers. Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. $29. 21+. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 978-264-9123. www.davis
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