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    BOSTON SYMPHONY
    ORCHESTRA

    As part of his keenly anticipated return to the BSO podium, composer Thomas Adès will lead his own Genesis-inspired piano concerto, “In Seven Days,” with Kirill Gerstein as soloist. The program includes Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Sibelius’s Sixth Symphony, and Sibelius’s tone poem “Luonnotar,” featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw. Nov. 16-17. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

    BOSTON PHILHARMONIC

    Benjamin Zander leads Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with 17-year-old pianist George Li as soloist. Nov. 17, Jordan Hall; Nov. 18, Sanders Theatre. 617-236-0999,
    www.bostonphil.org

    BOSTON CLASSICAL
    ORCHESTRA

    Steven Lipsitt conducts Weber’s Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, with Sharon Roffman as soloist. Nov. 17, 18. Faneuil Hall. 617-423-3883, www.bostonclassicalorchestra.org

    CHAMBER MUSIC

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    The Takacs Quartet returns to Jordan Hall on Friday night with Haydn, Schubert, and Shostakovich; the Lydian Quartet on Saturday night plays music by Mozart and Beethoven at Brandeis’s Slosberg Music Center; and on Sunday afternoon in Jordan Hall, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players offer works by Carter and Brahms alongside Beethoven’s “Grosse Fuge.” www.celebrityseries.org; www.brandeis.edu; www.bso.org

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    Friday night at Tsai Performance Center, Richard Pittman and Boston Musica Viva give the premiere of “Verbiage” by Curtis Hughes alongside music by William Kraft and Schoenberg. Sound Icon plays music of Philippe Leroux Saturday night at the Fenway Center. www.bmv
    .org
    ; www.soundicon.org.

    JEREMY EICHLER