Classical music critic’s picks


Monteverdi’s “Orfeo,” the opera that started it all, comes to life in high-BEMF style this afternoon. As the featured work in the festival’s popular annual chamber opera series, Monteverdi’s iconic score will be attended to by music directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, stage director Gilbert Blin, costume designer Anna Watkins, and choreographer Melinda Sullivan. The cast includes Aaron Sheehan, Teresa Wakim, Mireille Asselin, Shannon Mercer, Ryland Angel, Jason McStoots, Charles Blandy, Olivier Laquerre, and Douglas Williams. 3 p.m., Nov. 25. Jordan Hall. 617-661-1812, A pre-concert talk with Harvard musicologist Thomas Forrest Kelly and the BEMF creative team begins at
2 p.m.


Benjamin Zander’s new BPYO makes its big debut in Symphony Hall, with the conductor leading Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture” and Strauss’s “Ein Heldenleben.” Guest conductor Rafael Payare also leads Elgar’s Cello Concerto with soloist Alisa Weilerstein, whose formidable recording of the same work, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, has just been released. 3 p.m.,
Nov. 25. Symphony Hall. 617-236-0999,



Christian Zacharias is both the conductor and piano soloist, with a program devoted to works by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. 8 p.m., Nov. 27. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,


On Nov. 25, Cecile Licad plays Liszt and Chopin at the Gardner Museum and the St. Lawrence String Quartet visits the Concord Chamber Music Society with music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Osvaldo Golijov. www.gardner; www.concord

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