Top 10 upcoming classical music events

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BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with Barbara Hannigan(©Musacchio & Ianniello)

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Andris Nelsons leads the BSO and the dynamic soprano Barbara Hannigan in the local premiere of Hans Abrahamsen's "let me tell you," to be heard on a Shakespeare-themed program with works by Shostakovich and Prokofiev (Feb. 4-6). Also not to be missed: Vladimir Jurowski's return to the podium, with works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Beethoven, and Haydn on a program featuring violinist Alina Ibragimova in her Boston debut (Feb. 18-20). Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

MORE ORCHESTRAS A Far Cry continues its Gardner Museum series with a program titled "Intimate Voices," featuring works by Penderecki, Sibelius, and Arvo Pärt. (Feb. 7, 617-278-5156, ). And Benjamin Zander leads the Boston Philharmonic in works by Schumann, Elgar, and Mendelssohn (Feb. 18-21, 617-236-0999, ).


ANDRAS SCHIFF The eminent pianist returns to Boston with a recital he is calling "The Last Sonatas," devoted to the final keyboard thoughts of Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert. Feb. 26, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall, 617-482-6661,

TETZLAFF TRIO The eloquent violinist Christian Tetzlaff teams up with cellist Tanja Tetzlaff (his sister) and pianist Lars Vogt for trios by Schumann, Dvorak, and Brahms. Feb. 27, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall, 617-482-6661,

HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY Bach's "St. John Passion" (March 11 and 13) and Handel's oratorio "Saul" (April 29 and May 1) are on the winter/spring agenda for the period-instrument orchestra and chorus. All four performances will be led by Harry Christophers in Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605,

'WERTHER'Canadian tenor Joseph Kaiser sings the title role in Boston Lyric Opera's new production of the Massenet classic. Crystal Manich directs, and David Angus conducts a cast that also includes Sandra Piques Eddy, Rachele Gilmore, and John Hancock. March 11-20, Shubert Theatre. 617-542-4912,


The late electroacoustic music of the Italian avant-gardist Luigi Nono is the focus of a unique conference — presented by Tufts in partnership with Harvard — culminating in four all-Nono concerts with performers to include Claire Chase (flute), Miranda Cuckson (violin), and Evan Ziporyn (clarinet). March 25, 26. Granoff Music Center, Tufts University. Details at


CANTATA SINGERS David Hoose presides over Brahms's "German Requiem," on an enticing program that also includes works by Bach and Webern. April 1, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617–868-5885,

'THE MAGIC FLUTE'Martin Pearlman's Boston Baroque offers two semi-staged performances of the Mozart favorite, with a cast that includes Nicholas Phan as Tamino and Leah Partridge as Pamina. April 15, 16, 7:30 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-987-8600,

LES ARTS FLORISSANTS William Christie’s esteemed Baroque ensemble makes a rare local appearance, presented by the Boston Early Music Festival. The program will be devoted to secular vocal music from the salons of 17th-century France. April 24, 7:30 p.m., Sanders Theatre. 617-661-1812,

Jeremy Eichler can be reached at