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Critic’s picks: Classical music

Angela Meade will join Boston Philharmonic in Verdi’s Requiem.Dario Acosta

BACH, BEETHOVEN, & BRAHMS SOCIETY Under the direction of Steven Lipsitt, the newly founded BB&B offers chamber orchestra concerts in Faneuil Hall, allowing a sense of close-up access to the music. This all-Beethoven program will feature the Seventh Symphony and the “Emperor” Concerto, with Benjamin Pasternack as the soloist. April 17, 3 p.m., 305-970-1132,

mit media lab technology day As part of a university-wide open house, researchers from the MIT Media Lab — incubator of operatic robots, city symphonies, and many other arts-related projects — will offer demos of their current research. April 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Media Lab.


BOSTON PHILHARMONIC The Boston Philharmonic’s performances are often introduced by spoken commentary from conductor Benjamin Zander, who has a gift for welcoming the uninitiated to classical music. Up next will be Verdi’s Requiem, with Chorus Pro Musica and vocal soloists Angela Meade, Julia Gertseva, Stephen Costello, and Daniel Borowski. April 24, 3 p.m. (conductor’s talk at 1:45), Symphony Hall. 617-236-0999,

OPERA ON SCREEN High-definition opera in movie theaters will never substitute for the real thing, but it can be a practical and affordable way to introduce the art form. Coming up, the Kendall Square Cinema has a “Barber of Seville” from the Teatro Regio di Torino (April 26) and the Coolidge Corner Theatre has the Royal Opera House’s “Boris Godunov” (May 1).

ROCKPORT MUSIC Rockport hosts a free evening of performances by students, faculty, and alumni of Walnut Hill School (April 28) as well as the Boston Children’s Choir (May 14). Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

BOSTON YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS BYSO’s Young People’s String Orchestra appears on the Boston Symphony Orchestra Family Concert Series, with Marta Zurad directing a program designed for children ages 3-8. With magician Matt Roberts. April 30, noon, Symphony Hall. 800-266-1200,


FIRST MONDAY AT NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY This gem of a monthly concert series, curated by cellist Laurence Lesser, is not designed for families per se, but all the performances (by NEC faculty and guest artists) are free, making it an enticing way to expose young listeners to high-level chamber music. On May 2 in Jordan Hall, the program will includes works by Beethoven, Takemitsu, and Dvorak, as well as Steve Reich’s “Clapping Music.” Why not blow their minds with rhythm? 617-585-1260,

BOSTON POPS The spring Pops season runs from May 6 to June 18, and opens with Keith Lockhart leading the Pops Esplanade Orchestra in a program featuring Seth MacFarlane. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

WINSOR MUSIC + GEORGE LI Barely in his 20s, Li is a Boston-born pianist who recently medaled at the famed Tchaikovsky Competition. Now at Peggy Pearson’s Winsor Music series, he will join forces with veteran string players for a performance of Brahms’s F-Minor Piano Quintet, the kind of work that makes a perfect point of entry for the genre of chamber music. Plus, tickets for kids ages 9-18 are free. May 24, 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline. 781-863-2861,

CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE This thoughtful chamber troupe offers a free family concert, capped by an instrumental petting zoo. June 4, 2 p.m., Boston Public Library’s Hyde Park branch. 617-427-8200, JEREMY EICHLER

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