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Winter Arts Guide: Classical music picks

Andris Nelsons will lead the BSO in a concert performance of Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” featuring Kristine Opolais.
Andris Nelsons will lead the BSO in a concert performance of Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” featuring Kristine Opolais.(Hilary Scott)

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA There’s plenty to be excited about at Symphony Hall this season, including an Andris Nelsons-led concert performance of Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” featuring Kristine Opolais in the title role (Feb. 21 and 23), Thomas Adès conducting the world premiere of his own concerto for piano and orchestra with soloist Kirill Gerstein (March 7-9), BSO youth and family concerts conductor Thomas Wilkins making his subscription series debut with a program including music of Florence Price and Duke Ellington (March 23), and two weeks of Gustavo Dudamel on the podium in early April. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org

A FAR CRY Pianist Simone Dinnerstein stars in the Criers’ reimagining of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Jordan Hall and Worcester’s Mechanics Hall (Feb. 8-9). Then, with “American Visions,” the orchestra presents rarely heard gems by composers including Julia Perry and Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (March 16-17), and later takes a macrocosmic journey with “Gravity” at Jordan Hall. (April 12). 617-553-4887, www.afarcry.org

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ASHMONT HILL CHAMBER MUSIC Silk Road Ensemble tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das and a host of Syrian and Indian musicians present a celebration of the two countries’ classical and folk musical traditions (Feb. 17). Later in the season, violinist Tessa Lark makes a solo appearance (March 24) and Hub New Music presents the world premiere of an Ashmont Hill-commissioned new work by Kati Agócs (April 7). Peabody Hall, All Saints’ Church, Dorchester. 617-827-7857, www.ahchambermusic.org

HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky directs an evening of splendid Italian Baroque concertos (Feb. 22 and 24), guest conductor Matthew Halls leads a program centered around Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (March 8 and 10), and artistic director Harry Christophers conducts an all-star cast in a semi-staged production of Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” (March 29 and 31). 617-266-3605, handelandhaydn.org

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BEATRICE RANA Silver medalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at the age of 20 and championed by the mighty Martha Argerich, the young Italian pianist has planned music of Ravel, Chopin, and Stravinsky for her Celebrity Series of Boston Debut Series recital. Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music, Cambridge. Feb. 27, 8 p.m. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

JOYCE DIDONATO Making her Boston recital debut on the heels of her new album “Songplay,” out in February, this sought-after soprano brings a five-piece ensemble to the Jordan Hall stage for a program covering ground from Italian art songs to jazz. Jordan Hall. March 1, 8 p.m. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE In upcoming programs, “a play of light and shadow” intersperses works by Thea Musgrave and Kristin Kuster with Mozart, Messiaen and Fauré, (March 2-3), and “upon one note” explores music in the key of C major through the centuries (April 6-7). First Church in Boston. 617-427-8200, www.chameleonarts.org

JEPHTHA Force-of-nature tenor Nicholas Phan takes on the title role in Boston Baroque’s performance of Handel’s final oratorio. Martin Pearlman conducts a cast that also includes Ava Pine, Dashon Burton, and Sonja DuToit Tengblad. Jordan Hall. March 8 and 10. 617-987-8600, www.bostonbaroque.org

CAPPELLA CLAUSUR A Didn’t get enough of Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s music when the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed her Overture in C in early January? Under the direction of Amelia LeClair, Cappella Clausura presents all three of the composer’s cantatas with 16-voice choir and full orchestra. Emmanuel Church, March 30. Eliot Church, Newton, March 31. 617-993-0013, www.clausura.org

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GAUTIER CAPUÇON AND YUJA WANG Electrifying pianist Yuja Wang makes her first collaborative Celebrity Series of Boston appearance with thoughtful French cellist Gautier Capuçon; the program includes music by Chopin and Franck. Jordan Hall. April 6, 8 p.m. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org


Zoë Madonna can be reached at zoe.madonna@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @knitandlisten. Madonna’s work is supported by the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.