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Classical Music

Family entertainment: Classical music

The Boston Pops will provide live music for “Star Wars: A New Hope” May 10-14.
The Boston Pops will provide live music for “Star Wars: A New Hope” May 10-14.(© 2004 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. via AP)

AN OPERATIC CINDERELLA A classic fairy tale comes to life in song, as Tufts Opera Ensemble presents a staged performance of Massenet’s “Cendrillon” in an English translation. Free performance. April 25-26. Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford. as.tufts.edu/music/events

NIGRA SUM SED FORMOSA: I AM BLACK BUT BEAUTIFUL In this collaboration between Castle of Our Skins and the Handel and Haydn Society, co-directed by Ashleigh Gordon, Jennifer Kane, and Reginald Mobley, musicians from both organizations unite for an hourlong celebration of music by black composers spanning two centuries. Free, but reservations requested. April 27, 3 p.m. Roxbury Community College, Media Arts Center. 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org

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NEW ENGLAND PHILHARMONIC Young ears are inclined to be adventurous; why not bring the little souls to hear Janáček’s exquisite violin concerto, “The Wandering of a Little Soul”? The volunteer orchestra’s final concert of the season, conducted by music director Richard Pittman, also includes pieces by Berlioz and Yehudi Wyner, as well as world premieres from Angela Elizabeth Slater and David Rakowski. April 27, 8 p.m. Tsai Performance Center, Boston University. 855-463-7445, www.nephilharmonic.org

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA If you’re trying to take kids to the BSO for the first time, you typically can’t go wrong with a piece that tells a story, and Stravinsky’s vivid and saucy puppet tragedy, “Petrushka,” closes the season on an inviting program that also includes Strauss’s “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks” and the world premiere of Sebastien Currier’s “Aether.” May 2-4. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org

MUSICIANS OF THE OLD POST ROAD Does your young one dream of blasting off for Mars? With “Stars In Their Eyes” Musicians of the Old Post Road explores a whole planetarium of music from stargazers of the 18th century, including some rarely performed scientist-musicians. May 2, 7:30 p.m., Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester; May 4, 8 p.m., Emmanuel Church, Boston. 781-466-6694, www.oldpostroad.org

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FIRST MONDAYS AT JORDAN HALL This academic year, First Mondays artistic director Laurence Lesser has curated a trip around the world in six free concerts, with each concert themed on a different country. In the final First Monday of the season, the destination is Poland, and the attractions include Lutoslawski’s explosive “Variations on a Theme of Paganini” for two pianos and Grazyna Bacewicz’s superb Piano Quintet No. 1. May 6, 7:30 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260, www.necmusic.edu

BOSTON POPS The season opens May 8 with an evening starring Bernadette Peters, for Broadway babies of all ages. Further attractions in the ensuing month: “Star Wars: A New Hope” with live orchestra (May 10-14), a tribute to Woodstock with Arlo Guthrie (May 15-16), and roots music superstar Rhiannon Giddens’s “Redefining American Music” residency (May 22-25). “Once Upon A Time . . . Stories at the Symphony” (May 25 and June 1) is aimed at the youngest listeners; in addition, the performance on June 1 is a sensory-friendly event with accomodations for listeners who have special sensitivities because of autism-spectrum disorder or other sensory processing disorders. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200, www.bostonpops.org

BOSTON PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA Under the baton of Benjamin Zander, BPYO’s final concert of the season includes a world premiere by Clarice Assad and Dvorak’s immortal Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.” In addition, the four winners of the orchestra’s annual concerto competition (Meriel Bizri, Kebra-Seyoun Charles, Mitsuru Yonezaki, and Zachary Fung) show off their stuff as featured soloists. May 12, 3 p.m. Sanders Theatre. Cambridge. 617-236-0999, www.bostonphil.org

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BOSTON CHILDREN’S CHORUS In “Lift Every Voice: Her Song,” the local choir serves stories in song of women’s empowerment, from pieces by Nina Simone and Andra Day to British composer Cecilia McDowall’s “Everyday Wonders: The Girl From Aleppo” — inspired by the true story of Nujeen Mustafa, a young woman with cerebral palsy who fled from Syria to Germany in a wheelchair. Neo-soul singer Melinda Doolittle makes a special guest appearance. May 18, 7 p.m. Wang Theatre. 617-778-2242, www.bostonchildrenschorus.org

CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE This ever-innovative chamber ensemble presents its annual family concert, concluding with an musical “petting zoo” where kids can get up close and personal with the instruments (with musician supervision). June 1, 2 p.m. Weld Hall, Hyde Park Branch Library. 617-427-8200, www.chameleonarts.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.