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    Martin Pearlman, music director with the Boston Baroque.
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    Martin Pearlman, music director with the Boston Baroque.

    A FAR CRY

    Music by Rautavaara, Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Bartok, and Walton. Dec. 9, 1:30 p.m. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum
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    BOSTON BAROQUE: “MESSIAH”

    With the indefatigable Martin Pearlman, his period instrument band, and guest vocal soloists Mary Wilson, Ann McMahon Quintero, John McVeigh,
    and Andrew Garland. Dec. 7-8. Jordan Hall. 617-987-8600, www.boston
    baroque.org

    MUSICIANS OF THE OLD POST ROAD: “A FESTIVE CHRISTMAS FROM GERMANY”

    Works by Bach, Werner, and Graupner, with guest artist Kristen Watson
    (soprano). Dec. 8. Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. 781-466-6694, www.oldpostroad.org

    BOSTON CAMERATA: “A HISPANIC CHRISTMAS, 1300-1700”

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    Works from Spanish-speaking countries under the direction of Joel Cohen, with the women’s choir Les Fleurs des Caraïbes joining as guests. Dec. 15-22. Various locations. 617-262-2092, www.bostoncamerata.org

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