Crtic’s picks: Classical music

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL  This week at Rockport, the Gotham Early Music Scene performs on Friday “The Play of Daniel: A Twelfth-Century Music Drama.” And the versatile Calder Quartet traverses works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bartok, and Ravel on Thursday night; and music by Beethoven, Mozart, and Aaron Jay Kernis on Saturday. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 978-546-7391,

SICK PUPPY  Pianist Stephen Drury’s annual new-music seminar at New England Conservatory draws its memorable nickname from its acronym, SICPP, or the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice. Rand Steiger is this year’s composer-in-residence and his works will be featured on several free evening programs. The mini-festival culminates in a marathon “Iditarod” concert, with works by Steiger as well as Ives, Reich, Morton Feldman, Xenakis, Berio, Rzewski, and many others. June 16-22, New England Conservatory. 617-585-1122,


BOSTON GUITAR FEST  Eliot Fisk directs the eighth annual celebration of all things guitar, with concerts, master classes, and seminars organized around this year’s theme: “British Invasion.” Most events take place at either Northeastern University’s Fenway Center or New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. June 19-23, 617-373-4700,


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