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Critic’s picks: Classical music

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

On Friday in Rockport, the Gotham Early Music Scene performs “The Play of Daniel: A Twelfth-Century Music Drama.” And Saturday, the versatile Calder Quartet traverses works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Aaron Jay Kernis. Shalin Liu Performance Center. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org

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 Saturday’s marathon “Iditarod” concert, with works by Steiger as well as Ives, Reich, Morton Feldman, Xenakis, and others. June 21-22. New England Conservatory. 617-585-1122, www.sicpp.org

BOSTON GUITAR FEST

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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 21-23.
617-373-4700, www.bostonguitarfest.org

JEREMY EICHLER

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