Critic’s picks: Classical music

BOSTON BAROQUE The period instrument ensemble opens its 40th anniversary season with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the baton of music director Martin Pearlman. With vocal soloists Leah Patridge, Ann McMahon Quintero, William Burden, and Kevin Deas. Nov. 8 and 9. Jordan Hall; Nov. 10, free performance, Strand Theater, Dorchester. 617-987-8600,

BENJAMIN GROSVENOR This quickly rising young British pianist makes his local recital debut with a program of works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Ravel, and others. Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music of Bard College. 617-482-6661,

ENSEMBLE PLUS ULTRA Specializing in the music of the Spanish Renaissance, this estimable vocal ensemble makes its Boston Early Music Festival debut with a program of works by Victoria, Morales, Ribera, and Guerrero. Nov. 9, 8 p.m. St. Paul Church, Cambridge, 617-661-1812,


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