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    Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will make a rare Boston appearance at Symphony Hall on March 23.
    Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times/File 2013
    Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will make a rare Boston appearance at Symphony Hall on March 23.

    BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA In addition to its “Salome” performance (see story on Page N4), the BSO’s winter schedule includes a survey of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with Yefim Bronfman performing as soloist under the baton of Christoph von Dohnanyi (March 13-22). And the Boston Symphony Chamber Players celebrate their 50th anniversary season with four premieres (Feb. 9). 617-266-1200,

    MORE ORCHESTRAS: LOCAL EDITION Robert Levin will be the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 with the Boston Philharmonic under the baton of Benjamin Zander, who also leads Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony (Feb. 28); Courtney Lewis’s Discovery Ensemble has works by Schubert, Haydn, Berg, and Brahms (March 2); A Far Cry plays a program titled “The Mind’s Eye” with guest violist Kim Kashkashian in music by Schnittke and others (March 7); and Steven Lipsitt’s Boston Classical Orchestra plays works by Strauss and Mozart (March 29-30).,,,

    MORE ORCHESTRAS: THE VISITORS Zubin Mehta leads the Israel Philharmonic, which last visited Boston in 1998, in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8. (March 19); and Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic also make a rare local appearance, bringing Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 (March 23).


    EARLY MUSIC Boston Baroque has a Valentine’s Day program of works by Rameau and Charpentier (Feb. 14 and 15); the charismatic fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout performs an all-Mozart program as part of BEMF’s local concert season (Feb. 21); Musicians of the Old Post Road have a Moravian-themed program (March 14 and 15); Handel and Haydn Society offers music from “Mendelssohn’s Library” (April 4 and 6); Emmanuel Music presents Handel’s “Susanna” and Boston Camerata performs a program titled “Portes du Ciel: Gates of Paradise” (April 13).,,,,,,

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    CHAMBER MUSIC I You’ve heard of Mostly Mozart, and now. . . . Basically Bartok? During the remainder of the season no fewer than three ensembles will be traversing the complete Bartok String Quartets. The Chiara Quartet is first out of the gate at Harvard’s Paine Hall (March 7 and April 11), followed by the Takács Quartet’s survey in Jordan Hall (March 20 and April 11), and the Borromeo Quartet in Jordan Hall (May 14).,,

    CHAMBER MUSIC II The Radius Ensemble has still more Bartok, “Contrasts” (March 8), while the Chameleon Arts Ensemble breaks the trend with Brahms, Ives, and Enescu (March 22-23). Also of note will be a free recital with violist Kim Kashkashian and pianist Robert Levin in Jordan Hall (Feb. 24), and Boston Chamber Music Society with music by Tsontakis and Glazunov (April 13).,,

    OPERA IN BOSTON Boston Lyric Opera returns to Verdi’s “Rigoletto” for its next production, directed by Tomer Zvulun, with a cast that includes Bruce Sledge, Michael Mayes, Nadine Sierra, and David Cushing. Christopher Franklin conducts (March 14-23). And students from New England Conservatory perform a staged production of Monteverdi’s “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” at the Cutler Majestic Theatre (Feb. 8-14).,

    RECITALS In addition to the visiting orchestras above, the Celebrity Series has several notable recitals on tap, by bass-baritone Gerard Finley, sopranos Natalie Dessay and Deborah Voigt, tenor Nicholas Phan, violinists Christian Tetzlaff and Leonidas Kavakos, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianists Evgeny Kissin, Marc-André Hamelin, and Emanuel Ax. Two fine young quartets, Quatuor Ebène and the Jerusalem String Quartet, will also make local debuts.


    BOSTON NEW MUSIC The distinguished Dutch composer Louis
    Andriessen will be in residence at Boston Conservatory’s New Music Festival (Feb. 4-9); Boston Musica Viva offers its annual family concert (Feb. 9);
    Dinosaur Annex has two premieres (March 6); Sound Icon offers Boulez’s “Sur Incises” (March 17); Gil Rose leads BMOP (March 28); and Collage New Music plays works by Reich and others (April 13).,,,,,

    CHORAL BOSTON Blue Heron sings madrigal settings of Petrarch’s poetry (Feb. 15); the Cantata Singers perform Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” (Feb. 22); Chorus Pro Musica sings James Whitbourn’s settings from Anne Frank’s diary (March 2); Cappella Clausura offers “A Garland of Madrigals” (March 2 and 9); Back Bay Chorale sings Bach and new music (March 8); Musica Sacra has music by Bach and Frank Martin (March 8); the Spectrum Singers have Rutter’s Requiem (March 15); Boston Cecilia performs Bach’s Mass in B minor (March 21); and Masterworks Chorale sings Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” (March 22).,,,,,,,, and more at

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