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The ticket: Classical music

Christian Steiner

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Music director designate Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra and a cast from the Vienna State Opera in a keenly anticipated concert performance of Strauss’s “Salome.” With Gun-Brit Barkmin in the title role, Gerhard Siegel as Herod, Jane Henschel as Herodias, and Evgeny Nikitin as Jochanaan. March 6, 8 p.m., Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

BARTOK STRING QUARTETS During the remainder of the season no fewer than three ensembles will be traversing the complete Bartok String Quartets. The Chiara Quartet (pictured) is first out of the gate this week, performing the Quartets Nos. 1, 3, and 5. March 7, 8 p.m., Free but tickets required, Harvard’s Paine Hall. 617-496-2222, ofa.fas.harvard.edu/boxoffice

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NATALIE DESSAY The French soprano makes her Boston recital debut in a program devoted to works by Clara Schumann, Brahms, Strauss, Duparc, Fauré, and Debussy, partnered by pianist Philippe Cassard. March 8, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall, 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

A FAR CRY The conductorless chamber orchestra has an intriguing program titled “The Mind’s Eye” with music by Schnittke (featuring violist Kim Kashkashian) alongside works by Biber, Prokofiev, and Bach. March 7, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall, necmusic.edu/far-cry-2

Jeremy Eichler can be reached at jeichler@globe.com
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