The ticket: Classical music

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL This year’s opening night features the first Boston-area performance of the Emerson String Quartet (pictured) with its new cellist, Paul Watkins, in works by Shostakovich and Schubert (”Death and the Maiden”). On Sunday afternoon, the Emerson’s former cellist, David Finckel, offers a duo recital program with his wife, pianist Wu Han. And in between, on Saturday, the gifted young violinist Stefan Jackiw performs works by Mozart, Brahms, Lutoslawski, and Saariaho, partnered by pianist Anna Polonsky. June 6-8, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

‘ORPHEUS’ Conductor and composer Matthew Aucoin returns to the Peabody Essex Museum with an Orpheus-themed program that includes selections from Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” and the premiere of Aucoin’s own work, “The Orphic Moment,” for solo violin, chamber ensemble, and countertenor (Anthony Roth Costanzo). June 6 and 7, Salem. 866-745-1876,

MOZART AND SALIERI’ Commonwealth Lyric Theater returns with a new production of another Russian rarity: Rimsky-Korsakov’s one-act opera “Mozart and Salieri,” with a libretto after the play by Pushkin. Two sets of vocal soloists will be conducted by Zachary Schwartzman, with stage direction by Anna Kravets. June 8-11, Center Makor, 1845 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton. 617-610-9348,



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