ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM The chamber orchestra A Far Cry, in residence at the Gardner, kicks off the museum’s Sunday series with a century-hopping program devoted to music by Biber, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky. Sept. 7, 1:30 p.m.,
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Andris Nelsons begins his tenure as the BSO’s 15th music director on Sept. 27 with a gala program of operatic excerpts by Wagner, Puccini, Mascagni, and Catalani — and with help from tenor Jonas Kaufmann and soprano Kristine Opolais, his wife. The first program of the season (Sept. 18-20) throws a spotlight on the orchestra itself through works by Mozart, Villa-Lobos, and Beethoven under Marcello Lehninger’s baton. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

CELEBRITY SERIES In October the Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini makes a rare local recital appearance with

works by Schumann and Chopin
(Oct. 5) and the Juilliard String Quartet returns to town (Oct. 18) with Berg, Webern, and Schubert. November programs include Richard Goode playing late-Beethoven (Nov. 1) as well as visits from the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Nov. 7) and the San Francisco Symphony (Nov. 16). 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

BOSTON CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA Steven Lipsitt leads off his ensemble’s 35th-anniversary season with Beethoven’s First Symphony, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante (K. 364), with soloists Lucia Lin (violin) and Cathy Basrak (viola). Oct. 5, 3 p.m.,
Faneuil Hall. 617-423-3883,

HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY Celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, Boston’s own H&H opens its season with artistic director Harry Christophers leading a “Baroque Fireworks” program featuring works by Vivaldi, Bach, and, naturally, its two namesake composers. Also on its way for the bicentennial season: a new commemorative book, a “Messiah” recording, and an H&H exhibit at the Boston Public Library. Oct. 10 and 12,
Symphony Hall, 617-266-3605,


BOSTON LYRIC OPERA BLO starts off with a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” to be directed by Chas Rader-Shieber and conducted by Arthur Fagen, with a cast that includes Anya Matanovic, Michael Wade Lee, and Weston Hurt. (Later this season comes Frank Martin’s “The Love Potion,” Janacek’s “Katya Kabanova,” and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”) Oct. 10-19, Shubert Theatre. 617-542-4912, www.blo.org

BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL BEMF opens its 25th anniversary season with its own vocal and chamber ensembles in a program of Monteverdi madrigals directed by Stephen Stubbs and Paul O’Dette (Oct. 11). And its popular chamber opera series continues (Nov. 29-30) with a comic double bill of Neapolitan works — Pergolesi’s “La Serva Padrona” and “Livietta e Tracollo” — directed by Gilbert Blin, with a cast that includes Amanda Forsythe, Erica Schuller, Douglas Williams, and Jesse Blumberg.
617-661-1812, www.bemf.org

EMMANUEL MUSIC Ryan Turner leads a chamber orchestration of John Harbison’s “Crossroads” alongside works by Mendelssohn, Wolf, and Stravinsky
(Oct. 17). And a new survey of Wolf and Mendelssohn chamber works starts up the following month (Nov. 2).617-536-3356, www.emmanuelmusic.org

BOSTON MODERN ORCHESTRA PROJECT Under Gil Rose’s baton, BMOP offers a premiere by Anthony Paul De Ritis on its season-opening program (Oct. 12). The ensemble also presents a concert performance (co-produced with Odyssey Opera) of Tobias Picker’s opera “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” with a libretto by Donald Sturrock adapted from Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel. With the Boston Children’s Chorus. Dec. 7, 3 p.m., Jordan Hall. 781-324-0396, www.bmop.org


BOSTON PHILHARMONIC Benjamin Zander’s orchestra also kicks off with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, to be performed by soloists Miriam Fried (violin) and Kim Kashkashian (viola), on a program that also features Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and the Overture to Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” (Oct. 23-26). The first program of the Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra features cellist Natalia Gutman in the Dvorak Concerto (Nov. 9). 617-236-0999, www.bostonphil.org

BOSTON BAROQUE Martin Pearlman leads off his ensemble’s 40th-anniversary season with one of the cornerstones of its repertoire, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers. Yulia Van Doren, Teresa Wakim, Thomas Cooley, and Aaron Sheehan are the vocal soloists. Nov. 14-15, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-987-8600, www.bostonbaroque.org

CHAMBER PLUS Mistral begins with a program titled “Songs Without World” (Sept. 20-21); Concord Chamber Music Society has works by Haydn, Ysaye, and Dohnanyi (Sept. 21); Boston Chamber Music Society unpacks Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” (Sept. 28); Chameleon Arts Ensemble pairs Schubert with John Luther Adams (Sept. 27-28) and Radius Ensemble pairs Schubert and Kaija Saariaho (Oct. 11); the Boston Symphony Chamber Players open with Brahms, Nielsen, and Bach (Oct. 19); Musicians of the Old Post Road offer works by Bach and Couperin (Oct. 24 and 26); and Boston Camerata has an old-new take on the medieval drama “The Play of Daniel” (Nov. 21 and 23). www.mistralmusic.org; www.concordchambermusic.org; www.bostonchambermusic.org; www.chameleonarts.org; www.radius
ensemble.org; www.bso.org; www.old
postroad.org; www.bostoncamerata.com

NEW MUSIC NEC has a Lee Hyla memorial concert (Sept. 25) and a John Zorn retrospective (Nov. 4); Guerilla Opera has “micro-operas” by Rudolf Rojahn and Curtis K. Hughes (Sept. 25-27); Boston Musica Viva leads off its year with works by Eitan Steinberg and David Schiff; MIT kicks off its new “MIT Sounding” series with the local premiere of Alvin Lucier’s “I Am Sitting in a Room” (Sept. 27); Sound Icon has music by Georg Friedrich Haas and a premiere by Richard Beaudoin (Oct. 4); Collage New Music takes on works by Harbison and Tower with guest soprano Mary MacKenzie (Oct. 5); Dinosaur Annex plays music by Kati Agocs and also pays tribute to Lee Hyla (Oct. 24); New England Philharmonic has premieres by Bernard Hoffer and David Rakowski (Oct. 25); the JACK Quartet returns to the ICA with the local premiere of Haas’s Third Quartet, performed in complete darkness (Nov. 8); and Boston Conservatory’s New Music Festival with flutist Claire Chase features works by Caroline Shaw, Sofia Gubaidulina, and many others (Nov. 19-21). www.necmusic.edu; www.guerilla
opera.com; www.bmv.org; www.mit.edu; www.soundicon.org; www.collagenew
music.org; www.bmop.org;
www.dinosaurannex.org; www.nephil
harmonic.org; www.icaboston.org


HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SCHOOLS Longy’s SeptemberFest explores the relationship of music and image, beginning with works by Bach, Bartok, and Strauss (Sept. 26); the Parker Quartet kicks off its new Harvard residency with Haydn, Dutilleux, and Dvorak (Sept. 26); at New England Conservatory, the popular First Monday celebrates its 30th anniversary season (beginning Oct. 6) and Robert Spano conducts Act 3 of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” with soprano Jane Eaglen (Dec. 10); at Boston University, the Muir Quartet takes on Wolf and Janacek (Oct. 6); Tufts faculty cellist Emmanuel Feldman surveys four of Bach’s Cello Suites
(Oct. 26); and Boston Conservatory students perform Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri” (Nov. 20-23). www.longy.edu; www.harvard.com; www.necmusic.edu; www.bu.edu; www.tufts.edu;

CHORAL BOSTON Blue Heron opens with an anonymous 16th-century Mass from the Peterhouse partbooks (Oct. 17-18); Back Bay Chorale has a Vienna-themed program (Oct. 18); Boston Cecilia opens with Mahler, Janacek, and Bernstein (Oct. 19); Musica Sacra has works by Brahms and Fauré (Oct. 25); Cappella Clausura sings Buxtehude and Cozzolani (Nov. 1-2); Chorus pro Musica offers Carol Barnett’s “Bluegrass Mass” (Nov. 2); the Cantata Singers open with Bach and an Elena Ruehr premiere (Nov. 8); and Masterworks Chorale sings “Carmina Burana” (Nov. 14). Information on many local choruses is available at www.boston


Jeremy Eichler can be reached at jeichler@globe.com